As I’m only a recently new fountain pen user, I decided to branch out and try a few more from my recent Lamy purchase. The first place I looked was eBay, where I came across this stylish little fountain pen.
The Baoer 801 Aurora Borealis fountain pen only set me back $2.39 from eBay, and was worth every cent. I’m a major fan of different, wonderful colours, and this pen was exactly what I was looking for. It has an amazing translucent Aurora Borealis pattern, in lovely greens, reds and blues. The pictures certainly don’t do it justice, you’d have to go buy your own to see just how magnificent it really is.
My pen came with a fine nib, which so far has been my favourite, and takes a standard international cartridge. It came with a converter too, so if you prefer to used bottled ink, then you’ll have no problems with this pen. the Baoer 801 is also quite a slim pen compared to my Lamy. It doesn’t have an amazing grip, either. But what do you expect for $2.39?
I inked mine with just a Jinhao black cartridge and it works fine. The pen is also quite a smooth writer. I won’t go as far as to say it’s as smooth as my Lamy, but it’s a decent writer if you want a new fountain pen for cheap.
If you’re looking for a cheap, yet beautiful looking fountain pen, I’d suggest to give this one a try. There are a bunch of cool lower-priced fountain pens on eBay too, so if you’re in the mood to do some pen shopping, go give it a whirl and let me know what you find.
I received this lovely hand-made ballpoint pen from my Uncle and couldn’t resist sharing it with you. This isn’t a typical review, but I wanted to document the excellent work that was put into making it.
They’re made in Roma, a small town located in western Queensland, Australia. My Uncle mentioned that he makes them at the ‘menshed’, along with a bunch of other talented men. This particular one is made of Emu Apple wood, but they make them in a bunch of different kinds. They not only craft exquisite pens, however. They do a bunch of other woodwork too.
So if you’re in the area, stop by and say hello. You might even get the chance to purchase one of these beauties.
The second notebook I received from Andrew that hadn’t been reviewed is the A5 Buffalo Journal from Typo.
Once I’d started to write in this journal, it became a quick favourite. The paper contained inside the PU leather book is extremely smooth and easy to write on. It’s not the thickest I’ve had, though. So perhaps stick to your ballpoint pen in this one. I did write with a fountain pen, just for the example, but when I flipped the page I saw that the ink did run through.
The size of this journal is not too small, but not too big. A5 is perfect for use at home, at work or even on your travels. There’s also a built-in inner pocket in the back of the journal which is super handy if you need to keep any loose notes or paper with you. This journal contains 176 lined pages, which is an excellent amount if you ask me. I prefer notebooks with around the 200 mark, just because I believe that the feel of a thick notebook is much better than one with only 50 pages.
As this journal is from around the 2012 year mark, Typo has updated their Buffalo journals. You can choose from an array of colours, including pink, turquoise, grey glitter and tan. Another perk is that it has elastic closure, lay-flat pages and a bookmark ribbon.
Being at only $14.95 from Typo’s online store, it’s a quality journal that will have you writing for a long time. Typo also has a lot of stores across Australia, so if you’re in need of a new journal, don’t hesitate to buy yourself this one.
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