Review - Retro 51 Franklin edition

I have been using the Retro 51 Tornado Vintage Metalsmith Roller Ball Pen Franklin edition. It is a very well made pen with intricate foral patterns all along the barrel. The nib of the refill is retracted back into the barrel by twisting the knob at the top of the pen.

My initial thoughts were the pen was too heavy for my liking and the barrel was a little too tapered down for me to get a good grip. I didn't particularly liked the ink that it came with because I found it lay a line that was too thick and heavy. I was also worried that the clip of the pen would get in the way.

3 weeks later, I realised that I like that the Retro 51 is heavy. I like the heft it has when I hold it in my hand. It makes the pen feels expensive, similar to that of the iPhone 4 and 4s as opposed to the iPhone 5's lighter weight. Though I wonder if the regular edition Retro 51 would have any difference in weight.

I also like the diamond patterns cut around the knob, it helps me get a firmer grip on the knob to twist it. The clip turned out to have never been in the way at all.

I still felt that the refill that the Retro 51 came with was too heavy and thick to my taste. That was easily remedied because I have purchased the Parker Quink gel ink refill when I ordered the Retro 51. The Parker Quink gel ink still lays a thick dark ink but it is not as thick or heavy as the Retro 51's original refill. Though I have to say the Parker refill feels a little loose inside the barrel. There is a rattling sound when I shake the pen from side to side. (This problem is fixed when I reinsert the refill into the pen again.)

Overall, I fully recommend the Retro 51 to anyone. I purchased my Retro 51 from Jetpens at USD$31 shipping not included. Retro 51 classic pens are available in Singapore at Aesthetic Bay, located at Orchard Ion.

"Life is too short to carry an ugly pen" - Retro 1951.

Stationary - New Arrivals

My package from Jetpens have finally arrived. I have ordered a Retro 51 Tornado Vintage Metalsmith Franklin edition pen, a Fisher Space Pen and a Uni Jetstream Alpha Grip. My initial thoughts about the pens the moment I ripped them from the packaging can easily be summed up with one word awestruck.

I am amazed at the workmanship on the Retro 51 pen. The intricate foral pattens on the barrel of the pen is so beautiful. The twist mechanism is smooth. However, I found the pen's balace slightly off for me. The ink is too bold and heavy for my taste. No worries on that count because I had ordered a pack of Parker Quink Gel refills

Retro 51 & packaging

Retro 51 Tornado - Franklin Edition

I am pleasantly surprised at the size of the Fisher Space pen. The sleek and polished exterior of the pen is so different from the Lamy Pico that I was using before. I prefer the balace of the Fisher Space pen especially after the cap is posted on the pen. I didn't really like the design of the pen's interior. The ink is smooth and easy.

Fisher Space Pen & packaging

Close up - Fisher Space Pen

I wasn't epecting the Jetstream to come with a metal barrel, I had expected a thinner plastic/metal body similar to the Uni Alpha Gel Grip pen The Jetstream is by far the cheapest on this order but I love the ink the best. If only there is Jetstream refills for every pen.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at the speed of the shipping from Jetpens. I am very happy with all my pens and I can't wait to put them through their paces!

Uni Jetstream Alpha

Review - Lamy Pico

I spied this little pen named Lamy Pico at NBC Stationary at Bugis Junction roughly a month ago. Since then the pen is always on my mind. Finally, just the past weekend, Kinokuniya has a 10% discount off on all stationary. I caved and purchsed myself the imperial blue Lamy Pico. It comes in 6 different colours and finish. The Lamy Pico comes stock with a M nib black refill. I got a F nib blue refill just so I could test it out. The Lamy Pico is SGD$79 and the refill is SGD$5.90.

I love the way the pen feels in my hand. The weight of the pen is very reassuring. The retracting mechinism feels smooth and well made though sometimes it can get stuck and you need to push the tip in again to get the pen nib to protrude correctly.

The Lamy logo protrudes from the body of the pen. The idea is to stop the pen from rolling down and off the table. That has saved the pen from taking a sky dive from my table countless of times.

Perhaps, I have been too spoilt by the smoothness of the Uni-ball Jetstream. The Lamy’s nibs cannot compare to the Jetstream’s. For now, I am more than willing to look aside from that and enjoy the pen.

Overall the pen is without a doubt pricey but it has a nice balance and weight. It writes ok, not as smooth as the Jetstream but still acceptablely. Uni-ball just take my money and make a refill for the Lamy Pico . Then, I will have found my perfect pen for now…

Lamy Pico retracted

Lamy Pico  extended

Stationary - New buys

I went shopping today and I got some new toys from Kinokuniya's stationary department.

I have eyeing some pens on Jetpens for a long time now. Ever since I have been listening to the Pen Addict podcast.

I am looking at you, Brad and Myke. This is all your fault.

Ok back to the actual point of the post. I got my first fountain pen in the form of the Pilot Petit 1. It is shorter than a normal pen but I guess I am meant to use it with the cap posted on the pen. The pen is very light and it feels cheap. I got the Pilot Petit 1 for SGD$4.

Next, I got the Uni Kuru Toga. There were quite a few different types of Kuro Toga at Kinokuniya. The one I got was the SGD$19 version. I got a SGD$7 version for a friend.

I can't wait to put these new toys to the test.

Pilot Petit 1

Uni Kuru Toga Black