I really, really wanted to love this ink. I'm not quite sure it's right for me, at least with some of the pens and papers I use every day, but it might just be for you. The Kyoto / Kyo no oto inks have been on my radar for some time — ever since someone … Continue reading Ink review: Kyo no oto No. 5 Aonibi
For an average guy with a kid and a mortgage, I've managed to accrue some pretty lovely stuff. A quick look at my pen Block and you'll see a Pelikan M1000 and M805, Lamy 2000, Pilot 912, Sailor Pro Gear, Franklin Christoph Pocket 66 in the sought-after antique glass. And a fair few others. Look … Continue reading The joy of anticipation
A quick post, this. I've had cause in recent months to take advantage of manufacturer service on two of my relatively expensive pens. First, when I bought my Pelikan M805 I found the medium nib was too wide for me. I emailed the UK distributor, Stone Marketing, and asked if I could swap the nib. … Continue reading Service please!
How much did you spend on your last pen? The last pen I bought was the most expensive pen I've ever bought. The pen before that was, at the time, the most expensive pen I'd ever bought. I'm sure I'm not alone in gradually moving from cheap pens to pricier ones. That got me thinking. … Continue reading Moving on from old friends
At last, desk accessories for fountain pen geeks... Desk accessories have, until now, passed me by. I mean, I've watched over the years with interest as companies like Grovemade have built out their ranges of gorgeous minimalist laptop stands, plant pots and the like — but they've always seemed like they'd take up valuable space … Continue reading Powering up my desk game with Dudek and Off.Lines
This post on the Ink Smudge blog really hit home with me, and I wanted to share it. I'm pushing 70 bottles of ink now, probably averaging 40ml per bottle. That's 2.8 litres of ink. I probably get through — at an incredibly rough and probably optimistic guess — 5ml per week. In other words, … Continue reading OMG, this.
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