I thought I was done with fountain pens. But like Michael Corleone said… Well, you know. I blame the German gents at Faber-Castell, who offered to send over one of their new Essentio models. Priced in the sub-$50 tier formerly occupied by the Loom, this blue metal beauty was too much to resist. Great looks and affordability? Heiliger strohsack!
Hey, everyone! Between working on new reviews for Journeywind Junk, I’ve also been testing gear for two larger website: GearJunkie and BladeReviews. Rather than just linking them on my Instagram, I’ve decided to gather all the articles into one blog post. Check out the list below to read my writeups on several watches, knives, and miscellaneous tools.
I ask, for the second review in a row, “What the heck is this?” I work on a construction site, probably one of the least fountain pen-friendly environments out there. And yet, here I am with the Faber-Castell Loom, one of the most well-regarded fountain pens in the sub-$50 range. This, along with the TWSBI Eco, is considered to be among the best writers for bottled-ink beginners. Let’s see if this steel-tipped Bavarian can stand in the world of steel-toed boots.
If you’re like me, you own more pens than you need. My two favorites at the moment are the TiScribe Bolt from Urban Survival Gear (reviewed here) and the Retrakt from Karas Kustoms. Apart from their full-metal frames, these would seem to be fairly dissimilar pieces. But, guess what? They take the same ink refills.
What sorts of tools do you carry, and how often do you use them? I put some thought into my own kit, ranking my gear from most to least utilized. Plus, talk about video games, green mold, and even a touch of nostalgia. Check out the results, along with their rather interesting implications.
Click. Snap. Click. Snap. Hear that? It’s the sound of me doing two things – Annoying everyone within earshot, and completely enjoying my new pen. This is a review of the TiScribe Bolt, an aptly named bolt-action pen from Urban Survival Gear. It’s an incredibly interesting design, assuming you’re into this kind of thing. And if you’re not, well… Click. Snap.