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

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

TWSBI Eco

TWSBI is the brand name of the Taiwanese firm Ta Shin Precision, a company that have had a history as an OEM (original equipment manufacturer), producing goods for other brand names. According to their web site, the name TWSBI is a (rather convoluted) amalgam of the Chinese phrases for Hall of Three Cultures, and writing instruments, … Continue reading TWSBI Eco

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

Platinum Plaisir, Medium Steel Nib, in Gun-Metal

It occurred to me, after reading a bit more, and enjoying the pens in—what I now probably have to call—my collection, that I could probably enjoy pens that cost less than $250 each. You could be forgiven for thinking that the thought was a bit late in coming to me, but I was never a very … Continue reading Platinum Plaisir, Medium Steel Nib, in Gun-Metal