‘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…"
‘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"
The Iroshizuku range of inks from Pilot is well-known for their range of intriguing colours and the overall quality of the inks. I have sampled a number of them, indeed one or two of their number, namely Tsuki-Yo (moonlight) and Tsukushi (horsetail) are up there with my all-time favourite inks. I have to confess that […]Read more "Cheeky Green: A Review of Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin Ink"
Over the last weeks I’ve had something of a Shakespeare moment… Not the dark sort of moment from the Scottish play, I have seen no daggers before me as it were, but more of a much ado about nothing moment. Particularly a turnabout in affections that I would liken to the comedic Benedick of Padua. […]Read more "A changed mind: A review of the Lamy 2000 fountain pen"
Hesitation is the enemy of progress, or so they say… To be honest I’ve hesitated a fair bit about reviewing this pen simply because apart from the different finial, coloured cap, section and piston fill cap, it is basically the same pen as the 580 about which I’ve already waxed lyrical here. But then I […]Read more "Clearly colourful: A review of the TWSBI 580 RB"
It’s easy to romanticise the past. We do it all the time. I remember an old college lecturer of mine bemoaning the fact that he had not been born in the 13th century, a period in which he felt he would have been much more at home, with quill in hand no doubt. The reality […]Read more "Darkly delicious: A review of Diamine 150th Anniversary Regency Blue"
It’s always good to start a series of reviews in a party mood… Here I go keeping my word that, despite the fact that life keeps getting in the way, I will prioritize the reviews of the 150th anniversary series of ink from Diamine. So I thought why not kick off with a party, or […]Read more "Let’s Party: A short Review of Diamine 150th Anniversary Carnival Ink"