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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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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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 …

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New Toy

So, the New Toy arrived... Delivered promptly by Canada Post, from the ever-reliable Wonder Pens of Toronto (although, I think the other big Toronto stationery stores are also big TWSBI stockists, I know that Take Note certainly are). Everybody was keen to unpack it, and have a play... But only one of us gets to keep …

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So, I Had a Package Arrive…

The other day I had my latest package arrive from the amazing Wonder pens of Toronto. As ever, an order is accompanied by a thank you note from Liz. Liz' postcards are almost as much fun to get as the package, their designs are great. I thought you could buy these on their web site, …

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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 …

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