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Took me a long while to get around to making this but I've finally done it! The hands in this tutorial are those of my brother. He's...
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
That being said, give me some slack, because it’ll take me some time before I get as good as I was at my reviews and photography. :)
Read on to find out about my new favorite fountain-pen-related writing instrument…
Saturday, October 6, 2012
To the left, yup, that's me. That was about 3 days before we finished up our training down in Texas. I look a little different with short hair, and a uniform, eh? :)
But hey, I’m back now! And I must say, it's great to be back. I've been home for about two weeks now, but as you may have noticed, I’m not answering any emails, or doing any blogging, or any pen repair. I am taking a short break to get back into the swing of things here.
A lot has been happening lately, so I best go over the future, and let you all know what things are looking like for me. There are definitely going to be some changes. Some will be little, a few will be bigger.
The reason I am setting up “fresh” is to minimize distractions, as I will be changing a few things about the way my pen repair business runs. I’d like to be able to work on that with no obligations to be working with customers on a time limit. I hope that makes sense.
Let’s see… Next, I’ll probably have a very large sale. Hooray for you! Don’t you love it when I’m trying to quickly get rid of pens, and I have to sell them for extra low prices? :) I’ll be getting rid of all my current inventory of pens that I have for sale, as well as a few from my personal collection. This will once again free up my time and space to focus on reorganizing my business.
Firstly, my future is slightly uncertain. Don’t freak out now, I’m not quitting the pen repair business, or the blog. But they may not be full-time for me anymore. Depending on how things work out, there is a chance I will be returning to Texas in 2013 to do more training there. Nothing is decided yet, and I may never go back, but the opportunity is there. I've taken a great interest in going through the EMT/Paramedics school down in Texas there. Again, that’s not saying that I’ll be doing that, but there is a chance I will. If I decided to go through that training, I’d be gone for almost a year down in Texas.
Also, I may be headed down to Texas in January to do some volunteer work. That would be for 9–10 weeks. That may or may not work out, depending on a lot of things. It's looking pretty sketchy right now though...
What this means for my little pen repair business is pretty big. It means that I may not get much time to work at it. This is why I’m trying to get back to ground-zero, and get rid of all my current inventory. I need to be able to either go mobile with it, or leave it again for a few months.
With all this uncertainty, you’re probably thinking I’m done repairing pens for good. But again, fear not. Even if all this works out, and I leave for another year to go pursue a job doing something else, I will still come back to continue doing pen repair and blogging. One of the reasons I've taken an interest in Paramedics is the work schedule. A job like that would allow me to run a small business on the side quite easily. So yes, I would continue to repair pens along side that.
Please take all of this with a grain of salt. None of this is for sure, and I’m just letting you know so you can be prepared, in case I decide to suddenly leave again for a few months. The road ahead is kind of foggy, bumpy, and uncertain. Still, know that I will eventually be continuing my blogging, pen repair, and general FP geekiness. :)
That's about all for now, but I'll keep you folks updated with any further info I get. And I'll let you know how setting up the repair business is going. I am greatly looking forward to getting back into the FP world!
P.S. - Be sure to email me here (sparingly! ;) if you're confused about something, or just want to say hi!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
I leave tomorrow for Texas, and I won't be back till September. I don't expect to resume blogging till late September to early October. But we'll see.
I look forward to my time in Texas, but I will greatly miss you all! I value every one of my blog readers, so I promise you - you will not be forgotten. :) And when I return, I can resume blogging full-speed. I've already got some great plans.
All that being said, I must now bid you goodbye. Unfortunately I will not have my computer with me, so if you're wanting to contact me, you better do it today (6/21/12). I'll do my best to respond to everyone's emails, but I can really only handle the most important ones right now. I appreciate your understanding, and even if I can't respond to your email, know that I have read it, and will address it as soon as I reasonably can (if applicable).
That's it. Goodbye again my friends. See you all later this fall. :)
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
If you read my reviews here, chances are you’ve come across my comments on how much I dislike the J. Herbin ink bottle design. Nothing wrong with the ink inside it (usually), but the shape of the bottle is so un-fp-friendly that I can’t help but wonder what they were thinking.
Since I've been ranting about this for a while, I thought it'd be good to actually show why I dislike the bottle, instead of just complaining for no apparent reason.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Since then I has been really hit or miss. Some commenters have noticed nothing new, while others love it, and a few folks seem to be unable to comment at all, which really sucks.
So I'm left with a decision, and I want your help. I need to choose to either stick with the upgrade and hope for some bug fixes, or revert to the old version and wait it out till the new one is stable.
This being the case, and at the suggestion of one of my commenters, I've assembled a handy poll so that I can get your vote. If you want to take part in this, it's super easy, and I would be extremely grateful. Just select an option from the poll on the right.
And be sure to leave me a comment (assuming the new software is allowing you to do so) if you have further details.
Thanks for your participation! Each vote counts, and will help shape this blog to be better than ever.
Of need to reach me, and you are unable to leave a comment due to bugs, feel free to send me an email.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
gone in Texas, so enjoy them while they last.
As of today, I have nearly 4.5 weeks till my departure. Depending on how busy I am, we may only have 2–3 Weekend Reads left.
That being said, let’s take advantage if the time we have, and get right to it!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Also, yesterday was my younger sisters birthday! So I spent the day out with her and my family. It was a worthy cause for delaying this post until today. :)
Enjoy the reads!
Friday, June 15, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Yes, I’ve finally come to appreciate the cartridge converter. Believe it or not, I’ve even come to prefer it in many of my pens.
Obviously this warrants an explanation, so read on to find out more:
Friday, June 8, 2012
I will be leaving in July for Texas, and I'll be gone for a total of 9 weeks. During this time, I will be unable to answer any emails, or do any pen repair. Because of this, I am temporarily shutting down my repair business till September. When I return home, I'll need a week or so to get set up, and then I should be back in the swing of things very quickly.
I really appreciate your business, and thank you all for supporting me. I will not be sad to go to Texas, but I am sad to leave everyone hanging like this. My apologies for any inconvenience this causes you.
If you currently have a pen and/or nib with me, please know that I am doing my best to finish before I leave. If I am unable to finish, you will have the choice of leaving your pen(s) and nib(s) with me (they will be safely stored and guarded), or having them returned home.
Please email your questions and comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is copied over from my website, and only applies to my repair business. I will still continue blogging for as long as I can, though I will not be able to while I am in Texas. Thank you all for your understanding, and have a great weekend.
But, my computer hard disk is still warning me of an imminent failure, so I will be very cautious, and will be making regular back-ups.
That being said, I will also have to eventually replace the hard disk. Perhaps not just yet, but I can’t keep my computer like this for too long. When I do replace it, there will be an obvious disruption to any email communications for about 2–3 days. I will let everyone know when I am preparing to do this.
Once again, thank you for your patience everyone! I will be attended to as many emails as possible today. If you don’t get an email you expected, please let me know. There is a chance that some emails may be MIA due to the hard drive errors. Just send me another one to: email@example.com
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Uh oh… Those words can strike fear into the heart of many, including myself. As tech savvy as I am, I’m still not immune to computer glitches and errors. And this week I was just thrown a big one.
You’ll have to excuse me, because I won’t be getting any blogging done with my computer in this state.
Microsoft Windows has just gently informed me that my hard disk is failing. I am currently backing up everything I have, and after that I’ll need some time to think over what I’ll do. It may just be a little bug that I can fix, or I may actually need to replace my hard drive. Either way, it was not a pleasant surprise when I got that horrible little pop-up.
Wish me luck my friends. I hope to be blogging again soon, but until further notice, I am quite unable to.
I’ll try to keep you all posted with little updates. Follow me on twitter @TylersPens to get the fastest updates.
For all of you who were wondering how I wrote a blog post when my computer is crashing: Written with Byword for iPhone.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
see the official FPN status update here).
We've got lots to cover, so without further delay, here's your fountain pen fix for the weekend.
Friday, June 1, 2012
But among fountain pens, some are more special than others. Occasionally, you find a pen that just "clicks". It fits right in, and it works just how you like it. Today I'll be reviewing a pen that really "clicks" with me. Enter the Edison Pearl, LEE.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Nonetheless, review it I shall. I'll do my best to keep the review accurate, even though I don't like the ink.
Read on to find out more:
Saturday, May 26, 2012
As a result, I thought I'd share some photos with you of my improved workspace! On top of that, I'll be explaining in this post about my 9 week trip to Texas, and what I'll be doing there. Read on to find out more!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
For those of you who've been waiting for an initial review before buying, wait no longer! Here's the official Tyler Dahl review of the TWSBI Vac700.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
It's a very simple tool to create actually, granted you have access to some basic power tools and grinders. Check it out:
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Hopefully you've all had a great week so far. Mine was pretty busy, but that just makes the weekend all the better, right? :)
Relax and enjoy the reads!
Friday, May 4, 2012
But looks can be deceiving! Read on to find out what kind of fountain pen you can get for less than $5.00.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I'm really excited about this - It's going to be a great way to take a look at a pen from the eyes of two people who view it rather differently.
I'll explain how this is going to work out in just a minute.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The TWSBI Vac700 has been talked of, and hyped about even more than the Diamond 540. After months of waiting, delays, and revisions, the long awaited Vac700 is out!
Friday, April 27, 2012
Either way, I was not too impressed with this sample of my Mini Apica notebook.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
This was one of those pens that I opened up, and immediately knew what had gone wrong with the previous
So, I present you with a fun and educational lesson on proper button filler repair!
Monday, April 23, 2012
This little notebook has a lot to offer, at least for me. It seems to do what other notebooks fail to do for me. All I wanted was a simple spiral bound, miniature pocket notebook, that's FP friendly. How hard is it? Apparently difficult for everyone else except this little company. :)
Let's dive right in and see what this cute little thing has to offer us:
Saturday, April 21, 2012
But all that aside, I've got a fun little mini-review for you today. some of you may recall me talking about a really cool calendar called the "Chrono-Notebook", in one of my Weekend Reads a while back.
While I still have yet to purchase and try one of those, I did get a chance to try something very similar. Enter the Sundial Agenda.
Monday, April 16, 2012
But I do want to get back to blogging on a regular schedule again, so I'm hoping to start things of soon with a notebook review. Sounds nice eh? :)
Keep watch for that, and thanks for being so patient with me! I promise I'm not gone forever.
Till later, and have a great day everyone!
Saturday, March 31, 2012
I've got my email set up to send out an auto-response, since I will have very limited internet connection. I will do my best to get to important emails, but unless it's very urgent, I'm going to try and let it wait till later. After all, I am on vacation, right? ;)
While I'm gone, why don't you take a moment to go back into the blog archives and read a few old articles. I guarantee you haven't read it all yet, and maybe there's something in there that you'll find interesting.
Until later, and have a great day everyone!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Monte Verde Invincia Stylus is the Stealth Fighter of fountain pens.
It's heavy, sturdy, and most importantly - stealthy.
This is one incredibly cool pen, and I've got a lot of good things to say about it. Get ready for another big review!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
I've got some good stuff this week, including the podcast!
Relax, and enjoy yourself, with some good FP reading.
Friday, March 23, 2012
No, I'm not reviewing a Moleskine. I've done one better.... I'm reviewing a copy of a Moleskine, made by Mead. :)
Monday, March 19, 2012
But this ink definitely deserves a good look. It's not my favorite green, but it's definitely an admirable competitor.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Some of you may have heard about why this weeks going to be cut a little short. Again, I really appreciate you guys for being so patient with me.
But onto the fun part now! Relax and enjoy the semi-shortened reads!
Friday, March 16, 2012
My older brother and sister have been gone in Texas for about 5 months now, and they're coming back home tomorrow night (Yeah!). It will be wonderful to have them home, but that means I'm going to want to spend some time with them. You understand. :) I'm also going to be busy prepping for their arrival.
Not quite sure what I'll do, but I might do 1-2 links, and 1 question. I'll still attempt the podcast too.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I was given this notepad by a friend, and I must say, I had my doubts about it. All of my doubts have now been squashed however, and I have a new respect for this unassuming little pad.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Like most J. H. inks, the name is increasingly difficult to pronounce. :) This ink has some beautiful shading, and I don't think I've seen many colors quite like it.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Ever struggled trying to find something to unscrew that nut inside the blind cap of a Sheaffer Vac-Fill?
Finding something that fits is next to impossible, so you're left with only one good choice - make something of your own.
If you're looking for inspiration on doing this, hopefully this post will help you out.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
This Basildon Bond paper is a total winner for me. I love every aspect of it, and it seems to excel where other papers fail for me.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
While it may not be the season to curl up by the fire anymore, its never a bad time to relax and talk about fountain pens! And that's what we intend to do here with the Weekend Reads 3/2/12.
Grab a chair outside (if your weather permits), a good media device, and enjoy. :)
Friday, March 2, 2012
If you haven't been following along, check out the original post as well as the mid-month update.
I'm pretty excited about this. It is the first time I've ever done something like this, but I think it worked out spectacularly! You'll have to read on, and let me know what you think.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
If any of you folks are Apple-junkies (like me!), you can now subscribe to the Weekend Reads Podcast via iTunes!
Please, give it a look folks, and if you'd be so kind, give it an honest review and/or rating. I would love to hear your thoughts on the podcast. The more ratings you leave, the better chance that we can spread the fun to a larger crowd!
That's it for now everybody. Tomorrow will be the wrap up for the ONE MONTH Pocket Challenge. :)
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
J. Herbin Rouille d'Ancre is one of the most unique inks I've ever used. It's a color like no other, and I find it extremely intriguing. I'm not sure if it's something I'll buy a full bottle of, but I am definitely glad I got to try a sample of it.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
I've got another podcast for you today, as well as some great questions and answers! A special thanks goes to Maja, who provided me with two delightful questions to address today. Thank you Maja! :)
To the rest of you: make some coffee, find that favorite chair, and enjoy!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
I got a sick with a cold, and was not able to record the podcast on time. I really want to do the podcast again, so I decided it'd be best to delay the Weekend Reads just one day, till Sunday.
Sorry for the inconvenience. I'm sure you all can find something fun to do with your spare Saturday time. :)
Hey, here's an idea: why not actually use one of your fountain pens!
Happy writing everyone.
Friday, February 24, 2012
These notebooks can be had at your local Wal-Mart for the princely sum of $0.99. :)
They're cheap, they work well, and I like them! Read on for the detailed review!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Noodlers BayState Blue (BSB) has stirred up a lot of contention in the online world. Anytime it's mentioned, you can be sure to have dozens of supporters, as well as dozens of haters, all flocking to the article.
I am going to attempt a head-on, honest review of this ink. Personal opinions will be included, at a minimal level, but I'll stick primarily to just the facts.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The MonteVerde Invincia Stylus.
This is one pen that I am very excited to play around with and review. It's sweet looking, writes amazingly well, and has a touch0screen capable tip on it!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
J. Herbin Verte Olive is one of those "They really nailed that color" inks. It looks just like olive oil, and I find it quite appealing.
Read on, for the full review!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Marketed as one of the few modern flex pens in existence, and purchasable for under $25.00, the Ahab Flex Pen is has been the subject of much talk in the world of FP's over the last few months.
Stay tuned for the review folks, it's going to be a long one. ;)
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Are you all ready to relax and enjoy the weekend!?
Well, before you do, here's an important piece of news:
This week, we are testing out the very first Weekend Reads Podcast!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
If you're new to the ONE MONTH Pocket Challenge, check out this post for all the details.
Read on to find out how a Kaweco Sport and a CF Notebook have held up in my pocket for two weeks.
Monday, February 13, 2012
An orange so vibrant, you'd swear someone's Orange-Cream Popsicle dripped on your page when you see a swab of it.
Diamine Orange is one of the nicest oranges I've ever used! It's far to bright and vibrant to be used in any "normal" setting, but as an orange, it's one of my favorites!
Check out the review, and enjoy!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
It's cold and chilly today in Big Sandy, Tennessee, and I hear winter is finally moving in across the USA. Sounds like a good time to keep inside, and cozy up by the fire.
So go ahead, grab your computer, iPad, or iPhone, and settle in for some relaxing morning reading! What better way to start your day, than to read about your favorite
It's time for the Weekend Reads - 2/11/12 edition!