I’m not much of a chocoholic. In fact I can go months without the need for a bar of chocolate. I wonder then why the swatch of this ink makes me think about it so much. Yes it is brown, like chocolate, I get that, and maybe that’s all it is but what I could […]Read more "Anyone for chocolate? A short review of Akkerman Hague Brown"
Well friends, the day has finally arrived… Yes you’ve guessed it, it’s time to rethink my avowed reticence with blues inks. In order to help with this I thought that I would briefly showcase some great, well-behaved, shades of blue that are instrumental in changing my mind. Hope you enjoy the comparison, I’m certainly beginning […]Read more "True Blues: A comparison of seven blue inks"
What is flair? I find that the essence of flair is a special or instinctive mixture of style and originality. It is more than merely looking good, though it is never less than that. It is a sensibility that encompasses looks, function, utility and that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. When you see it you know […]Read more "Solar Flair! A review of the Signum Solare fountain pen in Orange"
Normally I’m not a great fan of blue inks… but there may be a sea change in progress. This Sailor Jentle sky high blue ink was my only ink purchase at the recent Northern pen show. So naturally I wanted to try it out as soon as as I could. But due to being on […]Read more "Gentlemen prefer blues: A short review of Sailor Jentle Sky High blue ink"
It takes a lot to lure me from the safety of my cave in the northern wastelands of England. But the Northern pen show managed to entice me out before summer (in truth I am away having a few days holiday too, but I digress) I had seen the advertising for the Northern pen show […]Read more "Northern exposure: My first pen show!"
The language of colour is found throughout so much of our lives… They are part of the warp and weft of our metaphors to the extent that we describe almost everything by them from our moods to the very way we think. I think that’s what makes using different coloured inks so engaging. Their use […]Read more "A Regal Red: A short review of Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji"
A good friend of mine says that you should always share a blessing. So I will, at least in terms of reviewing a really lovely pen that I acquired some time ago and use a great deal. This is my first TWSBI, my only other experience of the brand is using a TWSBI mini a […]Read more "A clear winner: A review of the TWSBI Diamond 580"