My Arsenal

16 Feb

This is from a post I made on FPN. I’ve been thinking a lot about the pen, paper, and ink products I use. I have such variety that I though why not sit down and think about what are my essentials, my staples, the things I can’t live without. This is what I’ve come up with. I can safely say that, at this point, if any of these things go missing, get broken, or whatever I will be hunting down replacements just as fast as I can say "Charge It!"

My arsenal:

  • Pens- Levenger Plumpster, Pilot VP, Stipula Vedo, and Edison Glenmont bulb filler . I have 14 pens, but these pens represent my workhorse pens. At least one or two are always inked. Should any of the above pens break or be lost they will have to be replaced forthwith! All are fantastic writes and offer different conveniences. The Plumpster is fat, comfortable, and a c/c systems which offers some flexibility when traveling. The VP’s retractable nib makes it the perfect notes pen. The Vedo is a piston filler with good ink capacity, comfortable design, and a great custom nib. The Edison was designed to my specifications which makes it a staple by default. I mostly use it for journaling and letter writing.
  • Inks- Mont Blanc Violet and Visconti Blue. I have 32 bottles of ink and an equal number of samples. This one was hard to nail down, but out of all my inks these are the two that absolutely are never going to be allowed to run out. I have others near this category: Levenger True Teal, Noodler’s Turquoise, Diamine Prussian blue, but MB Violet and Visconti Blue are in a league of their own.
  • Journal- I don’t have a signature journal as yet, but I am very partial to theExacompta Basics Gold Edged journals and Paperchase journals.
  • Stationery- American Stationery Business Monarch. I have several I like and use often including Crane’s 90gsm Pearl White, Rhodia blank pads, and G. Lalo, but I always come back to the Business Monarch. It’s perfect for my needs.
  • Paper for everyday use- Staples Bagasse and HP LaserJet 24lb. These two papers are cheap, abundant, and extremely fp friendly. I have to say the HP LaserJet took me by surprise. It is superbly FP friendly with just about all my pens and inks: No feathering or bleedthrough. It’s surprisingly robust and available at a big box office supply store near you! I love Clairefontaine and Rhodia as well, but they are a bit more expensive than I’d like for everyday mundane writing.
  • Planner- Quo Vadis Septanote(Trinote). This is my perfect planner. It never fails to come through for me and the paper is fantastically FP friendly. It’s in weekly format which is perfect for me as I like to plan by the week. It has ample room for appointments and ample room for notes. There is also a side bar for other important notes. Really, I couldn’t live without it.
  • Misc- Circa Desk Punch, discs, and covers. Ok, this is pending. I’ve already discovered that I LOVE the disc bound system. My punch is coming just as soon as my simply irresistible kit gets off back order! :glare: I’m not shooting blind on this one. I have used the disc bound system before (Clairefontaine Clairing notebooks) and have been longing for a system I could customize. I just had to justify the cost to myself. The disc bound system is just perfection for me. It holds everything securely while allowing for a lot of flexibility since you can easily remove and relocate pages and add pages were need be. My notebooks will be filled primarily with HP LaserJet 24lb paper and Staples Bagasse.

I have no idea what my readership is like (if I have one at all), but if anyone is out there reading this please feel free to let me/us know what is in your arsenal as well.

NB: Many of these items have already been reviewed here and are linked where appropriate. All the others are in the works and will be appearing soon as I can get to them.

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7 Responses to “My Arsenal”

  1. Anonymous February 17, 2010 at 3:49 PM #

    My smaller arsenal
    Hey Diz:
    I enjoy your FPN posts and also have your blog’s RSS feed saved, so you have at least one reader.
    I’m still pretty new to FPs and have just a half-dozen or so pens, but my daily writers are my Parker 51 aero and Varuna Rajan ED pen. For journaling I’m trying a few different notebooks, including Moleskine and a couple of Japanese types (Maruman and Koyuko).
    I do a lot of schoolwork on Staples bagasse looseleaf, which I like very much. Inks… I have about 8-10 bottles. Most are Noodler’s but I was recently introduced to J. Herbin Perle Noire and Bleu Nuit, and I like them both a LOT. The former is in the black Varuna; the latter in my teal 51. I’ll definitely be trying more Herbin inks in the future.
    Finally, I’m new to using a paper agenda and have a Quo Vadis Minister that is working out for me very nicely. As you pointed out, the Clairefontaine paper is superb.

    • dizzypen February 17, 2010 at 3:53 PM #

      Re: My smaller arsenal
      Thanks for your post! I’m glad to know I have at least one reader. 🙂
      You know I’d really like to try one of those Varuna EDs I just can’t stomach the ebonite smell. What nib do you have in yours?

      • Anonymous February 17, 2010 at 6:36 PM #

        Re: My smaller arsenal
        My Varuna has a medium steel JoWo nib that is very smooth and fairly wet. It’s an upgrade that Steve offers for the Varunas; at $15 I think it’s a steal.
        I’ve actually come to like the ebonite smell. I didn’t at first but it’s kind of addictive. It’s not that strong anyway; several months in, I have to rub the pen to bring it out. Which I do often. 🙂

  2. Anonymous February 18, 2010 at 8:07 PM #

    DIYPlanner.com
    Have you discovered DIYPlanner.com yet ?
    Especially if you want to delve into disc-binding

    • dizzypen February 18, 2010 at 8:28 PM #

      Re: DIYPlanner.com
      I have looked through DIY planner, but I am very content with my Quo Vadis Septanote Planner and I don’t really make lots of forms, etc.
      I’m a graduate student, so most of my disc binding needs pertain to keeping all my notes and drafts in some sort of organized manner.
      Thanks for the suggestion though.

  3. TAO June 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM #

    I’m a reader of your blog so you’ve got another one. I’ve recently been using an older blue, faceted Pilot Capless with a binder italic nib. The ink in it is aso-gao and the paper is a new Rhodia dotPad.

  4. CVWII August 28, 2011 at 11:18 PM #

    I just thought I’d mention that of 20 or 30 pretty nice pens my Varuna Rajan is one of my favourites.

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