Christmas is fast approaching… The goose, as they say, is getting fat… poor thing. But it’s another fowl I wish to deal with today at least and ink named after such a one in the form of Sailor “Yama Dori” (copper pheasant) ink. I’ve been keen to test this popular ink out for a good […]Read more "Anyone for Pheasant? A Review of Sailor Jentle Yama-Dori ink"
It’s good to have a history with something… Whether it be people, places or mere objects it enriches life’s tapestry. I have somesuch with the Kaweco brand. It was the novel and appealing design of one of their pens that rekindled my love for using fountain pens which had, at that time, laid dormant for […]Read more "A clear affinity: A Review of the Kaweco Student Demonstrator fountain pen"
OK, so I know its been a while, but life has a way of getting in between me and blogging. I know that’s true for everyone but along with some prolonged family illness, a marriage and the fact that of late I’ve been taking some time out this summer, which I’ve enjoyed. But I’m back […]Read more "Back in brass: A review of the Kaweco Supra fountain pen"
I like puzzles of all kinds, from crosswords to Sudoku. Even my favourite villain from batman was the Riddler… It’s a good job because today I’m reviewing a pen that in itself has turned out to be something of a conundrum. It’s another budget Chinese pen, namely the Kaigelu 316, sometimes called the ‘Century Star’, […]Read more "Chinese Puzzler: A Review of the Kaigelu 316 foutain pen"
Some things in life we rightly tend to avoid because of bad previous experiences, other though we may be wary of merely by force of reputation… The Great White shark, the Portuguese Man o’ War, the Sydney funnel-web spider and of course Marmite to name but four. Well in the world of pen and ink […]Read more "Big bad blue: A review of Noodler’s Baystate blue ink"
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"
“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"