The Nib Section
72 - Journaling for Productivity

72 - Journaling for Productivity

February 26, 2021

Fountain pens and journals go together like bangers and mash. In this episode, Sharyn and Di go through their most used journaling systems, from their non-artistic bullet journals to their ink journals. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

01:03—WWAWW 

 

Sharyn: TWSBI Diamond Mini White Rose-Gold V2 Medium w/ J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor 

Diana: ST Dupont Olympio Vertigo L Medium w/ Caran d’Ache Idyllic Blue 

 

07:38—Montblanc 2020 Calligraphy Nib 

 

Episode 71 - Gem on a Nib 

Episode 53 - The Other German Pen Brand 

 

13:32—Journaling for Productivity 

 

About - Bullet Journal 

A Deep Dive Into How I Use My !Not Artistic! Bullet Journal To Organize My Brain - Kate Elliott 

Di’s bullet journaling system 

Life Kappan Grid A5 - Wonder Pens 

Traveler’s Notebook Regular Size - LarryPOST 

Hobonichi Techo Day-Free - Hobonichi 

Episode 14 - Analog Strikes Back 

 

43:48—Other kinds of journaling 

 

Midori 5 Years Perpetual Diary - Bookbinders Online 

A Brief Guide to Keeping a Commonplace Book - Notebook of Ghosts 

A new method of making common-place books - John Locke 

Creating and Keeping a Fountain Pen Ink Journal - Fountain Pen Love 

Life Schopfer Notebook B5 - The Journal Shop 

Sharyn and Di’s ink journals - TNS on FB 

 

1:15:20—Recommendations 

 

Caran d’Ache 849 Ballpoint Pen - Caran d’Ache 

@thekangaroosanctuary 

@crazy_wombat_lady 

Wombat poop: Scientists reveal mystery behind cube-shaped droppings - BBC 

 

1:24:30—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Sharyn Zha and Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

71 - Gem on a Nib

71 - Gem on a Nib

February 12, 2021

Di and Sharyn attend their first pen event of the year and bring the goss on the new Montblanc releases of 2021. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

00:50—WWAWW 

 

Diana: Nakaya Piccolo Cigar Toki-iro Fuji SF w/ Diamine Handel 

Sharyn: Nakaya Piccolo Cigar Midori Tamenuri Yakou Maki-e Cat Paradise w/ Bungubox Norwegian Wood 

 

10:18—Feedback 

 

11:44—State of the Collection 

 

Pilot Decimo Alumite Limited Editions - TNS on Facebook 

Episode 40 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (Decimania Edition) 

Nakaya Raden Ao-Gai Zukushi 

Montblanc Nicholas Copernicus 4810 Limited Edition - Penporium 

Montblanc Boheme Range - Paulo’s Pen Posts 

Montblanc Le Petit Prince 2020 Holiday Set - Fontoplumo 

Montblanc Tribute to the Great Wall of China - Forbes 

 

36:41—Montblanc Black & White Event 

 

Around the World in 80 Days - Wikipedia 

Montblanc Muse Marilyn Monroe Special Edition Fountain Pen - Montblanc 

Pilot Vanishing Point Tropical Turquoise -The Pen Addict 

Bee My Love - Chaumet 

The origin of the Josephine Collection - Chaumet 

Montblanc Meisterstuck Calligraphy Collection - Pen World 

Montblanc Heritage Egyptomania Black Special Edition - Montblanc 

Ystudio classic fountain pen - Ystudio 

 

1:08:15—Recommendations 

 

Hunters Wellingtons 

Eater Handmade 

King of Pastry 

 

1:16:58—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Sharyn Zha and Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

70 - End-of-year Q&A

70 - End-of-year Q&A

December 25, 2020

2020 is nearly over and not a moment too soon! We answer all your burning questions in this Q&A episode. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi), Brian (@briansaputro) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

04:46—WWAWW 

 

Sharyn: Sailor Fude de Mannen 

Tav: Montblanc Meisterstuck 144 Burgundy OBB w/ Taccia Ao 

Brian: Pilot Vanishing Point Raden Stripes M w/ Sailor Shigure 

Diana: Nakaya Decapod Twist Heki-tamenuri SM w/ Sailor Tokiwa-matsu 

 

15:14—Reviews 

 

23:20—Q&A 

 

Pilot Lady White Fountain Pen Sakura - PenSachi 

@jazorilla 

Fountain Pen Revolution 

Lotus Pens 

Ranga Pens 

Airmail/Wality - Kiwi Pens 

Fountain Pen Association of India 

ASA Pens 

Esterbrook Pens 

Krishna Inks 

Krishna Inks Clarification and Apology 

PenBBS Inks - The Desk Bandit 

Flexible Nib Factory 

Daniel Smith Lapis Lazuli Genuine 

Kermit Oliver - Hermes Scarf Catalogue 

Laurence Bourthoumieux - Hermes Scarf Catalogue 

@octavemarsal 

Dimitri Rybaltchenko - Hermes Scarf Catalogue 

@sebby.lion 

@sossejdog 

Noodler’s Konrad Rollerball - Goldspot 

Delta Journal Fountain Pens - Goulet Pens 

The Long Night 

Star Trek Discovery 

The Mandalorian 

The Untamed 

The Personal History of David Copperfield 

Hobonichi 

 

1:32:00—Recommendations 

 

A Recipe for Seduction - A KFC and Lifetime Original Mini-movie 

BlocHaus Marrickville 

Tasting History with Max Miller 

Andrew Clark Pottery (@andclark

 

1:37:16—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Sharyn Zha, Taveet Sinanian and Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

69 - The Fourth Dimension

69 - The Fourth Dimension

December 11, 2020

This episode we discuss the effects of time on ink and pens, and the desirability of future-proofing them. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

02:09—WWAWW 

 

Sharyn: Pilot Resin Falcon SM w/ Sailor Sakura-Mori 

Tav:  Magna Carta Wave w/ Colorverse Quasar 

Diana: Pilot Vanishing Point Raden Minamo F w/ Sailor Jentle Blue 

 

06:58—News/Announcements 

 

2020 Christmas Giveaway (Australia only) 

2020 Christmas Giveaway (International) 

Episode 68 - Esterbrook 3.0 

Episode 67 - Pencil-like Feedback 

The Pen Addict #439 

Sailor Japan “Be You!” Special Event 

Lamy Accent 

Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2021 Knights 

Montblanc Homage to Rudyard Kipling Limited Edition 1895 

Caran d’Ache Varius Ivanhoe 

Graf von Faber-Castell Heritage Fountain Pen (Ottilie and Alexander) 

 

56:07—Time & Change 

 

Platinum Classic Inks - JetPens 

KWZ Iron Gall Inks - Pensive Pens 

Episode 66 - Mountain of Ink 

Parker Penman Sapphire - Mountain of Ink 

Private Reserve American Blue - Inkdependence 

Episode 61 - Ocean of Ink 

Sheaffer Peacock Blue - EdJelley 

Montblanc Elixir Parfumeur Vetiver Green - Montblanc 

Maruzen Athena Lemon - Tokyo Station Pens 

Montblanc Blue Hour - Gourmet Pens 

Noodler’s General of the Armies - Inkophile 

Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue - Gentleman Reviewer 

Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine - Mountain of Ink 

Episode 55 - Care and Maintenance of Your Lamy 2000 

1:28:20—Recommendations 

 

The Devil Wears Prada: Emily and a History of Workaholics - The Take 

The Devil Wears Prada: Miranda Priestly - A Defense of Perfectionism - The Take 

ContraPoints 

Warm Regards 

How To Save a Planet 

 

1:37:20—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Sharyn Zha, Taveet Sinanian and Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

68 - Esterbroook 3.0

68 - Esterbroook 3.0

November 27, 2020

We take a close look at the second attempt to revive a historic US pen brand, Esterbrook Pens, and review three pens from its current lineup. Tav and Di also chat to Ryan from Kenro Industries, the company which currently owns the venerable Esterbrook brand. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

01:23—WWAWW 

 

Sharyn: Esterbrook Estie Oversized Sparkle Tanzanite EF w/ Waterman Serenity Blue 

Tav: TWSBI Vac-700R Iris w/ Taccia Ao 

Diana: Esterbrook Camden Composition Black to School Black F w/ Caran d’Ache Blue Night 

 

05:06—Esterbrook Pens 

 

For the next company that wants to revive a beloved pen brand. - Leigh Reyes 

Esterbrook Pens - Pen Economics 

 

10:18—Interview: Ryan Sirignano 

 

Esterbrook Estie OS Sparkle 

Kenro Industries 

Fountain Pen Day 

Fountain Pen Hospital 

Fahrney’s Pens 

Dromgoole’s 

Bittner 

Custom Nib Studio 

McKenzie Penworks 

Esterbrook Estie - Esterbrook Pens 

Acutron Watches 

The Herbert Pen Company 

Pulp Addiction 

Peters of Kensington 

Podstar reusable coffee pods 

The Sunday Read: ‘David’s Ankles’ 

 

1:18:52—Esterbrook Revival 

 

Esterbrook Fountain Pens - Pulp Addiction 

Tav reviews the JR Pocket Pen Capri Blue B 

Sharyn reviews the Estie OS Sparkle Tanzanite EF 

Diana reviews the Camden Composition Black to School Black F 

Episode 50 - Tuned to Order 

Episode 7 - QC Controversies: Nakaya, Visconti, TWSBI 

 

2:08:32—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Sharyn Zha, Taveet Sinanian and Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special guest: Ryan Sirignano.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

67 - Pencil-like Feedback

67 - Pencil-like Feedback

November 13, 2020

Sharyn and Diana review the new Faber-Castell Hexo, and discuss Faber-Castell pens in general. We also interview Michael Karakatsanis of Faber-Castell Australia. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

  

 

00:48—WWAWW 

 

Sharyn: Faber-Castell Hexo Rose M 

Diana: Faber-Castell Hexo Black F 

 

04:35—Interview: Michael Karakatsanis 

 

Faber-Castell Australia 

IG: @fabercastellaustralia 

Facebook:  Faber-Castell 

Connector Pens - Faber-Castell 

Pen of the Years - Graf von Faber-Castell 

POTY 2020 Sparta - Graf von Faber-Castell 

Nature’s Luxury POTY - Graf von Faber-Castell 

Limited Edition Snakewood - Graf von Faber-Castell 

 

26:16—Review: Faber-Castell Hexo Fountain Pen 

 

Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche - LarryPOST 

Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Ebony - Peters of Kensington 

Faber-Castell Ondoro - LarryPOST 

Faber-Castell Loom Metallic Gray - Officeworks 

Graf von Faber-Castell Tamitio Black - Appelboom 

Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Platino Ebony - UK Fountain Pens 

Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Cannelé (Fluted) Ivory - Graf von Faber-Castell 

Faber-Castell Ambition - LarryPOST 

Faber-Castell e-Motion - LarryPOST 

Faber-Castell Essentio - Faber-Castell 

Faber-Castell Hexo Rose Fountain Pen - Pen City 

Faber-Castell 9000 3B - Officeworks 

Graf von Faber-Castell Limited Edition Elemento Olive Wood - Graf von Faber-Castell 

 

1:09:57—Recommendations 

 

The Long Night 

Street Food Icons - Munchies 

The Thai Food Queen of Texas - Munchies 

Life in Quarantine - Munchies 

DEE DEE - Northeastern Thai Street Food 

 

1:17:15—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Sharyn Zha and Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special guest: Michael Karakatsanis.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

66 - Mountain of Ink

66 - Mountain of Ink

October 30, 2020

Invoke her name three times and she will appear! Our favourite ink reviewer/blogger, Kelli from Mountain of Ink, is our guest this episode. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Kelli (@mountainofink).

 

 

FORMAT 

 

00:52—Introduction: Kelli (Mountain of Ink) 

 

Mountain of Ink 

Noodler’s Ahab - The Goulet Pen Co 

Diamine Marine - The Goulet Pen Co 

 

03:29—WWAWW 

 

Kelli: Lamy Safari w/ Kobe 23 Nagata Blue 

Sharyn: Sailor ProGear Realo Tenku Mugen 

 

05:03—Kelli (cont.)

 

Taroko Enigma A5 Dotted - TarokoShop 

Taroko Breeze A5 Notebook - TarokoShop 

Review: Nanami Crossfield - Mountain of Ink 

Some words on Tomoe River. - Musubi 

MD Notebook Cotton - Midori JP 

Overjoyed 

Musubi A5 Folio Notebooks - Musubi 

Bank Paper - Musubi 

Mabie Todd Swan S2 - Flex & Other Follies 

Sailor x Wancher ProGear Shamrock Green - Thomas Bates 

Sailor ProGear Kure Azur - Bookbinders Design 

KWZ Butterscotch - Mountain of Ink 

Pelikan M620 City Series - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Pelikan M605 White Transparent - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Pelikan M405 White Transparent - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Pelikan M600 Violet - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Pelikan M600 Turquoise - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Pelikan M600 Pink - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Pelikan M600 Vibrant Orange - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Pelikan M600 Vibrant Green - Pelikan Collectibles 

Pelikan M600 White Tortoise - Pelikan Collectibles 

Aurora Optima - The Pen Addict 

Conklin Duragraph - The Gentleman Stationer 

Kelli’s top 5: Sailor, Pilot Iroshizuku, Diamine, Robert Oster, Monteverde 

Shigure Inks 

Vanness Pen Shop 

Montblanc Blue Palette - @thenibsection 

Ferris Wheel Press Inks - Ferris Wheel Press 

Ink Palettes - Mountain of Ink 

Sailor Manyo Haha - Mountain of Ink 

Sailor Manyo Nekoyanagi - Mountain of Ink 

Papier Plume Lake Michigan Summer - Mountain of Ink 

Dual Shaders - Mountain of Ink 

Waterman Ink - Mountain of Ink 

Lamy Dark Lilac - Mountain of Ink 

Parker Penman Sapphire - Mountain of Ink 

Noodler’s Black - Mountain of Ink 

Favourites - Mountain of Ink 

Platinum Carbon Black - Mountain of Ink 

 

1:00:50—Recommendations 

 

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook 

Esterbrook Estie 

Midori MD A5 Codex 1-Day-1-Page 

 

1:03:22—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Sharyn Zha. 

Recording and editing: Sharyn Zha and Diana Dai. 

Special guest: Kelli.

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

65 - The Colour of C-sharp Minor

65 - The Colour of C-sharp Minor

October 16, 2020

The special guest this episode is harpist, goldsmith, nib expert, and all round Renaissance woman, Anabelle Hiller. She talks to Diana about the journey to creating her masterpiece fountain pen, The Symphony. 

 

This episode features Diana (@thegrynne) and Anabelle (@stringsandpedals and Opus Cineris). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

04:21—“The Symphony” Fountain Pen 

 

Anabelle’s previous appearances on TNS: Episode 30, Episode 50 

Fountain Pen Companion Podcast 

Appelboom
The Symphony - @stringsandpedals 

SBREBrown 

Jack Row 

Monteverde Passion Burgundy - Mountain of Ink 

Gustav Mahler 

Alfred Roller 

Arts and Crafts movement 

Art Nouveau 

How Wassily Kandinsky’s synaesthesia changed art - The Telegraph 

Peter Bock AG 

 

1:05:01—WWAWW 

 

Anabelle: Parker Premier 

Diana: Namiki Yukari Cormorant M w/ Troublemaker Foxglove 

 

1:08:49—Listener questions 

 

Montblanc James Purdey LE 81 - The Firearm Blog 

1:31:09—Recommendations 

Jane the Virgin 

Saying Goodbye to Elizabeth Suzann - NYT 

The True Cost of Brands Not Paying for Orders During the COVID-19 Crisis - Forbes 

 

1:43:31—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special guest: Anabelle Hiller. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

64 - A Preppy Went to Uni

64 - A Preppy Went to Uni

October 2, 2020

After an unplanned hiatus, the Nib Section is back, baby! We review some new acquisitions, including the Platinum Curidas, and discuss recent developments in the fountain pen world, including the shake-up at Sailor. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha), Diana (@thegrynne) and Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

7:47—WWAWW 

 

Tav: Ancora Casein LE for Fahrney's w/ De Atramentis Hyacinth 

Sharyn: Lamy CP1 Platinum w/ Lamy Blue 

Diana: Platinum Curidas Clear 

Image on FB 

New Lamy Dialog Cc 

 

31:00—Feedback 

 

Rohrer & Klingner SketchINK - Parkablogs 

Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun - Mountain of Ink 

@violetinverness 

39:15—How we’ve been using pens during the pandemic 

 

Noodler’s Baystate Cape Cod Cranberry - Pulp Addiction 

Pilot Petit 2 (felt-tip) - Bunbougu 

Sailor Manyo Haha - Bookbinders Design 

Sailor Manyo Nekoyanagi - Bookbinders Design 

Sailor Ink Studio 123 - Bookbinders Design 

YaChing Style Bellflower 

Sailor Jentle Fuji-musume - Mountain of Ink 

 

58:49—Shake-up at Sailor 

 

Tokyo Inklings - Emergency 1: Sailor Plus 

Tokyo Inklings - Emergency 2: Sailor Minus 

Sailor new Ink Studio releases - @nagasawa_umeda 

Troublemaker Kelp Tea - Mountain of Ink 

Sailor Discontinues 6 Jentle Inks - Anderson Pens Blog 

Sailor Pro Gear Slim Mini - Goulet Pens 

Sailor 1911 Profit Junior - PenSachi 

Sailor ProColor 500 - Oh Fountain Pens 

Cross Peerless 125 - Peters of Kensington 

1:11:53—How customers and manufacturers are responding to covid 

 

1:20:58—Recommendations 

 

Indian Matchmaking 

Selling Sunset 

How To Make Everything 

Machine Dynasty - Madeline Ashby 

 

1:31:53—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Sharyn Zha, Tav Sinanian, Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

63 - Quarantine Diaries

63 - Quarantine Diaries

March 20, 2020

First week of self isolation for us in Sydney! Already there is domestic strife brewing in the Sharyn and Sebbie household. Is this our new normal for the foreseeable future? How are two Australians and a Hongkonger keeping themselves happy and occupied during these crazy times. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha), Diana (@thegrynne) and Leo (@inquisitivequill). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

02:38—WWAWW 

 

Sharyn: ST Dupont Olympio L Palladium Diamondhead w/ GvFC Moss Green 

Leo: Parker 75 Laque XF w/ Sailor Oku-yama 

Diana: Pilot Custom 845 Vermilion M w/ PenBBS 372 

 

09:03—Feedback 

 

10:25—Staying Connected, Staying Invested 

 

Nakaya 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Aka-tamenuri with Kuro-tamenuri strings rolled Fountain Pen - Aesthetic Bay 

Nakaya 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Kuro-roiro with Silver strings rolled Fountain Pen - Aesthetic Bay 

Pilot Custom Urushi Blue Maruzen Special - reddit 

Platinum Curidas - The Clicky Post 

Stalogy Editor's Series 365Days Notebook - JetPens 

40 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (Decimania Edition) 

41 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (A Happy Cut of the Tine Edition) 

Sailor Manyo Inks - Bookbinders Design 

Pilot “Vest Type” - @inquisitivequill 

KWZ Standard Green #2 - Vanness 

Pineider Leather 12 Pen Case - Pen & Ink 

 

58:54—Recommendations 

 

Joe Hisashi - Dream Songs: The Essential Joe Hisashi 

Logic Grid Puzzles 

Coronacast 

Baumgartner Restoration 

 

1:06:46—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

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