Cubix Easy Open Mini Pen Case

IMG_0308I blogged about this pen case a while back in my JetPens.com order and when I first got this case I thought it was going to be teeny tiny and not hold ANYTHING. I was wrong. It’s HUGE!

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This teeny tiny pen case holds:

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A small 6 inch ruler, 7 Micron pens, two fountain pens, six gel highlighters, and three Pilot Frixion pens.

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For nine bucks on JetPens.com, this pen case is a steal! It fits easily in a purse, bag, or other carrying case. It maintains its cube shape and it’s made of durable canvas.

Here are the specs, taken from JetPens.com:

Model Number CUBIX 106165-04-60
Weight 1.3 ounces
Manufacturer Cubix
Exterior Color Orange
Features Zippered
Interior Color Orange
Material Nylon
Number of Compartments 1
Pen Capacity 18
Size – Depth 5 cm / 2.0 inches
Size – Length 5 cm / 2.0 inches
Size – Width 20.5 cm / 8.1 inches

Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!

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Sheaffer Viewpoint Calligraphy Pen

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I picked up a Sheaffer calligraphy pen yesterday at Hobby Lobby for five bucks. Its original price was $8.99, but I had a 50% off coupon and decided that was a pretty good deal. I originally bought the pen to use the nib on my vintage Sheaffer No-Nonsense fountain pens, but after using this pen for a day and a half I decided it’s not ready to be used for parts.

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For starters, this isn’t the best Sheaffer money can buy. The nib is super scratchy (that could also be my fault) and the ink flow is heavy. I had a hard time controlling it even on thick made-for-wet-ink paper.

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I began using the black ink cartridge it came with. It’s a rich black that wasn’t too bad, but I have other black inks I prefer, so I gutted it. I emptied the cartridge and using a syringe I loaded Emerald of Chivor. EoC is a great ink for broad and calligraphic nibs because of how multifaceted the ink is. The ink was feathering horribly (as you can see above) and there are some spots where the nib quit on me even though it seemed as if a ton of ink were going to come out of it. (See the word “Sheaffer” and you can see the non-existent f’s.)

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The nib is extremely square and has no rounded corners, which is probably why it catches when I write. That’s probably something I’m going to have to fix on my end, not necessarily something that is wrong with the pen.

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The body of the pen is extremely comfortable! The rubber grip is soft and gummy and molds to the fingers. The plastic casing is light and when posted it doesn’t effect the way the pen writes, which is something that happens to some other pens I own, like the TWSBI. I may even swap out the square nib on this pen for another nib on the No-Nonsense or the “10”. It’s just a bit too scratchy and hard to maneuver for my preference. It’s definitely something I’m going to have to practice using and watch others to see how they write with the calligraphic nib.

 

Overall, the Sheaffer Calligraphy pen isn’t a bad deal for nine bucks, five with a coupon. For only buying it for the nib, but getting a great body, I think I got a decent deal on it. For everyday scribbing, I don’t recommend this pen. BUT, this pen isn’t made for that, so, if you are a calligraphy aficionado and you have used this pen– let me know what you think!

 

Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!

 

JetPens.com Order!

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I scored a set of Frixion pens and a new pencil bag.

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All are small, but all are much needed for my EDC. This pencil case is small, and, well, cube shaped. Hence the name Cubix I’m guessing. It’s made of super durable canvas material and I chose the arctic orange color. I need to find it easily in the bottom of my purse and I figured the orange would be eye catching.

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For being so small it opens so wide! I can easily fit a plethora of pens and pencils and accessories into this bag to get me through my day.

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I’m a huge proponent of Pilot’s Frixion line. I own a pack of the markers and several of the clicker pens. The two Slim 038 pens are great! I can’t wait to use them for note taking in my bible. The 0.7 is going to be used for my planner and basic every day writing needs. I absolutely LOVE the fact that these pens are erasable.

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You can check these and other awesome stuffs at Jetpens.com. They offer free shipping on all orders over $25 and trust me, it’s not hard to spend $25. They have awesome stuff!

Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!

 

Nemosine Singularity Demonstrator Aqua Fountain Pen

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I ordered my husband a gift on xfountainpens.com and since I got himĀ something I bought myself a gift from him to me. I ordered a Nemosine Singularity Demonstrator in Aqua with a .8mm nib. I am over the moon about this pen. I own two other Singularity demonstrators, but both are with a medium nib. I have to say, this .8mm is, to me, a lot nicer than the TWSBI 1.1mm that I’ve been using.

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The aqua color pops! And the Nemosine pen is a great quality pen for a decent price. I paid $14.99 for this pen. I also received a wood pen box and 8 black ink cartridges and the Nemosines come with a convertor. Which is my preference. Immediately I loaded it with De Atramentis “Fog Grey” from my Ink Drop sample pack I received in October.

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It’s smooth, easy to maneuver, and the rounded blunt nib makes writing in cursive a breeze. Sometimes broad tips can be a bit scratchy, especially when using my Pelikan italic nibs. This one writes fluidly. The ink flow isn’t as wet as I anticipated. Zero feathering and no bleeding– awesome!

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I highly recommend xfountainpens.com. They have GREAT prices and free shipping if you spend over $15. I usually get my orders three business days from the day I place my order. Not bad for free!!

Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!

J Herbin Rouge Caroubier and a Sheaffer VFM

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I found a canister of J Herbin cartridges in my ink box today. I bought them at The Paper Place while visiting my dad in Austin, Texas. The color is “Rouge Caroubier” and it’s a mix of sheer pink and red. It’s an interesting color that I don’t know how I feel about yet.

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It comes with six cartridges in a cute metal canister that can easily fit in a pocket, bag, or purse.

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The color isn’t really pink and it isn’t really red, but it is really faint and soft. It’s pretty.

I put the cartridge in the Sheaffer VFM I have. I’ll admit that although the Sheaffer is in my EDC pen wallet, it hasn’t been getting used very much. My TWSBI and Pelikano are outranking it so far.

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Not that the Sheaffer is a bad pen. It’s a well made fountain pen that easily competes with the Pilot Metro in both price and performance.

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I purchased mine at Office Depot for $14.99. Not a bad price for a decent pen.

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Now that it’s loaded and ready to go I’m probably going to use it for note taking during church tonight.

Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!

Noodler’s Lexington Gray

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My ink order arrived today from gouletpens.com. I ordered my husband an ink (his first!!) and of course picked up myself one as well. I ordered Lexington Gray because for one, I like gray. And two, I live in Corpus Christi, Texas– home of the USS Lexington!

 

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I enjoy Noodler’s ink. I think it out performs its price every time. The only disappointment was it’s in a plastic bottle. Womp womp womp. I knew they switched to plastic bottles some time ago, but I have been fortunate enough that in the last three bottles I’ve purchased to receive a glass one. It’s disheartening, but it’s the same ink. I can always get my hands on a glass bottle. I’m just superficial like that.

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It’s a rich gray that doesn’t have a lot of color variation. Which is different than my other gray: Flannel Grey by Private Reserve. That one sort of looks like a rain cloud. The Noodler’s is a lot darker than I anticipated, but that’s not a bad thing. My dad calls it “Battleship Gray” and that really does sum it up well.

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Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!

 

Field Notes: Snowblind

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My Snowblind three pack came in today!! This is my first Field Notes order from their website and first limited edition purchase. I’ve bought their products from shops, but never a limited run of something. I’m pretty stoked about this!

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Here they are turning blue in the sunlight. They used a photochromic ink to make them magic. PHOTOCHROMIC ink changes color when exposed to a specific range of ultraviolet light. The ink appears colorless indoors, but changes to blue in about 15 seconds when exposed to a strong UV source like mid-day sunlight. The color fades away in a few minutes when removed from the UV source. The change is not permanent, and can be repeated.

On their website it says that they took a hit to their profit margin, so buy a few packs to show your support. (I know you will, but it doesn’t hurt to throw it out there…)

Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!

COPIC Drawing Pen

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I picked up a COPIC drawing pen when I was in Austin a few months back. My husband and I popped off at Jerry’s Artarama and found some goodies. This pen being one of them.

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It’s filled with black ink and the nib is surprisingly soft. I was expecting a scratchy, skipping performance, but it writes smoothly. Although it’s a “drawing pen” I don’t plan on using it for its intended purpose. It’s a quality writing pen. The only down side is that you can’t hack it. At least not that I know of, but I plan on taking the pen apart when the ink runs out.

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I think the only disappointing thing about this pen is that it only came in black ink. I haven’t researched it enough to know if it’s available in any other color, but the store where I purchased it only sold black. Some other colors would be great! Maybe I can hack it…

Noodler’s St Patty’s Eire Highlighting Ink

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I bought some highlighter ink. I put it in my Pilot Plumix due to it’s super italic nib. The jury is still out on this ink until I use it more for it’s intended purposes. Have you ever used a highlighter ink in your fountain pen??

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Obviously, I should not use this for bible highlighting on onionskin paper. Because this is the bleeding.

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Chesterfield Ink: Antique Copper

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I bought this ink a few months back in preparation for the fall. I wasn’t really impressed with it, but then again I was using a medium nib. With the TWSBI 1.1mm nib, this ink really is a joy to use. Even though we are well into December, I am enjoying the richness of this brown, rustic color.

 

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The 1.1mm nib is a decent width. While it’s not quite italic, it’s great for hand lettering! The nib is also helpful in making somewhat ugly ink look good. Like the Antique Copper pictured above.

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This copper color is easy on the eyes and isn’t distracting. I used it for journaling today and can say that overall, I’m happy with the way it turned out. It’s a fairly even ink. There’s little color change in the strokes of my letters, which, when using a broad nib, surprised me.

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Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!