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

Smith & Wesson SWPEN3BK Tactical Pen with Stylus

So, a tactical pen eh? Hmm, let's think about this shall we? Firstly, what do we mean by tactical? The Merriam-Webster's online dictionary has this to say: Definition of tactical 1 : of or relating to combat tactics: such as a (1) : of or occurring at the battlefront a tactical defense a tactical first strike (2) … Continue reading Smith & Wesson SWPEN3BK Tactical Pen with Stylus

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

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

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

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