Freshly inked

Freshly re-inked: My Super5 fountain pen in green (Dublin) is now part of my current pen rotation. The other two currently inked pens include the Lamy 2000 with an EF nib and the re-release of the Parker 51 in Teal with an F nib.

Fitting with the Super5‘s colour I fed it one of Kaco’s “Leaf” green cartridges.

I won’t show how the ink looks on paper as I didn’t clean the Super5 since its last use, so the ink colour I get is still a mishmash.

Pencil pot of the month – January 2023

After a rather long break, the pencil pot of the month category will be in use again, even if only temporarily.

Starting the pencil pots of 2023 off is a concrete pencil pot from Spanish company DOIY Design. I ordered this one from Zeitgeist London when it was on offer [1]At the time of writing this blog post it still is on offer..

This Spanish designed and Chinese made pencil pot has a slight hue of pink. I find the “stairs” of this pencil pot interesting. They can be used as pen holders to rest full length pens, but they really excel as a place to store used pencils that got shorter with time.

Be warned though if you want to use expensive pens with this pen holder: Concrete can be quite rough, so in my opinion there is a slightly increased possibility of scratching the surface of pens you store in this pen holder if you are not careful.

How I actually use it on my desk…

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1 At the time of writing this blog post it still is on offer.

Yoko Tsuno and the Pentel P205

2022 saw the release of the 30th Yoko Tsuno album.

In case you are not familiar with this series [1]I came across this series a few years ago for the first time.: In the Yoko Tsuno comics the main character, an electrical engineer, is taking part in adventures all over the world. Stories are usually technology and Sci-Fi heavy.

Beginning of “On the Edge of Life” from 1977.

The first story appeared in 1970 and more than 50 years later they are still drawn by Roger Leloup, who is now 89 years old. He is still working on creating more adventures and, according to rumours, the 31st album is already half completed.

As can be seen in the this Kaboom video, Roger Leloup is using Pentel’s P205 to draw his comics. The clip has been removed, presumably to more more comfortable to hold and because the pencils are not being used in pockets anyway.

Screenshot form the Kaboom video

A few years ago I was quite lucky and managed to get a signed print from Roger Leloup that I want so share here with you.


I believe that the use of the images in this blog post fall under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.

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1 I came across this series a few years ago for the first time.

Latex-free grip ‘pips’ for added comfort and control

I really like my Christmas gift: a set of Graphgear mechanical pencils in 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.7 and 0.9.

The official price for one in the UK is £26.68 [1]except the 0.4 mm version which isn’t officially available in the UK, but you can get a set of five, with different lead diameters, for under £35.

Pentel’s Orenz is a mechanical pencil I use often, but I haven’t had the pleasure of using another one of Pentel’s pencils yet: the Graphgear.

The Graphgear’s design is great. I especially like the retractable sleeve, activated via the clip. The grip section, knurled metal with rubbery dots, officially referred to as Latex-free grip ‘pips’, and lead hardness indicator, as well as the overall construction are also amazing and show a nice attention to detail.


The lead that came with the pencil doesn’t seem to be all HB. The lead from the 0.5 mm pencil is so much softer than the one that came with the 0.4 mm pencil.

I will certainly enjoy using the different lead diameters and retracting the sleeve when I have finished writing… When I write a lot in one go I will probably still want to use a sliding sleeve pencil out of convenience, i.e. to always have the right amount of lead looking out of the sleeve.

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1 except the 0.4 mm version which isn’t officially available in the UK