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"
So its officially autumn (that’s fall to some) and it won’t be long until it is once again time to celebrate or avoid Hallowe’en depending on your view of that particular holiday. For many it will be time to hollow out a few pumpkins and carve ghoulishly smiling faces in them to delight or terrify […]Read more "Punchy Pumpkin: A Review of Diamine Pumpkin ink"
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"
“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"