This is an addictive, yet frustrating pen. Let me talk you through what I love about it — and what makes me just a little sad inside. What's great ystudio has done a marvellous job of the machining on this beauty. The copper is stonewashed so it actually feels soft. The branding is a subtle … Continue reading Ystudio portable copper fountain pen: aiming high
Ystudio's pens have drawn a lot of attention, and for good reason. One look and you can see that they're genuinely different from other pens out there in terms of materials and design. More than that, they in fact show a fresh approach to how people use pens. For example, the ystudio "portable" fountain pen … Continue reading Ystudio desk pen: turned on or brassed off?
I agonised about this purchase more than any I can remember. So it was with some trepidation that I collected the box containing my Sailor Pro Gear from my local Parcelforce depot (I chalked the painful customs import fee up to experience — most of the time I get away with it when I order … Continue reading Sailor Pro Gear: worth the wait?
I've bought a fair few pens and inks recently. My Pelikan M805. Monteverde Fireopal. Pilot 92. Birmingham inks (two batches). Jinhaos. Titanium nib. And I've backed the new Namisu on Kickstarter. Nonetheless, I recently found myself getting itchy for a new pen. And I'd just reclaimed from my partner her Kaweco Al Sport, fitted with … Continue reading Wet and wide: medium stub from FPnibs
I'm a sucker for shading orange/red inks. One of my all-time favourites is Diamine Ancient Copper. Another is Diamine Autumn Oak. This ink, Monteverde Fire Opal, falls smack in between them. It's a relatively new ink, and until now wasn't available in the UK. I'm heading out to California in a couple of weeks and … Continue reading A gem of an ink: Monteverde Fire Opal
Confessing my prejudices On paper, this review was stacked against the Applied Pens Streamline from the start. Looking at the specs and other reviews from the United Inkdom horde, three things leaped out at me. One, it's a pen pushing £150 that features a generic #6 Bock steel nib unit and a generic cartridge/converter filling … Continue reading Review: Applied Pens Streamline
In my first post on this topic I wrote with some amazement that a company could profitably manufacture, distribute and retail a fountain pen, complete with converter, packaging and shipping, for less than $2. Even in this globalised, mechanised world, surely the end result would not only be morally dubious, but utter rubbish? I ordered … Continue reading Revenge of the $2 Jinhao (the verdict)
I've been writing as much as ever over the past couple of months, but there have been very few changes — partly because I've inked so many high-capacity piston fillers, and partly because my M805 got a complete writing dry before I reviewed it and sent it off for a nib swap. As of yesterday … Continue reading Currently inked: before the Great Flush
A recent post by Alison at Her Nibs got me thinking about storage. For a long time, I figured that my hand-converted cigar box would be plenty of storage for my pen collection. Depending on how crammed I'm willing to make it, it holds up to eight pens in felt-lined luxury. Now that cigar box … Continue reading You’re gonna need a bigger boat
As I lay myself down on the therapist's couch, a quiet voice next to me begins to speak. "Where do you think your addiction to stationery stems from?" "I guess it goes back to my school days," I whisper. "Interesting. Now let's go deeper. Describe the images that come into your mind," the therapist continues. … Continue reading Review: Back to school with the Taroko Design A5 notebook