I read a book recently on algorithms, and it discussed a category of problems called "optimal stopping". Optimal stopping is all about finding out when to, well, stop in a pursuit. How many candidates do you interview for a job before making an offer? How many new restaurants in a city do you try before … Continue reading “Optimal stopping” and the Namiki Urushi 20 / Yukari Royale
So far this year 43,000 visitors have made their way to this blog, leaving 360 comments and 368 (much-appreciated!) likes, while reading about Montblanc's new releases, my hard-learned lessons in the hobby, nine must-try factory nibs, and most recently my love of Nakaya, which makes the 240th post here. It takes time, energy and money … Continue reading Enjoy the blog? Please donate.
Spend any time on pen blogs and forums and you'll find someone mention "Nakaya" and "grail pen" in the same sentence. There's something about this Japanese brand that really gets people by the soul and won't let go, in a way that Sailor and Pilot don't. Maybe it's the mystique around the brand itself: staffed … Continue reading The magic of Nakaya
I've had a few requests recently for ink-related posts. Despite my mediocre photography, I thought I'd share a few inks that I'm really enjoying at the moment — and a few that disappointed. Winners Edelstein Star Ruby After the faded sadness that was Edelstein Ruby, Star Ruby is simply fantastic. Vibrant, well-behaved, non-staining, and a … Continue reading Inky fingers, June 2019
Another month, and more change in my pen squad. Instead of running through the whole list, I'll focus on what's in and what's out since last time. As always, my goal is to keep my collection small enough to fit in this drawer. I'm pleased to say that it does. Just. What's outVisconti Van Gogh … Continue reading State of the collection: June 2019
I'm in the lucky position of having owned, borrowed or reviewed something like 135 different fountain pens in the last few years. For me, when I use a pen the experience all comes down to the nib. And wow, what variety is out there! From hairline to paintbrush, nail to wet noodle, silky smooth to … Continue reading Nine factory nibs you have to try before you die