Retirement comes to pens as well as people it seems… The pen in view today is no longer in production and mine has long-awaited a deserved review. It was, as a matter of fact, one of my first forays back into the world of fountain pens. As I recollect it was also the first pen […]Read more "A Retired Southern Gentleman: A review of the Franklin-Christoph M14 fountain pen"
Some links are too easy to make and so are best avoided… I decided to demur from any crass ’50 shades’ comments when reviewing this particular grey ink, probably a good thing as I’ve no intention of either reading the books or seeing the recently released film, both of which I think would be valuable […]Read more "Dust and ashes: A review of MontBlanc Permanent Grey ink"
How do you eat your meals? In my family there are two types of people, the seagulls (like me) who just demolish everything on the plate all at once, and then there’s Matthew, in a set all of his own… interestingly enough it’s his twentieth birthday today… (happy birthday son!). He alone among our nest […]Read more "Blue heaven: A Review of Diamine 150th Anniversary ‘Blue velvet’ ink"
I love movies, watching them either at home or at the cinema… and I love being reminded of my favourite movies, of which there are many… Whether it’s the visual splendour of ‘Avatar’ and ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ or the memorable musical score of John Cusack’s ‘Grosse Point Blank’ or the haunting scenes of films like […]Read more "Mean green: A review of Diamine 150th Anniversary ‘Safari’ ink"
I’m not much of a drinker… in fact the last time I was drunk was on my eighteenth birthday, and let me tell you that was quite some while ago. I do imbibe the odd glass of red wine on occasion and at other times I have been seen with a glass of vintage port […]Read more "A dark bruiser: A review of Diamine 150th Anniversary 1864 blue-black"
I was always taught as a child that a change is as good as a rest… So in that vein I have decided to take a short (one review) break from the series of reviews I’m doing on Diamine 150th anniversary inks by reviewing an ink that I’ve had a very long association with, namely […]Read more "Always a gentleman: A review of Waterman blue-black ink"