Being a long time fan of the British reggae band UB40, the title of this review was easy to choose… Pace Eric Donaldson for the wonderful original too of course. In fact as I write this I’m listening to the track ‘Kingston Town’ off one of their compilation albums. Anyway today it’s the turn of […]Read more "Cherry oh baby: A review of Private Reserve Black Cherry ink"
“There is no greater burden in life than having potential” So said Charlie Brown in one great ‘Peanuts’ cartoon. However sometimes living up to a family reputation is equally burdensome. That particular burden falls on the Retro 51 fountain pen range as they have to live up to the quality of their more established siblings. […]Read more "Retrotastic Bromance: A Review of the Retro 51 Tornado Marlin Ext Fountain Pen"
‘As fair art thou my bonnie lass, so deep in love am I: And I will love thee still my dear, till a’ the seas gang dry…’ Robbie Burns lauds the value and longevity of love in his popular poem. I’m not sure any of these inks will last that long but they are very […]Read more "Love’s red rose: Ravishing reds for Valentines day…"
“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got” is a great quote from Albert Einstein. So in that vein there’s something of a novel departure today on the blog so mark the date… You’re looking at my first ever non-fountain pen review (at least I think so […]Read more "Spitting Superlatives: Review of the Retro 51 Tornado Marlin Pen"
‘It’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses….’ I know that the movies are replete with iconic phrases. But few captured the mood of a young man like me back in 1980 as much as this one. I loved the musical escapades of Jake and Elwood as they fought to get their band back together while evading […]Read more "Blues brothers: Retro 51 Tornado ‘Marlin’ rollerball & ext fountain pen"
‘A gift from a friend is always valued…’ or so the saying goes; it’s certainly something I think is true. So a big thank you to @Paulworkington who is a good friend for the kind gift of this ink. This is ‘Dark Orchid’ (Orchideen Violet in German) from Seitz Kreuznach, the brand of a German […]Read more "A Violet Skye: A Review of Seitz-Kreuznach Dark Orchid ink"
Never let it be said I don’t respond to my readers… It just may take a while. Some considerable time ago I did a comparison of some blue inks. One interesting item of feedback was that, because I had included a couple of blue-blacks and the odd teal that it wasnt a fair comparison. Fair […]Read more "Brilliant blues: My current favourite blue inks"