Lamy Aion in Black or Olivesilver

My apologies for such a long gap between entries. No excuses are offered, suffice to say that over all that time, there has been a huge amount of work, the loss of more than one dear friend, and not a little international travel; and it's the latter which leads me to my latest post. On … Continue reading Lamy Aion in Black or Olivesilver

Edgar-Puss, 2015-October 25, 2017

I make no apologies for this delayed and emotional addition to my blog. Yesterday, we said goodbye to a loving and stalwart supporter of my site. Edgar-the-Puss lost his battle to caudal stomatitis, that he fought for almost his whole, too short, two years of life. He left his life—as he had spent quite a … Continue reading Edgar-Puss, 2015-October 25, 2017

TWSBI Precision Ballpoint Pen

So, I didn't have a decent ballpoint pen... well, that's not strictly true. I have a Cross Century II ballpoint in black lacquer, and it's a lovely pen. It's just that Cross refills, which you are limited to with Cross pens, are a bit like a lucky dip in your cat's litter tray—you know that whatever … Continue reading TWSBI Precision Ballpoint Pen

Leuchtturm1917 New Layout 2018 Daily Planner

Another few weeks of PhD dissertation mania has meant that I'm late again with this next post. There simply hasn't been time to even answer my e-mail properly in the last month, and I'm left wondering—where has this year gone? It's almost the end of September and earlier this week, somewhat incredulously, I found myself … Continue reading Leuchtturm1917 New Layout 2018 Daily Planner

Platinum 3776 Century, Medium Nib—A Grey Bargain

Back in the mists of time (July 11th, 2017 in reality, it just feels like a long time ago), I wrote a post about the bargains of the grey market; specifically as to how they related to a manufacturer of one of my favorite fountain pens—the Platinum 3776 Century. I don't intend to argue the pros … Continue reading Platinum 3776 Century, Medium Nib—A Grey Bargain

Good News, Bad News: Sailor Irori and J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Rouge Hematite Red Inks

I don't really do ink reviews, I'm not equipped to do a particularly good job—my scanner, and camera lighting, don't reflect what is actually seen on the page as accurately as I would like. And I don't have a very extensive ink collection to review (but I'm getting there). What inks I have, I rely on … Continue reading Good News, Bad News: Sailor Irori and J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Rouge Hematite Red Inks

Clairefontaine Triomphe A4 Pad

I've been attending quite a few more meetings than usual recently. All of them related to my PhD dissertation, and all of them require me to take copious notes. Until recently, I had been using a Life Noble Report A4 pad, but I'm starting to run low on sheets, and my nightmare would be to run … Continue reading Clairefontaine Triomphe A4 Pad