We like to think we live in a world that it full of marvelous diversity… I have to say that in one minor respect I beg to differ. In the fountain pen world there are only two types of people, the enablers and the enabled. It is true that some divergent individuals among us embody […]Read more "Selling pens: How the other half lives…"
A belated happy 2016 to all! I hope your new year has begun well! The good news is that it’s time to begin blogging again… Interestingly my first ink review of the new year turns out to be Namiki Black ink. I should say that this ink was provided for review by Malcolm at Iridium […]Read more "Black to the future: A review of Namiki Black ink"
I realised long ago that fountain pen users are a great bunch of folks… In the light of this I thought I would ask, due to the recent floods in Cumbria (for the geographically challenged that’s Cumbria in the North West of England),you to all to check out my “local” pen and fine stationery shop […]Read more "Spread some Christmas cheer to my local pen shop…"
As we approach Christmas, there is no denying that the internet makes it far easier to shop for the pens, ink and stationery we all love. There are some great internet retailers. But as days tick by and guaranteed delivery dates pass maybe we can spare a thought for our local brick & mortar pen […]Read more "‘Use it or lose it: Visit your local pen shop this Christmas!’"
Is today better than yesterday?Philosophical evolutionary thinking as presented within most modern cultures posits that we and indeed everything else around us all get better as time goes on, entropy notwithstanding. Things evolve so they say, whether on a macro or a micro level, whether it be societies as a whole or people as individuals, […]Read more "Hooked on Classics: The rewards of using vintage fountain pens…"
It had to happen eventually I guess, after all progress is progress and things move on… (although I do think there’s a lot to be said for a little more Luddism in today’s world). I’m talking about the visit I made to my ‘local’ pen shop yesterday – I say local it’s 60 miles away […]Read more "The best of both worlds: My local’s gone all electronic…"
OK so you’re not the sort of person who faints at the idea of paying more than £20 ($30) for a pen. Good, that means that there is a whole world of pens out there waiting for your perusal and eventual purchase. Today I’m going to talk for a short while about those in the […]Read more "It’s all about the money boys #3: Pens between £20-£75"