Writing Instruments

tin-mill-pen-4

If you love notebooks and journals as much as I do, it's probably not a stretch to say that you also love pens. Finding the perfect pen for the perfect journal is a quest that can take a long time to complete. I have a favorite pen, but I'm not sure it's my perfect pen, [...]

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Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews
hacktoolbox2

Do you have a useful tip, trick, life hack or cool DIY project that you think other Gadgeteer readers can use to make their life easier or would find interesting? So many people have great ideas and they never share them. To help change that, I'll be posting regular articles sharing some of the best [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Do-It-Yourself, How-To
move-pen-4

Do you include a pen as part of your EDC (every day carry)? I have a couple full sized pens in my gear bag, but I don't typically carry a small pen in my pocket for those times when I'm walking around at work and need to write something. Since I'm currently obsessed with pens, [...]

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Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews
tronnovate-takumi-pure-12

If you visit The Gadgeteer on a regular basis, you've probably noticed that I've been posting a lot of pen reviews lately. Since I've gotten back into using notebooks and journaling on a daily basis, I'm obsessed with finding the perfect pen to go with my notebook. Every good notebook deserves a great pen. They [...]

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Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews
maxmadco-boltpen-5

I am currently obsessed with pens. But not just any old run of mill type of ballpoint pens, I'm interested in uniquely designed pens that you can't buy at your local Walmart superstore. I am looking for a combination of good looks, good feel and of course, good writing. The newest pen that I've had the [...]

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Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews
kaweco-al-sport-4

Kaweco might sound like a Japanese company, but it's really a German company. Kaweco has been making dip pens, fountain pens and other writing instruments since 1883. I don't really care for fountain pens, but I couldn't resist their AL Sport rollerball pen with a stonewashed finish that reminds me of an old pair of jeans. [...]

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Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews
ti2-techliner-2

I thought my quest to find my all time favorite pen ended when I found Uniball Jetstream pens a few years ago. Don't get me wrong, I still like the Uniballs because I don't get too upset if someone walks off with one or I lose one. But I've recently found myself wanting something nicer. [...]

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Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews
karas-kustoms-retrakt-1

My fascination with pens started as a child when I discovered a box in our shed that held some very old mechanical pens and pencils from my Dad's parents time. I remember "borrowing" those pens to play with them. I wish I still had those writing instruments today, but unfortunately for me and my Dad, [...]

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Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews
bigidesign-ticlick-classic-1

When it comes to journaling, I prefer using paper and a pen. Writing and drawing with pen on paper has always been more enjoyable for me than using my smartphone or computer. In the past, I have had a bad habit of starting to journal only to give up after a few days or weeks. [...]

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Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews
saddleback-copperpen

Saddleback has started offering two new writing instruments to their product line. The Copper Pen comes in a simple and fancy version. The pen itself is the same, but the leather holder/protector is different between the two versions. The 5 ⅛” long Copper Pens feature a hand-hammered barrel made of 100% copper which will develop [...]

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Posted in: News, Paper and Pens
livescribe-moleskine

If you prefer manual act of writing with a pen on paper, to writing with a stylus on a glass screen, the collaboration of Livescribe and Moleskine will be of interest to you as it combines analog with digital. According to Gilles Bouchard, CEO, Livescribe: With the Livescribe 3 Moleskine Edition, we are continuing that [...]

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Posted in: Android, iOS, News, Paper and Pens
remora-8

iPad owners who use the Apple Smart Cover and also like to use a stylus to take notes or draw should check out the REMORA stylus & pen holder project on Kickstarter. It's a leather stylus holder that magnetically sticks to the outside of the smart cover. They sent me one to try out and [...]

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Posted in: iOS, Reviews, Styluses
beta-pen-5

How would you like to own a writing instrument that never needed an ink refill or never needed its point sharpened? The Beta,Pen from German design company Axel Weinbrecht Design is such a writing implement. DadsGifts sent me one to try, so let's see if it's a novelty or a useful pen/pencil for your gear [...]

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Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews
frixion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=190&v=BZArK7AHlyg A few years ago I reviewed the Pilot FriXion erasable pen. This pen features ink that can easily be "erased" by rubbing the rubber "eraser" over the lines on a page. I have those words in quotes because the ink isn't really erased, it's been made invisible by heat from the friction of rubbing [...]

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Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
highcalibercraftsman

Handcrafted, American-made products seems to be increasing in popularity in recent years, alongside military and firearm-inspired products and gear. High Caliber Craftsman sits at the nexus of this space, producing writing instruments and other items that are hand made from actual ammunition casings. With various calibers, finishes, coatings, colors and materials such as cerakote, carbon fiber, nickel [...]

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Posted in: News, Pocket Gear
Moleskine-Review-10

Earlier this month, Moleskine sent an invite over to the gadgeteer crew to check out a showroom event for their Moleskine 2015 collection, located at the NYU store in New York City.  I was lucky enough to be able to attend the event and check out their new line of bags, notebooks, and other accessories. They were [...]

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Posted in: Bags, Gear, Paper and Pens, Reviews
dimondpoint_patriotpen-1

I enjoy and definitely prefer nice writing instruments. Occasionally one is introduced on Kickstarter or the like that is noteworthy. In this case, the designers at Dimond Point have recently began a crowd-funded project so that they can bring The Patriot, their precision-machined, military-inspired pen to market. The Patriot Pen is sleek, lightweight and made from high-quality military grade 6063 aluminum, [...]

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Posted in: News, Pocket Gear
united-pen-4

Pens like other EDC gear provide a personal statement about the owner. People see the items others carry and can tell that they like rugged gear, home brew gear, gear with bling, etc. The United P2 Pocket Pen from United Machining LLC shows people that you like gear that is elegant, unique and has been designed to stand the test of [...]

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Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews
six-mile-pencils-2

Do you ever feel that you have written so much that it must measure in miles?  With these pencils from Lyon & Lyon, you'd know that you had written six miles when you've used up one of these Six Mile Pencils.  They are made by Chambers, one of the last remaining pencil manufacturers in England. [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
mhd-2015

In honor of John Hancock’s birthday (January 23rd, 1737), I challenge you to put away the QWERTY keyboard and grab your favorite pen and paper because it's National #HandwritingDay. John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence, the act which inspired the saying "Put your John Hancock on it" that we [...]

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Posted in: News
DesignLiner

If you like to draw or design you know how much of a pain it is to switch between different tools to make shapes or curved lines. The Charles Williams Company realized this and came up with the Design Liner, a current Kickstarter project. Made out of stainless steel, the Design Liner incorporates such things [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
polar-pen-2

The POLAR Pen was a successfully funded Kickstarter project late last year and is now available to the general public. It's a modular pen, it's a magnetic toy for grown ups and it's even a stylus. Let's take a look. Note: Images can be clicked to view a larger size. 13 magnets 2 caps 1 [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews, Styluses
moleskine-organizer

Moleskine and similarly sized notebooks make great gifts for writers, doodlers and people who like to journal. A new notebook is one idea, but here are three Moleskine accessories that any writer would be happy to see under the tree this year. First up is is one of Moleskine's line of bag organizers. Available in six colors, these [...]

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Posted in: Miscellaneous, News, Paper and Pens
frixion-marker

You might remember the Pilot FriXion erasable ball point pen that I reviewed a couple years ago. Now Pilot is offering markers with the same ink erasing capability. The FriXion Color markers are available in over 20 different vibrant colors. The ink in these markers is thermo sensitive. To erase it, you have to heat [...]

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Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
jet-pens-1

Today I want to show you two ballpoint pens that have been designed to take up less space than traditional pens while still providing a comfortable writing experience. Everyday Carry (EDC) enthusiasts who are always on the look out for ways to pare down the size and weight of their gear bags might enjoy learning [...]

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Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews