My review of the Pilot Metropolitan

01.02.2016 01:00

```text I got my Pilot Metropolitan almost three years ago. And I still use it more or less every week. There are two popular beginner fountain pens the Pilot Metropolitan and the Lamy Safari. My personal opinion is that the Pilot is better because it looks far better and the Lamy Safari has a moulded grip section which makes it very difficult to use for left handed people, like myself. ```

```text The great thing about the pen is that you have a wide variety of colours and two different nibs: medium and fine. Most people can find something they like. You can get the pen for around $15 and a converter for it is another $5. You get a lot of pen for the money. ```

```text It is a very well designed pen, there is one exception, I’ll get to that in a while, and it looks like a lot more expensive than $15. ```

```text I have two minor issues with the pen. My two other fountain pens have piston fillers and have a large ink capacity. So I might be a little bit spoiled. But I find the ink capacity of the converter for this pen to be way too small. My test is to see if I can get through a day with it or not. Either at work or while studying. Which means around 10 A4 pages. ```

```text The Pilot Metropolitan can get me through half a day. ```

```text The other “thing” about this pen is that there is a uncomfortable and sharp edge between the grip section and the pen body. It can get a little bit annoying during long writing sessions. ```

```text I still think it is a great pen. The solid casing and how tight the cap sits makes it a great pocket pen. My only problem with it is the ink capacity, so my advice is to either have two of them or to use cartridges, if you also think the ink capacity is too low. ```

Negotiations — Pen Addict

01.02.2016 01:00

```text Jon Bemis: ```


I was tickled. To think that my multi-colored chicken scratch had legal standing was almost too funny to comprehend. The likelihood that my notes would ever end up in a courtroom was slim to none, but I was delighted nonetheless that my indulgent hobby could one day be entered into evidence.


Notebook Stories

01.02.2016 01:00

```text Notebook Stories: ```


It’s hard to imagine a world without David Bowie…


The Gentleman Stationer

01.02.2016 01:00

```text The Gentleman Stationer: ```


When most people think of Lamy’s gold nibs, they think of the Lamy 2000, another personal favorite of mine.  Lamy’s “standard” 14K nibs are often–and, in my opinion, unjustifiably–overlooked.  The extra-fine nib on my Lamy Studio is relatively wide for an extra-fine nib, and writes more like a “fine” from most other brands.   The nib is, however, springy and smooth.  It’s also slightly stubbish, in that it offers a touch of line variation and gives my writing an italic look and feel. To me, Lamy’s interchangeable stainless steel nibs offer good quality and exceptional value in entry-level pens, but this 14K gold nib has frankly blown me away.  At around $150, both the Lamy 2000 and the Studio make great options for a “first gold-nibbed pen,” though I must say, I prefer the Studio’s extra-fine to the extra-fine on my Lamy 2000.  I suspect it’s because the lack of a hood on the Studio gives the nib the additional springiness, making it very pleasant to write with.


```text Another Lamy pen made it to my pen wish list. I haven’t tried one, but this is a good option, if you either don’t like the hooded nib on the 2000, or don’t want a piston filler. ```


28.01.2016 01:00

```text I initially wrote my first impressions, not long after I got this pen. And now I feel more comfortable writing a proper review now that I have used it for a few weeks. ```

```text I write a lot during the day, I manage all of my tasks in Field Notes, I manage high level tasks and meetings in my Hobonichi Planner and I write long form in my Midori Travelers Notebook. And when it comes down to it, I put pens in two different categories: the pens I enjoy using for long writing sessions, and the pens that are good for writing a short line here and there. This pen falls in the former category. ```

```text You get a lot of pen for the money with the 580AL. I love the you have to unscrew the cap, and it makes it a excellent pen to have in the pen holder for the Midori Travelers Notebook(it drives me nuts that I always uncap my Lamy 2000 when I try to get it out of it). It holds a lot of ink, and the writing experience is very good for the price. ```

```text But, it isn’t perfect. The grip section is a little bit slippery, and it took a few days to get used to it. This is a area where they can and should improve on in the future. And I have also experienced that the screw that pulls the piston up and down some times slips; where I have to screw it all the way down before I can pull it up again. The pens usually starts writing straight away without any issue, no matter if it lays flat or standing up; unless it is almost empty. ```

```text It is a very nice upgrade if you are coming from either a Pilot Metropolitan or a Lamy Safari; the Lamy nib might be a little bit smother. And it is a very cool, and unique extra pen for your arsenal. ```

My Field Notes Review.

27.01.2016 01:00

```text I’m three months shy of using Field Notes for three years. And my go to notebook before that was the hardcover pocket sized Moleskine notebooks. ```

```text There are many great things about Field Notes, but I also have some concerns and I’m straight out disappointed with what they have done with the brand. Let’s begin with the notebooks. ```

```text I think Field Notes are great. The format works for having either one or two notebooks in your back pocket. And the kraft paper design looks good both in mint condition, and even better when you have had it for a few weeks. The paper quality isn’t the best, but I stand by my opinion that it is the best for what I want from a pocket notebook(in prioritised order): short dry time, thin pages to limit bulk and as little dry time as possible. ```

```text You could get less bleed through by going for the kind of paper you find in either Midori Travelers Notebooks or the Hobonichi Planner. But the dry time with them makes is a far less desirable pocket notebook; especially the Hobonichi. The MTN could work. ```

```text The thing I love about Field Notes is that I can write with more or less any pen, and it is dry by the time I close it. ```

```text I use Field Notes for two things I use them for my day to day tasks and capture, and the thing I love about the number of pages is that I know it is time for a GTD style review when I reach either the middle or the end of a book. The other thing I use them for is small projects, either at work or home. For example for making some mockups for an app or website. ```

```text The core product Field Notes have today, and when I started using them, with the exception of their new planner is more or less the same. They haven’t really extended their core offering in any meaningful way or form. That is the thing that both disappoint and worry me. ```

```text They spend a lot of time on the Color Subscription. That is fine, if that is your thing. I’m not into “special edition” stuff. I want to buy something good, and I want to be able to go to JetPens or GouletPens and order a new one of the same thing when or if I need to: pens, notebooks and inks. ```

```text I personally think Midori have the right idea. They offer different sizes(two) and they have different kinds of paper and formats. This is the the thing I would love to see from Field Notes in 2016. More options, and not as a special edition, but as a extension of their core offering. They could use the Color Edition as a testing ground for new ideas. But they should bring more of it back as a permanent thing. For example: why aren’t there a lager Field Notes notebook? I would love to see a A5 Field Notes with more pages. ```


22.01.2016 01:00



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```text I bought a new bag yesterday. ```

```text I don’t consider myself a bag addict, for the same reason I don’t consider myself a pen or a notebook addict: every single one of each I own is something I own for a particular reason. ```

```text I’m just a geek, that care and that wants to find the best for what I am trying to solve. ```

```text Some people have one bag, and are happy with that, while others, like myself prefer to have more than one. I currently have three bags and backpacks, if I exclude those related to overnight traveling and hiking. ```

```text Two bags and one backpacks. I have a backpack & bag pair from Osprey, both of them are orange, and they are the same model; the only difference is that one of them is a backpack and the other is a bag. The reason I got both of them was that had them pre-packed for different situations, one for work and the other for everything else; the only thing I had to move over was my laptop. ```

```text I have been looking for and researching a new bag for a while now. At least a year. The reason is that both my bag and backpack are made to be able to hold a laptop up to 15”. They are great for most things, but horrible when you only need to carry a few things. ```

```text The result is that I stick what I need in my coat pockets. Do you know how stupid an overstuffed coat looks? Yeah. That’s why I am looking for a new bag. ```

```text My new bag is not large, just enough space the essentials:
– iPhone charger.
– A pair of Apple EarPods.
– iPad mini.
Nock.co Hightower.
– Hobonichi Planner.
– A book.
– Passport.
– Power bar bar.
– Paracetamol.
– Batteries.
– (And probably a Fujifilm X100T, when I finally buy one). ```

```text I went for a a Fjällräven Foldstack No.3(I got the navy blue one). It is a high quality product from a great company, even though they are Swedish. Most of their stuff looks great, the only product I think looks bad is the very popular Känken backpack. My mother have winter clothes and backpacks from Fjällräven that was bought in the 60s and 70s that have been used for two or three generations that are ready for at least another one, and probably more than that. ```

```text The design is simple and functional. I think it is the perfect bag for the essentials. I’m going to get to why in a moment. But first a little bit about the process that ended with the Foldstack No 3. ```

```text I didn’t really know what I was looking for. The only thing I had written down was: “look for a small bag for the essentials”. But what I wanted became pretty clear as I looked at countless options. It had to be around the same size as a A4 page. The reason is that this looked like the sweet spot between having enough room and too much; the latter always ends in me bringing way too much junk. And I wanted something simple: in terms of design, in terms of how to open and close it, and in terms of the compartment system. ```

```text I’m in general not a fan of complicated compartment systems, unless they are designed very well, which most aren’t. But there are exceptions, like for example Tom Bihn, and some Osprey products, but not all, including some I own. The Foldstack No 3 has a very simple two compartment system: a large main compartment, that you can expand with a push button on each side, if you need extra room & a small zip pocket on the outside. ```

```text I always keep my passport, EarPods and a few AAA batteries for my Bose QC 15 Noise Cancelling headphones. The kind of stuff you want easy access to. And I keep the rest in the main compartment. There is more or less just enough room for what I want to bring everywhere, with some room to spare, but not enough for me to get the: “what else can I put in here” itch. ```

```text Which is exactly what I wanted from this bag. I’m very happy with it so far. ```

Load out

17.01.2016 01:00



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```text The first load out post of the year. Not much has changed since last year, and there are only two things that are different from the last time: a new Hobonichi Planner and I once again are lugging around my huge A4 notebooks, since the spring semester started a few weeks ago. ```

```text Pens. ```

```text I still carry my four pens: Lamy 2000, TWSBI 580AL, Pilot Metropolitan & Retro 51. The TWSBI have gotten itself a permanent place in the pen holder of my Midori Travelers Notebook. There are above all two reasons for this: it holds enough ink for at least a long study session and most importantly I have never seen any ink leak into the cap. That is something I really want to avoid with the pen I carry in the thing I am most likely to bring to a meeting. ```

```text Things are more or less the same as before. The Pilot Metropolitan have made it into more of a regular schedule, but Pilot should really make a converter for it that holds more ink. ```

```text Ink. ```

```text The same as last month, but I might order a ink with a very radical colour when I order more notebooks at the end of the month. ```

```text Paper-stuff ```

```text I moved into my new 2016 Hobonichi Planner at the start of the month. I don’t have that much to say about it, but it is a fantastic planner. ```

```text My MTN is still being used every single day. It is the thing I bring with me everywhere, and it is also one of the few things I bring when I’m going “light”. ```

```text And my Field Notes use are ever increasing. I’m going to continue to use Field Notes for now. But I might move some of what I have been using Field Notes for over to my MTN in the future. I haven’t made up my mind yet. The reason, for those who are curious, is that they are larger and can fit more stuff in them and that I more or less always carry both with me everywhere. ```

```text I have also started to carry my huge A4 notebooks around again. They are huge, as you see in the pictures at the top. I’m not sure what the brand is, but I remember that it was impossible to find a link for them the last time I tried. I buy them in local book stores. They are large, something I like when I am studying, and they have thick paper, so drying time with my fountain pens aren’t a problem. ```

On pen rotation.

12.01.2016 01:00

```text If you are like me, and don’t have that many pens, and like to have them all inked up: then you need to rotate them. What I mean by that is to make sure that you use them all relatively frequently to avoid them getting clogged up. ```

```text You probably have some pens that you like more than others. I have three pens that are inked up at all times. The pen I use the most is my Lamy 2000, and I always move over to my TWSBI 580AL when that is out of ink, and I usually refill them all as soon as possible when the TWSBI runs out of ink. ```

```text My Pilot Metropolitan serves two purposes: a backup for when my other pens are running out of ink, and two have a metal pen that I can put in my pocket for the rare occasions that I need that. It is a fine pen, but it isn’t the most comfortable to write with for longer periods and the ink capacity is a little bit low. ```

```text But, I still want to use it regularly to make sure it is in tip top shape. So what I do is that I use it as my primary pen until it is empty once every second or third time I refill my other pens. ```

```text The reason I keep it around, at least for now is for those times, when you are super busy and forget to ink up your pens when they run out of ink, and you need to have something to write with for the rest of the day; either at work or while studying. ```

Pens and Junk

12.01.2016 01:00

```text Pens and Junk: ```


I wasn’t expecting too much out of this gel ink pen when I grabbed it off the shelf, and it certainly isn’t a bad pen. It doesn’t smear as much as I expected for a 1.0mm gel pen, and the ink is nice and dark – perhaps even a shade darker than the Pilot G-2. Ink flow consistency is the only noteworthy issue the Wexford Retractable has, randomly running thick or thin while in use.


```text Interesting. I love the color of that ink. This got to be the first non-fountain pen that have poked my interest in a very long time. ```

```text I’ll probably pick up one of these the next time I order something. ```