Aurora’s Matera and Deserto are gorgeous and (nearly) flawless

Ticking all the boxes I’ll say this right off the bat: I’ve discovered that I’ve become pretty fond of Aurora. In my time I’ve owned a grey flex Optima, a Duocart, a Talentum Black Ops, an 88 Black Mamba, a Pacifico, an 88 Minerali Amethyst, and my favourite of all, an 88 Nettuno. My experiences … Continue reading Aurora’s Matera and Deserto are gorgeous and (nearly) flawless

Orange Leatherworks: flawless craft for a premium price

The first thing I should tell you about this three-pen fountain pen case from Orange Leatherworks is that it costs 649 CAD, or about £390. That's before shipping and import duties. This is unashamedly a luxury item, but a luxury item by the purest and least vulgar definition: an item that's made with no expense … Continue reading Orange Leatherworks: flawless craft for a premium price

Schon’s ‘full size’ fountain pens have that special something

As well as buying several pocket 6 pens over the years, I've somehow accrued two of Schon Dsgn’s full size pens, and they have both ended up becoming real personal favourites in short order. (A note on naming: when Ian first launched this pen model in Ultem, and later PEEK, they carried the name of … Continue reading Schon’s ‘full size’ fountain pens have that special something