by Tony Thomas
After watching Brian Goulet's video on the new Pilot Metropolitan fine point, I decided to give one a try. I had my eye on the White Tiger model for a while, so I bought one with a fine nib from my friends at The Goulet Pen Company.
Let me say this at the outset: If you don't have a Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen in your collection, get one! At $15, it is one of the true bargains of the fountain pen world.
I always add a CON-50 twist converter to my Metros, since I am not thrilled with the included CON-20 squeeze converter. That adds a bit over $5 to the price, but to me, it is well worth it.
The Metropolitan fine point is a great writer. It produces a true Japanese fine line with just a touch of feedback. For me, it has become a daily writer due to its low cost and great performance. Highly recommended!
A writing sample in a Clairefontaine notebook.
The White Tiger hanging out
with two of my other "Metros".
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
by Tony Thomas
I have been looking at various planners for awhile, including the highly-esteemed Filofax. However, I am not a big fan of ring binders and prefer the Circa/Arc/Rollabind disc binders and accessories.
As a result, I decided to ditch my spartan Circa leather cover and commission the wonderful folks at Hidebound Leather to create a nice leather planner cover for me.
After consulting with them, I found that the easiest way to create such a planner was to start with a regular book cover and customize it.
After carefully measuring my Circa notebook including the discs, I picked the Classic Vintage Cognac large book cover ($45) and added the Folio pocket option ($15). Check out the link here.
It took them about a week to create the cover and it arrived a few days after that. I am very pleased with the result. The cover is made of really soft and supple leather and, after a just a few weeks of use, it is already providing a nice, slightly distressed, "lived-in" look. I really love it!
See the You Tube video I recorded about this cover here.