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Friday, January 23, 2015

Pen Addiction - Comes and Goes

I'm assuming that most readers of this blog are pen/pencil enthusiasts. Has anyone else noticed their "addiction" coming and going in waves? I go through periods of months where I put my hobby on the shelf, but something will trigger it and it comes flooding back into my life like it never left. It can be a dangerous hobby if you do not utilize self-control. :) It's like this with a lot of hobbies in my life... video games, cars, music, etc.

I theorize that part of my cyclical behavior is due to the fact that I already have such a large collection that I'm hardly even able to use all of the pieces I have in my collection already. Conserving money is another large factor. With a lot of disposable income, I could easily see myself enlarging my collection even with other items sitting on the back-burner waiting to be used.

I must say that there are still quite a few gaps in my collection that I've never been able to fill completely. I've always wanted a very high-end pen, like a Pelikan M600/M800 or a Montblanc 146, but I've never been able to afford one. I'd also like to find a good, durable kick-around fountain pen that writes finely without drying out or leaking/flooding. I've tried quite a few, but I've never been able to find just the right one to put in my pocket. The Sheaffer 100 would fit the bill if it wasn't for the clip and cap being so stiff and difficult to use. The Platinum Preppy or the Parker Reflex would work fine, but the plastics are so thin that I'm afraid they'll break in my pocket. I think the closest I've found is probably the Pilot 78G (but it also feels quite breakable) or the Cross Solo. Ideally, though, I'd like to find one with a metal barrel that could hold up better in my pocket. I've also pondered the Lamy Al-Star, but it's a bit large and the clip doesn't look good in a pocket, in my opinion. How about the Pilot Metropolitan?

Just some random thoughts for the day. Have a good one!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A free Waterman and a free Sheaffer

I was given a ziplock bag full of pens from some of my relatives that were in the process of cleaning house for a move. Most of the pens were inexpensive, no-name ballpoint advertising pens but as I looked closer, I found a few gems mixed in with the lot. One is a black Sheaffer Award rollerball that's in very good shape for being tossed around. The refill still works, but not well. The Waterman is pretty scratched up and the paint is coming off in a number of spots, but still works flawlessly. What's more fun is that I have a fountain pen that almost matches it that I bought at an antiques mall a few years ago. The fountain pen is a Laureat II, but I am not sure exactly what model this ballpoint is. It looks a lot like the Laureat or the Preface, but this one has a tapered top and the others are flat. They are both advertising pens, but definitely not your run-of-the-mill Bic or Paper Mate! The Waterman says "GM Protection Plan" and the Sheaffer has various logos on it (UAW, Visteon, EDTP). Definitely a pleasant surprise! I hope everyone had a safe and great 4th of July.

-Derek (ThirdeYe)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


I have been going through and updating my blogroll. I just realized that I left a few very good blogs off of my list when I had originally thought they were on there, so that has been rectified. I also removed some that were no longer valid links. If you'd like to have your blog added, please comment below and I'll check it out and add it to my list. :)

Take care,
Derek (ThirdeYe)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A good, red ballpoint?

I've been using Bic Cristal red pens at work for a while now, but I can't help but notice how "pink" the ink looks. It doesn't really look like a dark, vivid red at all. Does anyone else know of any other good red ballpoints I can use that don't look pink? I've tried quite a few, and none have really met my expectations. I'm currently using a Uniball Onyx in red instead, which is nice and red but it doesn't work when writing sideways, which I do sometimes at work when filling out paperwork.

Derek (ThirdeYe)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Upcoming Posts

Hello fellow pen enthusiasts,

Hopefully you all had a fantastic Holiday season.

I have been wanting to update my blog more frequently, so I've been coming up with some ideas on what topics to cover in the coming months. Here are my ideas so far:

1.) Dixon Ticonderoga Black vs. Paper Mate Mirado (pencil comparison)
2.) What I use daily (at work and at home)
3.) My Sheaffer Snorkel collection
4.) My Parker "51" collection
5.) More fountain pen ink reviews.

If anyone has anything they'd like to see (within reason), let me know. Also, if you have a preference on which topic you'd like to see covered first, please post a comment and let me know. I can change the order around, no problem!

Derek (ThirdeYe)