Should I have stopped buying pens in November 2016? Thoughts on the Lamy 2000 Bauhaus

In November 2016 I bought a Lamy 2000, with medium nib, on sale at WH Smith. I think it cost me £90, which seemed like a lot at the time. That pen is still with me today. It has seen heavy use, although less now that I have 30 other pens -- some ten times … Continue reading Should I have stopped buying pens in November 2016? Thoughts on the Lamy 2000 Bauhaus

Going against the grain: Leonard Slattery Pens “A Haon”

Until a few weeks ago I'd not heard of Leonard Slattery Pens, but I'm glad I stumbled across his work. Leonard's a craftsman based in Ireland creating wooden pens in unusual designs. Wooden pens are not that common anyway (Graf, Ryan Krusac, Desiderata...?), but here the sections are wooden too. Wood is a uniquely tactile … Continue reading Going against the grain: Leonard Slattery Pens “A Haon”

A personal journey with the Montblanc Agatha Christie Writer’s Edition

I had high expectations coming to the Montblanc Agatha Christie. Over the past 25 years it has gained an almost legendary status (and associated price tag) even among Montblanc Writer's Editions, surpassed perhaps by the Hemingway only. But for me the expectations came from something rather more personal. My daughter is named Agatha, and specifically … Continue reading A personal journey with the Montblanc Agatha Christie Writer’s Edition