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Did you know that July is fountain pen month? Holly and Chad of SCRIBEdelivery sent this letter that thoroughly explains their choices for this month's curation, which includes some of their favorite items.
Noodlers Creaper Flex Fountain Pen, Clear Demo – Value $16.58
This pen has the most adorable packaging!
The body of the pen has a twist mechanism that's used to easily fill the pen with ink. Since it's plastic, the pen is lightweight but feels sturdy. I received the clear version.
The nib has some flexibility in the stainless steel tip, which means you can widen the line width by pressing a little harder. It's also adjustable to suit your writing preference.
Noodlers Ink 3oz X-Feather Black – Value $12.50
Again, the box is adorable. A cowboy riding a catfish!
This heavy glass bottle holds enough ink to last a long time. The color is a nice standard black that is water resistant when it dries. It has little gradation and is slow drying, in order to prevent feathering. Noodlers ink is very well-known, but I'd never had a chance to try it before, so I was excited to see it in the box.
It was filled all the way to the very top! If you get this box, be very careful about opening it up. Filling the pen hardly put a dent in the supply.
Rhodia Nº16 Staplebound 6×8.25 Pad – Value $4.59 (retail price $5.75)
I love Rhodia pads, so I was excited to see this in the box. Rhodia paper is made in France and is acid-free, which means it won't yellow over time. It's known for working especially well with fountain pens because the ink glides over the paper without friction and ink doesn't bleed through. It's also great for smoothly shaded pencil drawings.
The orange cover is scored in a way that makes it easy to fold the cover around the back of the pad. The pages are perforated at the top for easy removal.
Lefties beware – the ink does smudge a little, though not as much as I expected for slow-drying ink. I was able to write a full page without visible smudging but did have a little bit of ink on my hand afterward. Also, there is still just the tiniest bit of feathering if you look closely, but I'd still say the ink stands up to it's 'x-feather' name.
I tried a right-handed sample to see how the pen and ink handled differently. Right-handed, the pen gives a strong smooth line and glides over the paper. (I realize this may be hard to tell with my sloppy writing, but take my word for it!) Left-handed, it's still good but does have a more uneven quality. I would recommend this pen more for right-handed users, although it's certainly better for lefties than a lot of pens I've tried. However, righties will be able to make better use of the flex nib and achieve a more elegant variation of line.
Although the writing is visible through the back because the paper is thin, it did not bleed through at all.
Verdict: I estimate a value of $33.67, which is solid for a $29 subscription (including shipping). This was a good 'quality over quantity' curation because although there were only three items, each was carefully chosen to work well with the others. I appreciated that these are all classic items that are popular with fountain pen enthusiasts. These weren't the best fit for me as a left-handed writer, but I found something to enjoy about every item.
What do you think of July's SCRIBEdelivery box? Do you use a fountain pen?