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…"
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"
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"
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"