Don't be alarmed: this is not the usual Christmas gift guide that is basically a wishlist in disguise. We've all been in the position of having to buy a gift for a friend or relative that is really into a particular hobby. You want to buy them something that they'll enjoy and get value from, … Continue reading Five life-saving gifts for fountain pen geeks
I like discovering new brands, particularly ones that approach well-trodden ground from a whole new angle. Colorverse is a Korean ink manufacturer that I encountered on Instagram a couple of weeks ago. I immediately got in touch to ask for some review samples. What caught my eye? Space theme — done thoroughly All of Colorverse's … Continue reading To boldly go: Colorverse Inks
For a pen geek like me, few things are as agonising as choosing between inks. Picking one means consigning a dozen others to the shelf for weeks. I can prevaricate for a ludicrous amount of time choosing inks. So I thought it would be a good test of my decisiveness to pick 10 inks from … Continue reading The 10-ink challenge: set one
I write a lot about pens and ink, but I've not blogged much about paper recently. Of course, I've been writing as much as ever: journalling in my Hobonichi, keeping lists and notes in my pocket notebooks, and ploughing through nine work notebooks in the past nine months. There are brands here from Japan (Life, … Continue reading Eight different notebooks put through the ringer
I've got 11 inked pens. Right now, that's feeling like an achievement. With new pens and new inks to try, I'm fighting to keep to a manageable number. But I'm pretty happy with this loadout. Not quite my usual loadout. Where's the turquoise?! 1: Visconti Homo Sapiens — Aurora Black I admit, I'm struggling to … Continue reading Currently inked: November 2017
I take back all my prejudices about Montblanc. I just spent a very pleasant half hour chatting to the staff in the DFW airport boutique. I got to handle a 149 (want one), M (like a super-upgraded Safari with magnets), and ogle a 1912 and Rouge et Noir. Contrary to my prejudices, they were happy … Continue reading Montblanc: not pretentious.