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"
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"
“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"
‘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"
Never let it be said I don’t respond to my readers… It just may take a while. Some considerable time ago I did a comparison of some blue inks. One interesting item of feedback was that, because I had included a couple of blue-blacks and the odd teal that it wasnt a fair comparison. Fair […]Read more "Brilliant blues: My current favourite blue inks"
“You’ve got to try this, you really do…” Those words, or at least words to that effect, fizzed excitedly across the shop floor as Malcolm, the proprietor of my local (pen shop that is), passed me this ink to review. Now Malcolm and I don’t always agree, take our divergent views on the Lamy Vista/Safari/Alstar […]Read more "Crying over blue: A review of Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao ink"
Christmas is nearly upon us once again… So as the festive season approaches I know many of us are busy writing our Christmas cards and letters; hopefully sending them well before the postal deadlines mean that our Yuletide sentiments become unavoidably belated. I thought that I would give you a small insight into the three […]Read more "Have yourself a merry inky Christmas…"