I am (unapologetically) fixated on stationery and notebooks. A lot of my feelings about notebooks can be found here , but my love for stationery (specifically nib pens) have never really made it to this blog.
I can’t really post pictures of all the pens I’ve collected through the years, since it feels vaguely more braggart-like than sharing my notebooks, and also I’ve honestly used all of my pens, so they’re not really fit for public consumption out of their impressive boxes.
But I can share today my newest acquisition, this A. G. Spalding & Bros BRFT180 Medium Nib with Translucent (Yellow) Body Fountain Pen that I bought from Kinokuniya.
I’m just so uncontrollably happy about it. Why? Well, it’s not just the awesome yellow color. It’s the fact that jetpens puts the price at $30.00, and I bought it for less than $10!!! And it works divinely –though not perfectly. So here’s a working review.
Because of my thrifty happiness (I spend a lot but I spend on thrifty things, okay… or at least very rarely on expensive stuff), I spewed out a bunch of stuff about fp basics. Have a look:
(Okay so my writing’s a
lot bit messy…)
The pen itself is very beautiful and quite casual, but the frosted body really adds a different aesthetic twist to your regular fountain pens . It came with dark ink, but notably and even better, the pen can store up to two spare cartridges. The cartridge itself is international size, so it’s easy to replace . The medium metal nib is a joy, as the writing was very smooth. It was like writing with a good ballpoint pen. However, it does leave a lot of room for smudging, the horror (as seen in some parts of my sketch), so it’s a bit medium to broad in terms of grade to be honest. A bit of that might have been due to the paper –I wrote on a Yeah! notebook that’s probably less than two dollars in price (definitely not high quality or fp friendly).
But really –it’s pretty and cheap, so that’s a wrap for me!
 Which I honestly haven’t gotten around to updating. Oh well.
 These things are practically becoming a trend, though. Like those see through electric guitars and those Pilot G-Tecs…
 The only available box of three cartridges in most National Bookstore branches (Inoxcrom) is priced at Php37.50 or less than a dollar.