It’s good to have a history with something… Whether it be people, places or mere objects it enriches life’s tapestry. I have somesuch with the Kaweco brand. It was the novel and appealing design of one of their pens that rekindled my love for using fountain pens which had, at that time, laid dormant for […]Read more "A clear affinity: A Review of the Kaweco Student Demonstrator fountain pen"
OK, so I know its been a while, but life has a way of getting in between me and blogging. I know that’s true for everyone but along with some prolonged family illness, a marriage and the fact that of late I’ve been taking some time out this summer, which I’ve enjoyed. But I’m back […]Read more "Back in brass: A review of the Kaweco Supra fountain pen"
I like puzzles of all kinds, from crosswords to Sudoku. Even my favourite villain from batman was the Riddler… It’s a good job because today I’m reviewing a pen that in itself has turned out to be something of a conundrum. It’s another budget Chinese pen, namely the Kaigelu 316, sometimes called the ‘Century Star’, […]Read more "Chinese Puzzler: A Review of the Kaigelu 316 foutain pen"
“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"
‘As fair art thou my bonnie lass, so deep in love am I: And I will love thee still my dear, till a’ the seas gang dry…’ Robbie Burns lauds the value and longevity of love in his popular poem. I’m not sure any of these inks will last that long but they are very […]Read more "Love’s red rose: Ravishing reds for Valentines day…"
“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"