Saturday, December 27, 2008
1. Moleskine - Why? Because a single Moleskine journal started it all for me. The large lined version is everything I like about a journal- except for the inconsistency with it's paper when used with fountain pen inks.
2. Lamy Safari - Why? Because they are inexpensive, great writers, are built like a tank, and are available in really cool colors. My first fountain pen was a Safari, and I still love them (I now have four of them) as much as when I started out.
3. Noodler's Bulletproof Black fountain pen ink - Why? It's my baseline. My old standby. Because I can always reach for it when I'm not in the mood for color. It also been formulated to work on all kinds of paper, so when only low quality paper is at hand, Noodler's BP Black will work most every time.
4. Little Habana - Why? While the paper is a wee bit thinner than I would prefer, and the ruling rather tight, I love the size of this well made product. It's great for stuffing in my pocket when I go for a walk. I grow more and more attached to it each time I use it.
5. Medium Ciak - Why? I love the plain ivory paper, and the size of this book. It's well made and screams to be my travel partner.
6. Spiral Apica - Why? Apica paper is smooth, off white and very pleasant to write on. I prefer hardbound books to spiral, but these are too good to go unused.
7. Sailor Blue-Black Ink - Why? Other than it's awesome color, it's the smoothest ink I own. It makes every pen I've tried it in write even better.
8. Sailor 1911 - Why? Because it's a Sailor. Sturdy, feels great in the hand, smooth fine nib- it's a great writer and it makes my words feel slightly more important each time I pick it up.
9. J. Herbin Inks - Why? The tiny bottles and long manufacturing history makes using these colorful inks a treat to use.
10. Myndology Bare - Why? The recycled off-white Bare paper is probably some of the best I've tried with fountain pen inks. Smooth, no feathering and no bleeding. The disc bound design makes project work a breeze.
So that's my top ten for 2008. What were your favorites? What are you looking forward to in 2009?