Buying a New Pen: Some Decision-Making Tools

So, let's pretend that I'm in the market for a nice, new fountain pen. It's a stretch of the imagination I know, but stay with me. I am going to imagine that I have done a little homework, read a few reviews, and fixed a budget of somewhere around the $220–$240 CAD price-point. So it's not … Continue reading Buying a New Pen: Some Decision-Making Tools

Happy Christmas, and a Brilliant New Year to Everyone!

I was asked recently, why, as I am a complete atheist, do I see any value in Christmas, and celebrate the season regardless? Well, why should I, even though I accept the probability that there are no gods, and likely no Jesus Christ either, want to celebrate a period where so many people want to … Continue reading Happy Christmas, and a Brilliant New Year to Everyone!

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

You Shouldn’t Start with a Starter Pen

Who am I to offer an opinion? The fool that started with an over-priced, gold-plated nail... ah, but if I hadn't started with something I enjoyed, then I would never have carried on. And besides, it's my blog, I can write what I like. Every blog out there that includes fountain pens has a best pen for … Continue reading You Shouldn’t Start with a Starter Pen

Platinum Bargains on Amazon.com… For Now

I have reviewed the Platinum Century 3776 fountain pen before, albeit with their amazing 14K music nib. At the time, that pen from any reputable Canadian retailer, would cost you at least $215.00 Canadian, before any kind of taxes or delivery, and without adding anything for the extra cost of the music nib. So, without the … Continue reading Platinum Bargains on Amazon.com… For Now