In our world of texting, email, and digital tech, fountain pens are something of an anachronism. These large, gravity-fed writing instruments are known to leak, dry out, or otherwise fail despite their typically stratospheric price tags. And yet, there’s a huge community dedicated to the collection and use of fountain pens. We at Journeywind Junk decided to see what all the fuss was about. Armed with a charcoal black Lamy Safari, we set out to determine if this classical tool is truly suited to the modern age.
Working out demands flexibility and toughness, traits that the best gym loadout will reflect. And while there are some who drag entire duffle bags with the from bench to rack, we prefer a lighter, more mobile carry. If you’re going to push yourself to the limit, after all, you’ll want gear that can keep up with you. Here’s what we’ve been carrying on our recent trips to the gym.
If you follow us on Twitter, then you know the story by now. Our beloved Timex Expedition Scout began to skip date changes and gain time about a week ago, creating concerns about its mechanical soundness. There were at least three instances of such errors, leading us to contact Timex. Then, while mulling our return or exchange options, the watch’s crown somehow disappeared. We first noticed it while walking through a department store on the way to an evening meal.
Here at Journeywind Junk, we like to give credit where credit is due. And, since joining our Everyday Carry more than a month ago, no piece of gear has gotten more use than our pocket-sized Ti3 flashlight from ThruNite. It’s been a solid performer on every front, and we felt it deserved an updated evaluation. Here are a few quick notes we’ve taken over the course of its stay.
Journeywind Junk owes a lot to Field Notes. This website was conceived in one of their notebooks, a mass of ideas and details scribbled down on a cross country flight. Since then, every gear review we’ve posted has begun as lines jotted in our trusty Kraft. It’s been an indispensable part of our Everyday Carry, and we’re excited to share our review.
Ever since its arrival, the Opinel No. 6 has been a mainstay of our Everyday Carry. We’ve opened it, closed it, and turned it over in our palms far more times than were necessary. Through nights on the town and hikes in the wilderness, it’s displayed a trait so seldom seen that it’s often forgotten – friendliness. But beyond its winning attitude, this little knife packs some serious credentials. Here’s how it stacked up in our four categories.