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 Cool, Clear Demonstrator

We stand a good chance of getting confused here, because I've already reviewed this pen. The Platinum Cool is really a Platinum Balance, only with what Platinum think is a cool demonstrator construction. In fact, Brad Dowdy of the Pen Addict reviewed the Platinum Cool under the name of the Platinum Balance, Crystal Blue, back … Continue reading Platinum Cool, Clear Demonstrator

The Platinum Balance: This is a REAL Starter Pen

If you begin to read fountain pen reviews, and collector's sites, you'll soon see a fair bit about starter or beginner pens, as if they were some sort of gateway drug to the harder, and more expensive, Montblanc or Nakaya. And who am I to judge the analogy? It may well ring true for a lot … Continue reading The Platinum Balance: This is a REAL Starter Pen