A gem of an ink: Monteverde Fire Opal

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


First flight: the mighty Pelikan M805

The Pelikan M805 is, far and away, my fanciest pen. It's big, built like a tank, and extremely polished — both literally and figuratively. The sort of pen wielded by a statesman or captain of industry. But does it write well enough to justify the fancy price tag?