5/7 non-iPhone pictures
3/7 used my new light box (yay new toys!)
5/7 were taken at home (i should go out more)
Summary: 3/7 – DSLR photos
Well, I’m a day late on my yearly recap (a yearly tradition as of last year). But, I haven’t updated in months, so a day late is better than never.
To start with, I read much less than last year. I ended up reading just a little over half as much as I did last year…
But, I did start another blog, but this time with friends — Hand Over That Pen. I really went down the rabbit hole of fountain pens last year, and my “collection” went from about three pens to 15. It’s been quite the adventure (and I’ve met a lot of great people along the way).
I keep forgetting I did this — but it was all-consuming for a few weeks. I renovated —
And now it’s this:
And, lastly, the places I visited: (also a lighter year)
I’ve set myself some goals for the year (as usual), but also am challenging myself to take a photo every day. I’ll be doing weekly recaps here, and more regular posting on my instagram account, @hellokloh.
Katherine’s 365 Day Photo Challenge Rules:
The picture above shows my entire collection at this point. The cheaper pens get to bang around together at the bottom of the carrier.
Red fleece case holds my current EDCs.
It was super windy and (because I made the mistake of wearing a dress) I could feel my legs being pelted with cow-scented sand and dirt. I took a longggg shower when we got to our AirBnB in Santa Fe a few hours later.
This arrived yesterday — carried back from Japan for me by an awesome friend. She gave me the bag, folder and sticker it came with. Total price was a $38 and some cents. I found out about this pen from a thread on Reddit. It was available online, but currently seems to be sold out, luckily a friend happened to be in Tokyo and picked one up for me.
Here’s the packaging. The plastic box is pretty lightweight and flimsy, but seems to do a decent job protecting the pen, but it has no cushioning. The pen also comes with two black Sailor cartridges.
A close up of the nib. A cute bow, it’s wider than my other sailor nib (comparison below) but also much shorter. The only part of the pen that indicates that it’s made by sailor is the gold ring on the lip of the cap — it says “SAILOR – MADE IN JAPAN”.
A writing sample comparing the pen against a Metro and my Sailor Pro Color 500. It’s wider and wetter then the Pro Color (which I hear is notoriously dry), but pretttty close to the Metro. As reference, the Pokemon pen is inked with the Sailor cartridge it came with, the Metro is Noodler’s Heart of Darkness and the Pro Color with Sailor Tokiwa Matsu.
The pen is pretty close in size to the Pro Color, though the nib is much wider and shorter. I suppose I should have put a Metro in this picture.
Overall — it’s a cute pen (yay Pokemon!) that’s not bad. It writes with a little bit of feedback, but I don’t mind that at all. It’s a wider nib than the Pro Color, and is, unsurprisingly, a little smoother. But it does have the same type of feedback, not the smoothness of the Metro. It feels pretty light and cheap in hand — and I’m not sure how durable the design will be. If it wears off overtime, I wouldn’t be too surprised. I wouldn’t worry about it for daily use though. But I bet it can be removed with a solvent or scratched by keys. Pokemon aside, for $38ish, it’s not bad value, especially if you like nibs with a little feedback — but the Metro is a far more durable and solid pen for less than half the price. I suspect I’m going to enjoy writing with it quite a bit since I like feedback, and for $38, as a Pokemon fan, I think it’s totally worth it.
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
1 cup sugar
zest of 2 blood oranges
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup fresh blood orange juice
Preheat the oven to 325°F & line a loaf pan with parchment. (Or grease it)
Beat together the butter, sugar & zest until light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs. Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined. Add the buttermilk and orange juice.
Pour into the pan, bake for about an hour and ten, until lightly golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Then let it rest for fifteen minutes, then lift it out of the pan to cool on a rack.
Now with some pictures taken in daylight, instead of at midnight…
It’s been a little over a week since I inked up my Wing Sung 659, so I thought I’d write up a couple more thoughts.
First, it’s been in my EDC this last week, still inked with Diamine Evergreen and as an eyedropper. I haven’t had many issues with burping, but I live in the Bay Area where the temperatures aren’t extreme and I’ve been remembering to hold the barrel for a moment or two before pointing the pen nib down. So far, it’s held up great. I’ve had a drop of ink or two show up in the cap, but that seems reasonable given that it’s been in a backpack.
Second, the “gold” lines on the cap are starting to wear off (see picture above). I don’t mind, but it’s worth noting. My Pilot 78G, which I’ve had longer, and was purchased used, still has two solid bands.
Fourth, I spent some time trying out the extra fine nib. I love fine nibs, but I’m not a big fan of this one. I much prefer the fine. The extra fine, as pictured below, is very fine. The inks I’m using aren’t consistent, but the Wing Sung EF (third line) appears pretty light because Diamine Evergreen does that. The ink in the Penmanship is more opaque. Overall though, it writes a similar line width to the Penmanship, but I much prefer the feeling of the Penmanship. The WS EF is very smooth for an EF nib, and it weirds me out a little — I like the feedback I get with the Penmanship. The Fine though, is a smidge wider than the Metro, closer to the Metro’s Medium than its Fine.
I stumbled upon the Wing Sung 659 about a week ago on eBay while browsing Chinese pens after an annoying customer call (retail therapy. yeaaaah.). I was surprised to see this pen, since it looks pretty similar to the Pilot 78G, but I figured that for $9 with free shipping it was worth trying. Exactly a week later, it’s here!
It arrived in a box with two nib/feed/collar units (one F and one EF) and a convertor. I love the look of ink sloshing around in demonstrators, so I picked up a tube of silicon grease and inked it as an eyedropper.
It seems to be an exact match with the Pilot 78G — including fitting Pilot nibs. The Fine Wing Sung nib (I haven’t tried the EF yet) is very smooth though — it writes a little wetter (perhaps because it’s eyedroppered) but similarly to my Medium Metro.
Overall, the build quality is good, but I did notice these two little bumps at the end of the section, but a couple swipes with a nail file smoothed things over! Now I don’t really see any remnants of cheaper manufacturing. (To be fair, I’m not looking very hard)
This was my first time “converting” a pen to an eyedropper, so I had a couple burps before realizing I needed to warm up the ink a bit with my hands. Since doing that, no more leaks! It’s definitely a wet writer, and on the wide side for a Fine, but great value (and neat looking) for $9, shipped.
Next up, I want to try the EF nib and fill it with a brighter more visually interesting color… But I’ll save that for another day.