The Lament of the Lackluster Lamy 2000

I had high hopes for the Lamy 2000, and in the spirit of full disclosure I must tell you, they weren't met. Those of you who don't like negative reviews had better change channels, because this one goes downhill rapidly from here, ranting all the way. It seems like most people that review fountain pens … Continue reading The Lament of the Lackluster Lamy 2000

A Vintage Australian Touchdown

Some while ago, on a too rare visit to the UK, my mother gave me a fountain pen she had unearthed in a fit of cleaning out a long-ignored writing desk. Well, it appears she's been ransacking other items of old furniture, because—amazing lady that she is—she has found another treasure, and it arrived in … Continue reading A Vintage Australian Touchdown

The Test of Little Use and a Little Abuse

It's been a strange week here. Firstly, my wife had an accident at a conference in Ottawa (ice-rain + sidewalks = experience to be avoided), which aggravated an existing back problem and meant she wound up in bed for more than a week (a nightmare for Mrs. I Will Do Everything With No Help From Anyone). … Continue reading The Test of Little Use and a Little Abuse

Platinum Plaisir in Silver, from Pen Chalet

Well, you know you've hit the big time as a pen and stationery blogger when you can start your post, "[Insert big time pen retailer here] sent me this pen to review..." And a little while ago, a nice guy from the US retailer Pen Chalet reached out and asked if I would like to … Continue reading Platinum Plaisir in Silver, from Pen Chalet

TWSBI Diamond 580AL—Silver And Rose

Wayyy back in the sunny days of July last year, before the Ontario winter and the snow, when I could still see the land around our house, the garden furniture, and even the lake come to think of it, I wrote a review of the TWSBI Diamond 580AL in turquoise, with a steel 1.1mm nib. … Continue reading TWSBI Diamond 580AL—Silver And Rose

Of Lamy Aions and Stub Nibs, or, How to Ruin a Great Pen

So, a few weeks ago, I wrote a review of my two new Lamy Aion fountain pens, in Olivesilver and black aluminium. They're great pens, and have been in daily use ever since I picked them up. But I was fascinated by the ease of swapping out, and availability of, different nibs for these pens. … Continue reading Of Lamy Aions and Stub Nibs, or, How to Ruin a Great Pen

Vintage Parker 45 Harlequin, Black Shield

During my stay in England, aside from buying me the excellent Lamy Aion, my mother distinguished herself by rummaging around in her writing desk, and coming up with what was—for me—a real blast from the past. The first good school pen I ever owned was a Parker Harlequin ballpoint. I seem to remember pleading with … Continue reading Vintage Parker 45 Harlequin, Black Shield

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

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