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"
I think it was Shakespeare who penned, “Whoever loved who did not love at first sight..” If it wasn’t him then it really should have been, for the phrase captures the essential illogic and impulse of attraction. Such are my sentiments as I write-up this present review of ‘Terracotta’ the latest of my Diamine 1864 […]Read more "Love at first write: A review of Diamine 150th Anniversary Terracotta"
‘It’s cold outside, and the paint’s peeling off of my walls There’s a man outside, in a long coat, grey hat, smoking a cigarette’ No, that’s not a description of where I live, though strangely it fits to some degree :), but rather some great lyrics from Gary Numan’s “Are Friends Electric?” you can watch […]Read more "An Electric Friend: A short review of Caran d’Ache Electric Orange Ink"
I‘m a big believer in bright inks for grey days… (see my last review of Noodler’s Dragon’s Napalm) so here’s another intense, almost day-glo pinkish shade of orange ink from my favourite ink manufacturer, Diamine. This time it is Diamine Coral. Presentation: Diamine ink bottles are what they are. I like them, a little old […]Read more "Pretty Pink: A short review of Diamine Coral ink"
As I write this review the sky above is a hard grey cover that confines all beneath to a gloom that is hard to dispel… So to light up my day I’ve reached for a couple of almost radioactive looking inks to review. The first comes with a name that is worthy of a Stanley […]Read more "Making the day glo: A short review of Noodler’s Dragon’s Napalm"
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"
I’m not sure that the ‘anyone for Terry’s’ title will resonate if you’re not at least my age or from the UK. Just so you know, Terry’s manufacture chocolate, and were famous in my household at least for their ‘Chocolate Orange’ which we used to receive as a present at Christmas time… I used to […]Read more "Anyone for Terry’s? A short review of Cult Pens/Diamine ‘deep dark orange’"