I have a sneaking adoration of orange inks, partly because they're so different from the dark, heavy colours I normally write with; they're like a palate-cleanser. It's also that they typically shade wonderfully, and are dark enough to use for writing (which yellow inks often aren't). So of my nearly 80 bottles of ink, I've … Continue reading My new favourite orange? Sailor Kin-Mokusei
It comes up surprisingly frequently on pen forums and Facebook groups. How many pens do you have? How many do you have inked? How many do you carry? The questions have more than a hint of the confessional. Like we want to know if we're normal. The answers, of course, vary dramatically. Some people — … Continue reading How many pens is too many?
Any review is a snapshot: a perspective after a certain amount of time spent with a product... a pen, for example. And that perspective can change, as you spend more time with the product, and as you encounter new products to compare it against. There's nothing wrong with that. It's just the nature of things. … Continue reading Reappraising my reviews… did the love last?
I was always going to fail. I admit it. I was doomed. It's like that song you can't get out of your head: once it's in there, it's in there, and you find yourself humming it without realising it. It was like that for me with the Visconti Homo Sapiens. Over the past year or … Continue reading Why I couldn’t resist the Visconti Homo Sapiens
They say you never forget your first time... well, mine was in a Holiday Inn. It was hot, loud, and there were hundreds of people in the room. Wait, what? I'm talking about the London Writing Equipment Show, obviously. In the end it was a great day out and I'm glad I made the journey. … Continue reading Losing my pen show virginity
It's been a while since I've shared some recommended reading. Time to set that straight. Here are six links that are top of mind for me right now. Mountain of Ink How has it taken me until now to discover this wonderful blog? 100, count em, amazing ink reviews with comprehensive comparisons and great photography. … Continue reading Link love — September 2017
Whenever I look at the Pilot Myu, I think of Concorde. And not just because of the strong visual resemblance. Like Concorde, the Myu is an audacious design, unlike anything before (as long as we choose to ignore the Parker T1). Both the Myu and Concorde had their heyday in the 1970s, and simply nothing … Continue reading Pilot Myu: the Concorde of pocket pens
At £15, the Kaweco Perkeo is squarely in impulse-purchase territory for me, and keenly priced as a first fountain pen, just undercutting the Lamy Safari. I bought one from Pocket Notebooks with my last order. Here it is. It's the design that'll appeal to most. Kaweco has gone for something truly distinctive, with its trademark … Continue reading First impressions: Kaweco Perkeo
My collection's grown again. In recent months I've welcomed a Pilot Myu, Sailor Pro Gear, Pelikan M805 and Pelikan M1000 into my life. And an Ixion and a Pilot 823 will be winging its way to me in about a month's time. So it's time to refine the collection back down again. Here goes. All … Continue reading For sale: Pilot and Platinum pens!
If you spend any time at all on Instagram following pen-lovers, you'll see photos of swatches. People have elaborate systems, and there are even products specifically dedicated to creating swatches — like the Col-o-ring, and "Currently Inked" notebooks. There's a very good reason for creating swatches. Simply, ink in bottles doesn't look anything like ink … Continue reading Ink swatches: more fun than filing has any right to be