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Fountain Pen Storage v.3Back in March at the Long Island Pen Show I picked up a few sheets of the velvety pen trays from the Go Pens table. Good news, they can also be ordered online HERE! The pens trays are easily cuttable with scissors to fit any bin, tray or drawer you may want to put them in. The trays work much better than the foam I used in the first pen storage article I wrote some months back. The even spacing really makes my pen collection look great and keeps them all from rattling around together. The case is a small three drawer box that my girlfriend picked up for me at Homegoods. If you’re shopping on your own, make sure to bring a pen or two to make sure that the drawers are the right size.

Fountain Pen Storage v.3

How are you storing your collection!?

Fountain Pen Storage v.3

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DIY Pen Storage v.2! Back in March at the Long Island Pen Show I picked up a few sheets of the velvety pen trays from the Go Pens table.

Something about German design just looks better in grey.

Posted a review today of the @karaskustoms Bolt over on edjelley.com for those who missed it!

Karas Kustoms
“Bolt” Machined Pen in Aluminum
Made in the USA
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Karas Kustoms Bolt Pen Review

Specs:

  • Length: 5.625″
  • Weight: 1.1 ounces
  • Refill: Parker style refills accepted – Parker Quink Gel used for review
  • Stainless steel clip and hardware
  • 6061-T6 aluminum body
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Intro:

Karas Kustoms Bolt Pen ReviewFirst off, many thanks to Dan over at Karas for sending over a bolt for review. I really loved the Ink prototype that he sent over a few months back, and it’s nice to have another Karas pen in the collection. My first observation when picking up the pen was how light and well balanced the pen feels in hand. Pair that with a cool retracting mechanism, clean design, and a “Made in the USA” origin, and you’ve got a great pen. Read on to find out more about the Karas Kustoms Bolt.

Appearance and Construction:

Karas Kustoms Bolt Pen ReviewThe Bolt is a really sleek-looking pen. The brushed aluminum surface looks and feels great in hand. The bolt-action groove in the barrel gives you something to look at, breaking up the smooth surface. The knock needs to be pushed down and twisted to lock into place to engage the refill. I particularly like how the knock tapers from the bottom of the “button” into the top of the pen. It’s a small detail, but it adds to the overall look of the pen. The clip is secured by two hex bolts and has some really serious grip strength. The pen is built like a tank, I’m sure it can withstand any abuse you can throw at it. The pristine brushed finish is not indestructible though. After carrying it around in my pocket with keys, change, a knife, and whatever else I may throw in there, there are some visible scratches. I like the added character, but if you’re one of those people who needs everything clean and perfect, take note.

Feel:

The Bolt is nicely weighted, but not too heavy. The aluminum version is the lightest, coming in at 1.1 ounces. The pen is also available in brass and copper, which will add a substantial amount of weight. The balance of the pen is ever so slightly towards the back of the pen, but it remains undetectable in hand. The diameter of the pen is very comfortable, being slightly thicker than the Render K and Retrakt. The brushed finish provides a bit more grip than raw or anodized aluminum and also has a nice feel.
Karas Kustoms Bolt Pen ReviewThe pen is definitely well suited for longer writing sessions as well as quick notes. The knock isn’t as fast as a standard click mechanism, but it enhances the overall writing experience with that added fun factor. That being said, the knock is a little bit difficult to operate with one hand. I find myself wanting some added grip on the side surface of the knock button to make that push-and-twist operation a bit easier. The clip has nice spring and great grip strength, it can easily grab heavy denim and lighter khaki without falling out of my pocket or getting sprung. Construction and feel are both top-notch – great job guys.

Writing Performance:

Karas Kustoms Bolt Pen ReviewThe Bolt takes Parker style refills. I really like the Parker 0.7mm blue gel refill. They last quite a while and lay down a smooth, clean line. You can of course use a Fisher Space Pen, a Schmidt EasyFlow 9000, or many of the other Parker style refills out there. Karas has a few in their shop, so pick up a few to try out. I especially like the Schmidt EasyFlow. Also worth noting is that the tip of the refill fits perfectly through the hole in the end of the pen. There’s no extra room in there, getting rid of any possibility of wiggling refills, or noisy writing.

Pros:

  • Great construction
  • Reasonable price
  • Unique retracting mechanism
  • Clean, sleek design

Cons:

  • I have a hard time operating the mechanism with one hand

Conclusion:

Karas Kustoms Bolt Pen ReviewThe Bolt really is an awesome pen. It is sleek, well-balanced, and just works when it needs to. I love my Karas Kustoms Ink, and the Bolt makes a great companion. Thanks again to Dan over at Karas for sending the pen over!

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Disclaimer: I was given this pen free of charge and receive no compensation for my review, but that doesn’t mean I don’t 100% believe what I said!

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Because I hit “Publish” instead f “Preview”, the review of the Zebra Sharbo X LT3 is now live on edjelley.com - thanks @jetpens !

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multi-pen

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Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review Jetpens

Specs:

  • Description: A high quality, metal constructed multi-pen that I have been drooling over for years.
  • Refills:One mechanical pencil and two pen refills
  • Weight: ~22 grams
  • Body:All metal construction
  • Measurements: 5.270″ long, 0.360″ diameter
  • Color Options:Black, Silver, Champagne Gold, Cobalt Blue, Azure Blue (Check them all out at JetPens!)

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Intro/About:

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review Jetpens

I have been wanting a Sharbo for the longest time, thanks to my friends over at JetPens for finally making that happen. The Sharbo LT3 is a multi-pen that accepts D1 style refills – two of them actually AND a pencil. I used to be absolutely obsessed with multi-pens as a kid, and I’m definitely reliving the fun now. This one is slightly more grown up than the huge, 16-color shiny blue and purple one I had as a kid. I opted for the matte black body, a black 0.4mm gel refill, a maroon 0.4mm gel refill and a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. The Sharbo has a premium metal body, an eraser, and a twist-action mechanism to change refills. Read on to see how the Sharbo worked for me. Huge thanks again JetPens for sending over the pencil and lead for review!

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Appearance and Construction:

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review JetpensThe Sharbo LT3 is a slimmer pen, made almost entirely of metal. The threads when the body is opened are high quality and made of metal. The spring loaded clip is sturdy and solidly attached. The matte black finish has no blemishes and looks great. The Sharbo LT3 body is $49.50 and feels like it should be priced as such. I have no doubt that the LT3 will hold up for years to come. The pen has 3 positions, labeled with subtle hashmarks (I, II, III). I wish there was a fourth “OFF” position, but after carrying it around for a few days I haven’t found the pen opened up accidentally in my pocket.

Feel:

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review JetpensThe LT3 is a nice feeling pen. It’s relatively slim ad nicely weighted. It has a premium feel, I especially like the solid yet silent click when the selected refill locks into place. The refills fit perfectly into the tip of the pen with no discernible wiggle while writing, providing a comfortable writing experience. When the pencil mechanism is selected, the entire bottom of the pencil acts as the knock, clicking to advance the lead. The finish is smooth, but not slippery – the matte finish provides a tiny bit of welcomed tactile feedback. The pen is thinner than I expected, but it’s not uncomfortable. There’s another model of the pen (the ST3) that is slightly wider, but does not have all-metal construction that may be up your alley if you do not like thin pens.

Writing Performance:

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review JetpensI REALLY like Zebra’s gel ink pens. The 0.4mm gel refills I opted for lay down a smooth, sharp line. I have heard that they don’t last too long though – which I believe when seeing how small the refills are. Upkeep can be spendy, as the refills are $2.75 each. I like them quite a bit, so I can look past the price. I especially like how the refills lay down a fine line with a conical tip. It provides a sturdy writing experience, moreso than a Hi-Tec-C would. I think the Zebra refills are smoother as well. The D1 refills come from Zebra in many different colors and line widths – there’s a ton of ways to customize a Sharbo. The pencil component works well too. I may be slightly spoiled by my ever-rotating Uni Kuru Toga, but the Sharbo’s pencil gets the job done.

Pros:

  • Multi-pens are cool
  • Premium fit and finish
  • Zebra gel refills are some of the best I’ve tried
  • Great feel when selecting refills

Cons:

  • Refills run out quickly and aren’t cheap to replace
  • Pen may be too thin for some

Conclusion:

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review JetpensZebra’s Sharbo X LT3 is a high quality multi-pen that writes great, looks great, and has a very premium feel. The pen doesn’t come cheap at $49.50, but I think it’s worth it. The pen comes in a modern looking presentation box, making a nice presentation for the pen enthusiast in your life. If the refills were a bit cheaper, the pen and Sharbo system would be perfect.

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review JetpensThanks again to JetPens for sending this over to review, check out their site for more info on the pen!

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Disclaimer: This pen was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by JetPens. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!

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