I'm a fan of Montblanc's pens and inks, but I've never before tried its paper products. Why? Partly it's because I'm a Tomoe River addict. But it's also because I had bad experiences with awful demo paper used in the boutiques. I assumed the notebooks would be the same. I wish I hadn't made that … Continue reading Montblanc notebooks: a real luxury experience
Gosh, it was May when I last did a SotC post, and here we are nearly hitting November. Naturally, there's been a fair bit of change. Two long-standing, much-loved pens from my main tray back in May have gone: London Fog and Sequoyah. I still feel very positively about these pens, but I wasn’t using … Continue reading State of the collection: October 2021
TL;DR: watch the video https://youtu.be/Blugujo5E8A Prefer to read? Here's the written review If there's been any doubt in your mind that Visconti can make beautiful pens, the Divina Bordeaux should lay it firmly to rest. The Divina is gorgeous in photos, but in person it is utterly stunning. The wine-red resin is interesting and swirly, … Continue reading The (nearly) heavenly Visconti Divina Bordeaux
The idea of the grail pen should be very familiar to anyone in the pen community by now, although of course there's still room for disagreement about what exactly the term means. To me, it's the pen you're (currently) obsessed with, that's tantalisingly close but just out of reach, whether due to reasons of price … Continue reading Forget the ‘grail’ pen… what’s your ‘exit’ pen?
It barely seems two minutes since the last London Pen Show in July, and here we are just days away from another one. Yes, it's the autumn London Pen Show this Sunday, and I'll be there. I hope you will be too. When I first bought my ticket a few weeks ago, I was feeling … Continue reading Another pen show? Yes, another pen show.