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Winners: Denik Notebook Giveaway

Denik Notebooks 2

Holy Cow (to quote my favorite Cubs announcer)! We have a lot of winners to announce in the Denik notebook giveaway. So here’s the list of lucky winners:

  • Marie E.
  • Brian N.
  • Brenda
  • Rose
  • Alan T.
  • Dave M.
  • KF
  • Nick VZ
  • Heidi
  • Vivian

You have each been contacted by email to get your mailing address. If I don’t hear from you within a week, I’ll have to draw new names. Okay? Time (and notebooks) don’t wait for slow pokes! Check your junk mail filters! Congrats to the winners and big thanks to Denik for their generosity!



Pen Review: Namisu Nova Titanium Deluxe

Namisu Nova Titanium

The Namisu Nova Titanium Deluxe is my first experience with a titanium fountain pen and a titanium nib. The overall shape and feel of the pen is a smooth machined cigar shape. It’s very space-aged. There is no clip so it will roll off the table at a moment’s notice. This is definitely a pen that might need a pen sleeve to keep it protected from potential tumbles.

Namisu Nova Titanium

The nib is also titanium, as I mentioned, in medium. Its a Bock nib. The titanuim give the nib a very matte look. The pen is a standard converter and/or cartridge filler so it allows for easy filling.

Namisu Nova Titanium

The pen does not seem particularly large or heavy until I started measuring it and weighing it. Lengthwise, its comparable to a Lamy Safari at 5.5″ capped. Uncapped and unposted, it was a hair shorted than a Safari at 5.125″. The Nova does post but it becomes extremely heavy at 52 gms but is a 6.25″, about a 0.25″ shorter than a posted Safari.

Fountain Pen Weights

See what I mean? 52gms is a seriously heavy pen! Unposted at 36gms, the pen was well-weighted and pretty comfortable overall though I suspect an aluminum model might be lighter.

Namisu Nova Titanium

In writing, I discovered that the Nova with a titanium nib has a little bit of softness but also a little bit of feedback and squeak. It was like there was a little hamster in a cage living inside the pen for me, running on its wheel while I was writing. I don’t know if this was just me or if others have had this experience but by the time I’d written a few pages, I was ready to switch to a pen that had less back talk. I suspect I’d get less “small pet” noises with a standard, steel nib as I’ve had experience with Bock nibs in other pens. The flexibility had some appeal but I couldn’t get past the squeak.

Overall, I really like the look of the pen. The sleek, modern look is very appealing and I loved having a chance to try a titanuim nib though I wish my experience had been better overall. Squeaky but flexy.

You can pre-order a sandblasted version of the titanium design now or purchase the Orion (the same shape with bands engraved out around the center of the pen) in aluminum or titanium with prices starting at £70 with a steel nib. There is also a stonewashed titanium Orion for £60. All versions are available directly from Namisu.

Special thanks to Kasey for loaning me the pen, my own personal enabler. Safe travels and thanks for keeping us safe.

Pen Review: Zebra Sarasa Fujiya Scented Gel Pens

zebra sarasa milky

I’ve always liked the Zebra Sarasa gel pens and because somewhere inside me there’s a 9-year-old who occasionally has to be entertained, when I saw the limited edition collection of Fujiya scented Milky 0.5mm pens, I had to try them all. Can you blame me? I mean, don’t you always sniff those Mr. Sketch scented markers too?

Each of the Zebra Sarasa Fujiya scented pens is $3 each. There were pre-packaged sets available but they are already sold out so if these are calling to your inner grade-schooler, or your actual grade-schooler, you better hit the “buy now” button now because they are all marked LAST CHANCE. But, first, best to read on… because you might want to skip a couple of them.

zebra sarasa milky

First of all, the actual barrel designs are a cacophony of Japanese candy wrapper mayhem, complete with a Milky kid medallion at the top of the clip. If this is going to make that dreary Monday morning staff meeting al that much better, than I say go for it. The Lemon Squash, while not particularly lemony scented, has a glittery translucent barrel with white polka dots that is definitely going to liven up some seriously dreary winter days. The Nectar Peach has no discernible scent at all which was a complete disappointment since peach is one of my favorite candy flavors but the ink color is a fabulous peach-tinged pink and the pen barrel is bubblegum pink.

And can we pause for a moment and thank all that’s holy for the absolutely awesome shade of green tea green in the Maccha Milky Light Green? My photo does not do it justice. It’s pretty much the perfect spring grass green. It does not really have much of a scent though. Sadly because if it actually smelled like matcha green tea I would be in heaven.

The Pop Candy Orange reminds very much of an orange Starburst candy and is a nice bright orange color too. Totally acceptable.

For some reason, a decision was made to make the black ink smell like “Country Ma’am Chocolate Chip” rather than make it a brown or brown-black. Okay fine, suit yourself. It’s a bit of a faux chocolate smell and not the cutest barrel design. If you were looking to save a few pennies, this might be one I’d pass on as the scent is a little odd and it took me awhile to recognize the floating shapes on the barrel as cookies.

And now, the ones I didn’t like…

First, the least offensive was the Strawberry Milky but it was emotionally the biggest disappointment as Strawberry Milky is one of my favorite candies. And the pen does NOT smell at all like Strawberry Milky. NOPE. It smells like fake strawberry. It’s okay but I didn’t like it. I might just swap out the ink cartridge and keep the cool barrel. Because I love the bee and Peko and the strawberries. Problem solved there. Next is the Soft Cream Milky which has the standard blue ink and smells like a flowery air freshener. Blech! This is another one I’ll have to do refill replacement on. I love the goofball graphics but it smells awful. And the last offender for me, the Milky Light Blue which smells like licorice. This is a personal distaste. I don’t like the smell of Red Ropes licorice at all. If you like the way they smell, you will love the light blue. If you don’t, you’ll be in the same boat as I am.

So, mostly these pens rock for the Milky packaging and some of the colors. If you have young kids who like the slightly artificial candy smells, they might love the strawberry, chocolate and licorice scents and even the weirdly air freshener smell of the blue one. I give three cheers for the lemon, orange and maccha (matcha) for sure.

And of course, Zebra Sarasa gel pens in general rock for the feather-resistance, lightfastness, and water-resistance. So, you know, you can’t go wrong. And you could always try the Chupa Chups ones instead.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by JetPens for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Fashionable Friday: Pumpkin Spice Latte Love

ff-pumpkin spice latte

I must confess I’ve never actually had a Pumpkin Spice Latte but I love the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg and the sight of a warm latte topped with a dollop of whipped cream dotted with fragrant spices on a chilly fall afternoon gets me into the autumnal spirit in a big way. So, today I’ve decided to embrace the spirit of the season and stop at my local coffeeshop and order my first ever PSL. I’ll pack my TN with my pen filled with pumpkin or apple ink. How totally appropriate!

  • Field Notes Portland Edition Notebooks – 3-Pack $9.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Hobonichi Techo Planner with Cover – 2017 – A6 in Pineapple Yellow $47 (via JetPens)
  • Palomino Pencils Mixed Grade Graphite Set $10 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Conklin Duragraph Amber Fountain Pen € 55 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Monteverde Jewelria Fountain Pen in Candy Yellow $35 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Rhodia Webnotebook 5-1/2 X 8-1/4 with Orange Cover in Dot Grid $21.80 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Diamine Pumpkin Ink (80ml Bottle) $14.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte fingering weight sock yarn $24 (via MacheteShoppe)
  • Monteverde Brown Sugar Ink (30ml Bottle) $8 (via Anderson Pens)

PS: This is the one day all year that I can use the default leaf spatter brush in Photoshop! Yippee!

Link Love: Late-Week Apple Mojo

A little late-week mojo from Anderson Pens' midweek mojo Apple Picking post. It seemed appropriate after my trip to Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, eating cider donuts and petting sheep. How are you enjoying the fall weather?
A little late-week mojo from Anderson Pens’ midweek mojo Apple Picking post. It seemed appropriate after my trip to Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, eating cider donuts and petting sheep. How are you enjoying the fall weather?

The highlights this week are the release of the new Baron Fig Archer pencil and the close of the NockCo Lanier Briefcase. Other big news is the Trilogy Zero Fountain Pen, the launch of the Slice Planner Kickstarter and the new Sailor ink colors and Diamine Shimmer inks are starting to make their way into the blogosphere so we’ll start seeing reviews and samplings like the ones listed below. There are also two recaps from the Insights X Stationery event for you to peruse. Enjoy and sorry for the last post this week. I’m slowly getting back on schedule post-holiday and should be back to my regular schedule by Monday.




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Giveaway: Denik Notebooks

Denik Love Sketchbook

Last week, I did an epic review of the Denik notebooks and I’ve been using the Denik Sketchbook for my Inktober challenge as well.

The kind folks at Denik have 10 notebooks for me to give away so you can have a chance to try them out yourselves.


THE RULES: Leave a comment below and tell me which Denik notebooks covers above is your favorite. Those are the ones you have the chance to win. One entry per person.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, October 24, 2016. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Tuesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. Your email address will be forwarded to Denik who will handle the shipping. The giveaway will be open to US residents only.

Thanks to Denik for sending these the notebooks and giving all my readers a chance to try them too. Be sure to check out all their notebooks and sketchbooks.