Is there Anything New to Say About the Pilot Metropolitan?

Well, it may all have been said before, but not by me, so I'm going to say it anyway; and besides, what's old news for some of us, can still be useful to others. The Pilot Metropolitan seems to have been around forever. Anyone who has ever commented on fountain pens, has had something to … Continue reading Is there Anything New to Say About the Pilot Metropolitan?

Nothing wrong there is, in being small and green: The Pilot 78G

Recently, I have had a number of small parcels wing their way to me from the only Ontario-based, online fountain pen and stationery specialists, the Wonder-People in Toronto (soon to be relocating, but staying in Toronto)... Jon and Liz 250 Carlaw Avenue Unit 105 Toronto, ON M4M 3L1 Tel. 1 416 799 5935 General Email: … Continue reading Nothing wrong there is, in being small and green: The Pilot 78G

The Pilot Prera and Diamine Lilac Satin—A Guest Post

My thirteen-year-old daughter will be the first to tell you that she is not the world's hardest working student; but about a year ago, she decided that she would put some extra effort in to improve her grades before entering high school. She came home the other night with a school report that had excellent written, … Continue reading The Pilot Prera and Diamine Lilac Satin—A Guest Post

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

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