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"
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…"
They say memory fades as you get older, which may be true… I forget. There are some memories in particular I don’t ever want to lose though. For example some of my best memories of my children when they were younger are of holidays in France. Holidays in the Loire Valley and the Vendée in […]Read more "Une mémoire française: A review of the Calepino No.4 notebook"
In ancient times the colour purple was the preserve of those with choice and power, a bit like certain brands today… Roman Emperors, Kings , and later on nobles and even the church adopted purple as their own. Thankfully purples are no longer reserved for aristocrats and in terms of ink Diamine has brought another […]Read more "Of choice and power: A Review of Diamine Tyrian Purple ink"
Somewhere in the United States of America, three people, two men and an attractive woman standing between them, walk into a cigar smoke-filled pool hall. The bespectacled elder man sniffs the air and says, “Do you smell what I smell?” The younger man looks quizzically sideways and quickly answers, “Smoke?” There’s a slight pause, and […]Read more "The colour of money: A review of Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine"
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"