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"
Hesitation is the enemy of progress, or so they say… To be honest I’ve hesitated a fair bit about reviewing this pen simply because apart from the different finial, coloured cap, section and piston fill cap, it is basically the same pen as the 580 about which I’ve already waxed lyrical here. But then I […]Read more "Clearly colourful: A review of the TWSBI 580 RB"
What epitomises Britishness? The bulldog? The stiff upper lip? Fish’n chips? A penchant for talking about the weather? A dedication to a convoluted parliamentary democracy? Well perhaps all of these and much more. But what about a pen? Can a brand of pen claim “essential Britishness?” Well the pen brand under review today does exactly […]Read more "Best of British? A review of the Onoto Magna Classic fountain pen"
Do pens take gender? I know ships do… If pens do this one is definitely a bloke… Born in a machine shop amidst the noisy whir of CNC machines and showers of sparks from welding machines it is the type of pen to take out for a beer and with which to watch some rugby. […]Read more "Inkredible? A short review of the Karas Kustoms Ink fountain pen"
Like many people I’m a sucker for one offs… pens included. I find that value is oft determined in our society by one of two things. Either the fame of ownership or scarcity. The problem is I can almost never afford them. They are usually the reserve of high price or bespoke manufacturers, to which […]Read more "Three minute hero: A Review of the F/C 03 ‘Iterum’ with Masuyama needlepoint nib"