Interestingly enough, my taste in keyboards and fountain pens are similar. I have ultimately settled on acrylic for both.
I started with blue fountain pens and then switched to silver, black, and white. I started with medium nibs but found that I really enjoyed fine or extra fine more. I even tried demonstrators to be able to see the ink levels.
In the end, I settled on the Opus 88 Holiday Jazz acrylic demonstrator. It’s got a massive reservoir to fill with ink. It is an eyedropper filler pen. So far, the first ink I put in it has lasted over 9 weeks and I’m only about half-empty. I use this pen every day to take notes. I love that it is acrylic and frosted, so it goes with any color ink that I want; I also love that it is a demonstrator, so I can always see my ink levels clear as day.
The nib is fine, and it does not currently produce a wet line. It’s perfect for notes because it dries quickly enough as a result.
Right now, it is inked with Monteverde Mandarin Orange in honor of my soon-to-be move to Tennessee. It’s dark enough to be legible but it is unmistakably orange.
The pen is a screw cap, so it secures well. It is also postable, meaning I can rest the cap on the back of the pen when writing. It has a blind cap as well for improving ink flow as well as unsealing the reservoir to allow the ink to enter the section and feed; it’s a nice feature to have to help prevent burping.
Sometimes, the pen does dry up even with the blind cap open. I find it usually does that when I have the cap off or posted but I am not writing. It’s best to get this ink flowing and continue writing or screw the cap back on to seal it when not actually writing. If it does dry up, I find it easiest just to put the nip perpendicular to the paper and start tapping down repeatedly to encourage ink to flow into the section and feed.
Overall, it’s a great pen. It writes smooth. It has a nice, balanced weight and touch to it. And I love the color and how I can see the ink through it. I highly recommend this pen!
How about you? Are you into fountain pens? Which ones are your favorites?
What these defines do precisely is simple. First, it establishes the default matrix pattern that I want when it first boots up—the single color. Second, it sets the hue value to blue (169). Third, it sets the saturation to full (255). Fourth, it sets the speed to 127. Last, it sets the brightness to maximum. In this way, I get whatever pattern I want to set to be my default layer color/pattern. Then, when I press my layer keys, they set the colors I wanted per the matrix index. It’s perfect!
Also, there are a bunch of additional defines for disabling unwanted, unnecessary RGB Matrix patterns. Remember, there are something like 32 patterns, and they take up value space. I had to disable several just before I could compile successfully due to file size limitations! In the end, I only kept a few: alpha mods; raindrops; and jellybean raindrops. I used the disable defines for the rest to reduce the size of the firmware.
How about you? What QMK RGB Matrix patterns are you using? And how are you doing layer indication?
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