I struggle with a top-5 list of pens. Even more than you're supposed to. It's a crisis of definition, really. A top-5 for who? A student with a £20 budget just starting out is in a very different position to a wealthy retiree who loves vintage Italian pens. And how do I productively compare a … Continue reading Desert Island Pens: my controversial top 5
It may not surprise you that I track my pens and inks in a spreadsheet. It's basic, I hardly ever update it, and I don't look at it all that often — but sometimes it's handy for a bit of introspection. Today, I was thinking about joining the ranks of pen bloggers who've published a … Continue reading By the numbers: should you trust me?
My last fill with my Lamy 2000 was with Montblanc JFK — a navy blue ink that I really expected to love. But it didn't gel with the pen. Writing with it just felt like hard work, and my hand always passed over the combo for something else. In the end I flushed it, and … Continue reading The simple joy of the perfect combination
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