We like to think we live in a world that it full of marvelous diversity… I have to say that in one minor respect I beg to differ. In the fountain pen world there are only two types of people, the enablers and the enabled. It is true that some divergent individuals among us embody […]Read more "Selling pens: How the other half lives…"
A belated happy 2016 to all! I hope your new year has begun well! The good news is that it’s time to begin blogging again… Interestingly my first ink review of the new year turns out to be Namiki Black ink. I should say that this ink was provided for review by Malcolm at Iridium […]Read more "Black to the future: A review of Namiki Black ink"
I realised long ago that fountain pen users are a great bunch of folks… In the light of this I thought I would ask, due to the recent floods in Cumbria (for the geographically challenged that’s Cumbria in the North West of England),you to all to check out my “local” pen and fine stationery shop […]Read more "Spread some Christmas cheer to my local pen shop…"
‘It’s cold outside, and the paint’s peeling off of my walls There’s a man outside, in a long coat, grey hat, smoking a cigarette’ No, that’s not a description of where I live, though strangely it fits to some degree :), but rather some great lyrics from Gary Numan’s “Are Friends Electric?” you can watch […]Read more "An Electric Friend: A short review of Caran d’Ache Electric Orange Ink"
As we approach Christmas, there is no denying that the internet makes it far easier to shop for the pens, ink and stationery we all love. There are some great internet retailers. But as days tick by and guaranteed delivery dates pass maybe we can spare a thought for our local brick & mortar pen […]Read more "‘Use it or lose it: Visit your local pen shop this Christmas!’"
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!"
Never look a gift horse in the mouth… ‘ what my mum used to say. So when offered a free bottle of ink out of the blue who am I to refuse? So it duly arrived and I thought I would review it after I opened it, used it yesterday and thought wow what a colour! So […]Read more "A popping purple: A short review of Rohrer & Klingner ‘Solferino’ ink"