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  • A Review of Tomoe River Paper

    Hey, you there. I want to tell you about my favorite paper. Stop running away! Why would you do that? How rude! I want to fill your ear sockets with words that express my love of Tomoe River paper. Surely you’ve heard of it? It’s the hottest paper on the block right now! If there were a reality show about paper, this would be Honey Boo Boo. Wait, I’ve gone too far.

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  • My 2015 DC Pen Show Review

    This is going to be a tough review since I didn’t go to the DC Pen Show. Instead, I sat at home looking at Twitter and Instagram and watched a happy community congregate in DC to celebrate pen and paper. Deep inside, I seethed. Why didn’t I make plans to go to this show? It’s a mere 8 hour drive, that’s nothing! I mumbled about the show repeatedly to my wife.

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  • Tough Love: Pilot Falcon Edition

    Summary The Pilot Falcon is a pen I lusted after for a long time before finally purchasing one. It’s a clean understated pen that’s light in the hand and offers a unique writing experience if you manage to find one that works out of the box. Pen In Hand I’m not someone who pays much attention to pen weights, but I consider the Falcon to be a normal weight pen.

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  • Celebrate My First Promotion Request Email

    Earlier today I received an email from the folks behind the Infinity Pen. It launched on IndieGoGo today and they seem to have searched the web for pen blogs that publicized other crowd funded pen projects and cold-emailed them. I, with my tens of readers, was one of the lucky folks. Now I’m going to reward them with this very vague article about their pen. This is my first email from a crowd funded project so I felt like celebrating.

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  • What Is A Grail Pen?

    On episode #151 of The Pen Addict Podcast, Brad explained “grail pens” as such (painstakingly transcribed as best I could): It’s like a … the ultimate pen for you. So, you know, whether it’s the design or the materials or a the company or the vintage. You know whatever this pen style that speaks to you the most and then like something that will really fulfill your needs uhm in writing and usage and just in beauty and something that really, really speaks to you on a personal level.

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  • Writing Evolution

    I like gel pens and fountain pens. That’s it. Wait. Lets back this up. I started on crayons. I think we all did. I graduated to pencil at some point, I don’t really remember when. Then after some time, I was granted access to a pen. Not a good pen I’m sure, just a pen. A ball point pen. Maybe a Bic? It’s likely something the modern version of that little boy shivers at.

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  • Heavy Metal Bullet Pencil

    Recently I reviewed the Metal Shop Twist Bullet Pencil. As I mentioned in that article, I ordered one of their limited edition brass bodies and here it is. Just as I suspected, it’s a heavy chunk of metal. Let’s throw it on a scale and see how it measures up. First, the aluminum body: And now, the brass body: Yep, it’s a full ounce heavier. That doesn’t sound like much but it’s very noticeable, especially when you try to use it.

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  • A Pencil in a Bullet

    I’m a newbie to the pencil world so I don’t feel qualified to review an actual pencil just yet. Perhaps one day I’ll know the difference in graphite grades but I’m still learning. So for now, I’m going to review a handy way to carry a pencil in your pocket. The Twist Bullet Pencil was a joint effort between Metal Shop and Huckleberry Woodchuck and like most cool things these days, it launched on Kickstarter.

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  • Doing Your Part To Regulate YouTube

    Continuing the theme from my last post, I’m going to show you how to help squash YouTube trolls. It’s pretty easy and I hope you all join in. Here’s a sample comment I found on the latest PenHabit review (I think this might be clever spam but I can’t be sure): 1 — The first step is to give that comment a thumbs down. Next, hit the reply button and let them know you disapprove.

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  • Let’s Restore Civility In Pendom

    Note: This was edited on 2015-02-15. While writing about civility, I described internet trolls with words that were anything but civil. Those words undermined the intended message of the post and should have never been written. I’ve edited the post to remove the negativity and name calling and I’m sorry. -Brad I’ve been in a number of communities during my years on the internet but none so accepting and friendly as the community of pen enthusiasts.

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