Ink Inventory Clearance Sale

I had success with my pen reduction sale (with a few left) and hopefully their new owners are enjoying them. Next up I thought it was a good idea to go through my inks and offer a new life for some bottles that I just haven’t used in a while.

All of these were purchased new by me. They are all close to 3/4 full or more. They are standard colors that I still like but in my later discoveries I found similar hues that I liked better. All of the inks behaved well it’s just a color shade preference.

Price is $8.00 a bottle including shipping in the US. that will just cover shipping and some packaging. Use the email link next to each bottle if you’re interested and THANKS! for looking.

FullSizeRender 2 DeAtramentis Pine Green

$8 Shipped in United States
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FullSizeRender 3 Diamine Amazing Amethyst (Purple)

$8 Shipped in United States
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FullSizeRender Private Reserve – Orange Crush

$8 Shipped in United States
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Jinhao X750 Fountain Pen Review

Still a few pens for sale here

IMG_1504I’m not a big advocate for goods manufactured in any one particular country. I’m a big fan of quality and I know there are highly talented people in most countries of the world that can make a high quality pen if given the resources and direction to do so. Now I’m all for supporting the workforce in one’s own country but that’s a topic way out of scope here, and yes I go out of my way to search for USA made goods but that’s not because I believe same goods from other countries are any less quality. The fact is some countries of origin get a bad rap for cheap pens when in fact, relatively speaking, they are quite good for the price charged. The most inexpensive fountain pen I have ever used is the Pilot Varsity at around $4. It’s a big box store disposable pen but that’s fine, every one I’ve picked up is a competent writer that starts every time and produces no skips. Aesthetically it screams cheap disposable pen but that’s ok, a reliable fountain pen for $4 ? I’m still impressed with the value.

On a recent keyboard shopping excursion to my loved Jet Pens I needed a few more dollars to reach the magical free shipping minimum order level. One of the side bar advertisements was promoting the Jinhao line and specifically the X750 that would put my cart over the top to ride free on the USPS railroad.

I have read about some inconsistent quality control on the Jinhao line but I decided to take a chance and worse case I could break out all that nib tuning and smoothing supplies I have bought over time and been scared to destroy any nibs. I’m sure at this price point it’s nearly impossible to guarantee the highest level of consistency and quality control but I have penned here many times about expensive pens I’ve received with lousy nibs. I got exactly what Jinhao strives to put out and I applaud them. I’m very pleased that I’ve done nothing to the nib but write with it and thus far I have enjoyed the value.

The X750 came to me in gold, I’m not sure how I picked that color as it’s not a norm for me. It’s plastic with a little bit of metalflake in the paint. Not a real blingy gold but just kind of gold. Not unpleasant but not a color I would usually pick. The chrome furniture and accents are pleasing to the aesthetics of the pen. Honestly it doesn’t look or feel like an expensive pen but it’s no Varsity either. In a meeting with non-pen people I’m sure you’ll get more credit than 8 bucks.

IMG_1506The cap is of the snap on type and it functions well. I’m not a poster but the cap seems to sit on the other end of the pen quite well. Clip is nothing special just does its job with no complaining. Fit and finish are both good and I found nothing specifically wrong with the pen or anything I would do different. Especially considering its target price point. The X750 comes with a converter which is a real bargain at this price. It works well and pleasantly does not have that annoying rattle while it sits in the pen like I have experienced with other , much more expensive pens.

IMG_1509The nib looks like a standard #5 medium, it appears to have some hyperbole marketing etched on it calling out some 18Kgp, but I’m suspect of the gold content. Right out of the box the ink flowed to the nib quickly, I got a smooth writing experience with no skipping or hard starts. Impressive. The Private Reserve Orange Crush ink creep is courtesy of the author.

IMG_1507At this price point you don’t get any packaging which is fine with me. I’ve seen listings on ebay for as low as $2.99 including shipping for standard black if your patience will allow you to wait for an overseas delivery. At less than $5 shipped you get a whole host of color choices. THAT would uproot my Varsity as my favorite budget throwaway in a much nicer appearing package.

I may read up on how the different Jinhao models differ and maybe even pick up a few of the X750s and hold them for giveaways to those I encounter that express an interest in fountain pens. I don’t know if there is a lot of Jinhao in my daily rotation but I am super happy with this purchase.

You have any Jinhao experience?

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Pens For Sale – Need Good Homes

Yes Yes Yes it’s my turn for what seems to be a trend lately of cleaning out the collection. All of these pens caught my attention and/or my eye over the past couple of years for one reason or the other.

They all write good and there’s nothing wrong with them I just don’t find myself reaching for them for whatever reason. Many of you know the drill, clear some room, generate a few dollars and buy more pens! I’ll offer a full refund if you don’t like it after you receive if you pay the shipping to return the pen. Prices are negotiable if you’re interested in more than 1 pen. Please forward your interest with the email link in each pen description.

All prices include shipping to the continental US

IMG_1593 Cross Apogee
18K Gold Medium
Tuned by Danny Fudge
With converter
Steel Blue
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IMG_1580 Conklin Glider
In Tiger Eye
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IMG_1584 Platignum Studio
Lime Green
Feels like a Fine Medium
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Mail Tag!

IMG_0696During my Feedly surfing the other day I came across a new blog that I have enjoyed catching up on. Barb over at RiteWhileUcan writes about letters, mailing and other cool pen, paper and analog stuff. She recently did a blog chain letter of sorts that answers 10 question about her letter writing. I liked the idea and took her challenge here. So here to share a little bit about my letter writing ways is my Mail Tag Ten Questions:

  • Do you exchange letters?

I don’t exchange letters as I think I’m too OCD with to do lists. If I were to tell myself I’m EXCHANGING letters then every time I received a letter I would rush to reply as a commitment to up hold. I’m not a big procrastinator so a formal exchange would be too much of task exercise and not nearly as enjoyable.

  • If so, how long have you been doing it, if not, have you exchanged letters before?

I’ve been sending letters for many years but I migrated to all handwritten and really started enjoying the stationery aspect since about 2012 when I dove into the world of fountain pens and bottled ink. I have been a pen nut for most of my life but it’s taking me a long time to get comfortable with the fountain pen genre. Letter writing with fountain pens and fine paper just elevates the enjoyment for me.

  • Do you remember who your first correspondent was?

I remember getting letters from my grandmother. She had an old manual typewriter that probably didn’t start life as a real fine piece of machinery and just went down from there. The courier font was sometimes crooked and the corrections were works of art. I just loved those letters and you could never ever mistake them for anyone other than my grandma, she had a unique handwriting even with a typewriter.

  • Why did you start exchanging letters?

I will change that to why did I start sending letters. Selfishly I enjoy using my pens, ink and stationery but the real joy is hoping and sometimes confirming that my musings have put a smile on the recipient’s face. I have read a lot about the handwritten note and most of it has been confirmed by the way I feel when I get one. I hope even one of mine brings the same joy to someone else.That would make it a wonderful hobby to me.

  • Have you thought about stopping exchanging letters?

No, I don’t think I will ever stop completely. My letters are not long and they don’t usually have a particular story. I go through phases where I send more than other times but there’s always at least 1 a week. They are usually based on current events in the recipient’s life that I’m aware of. Could be a loss, a congratulatory gesture or just I’ve been thinking about you. Not sure what I will do if my health falters to the point that the physical act of writing becomes painful but I will cross that bridge when I come to it. Maybe my grandma’s typewriter is sitting in a family members attic somewhere.

  • What is the maximum number of correspondents you have?

I keep a database of contacts for personal and work. That list is about 500 but in that database is a field called POSTCARDS. These would be contacts that could be recipients. Friends old and new, family, etc. If I have not written a letter in a week or so I will go through that list and pick someone that conjures up a kind thought. My mom, my wife and my sister have probably invested in larger mailboxes over time.

  • Do you prefer handwritten or typed letters?

This one is easy. Handwritten to enjoy my pens and stationery. Notecards and postcards are also favorites of mine. I recently contacted an old friend and I recalled he was a Georgia Tech alumni. I went to ebay and purchased a vintage Georgia Tech postcard and wrote my hello thoughts on it. Not even sure if he picked up on that but it was fun for me.

  • How do you define the sensation of receiving a letter?

I can block out everything else going on in my world at the moment when I sit down and open a letter sent specifically to me. I can transpose my mind to sitting across from the sender sharing a meal or a cup of coffee. Just me and that person connecting and sharing life experiences. The great feeling is I can do it over and over again with my shoebox of letters.

  • Do you prefer to write or receive letters?

I enjoy both. Sending starts with picking the media: postcard, half sheet, notecard then the ink color, then the pen. After it’s composed I decide on the envelope adornment and yes even choosing the right stamp. It’s all fun to me. When receiving a letter it’s wondering what it’s about, what news will I learn, what is the sender feeling. I find my sharpest knife to open it by cleanly slicing the letter open and preserving the envelope as a security blanket for a treasure I plan to keep for a long long time.

Tag! You’re it. If you’re a blogger consider writing a post with these questions to encourage others to share the joy. If you don’t blog, but are interested in letter writing, answer one of these questions in the comments here. I would love to read your answers.

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