I've been on a buying spree lately (when am I not?). Here's my quick-hit initial verdict on a few products to cross my desk. Field Notes Dime Novel I subscribed to Field Notes for a few years, but as I got more into fountain pens I grew more and more frustrated by the lousy paper. … Continue reading Field Notes Dime Novel, Col-o-Ring, Herbin glass pen, Organics Studio inks…
I love a good fine nib, I really do. Several reasons spring to mind: most importantly, you can write smaller, more legibly — great when scribbling on printouts, for example. They also tend to perform better on inferior paper, because they lay down less link. Which also means they last longer on a single fill. … Continue reading Two nibs that are finer than fine: FPnibs XXF, Platinum UEF
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