MOVE Bolt Action EDC Pen Review

Opener2I love pocket pens. I have lamented in this space many times that I must be careful when I fly by doubling my efforts to comply with TSA on the first try. I typically carry enough hardware in my pockets to fix anything on the plane that might be causing a departure delay. Sharing space with all the multi-tools, pocket knives and Atwood wrenches is always a pen or two within my fingers’ reach. Another love of mine is mechanical things, ok I admit, pocket toys fascinate me. You would think bolt action style pens would be right up my alley but I have never owned one. Not sure why except I was afraid deployment by a person with my level of dexterity would take an hour and half or would require the multi-tool I always have ready in my other pocket. I was wrong.

The MOVE Bolt Action EDC Pen from Oliver Sha wraps my two passions together and I knew I had to jump on it. Through Kickstarter Oliver was able to successfully fund the design and build of his first pen. I’m really impressed. I present to you a journal of my road trip with the MOVE.

The Pen:

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  • Price: $98.00
  • Length: 3.3”
  • Weight: 15.2g
  • Polished Titanium
  • Also available in
  •         Hard Anodized Dark Charcoal Grey Aluminum ($52)
  •         Hard Anodized Metallic Silver Aluminum ($52)
  • Included:
  •        MOVE Pen
  •        Lamy M22 F Refill
  •        2 Split Rings

Size ComparePackaging

A minimalist approach keeps the investment dedicated to the pen itself. The packaging reminds me of the small coin envelopes from years past but I will end that analogy before my age is revealed. Inside the kraft envelope is a thick zip lock plastic baggie for protection and two split rings for carrying the MOVE in a variety of configurations.PackagingOverall Appearance

Shiny titanium almost always makes a cool looking pen. The MOVE easily supports that pattern. The round eye at the end of the pen is both functional and a nice design element. Another unique property of the pen is the two different diameters in the body of the pen. I’ve never seen that styling before and it really makes the pen stand out aesthetically in my drawer full of other pens vying for pocket time.

Ring Hole 2Ergonomics

An EDC pocket pen is hard to judge on ergonomics. I like the thicker section near the front where you hold the pen and after writing a couple of sentences there is no major discomfort. The MOVE is as easy to use as any similarly sized pocket pen.

The bolt is smooth with good spring tension. With a little bit of practice one handed use is a snap even with the small body. This is my first bolt action pocket pen and I like the idea due to an almost impossible chance of the tip deploying inside your pocket and ruining your clothes. A standard clicky push button pen may be a hair quicker to deploy in that busy checkout line but I frequently find the pushbutton depressed unintentionally by other hardware in my pocket. Not going to happen with a bolt.

Ruler SizeConstruction and Quality

I cannot disprove the marketing claim that the MOVE is the world’s most compact and lightweight bolt-action pen. The beautifully polished titanium finish is blemish free. The cone cap threads are well cut and work smoothly. A nice touch is the o-ring on the cone threads to prevent rattles and it keeps everything tight.

ConeRing HoleRefill

The Lamy M22 is a fine refill. Nothing spectacular but it’s reliable, widely available and writes a reasonably smooth line every time you pick it up. On the positive side it has a bit more ink capacity than the popular D2 refills. The tradeoff is the lack of choices. Non-issue for me as the MOVE is not designed as a long session writer and the M22 is a good writer.

ApartConclusion

A great pocket pen that hits all the right notes for my use. Easy retention, fast deployment and the maker’s choice of refill just works. At $98 it is not inexpensive but comparable in titanium genre. If you like the design the aluminum versions are even lighter (10g) and come in at $52. Well within my range of a robust pocket writer that never gets in the way or misbehaves.

So how do you like the bolt action trend for pens?

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Rhodia Web Notebook A5 Dot Grid Review

openerGrowing up my dad frequently used the cliché that placed a certain brand of automobile on a pedestal of high regard throughout his generation. I don’t think he personally made it up but I will hand it to General Motors when way before the taxpayers had to bail them out they got the marketing right on their Cadillac brand.

He would often tell me “That is the Cadillac of the ______” or “smooth as a Cadillac”. It was so ingrained in me I still use it to this today. In spite of the common belief, mine included, that in later years many marques were substantially more well regarded in the quality realm than anything GM had to offer. The cliché lived a long life but probably casketed finally. I find myself lumping the Rhodia Webbie Notebook into the Cadillac descriptor of journals. Many herald it as the best and I can’t dispute that. I remain still on the hunt but it’s the best all-around A5 style journal I have used so far. I believe technically it’s a Rhodia Web Notebook but it’s affectionately known as a Webbie to most anyone you ask. I’m not sure what the Web piece stands for but it’s a cute play on the name. I thank Karen, over at Exaclair, who was kind enough to send me over a Dot Grid formatted Webbie to try. I offer you my review of the time I spent with a great notebook.

OpenerThe Rhodia Web Notebook A5 Dot Grid

  • 192 Pages (96 sheets)
  • Italian Leatherette (faux leather)
  • Expandable Inner Pocket
  • Embossed Rhodia Logo
  • 90 g, Ivory Acid-Free, pH Neutral Paper
  • Available in Classic Rhodia orange and black covers

COVER

They call the cover Italian Leatherette. Forgive another car reference but it reminded me of how the car companies name the colors of their cars. Red becomes Fire Engine Medium Metallic Vibrant Crimson Luster. Creative marketing aside it’s a durable cover with some leather looking texture in it. In my use it’s proved very durable surviving a couple of snags and constant in and out of my briefcase. The corners are well rounded and edge gluing is clean and consistent. Stiff with a little bit of rich feeling cushion and a tasteful logo stamped on the front. They got it very right here.

OpenerLogoCornerPocketThe Webbies come in two colors, black and signature Rhodia orange. I tried the orange this time for a splash of color and I think I will go back to black. No fault of the notebook but orange just shows more corner rubs and a few smudges of dirt. It wipes right off without seeping in but I think the orange is still a bit loud for my boring personality.

PAPER

The paper is wonderful with all types of ink. My preferences lean to fountain pens with medium to broad lines and the Clairfontaine 90g paper does not disappoint soaking up the wet nibs I tend to run with. No bleed through with a bare minimum of ghosting which makes two sided use very legible. Drying time for the wet medium I was writing with was extended. I think that’s a byproduct of the coated paper that makes the writing such a joy. After 60 seconds I was still getting a slight smear. The writing experience is worth it to me I just choose my writing instrument accordingly if I’m running to a meeting and will be in and out of the notebook a lot.Bleed ThroughDry TimesClose upMy review sample is the popular Dot Grid style with spacing at 5mm. I think I prefer regular lined for every day journaling but for quick note taking, doodling and illustrating in various meetings I have grown fond of the dot grid format in a short period of time.

MM Grid SizeThe ivory tone of the paper is a nice shade and the dot grid is a subtle bluish/purple that provides outline and guidance without taking away from the written content by standing out from the page.

OpenIMG_1832LAY FLAT

I really like, maybe require, my daily journals to fold flat. I am not a book binding expert but looking at how these journals are made I’m impressed with how flat it does lay. Don’t expect spiral notebook flat but after about 10 pages of writing the Webbie lays flat with the best of them. I suspect the start up stiffness is cured by exercising and flexing the spine more than it is just using the first 10 or so pages but in the end it does a good job lying on my desk open without flopping closed.

Lay FlatSpineThicknessBANDS AND STRINGS

The hold shut band and the page marker ribbon are both color matched to the cover. Nice touch. I would like the page marker a bit longer but that’s personal taste and a very miniscule nit-pick that really doesn’t affect the quality or performance of the journal.

CONCLUSION

I have tried many of the popular brands of A5 size journals. I have filled up at least one of each so I have spent a good amount of time learning the good and what I would like to change.

  • TWSBI Notebook (A very close second to the Webbie)
  • Exacompta Basic Journal
  • Leuchtturm 1917
  • Quo Vadis Habana (Probably a tie for second)
  • Moleskine Ruled Notebook Large
  • Miro

The Webbie is my favorite. An excellent cover, wonderful paper and a joy to write with when you account for the drying time and good fold flat properties make it my first choice for daily journaling.

Do you have an A5 Journal favorite? DOTS or LINES?

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Perfect Nib Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner!

Andrea

I’ve sent you an email and hope to hear from you soon. I’m sure Andrea will let Mike whip one of her Edisons into shape to challenge her Lamy 2000 for top pen in her arsenal.

Thank you for everyone’s great comments. I hope others will invest in Mike’s services and really allow the joy to come out in a favorite pen.

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Let’s Giveaway the Perfect Nib

openerHennessey, Lingenfelter and Calloway make great cars extraordinary. They have a specialty in Corvettes. I have owned a Corvette (that’s it on the left) and wish my expendable income would have allowed any of these three firms to work my plastic wonder over but it wasn’t to be before I lost interest and moved on to another hobby.

A parallel in pen collecting are nib tuners, or sometimes referred to as nibmeisters. They take good pens or even damaged pens and turn them into a whole new level of writing enjoyment. I wish I would have known about them when I got my first fountain pen but instead the pen got shelved for a couple of years until I learned how a fountain pen should write.

Many of us have purchased tuned nibs from the likes of John Mottishaw and Richard Binder, both well respected in the pen community. There are many others that do great work on a pen that maybe never really performed like you wanted it to or a pen that has been damaged and needs repair. I have sent off several pens for work and have never been disappointed. About 6 months ago I finally gave up on my big Pelikan M1000 and sent it off to be worked on and I have enjoyed it ever since.

I want to help one lucky winner enjoy the experience of a perfectly tuned nib. I have teamed up with Mike Masuyama of Mike-It-Work to give away a free nib tuning, up to a $30 value, on the pen of your choice. There are many fine nib tuners or nibmesiters in the pen community. Mike has done great work for me and any research you do on him will assuredly bring up glowing reviews. He’s that good.

Here’s how it’s going to work. Leave me a comment about the pen you want to have tuned and maybe a brief explanation of why. I will accept comments until 8:00 pm est on Friday October 10th. I will use Random.org to pick a winner and notify the winner by email. After confirmation I will notify Mike of the winner and tell him to expect their pen in the mail. From there the confirmed winner will send their pen directly to Mike. His website mikeitwork.com has all the details on how. When Mike finishes your pen he will send your pen back to you and send me the invoice so I can pay your bill free and clear. How about that! Mike’s normal lead time is about 10-12 weeks so if you’re not accustomed to having this type of work done I just want you to be aware. It’s worth the wait for all of his return customers who keep going back to him.

Do you have experiences with nib work you’d like to share?

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Letter Books Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to our lucky book winners. Random.org was very generous to:

Jeanne and Sabina

I have sent each of you emails to reply to or you can contact me through the contact me page here on the site to provide your mailing address and claim your prize.

Thanks to ALL for your kind words and stopping by to chat and stay tuned for ANOTHER GIVEAWAY coming Monday. Fountain pen users will not want to miss it!

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