Discovering Rockster Pens with the Troubleshooter 1313 Erinoid Aspen

When you're buying a kitless pen from a small maker, it's the little touches and refinements that make the difference between an OK pen that's basically a vehicle for some pretty resin, and a genuinely good product that can stand tall as a writing instrument in its own right. I'm very pleased to say that … Continue reading Discovering Rockster Pens with the Troubleshooter 1313 Erinoid Aspen

Will you be backing Ben Walsh Design’s ‘Gravitas’ Kickstarter?

Update: the project is live. It’s called ‘Gravitas’. It's been ages since I backed a pen project on Kickstarter. I used to back loads of stuff: folding keyboards, GPS devices, knives and multitools, and, yes, pens. But I got sick of waiting 18 months or more for a pledge to be delivered (if they delivered … Continue reading Will you be backing Ben Walsh Design’s ‘Gravitas’ Kickstarter?

“Irreconcilable differences”, or five types of pen people to avoid at all costs

I am proud of how friendly and welcoming the fountain pen and stationery community is. And in my own stationery usage, I pride myself on having a (fairly) open mind. I can see the beauty in a plain black pen or one in bright swirly resin. I see the practical value of a simple converter, … Continue reading “Irreconcilable differences”, or five types of pen people to avoid at all costs

Otto Hutt’s design04 is slim, but big on fun

Otto Hutt feels like a brand that’s found its swagger. Even just a few years ago, this hundred-year-old German brand was almost invisible on the internet. Now, there are plenty of reviews popping up. This formerly traditional manufacturer has started to be much bolder. It’s started to publish its own bilingual magazine called ‘Unique’, a … Continue reading Otto Hutt’s design04 is slim, but big on fun

Art and alchemy: The Onoto Great Court Vitreous Enamel

Rather than words comes the thought of high windows:   The sun-comprehending glass,And beyond it, the deep blue air, that showsNothing, and is nowhere, and is endless.Philip Larkin, High Windows Few pens make me want to quote poetry (especially by my favourite poet). The Onoto Great Court Vitreous Enamel Sterling Silver is one. But let's get something … Continue reading Art and alchemy: The Onoto Great Court Vitreous Enamel