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The Crafting System 25: A Mako T-Shirt For Your Heart

The Crafting System 25: A Mako T-Shirt For Your Heart
  • On November 8, 2016

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Ness and Eris talk pens and N7 Day!

Eris has serious opinions about pens and paper

  • The Pilot Metropolitan that Ness likes so much is a good example of how nibs on Japanese pens often run finer than European nibs. Pilot is a great brand for those who like a nice, narrow nib.
  • I personally enjoy an inkier writing experience, so my favorite entry level pen is the Lamy Safari/AL-Star.
  • My current favorite pen is my TWSBI 580 AL. I love demonstrator pens in general (a demonstrator is a pen that shows off the ink it contains).
  • While we’re on the subject of ink, Ness and I have both taken a shine to J. Herbin’s Les Pereles Des Encres line for its variety of colors and the lovely shading they produce while writing. It is a very arty ink.
  • If you want something that is more of a workhorse than a dressage star, Noodler’s and Diamine make a great product.
  • Noodler’s Ottoman Azure is Eris’s go-to signature ink.
  • You want paper recs? Oh I have got some paper recs for you!
    • If you like Field Notes, their limited editions tend to have more fountain pen friendly paper. Byline and Front Page are known good ones.
    • Rhodia is very popular, but I am personally not in love with it. It gets its sheen from a coating, and that feels weird under the nib to me when I’m writing. Most people love it though.
    • Tomoe River paper is my jam on toast.
  • Lastly, shout out to my Lihit Labs Bag-In-Bag. Bag-In-Bag is love. Bag-In-Bag is life.

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Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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