Hand study or hand doodle?

Hand study or hand doodle?
Still don’t know but it’s a good idea when doing an important it a lot going call.

I think it’s very complicated to draw hands enough good. There’s my case obviously, I’m not satisfied still I had fun.

Well I had phun (phone and fun).

Now I made thus sketching but I made a big mistake… I sketched with my biro on a loose already photocopied paper. and now it’s probably into recycling bin…😂


A great swap this february

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A great swap is here!

I was missing a swap since a long time. It’s not that I don’t want to make a swap with friends, it’s simply that I didn’t find the time to make it. Also choosing the right things to swap is hard. I usually go to swap something that I love and not something that I don’t need. That’s to me a big difference.

Well this the time for a great swap.

February swap 01

Everything is brand new. Everything has a good reputation and quality.

I’m swapping this Noodler’s Konrad Tahitian Tortoise fountain pen, still untouched. Just to go out of the box. February great swap 02

one of my pocket Leather cover (the #5 made) and the glorious Moleskine Cahiers.

February great swap 03

Although Moleskines are not the best with fountain pens, the before mentioned fountain pen can be tweaked. That means that you can almost run dry with ink (and in this case will be excellent for ‘skines) or you can have a gusher. Anyway, it’s here!   What to do to take part to this great swap? Simple! Just comment on bottom of this post  what you would like to swap. Be creative! Everything is art related is fine: books, materials, brushes, paper, great hand carved mugs, another pen, another notebook… I don’t know!

Whatever. Just be creative.

My new leather pen case

My new leather pen case

My new leather pen case is something that I’m very proud.Well I need it. I made it. My way. I’m often travelling (now a bit less honestly) but even on the daily commute it’s good to protect my fountain pens and some more. And as a sketching aficionado but also pen addict is good to have some case like this one.

As most of my leather projects so I have the travel in mind. That means to me no use of metals, keep it simple but reliable and easy maintained with a minimum care. And I love the vegetable tanned leather that takes patina and to hand-made everything so… 🙂

I also make my personal leather balm for this kind of finish, that is so good that if I change only one ingredient of the recipe I can use it also for my skin. I care.

I always keep it (over)stuffed, probably too much stuffed. Even the Rotring Art Pens. Too much. But that’s the way it works! You think to keep you minimalist  and light and on the bare minimum. So  I made this leather pen case small, and I started start like that.

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No way, at least for it works only for at least one month. Then later I will again my daily bag fill with lots of stuff, lots of pen and all odds. I just miss my mechanical pencil here because I lost it.

leather pen case 01

I also added my personalization touch, an anchor and my initials. I use elastic cords as much as i can in my leather project so to feed my “travel” concept. They are also reliable, easy found all over the world so easily replaceable. And you can replace easily also with some more. Just as example in Africa I replaced my broken elastic cord of my travel leather covers with some raw cord. It worked.

leather pen case 02

Just a side view of hand stitching or the “saddle stitching”. It’s still the strongest stitching for leather, and I use mostly waxed linen thread. I do it at the old-fashioned way, and this leather pen case takes strength with it. I kept the side gussets not that deep. Still wanting something not too thick. And I care about the borders and all details.

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As many friends know I have also a small shop on Etsy. Feel free to take a look at it, even to leave a feedback or to say hello Stefano! And mention my site. That’s better. 🙂


A wonderful gift. My new Aurora fountain pen

A wonderful gift. My new Aurora fountain pen.

That’s the way it goes.
I have a wonderful wife and I fell so lucky.

ell it happened that my wife went out with the baby to buy a gift for my brother in law birthday. She told me that she went out to buy a fountain pen. He found one, and sent me a message on my Iphone. Later she came to our house with this surprise.
This wonderful surprise. Instead of buying one she bought two fountain pen. One was for me.
And I love it.
As Italian seems strange to say, but I have no Italian fountain pen. And that’s a pity as you know that we (Italians) make excellence in writing since a long time.

And this is the glorious fountain pen for everyday use. It’s a M nib so great for a smooth writing (it’s really smooth), note taking, journaling and whatever. Also good for sketching, but that’s for who dares. Me!




Still undecided which ink to use. In the meantime I filled this pen with the closest orange color I have: the excellent Platinum Mix Free Earth Brown. Let’s see what in the future ink rotation for this pen.
Now going to match my Rhodia, orange of course,

How to refill a Pilot V-Pen (V4) Disposable Fountain Pen

How to refill a Pilot V-Pen disposable fountain pen

After receiving more than a question on how to refill a Pilot VPen (V4) Disposable Fountain Pen (or Varsity in the US market) disposable fountain pen I catch this chance on my blog to post some useful information.

But first let me spread some words about this fountain pen. Disposable fountain pen.
First of all we are talking about the Pilot VPen (V4) Disposable Fountain Pen. This is a great fountain pen, probably the better (disposable) fountain pen under 5 bucks available worldwide.
Or at least can come with Platinum Preppy that has two nib choices and it’s refillable with cartridge or to be transformed into an eye dropper pen (but this will be another story).It comes only with a medium nib, and it writes always smoothly as silk. It could be also the first fountain pen if you want to start to taste the world of fountain pens. It writes as silk in almost every paper and the combination ink and nib is pretty wet.
I like wet nibs and inks. The nib is not springy but I don’t care, I’m not doing calligraphy. The most important thing is that it writes and writes well and smoothly like more pricey pens.
That I will still continue to buy of course.

So… why I have to refill this pen? Why taking a lot of effort to refill this pen when it is disposable? Personally I do it for fun first, I think I can refill it for several times until it will leaks. Second, I refill this pen because I can play more freely with it:  I have battlefield fountain pen that I use mainly at work with Noodler’s Black Ink, next time I will do some ink mixing with it. Third: a small recycling does good for the environment.

Filling this small jewel is really easy, just we have to dismantle it with some care. Clean, refill with your favorite ink, re-assemble.
Here what’s needed: a kind of pliers with small noses, a piece of rag or paper. For instance I used my Leatherman sidekick and a piece of paper.

Here it is:

  • Grab firmly the sides of the nib with the pliers with. Use some paper or rag to avoid too much scratching.
  • Pull off the nib from the sides with some force and you will hear a click. The nib and the feeder are now detached. Still pulling will free out all the feeding compartment.
  • Now you can detach even the steel nib from the feeder with the same technique as above. Pretty easy, you just have to hold the feeder with a hand: the other will grab the sides of the feeder
  • Clean everything with warm soapy water and let dry all the sections if you want. I did it but it’s obviously optional

Pilot V-pen dismantled

After everything is dried you can go for the refilling of the Pilot. Or you can hack even more the feedback as per your choice. For the refill just use your favorite ink: you have to refill the barrel with a syringe, with a eye dropper, with a teaspoon or with a drinking straw. Use what you have and your imagination. Then…

  • Slide the nib over the feeder
  • Insert the feeder firmly and straight into the barrel until you hear a pleasant click.
  • Start sketching or doodling or chicken scratching. our choice.
  • I used to make the ink barrel transparent just rubbing hardly it against the corners of my desktop  covered with simple photocopiers paper or bad prints. But use whatever you have in hand, even rubbing the barrel against the corner of a magazine works.

So now you know how to refill a Pilot VPen (V4) Disposable Fountain Pen. Simpler to do than to describe here in this post. 🙂

I have also did a little hacking the nib feeder after the refilling of this pen, to better accommodate the flow of Noodler’s Black Ink that is some what viscous than the original ink.

Pilot V-pen re assembled and filled

Have fun!