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"
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"
“There is no greater burden in life than having potential” So said Charlie Brown in one great ‘Peanuts’ cartoon. However sometimes living up to a family reputation is equally burdensome. That particular burden falls on the Retro 51 fountain pen range as they have to live up to the quality of their more established siblings. […]Read more "Retrotastic Bromance: A Review of the Retro 51 Tornado Marlin Ext Fountain Pen"
‘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…"
“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"