Stalogy Editor’s 365Days Notebook Review

In this 4K video I review the Stalogy Editor’s Series 365Days notebook. This notebook features a unique calendar system and a very thin fountain pen friendly paper.

Stalogy – A5 – Black

Stalogy – A5 – Blue

Stalogy – A5 – Red

Stalogy – A5 – Yellow

Pilot Explorer Fountain Pen Review

In this 4K video I review the Pilot Explorer Fountain Pen. This affordable fountain pen features a matte black resin body and a modern design.

Pilot Explorer Fountain Pen

The Pilot Explorer is an affordable fountain pen that competes directly with Pilot’s own Metropolitan fountain pen as well as other entry level pens like the Lamy Safari and TWSBI Swipe. Compared to the Metropolitan, the Explorer is more modern and masculine in appearance. It has a long slender body with rings at the end of the cap and the body that almost look like threading.

The snap cap features a large Pilot logo. Normally I don’t like big logos but on this pen the blind debossed logo looks great. There are two holes in the outer material of the cap. I am not sure if these are supposed to look like the windows on a ship or what but it is a distinctive look that adds to the industrial appearance of the pen. The clip is a black coated metal and blends very well with the cap and body resin material. The clip feels strong and robust. I do not think it is spring loaded.

The stainless steel nib is the same as you get on a Pilot Metropolitan and comes in Medium and Fine. I opted for the fine. These nibs tend to write one grade finer; a medium is more like a western fine and a fine is more like a western extra fine. It is possible to use Plumix nibs on these pens if you wanted a wider italic nib. The writing performance is excellent. I had no issues with skipping or hard starting. It was a perfect performer in the three weeks I’ve been using the pen.

The grip section is a translucent smoke colored plastic. You can see the feed through the section which looks great. Compared to the Metropolitan, the grip section is a little longer. The Explorer comes with a Con-B converter and an ink cartridge. Like all Pilot C/C pens they use their proprietary system but you do get a lot of options for converters as well as 7 ink cartridge colors to choose from.

When posted the pen does get long but it only weighs about 15 grams so there is no issue with the pen feeling top heavy. By comparison the Pilot Metropolitan with its metal body weighs around 25 grams. I found the Explorer to be very comfortable to write with.

Both the Metropolitan and Explorer retail for just under $30 and their street prices are under $24. So the question is which is better the Metropolitan or the Explorer? It is a tough call. I personally prefer the Explorer because I think it looks better and its lighter weight makes it more comfortable but for people wanting a more premium feeling pen the Metropolitan is hard to beat.

I received this pen free of charge from Pen Chalet for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. All views and opinions in this review are my own. The links in this review are not affiliate links.

Conklin All American Demo Gunmetal Fountain Pen Review

In this 4K video I review the Conklin All American Demo Gunmetal Fountain Pen. This fountain pen features a full size demonstrator body with matching gunmetal trim and a #6 Jowo nib.

Conklin All American Demo Gunmetal Fountain Pen

Conklin All American Fountain Pen

The Conklin All American Demo Gunmetal fountain pen is the first modern Conklin I have had in over a decade. I’ve been using the All American Demo the last couple weeks and I have really been enjoying it. It has a nice full-sized body made of a thick clear resin.

This Demo version is a limited edition model with only 898 pens produced. They selected this number because Conklin was founded in 1898 in Toledo, Ohio. The original Conklin company went out of business in the middle of the 20th century and the current brand is now owned by Yafa (the company behind Monteverde). The original All American was a budget model that was produced in the 1930s and in truth, doesn’t much resemble this modern version. The original was a celluloid level filler with two gold plated cap rings and had a very simple looking gold nib.

The modern All American that we see here is a larger pen and better looking pen. The gunmetal trim is very nicely done. They matched the nib, the clip, the section threading, and even the converter in this gunmetal finish. The result is a striking full-sized demonstrator pen. The pen is quite comfortable to write with and while it can be posted it becomes quite long and doesn’t always post perfectly straight onto the barrel.

I do not know where these pens are made because the materials that come with the pen do not say and I cannot find this information on the Conklin website. I emailed Conklin and did not get reply. Previous modern Conklin pens were made in Italy. The product description for this pen states that it is “Crafted from handmade European high-grade resin”, so perhaps these pens are still made in Europe. I find this somewhat disappointing for a historical American brand, let alone a model called the “All American”.

The nib is a steel Jowo #6 nib. These nibs are made in Germany and are excellent performers. I have the 1.1mm stub nib and it’s writing performance if flawless. I really like that these nibs are very nicely branded and feature a Crescent shaped breather hole. A lot of pens with Jowo nibs just use their stock decoration with an etched brand logo (Opus 88 and Wancher come mind). I also like that they give you lots of a nib options all in the matching gunmetal trim. You have EF, F, M, B, Stub, and Omni-flex options.

In the box you get a converter, two international short cartridges (a black and a blue), as well as an eyedropper. You can use a cartridge or converter or you can use what Conklin calls the “direct filling” method, essentially you just remove the converter and fill the barrel with ink. You can hold a massive 5ml of ink when filled this way. I am not a huge fan of using this pen as an eyedropper because the threading on the section is metal and I would worry that ink might corrode the metal, I am not saying that it will happen, but I think best practice to not to have metal where ink is stored. If you do go for the direct fill, I would make sure you have a tight seal to avoid leaks and it might be useful to use a bit of silicon grease on the threads to really make sure ink cannot escape.

In terms of overall building quality, I think this pen is pretty good but not flawless. I really like the quality of the finish on the gunmetal parts and the rocker clip is particularly nice with the Conklin logo. The European resin is thick and feels quite nice in hand but just as a summer suit doesn’t have a lining to hide loose threads, a demonstrator fountain pen with all clear parts cannot hide any imperfections. With the All American, I do see air bubbles on the inner metal ring just below the finial. There is also a grease or adhesive on the inside barrel just below threading. None of these “issues” bothered me while I was using the pen almost non-stop the last two weeks but upon initial inspection I did notice them and these are things I have not seen on similarly priced demonstrators from TWSBI and Opus 88.

Overall, I am quite happy with the All American Demo. I’ve definitely enjoyed using it and it feels like a premium pen. I think $115 retail is definitely on the higher side for this pen when you compare it to the Taiwanese alternatives from Opus 88 and TWSBI, that said, this pen does have a historical American brand name, an omni-flex nib option, and a more attractive design.

I received this pen free of charge from Pen Chalet for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. All views and opinions in this review are my own. The links in this review are not affiliate links.

Leuchtturm1917 120g Edition Notebook Review

In this 4K video I review the Leuchtturm1917 120g Edition Notebook. This notebook has all of the typical Leuchtturm features but now with a thick 120g paper that is great with fountain pens.

Leuchtturm1917 120g Edition – Port Red – Dotted

Leuchtturm1917 120g Edition – Nordic Blue – Ruled

Leuchtturm1917 120g Edition – Black – Plain

The Paper Mind Mitsubishi Bank Paper Notebook

The Paper Mind Blocker Paper Notebook