ink between the teeth

Nov 13, 2017

five months with the stalogy 365 a6 notebook

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I've been using a bullet journal since July 2017. I'm a fairly recent convert, but my planner has changed quite a bit since the first time I drew out a habit tracker. Shall we take a dive?

Nov 6, 2017

review: sailor jentle rikyu-cha

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Because I am, if nothing else, a fool, I left my review notebook and my scans in my family home, which means the next part of this Toronto Ink Sample Spectacular won't go up until December. I'm sorry about that, but I've got some other stuff lined up in case you're gnawing on your fingernails!

Let's delve right in for this next one, shall we?

Oct 30, 2017

review: kyo-iro cherry blossom of keage

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Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of post last week; I was fighting off a cold, battling through a couple papers, and marching into work. I'm gonna try to keep track on this one post a week marathon I've been on, barring holiday weeks and such. I'm trying to be a good blogger now, you know!

Here's the second in what I'm lovingly calling my Toronto Ink Samples: Kyo-Iro Cherry Blossom of Keage. It's quite a mouthful of a name!

Oct 16, 2017

review: pilot iroshizuku ina-ho

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Hey everybody! Welcome back for another ink review. I'm working through the ink samples that I picked up while I was in Toronto. I hope you enjoy this review!

Oct 11, 2017

monteverde monza / jinhao 992

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I thought this was interesting enough to share.

Goulet Pens posted on their Instagram stories recently about the Monteverde Monza, a new, sub-$20 pen. Once I took a good look at it though, something seemed very familiar....

Here's an image of one Monteverde Monza in the "island blue" color.
...And here's an image of the six colors of the Jinhao 992, which you can purchase for just under $2 each on eBay.

You'll see that there are some extremely obvious similarities. I don't think I have to point all of them out, but I mean—four of the six colors you see in the Jinhao picture are offered in similar (if not downright exact) colors in the Monzas.

Of course, then you realize that the Jinhao 992s are copies of such models as the Platinum 3776, Sailor 1911, and other such cigar-shaped pens. What a cycle!

It seems fairly likely to me that Monteverde is "private labeling" pens that are being manufactured by the same factory that produces these pens for Jinhao. If that's true, the build and writing quality should be about the same.

I hope this information is as interesting to you as it is to me.

Thank you to Goulet Pens for the image of the Monteverde Monza.

Oct 9, 2017

review: twsbi eco

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I purchased my TWSBI Eco more than a year ago. A review at this point would be useful, don't you think?

Oct 6, 2017

review: diamine poppy red

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I was sent a couple of samples to try out from Massdrop! Here's the last one from this first set: Diamine Poppy Red. The review is over at Massdrop, as usual; go ahead and check it out!

Oct 4, 2017

review: diamine sepia

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I was sent a couple of samples to try out from Massdrop! Here's the second one: Diamine Sepia. The review is over at Massdrop; go ahead and check it out!