Geekery

Review: Pentel Multi 8’s

IMG_0008During the time I was scanning the internets for interesting bits of stationery (still do it but not as extensive as last year), I remembered that somebody offered me a LAMY “tri pen” a long time ago and I almost forgot I had it. So I went looking for it in my storage (I’m really organised, but the chaotic type..) and was pretty happy to find it still as I remembered it although I remembered also that I’d like to have a multi-pen with more functions. So I searched the sites for some interesting multi-pens.

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And it was then that I first saw the Multi 8s. It was like a teenager wet-dream (nerd/geek wet-dream), a pen with 8 different things in it. And not one of those bulky multis you can get from BIC or HEMA. No, a real sleek pen with 8 mostly different functions. Wow! At the time when I tried to get them, they were somehow really difficult to get a hold of, but I managed to get some directly from Japan. They weren’t cheap, but you get the pens PLUS recharges for everything that is already in the pen. There are two different models the “MULTI8 PH802 for checking use” and the “SUPER MULTI PH803 multi writing function”. They are functionally totally the same, but have different fillings and hence the writings on them changes.

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The 802 is intended for proof-reading and includes some non-copy colours: the classic non-copy blue and a lesser known (to me at least) bordeaux non-copy lead. Then you also have red, blue, brown, orange, yellow and green, so the most basic colours for doodling purposes. Mind you the quality of those leads is not bad at all, they are quite soft for mechanical pencil leads, but you’ll use them up real quick (they’re rather on the short side) if you use them for more than scarce colouring of doodles. It surely is a nice pen to have. I use both of them daily. They are stored in my custom “Destination Zero” Memo Deluxe. The 802 is a real beast, hence the “SUPER”. It boasts 3 different ball-point lead (blue, black and red) a non-copy, fluorescent pink and yellow leads, a red and HB graphite lead, mostly about everything you’ll ever need on a daily note-taking basis.

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They are all plastic and you can use them as maracas… yep, it’s rattling a lot. The mechanism is pretty easy to use: just choose the desired lead with the rotating clip and then push the button. The lead is released from its compartment and falls… out of the pen if you don’t stop it. So it basically is the same thing as a simple lead-holder only a little (sarcasm) more sophisticated. The ball-points don’t fall out. I think the leads aren’t supposed to fall out (there’s a metal piece on the end of each lead) but somehow mine tend to slide right through or it is me pushing too hard?

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They are not particularly nice to look at, functional yes, but not sexy… nope. There’s another thing that confuses me: the rotating clip sometimes is misaligned and the Japanese description has me puzzled. So leads can be stuck, and you have to rotate and push, or push and shake or whatever… I’m not sure bit they still work nicely. So it is a clear recommendation if you “need” something like the MULTI 8s.

EDIT: I just checked jetpens.com if the MULTI 8s are available, which they are, but more importantly they show what I was doing wrong with the falling leads…

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New arrival: Lego Pencil Holder

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It is a geek’s dream! Behold my wife’s present for this year’s winter celebrations! The awesome LEGO pencil holder in all its glory standing now on my desk and holding my weapons of choice I use most at the moment. The LEGO pencils are a nice addition, but I am no fan of branded, advertising or novelty pencils. Either way the little guy will be in my company for a long time!

Geekery: Atari games branded pencils

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The above picture was posted on the Erasable Podcast Community Page on Facebook and it shows what might be my doom… I have, well had, no interest in pencils that exist only to be a publicity, sporting some fancy colors and slogans and totally loosing at being a proper pencil, but these got me thinking. I’m a 77’s guy, so I have that urge of reliving part of a time I only lived through half consciously being a kid. These pencils do exactly that and they do that in a wonderful way as the Atari VCS 2600 was my first (well mine and my sisters…) gaming console.

Kickstarter: Sticky Page Markers

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Yep, still alive! I’ve been busy with my two little ones and was a bit active on the Erasable Community page on Facebook. But beside that school has started again, so I may find more time for reviews again. One little thing I discovered on Kickstarter are these übercool Sticky Page Markers that can be arranged to a landscape! Love thee concept. Check it out here: http://kck.st/1pge8hR

Mine, mine, … Janus 4048

So since my plans for world domination have been delayed indefinitely, I decided to raise the world wide market price of the Janus 4048, so that my children can be filthy rich, by buying every single Janus that appears on eBay! This sharpener is so good… wait let me reiterate that, that sharpener is so ridiculously fantastic, that I already live in fear for the day when it won’t sharpen anymore.

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I’ll try to review the Janus one of these days (it’ll be a collection of words without a lot of meaning and an uncountable number of superlatives), but until then I’ll gather more… pRecIOusneSSsssssss…

A pen that draws with the color that you just scanned!

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If this sounds crazy, well… it is crazy. And I’m really, really skeptic about this project. But if you missed it (seems it went already viral) the concept alone is mind boggling and if, and seriously this is a BIG IF, this project is a reality I’m more than eager to see how this turns out. You can check out all the digital mock-ups here. As long as I haven’t seen a working prototype this is in the realm of vaporware. What I’m most skeptic about is the ink-system, how it’s supposed to work…