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) …

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What Am I Still Using? 2018

Well, everybody seems to be doing a pens and inks I bought in 2017 post, so I thought I might do something like that, but a bit different. Because I'm contrary. I took a look in my bag, and at what I've been carrying around recently, and it struck me that of all the stuff I've bought in …

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Traveler’s Notebook—Homemade Card Folder Insert

A few days ago I posted my take on the Traveler's Notebook. I love it, but I do think it's a bit pricey for what it is, and some of the inserts are correspondingly expensive for what they are too. One of the inserts that I said I definitely wanted to take a look at …

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The Traveler’s Notebook—With A Leather Thong

If you're one of those people that looks for stationery or nice pens on the interwebs, then you have probably found it difficult to avoid reading about the Traveler's Notebook (from The Traveler's Notebook Company in Japan, formerly Midori). They're written about on almost every pen and stationery site you may stumble across, and—I should …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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