Hey, tomorrow is Fountain Pen Day! Like most special occasions this was invented in a Hallmark-esque way to celebrate our community’s love of a certain analogue tool. It’s a great way to promote the hobby and bring existing enthusiasts into contact with others. Go check out some blogs and clubs linked from their web site! […]Read more "Fountain Pen Day"
The problem with watching reviews on YouTube is it’s very easy to get excited about a new pen. Seeing it in use, being compared to other pens makes it a bit more immediate than the written word. The Dollar pen was mentioned in a review for another pen and I went off to find out […]Read more "Dollar Fountain Pen review"
After missing LWES last year I made an actual effort to get along to my first ever pen show. After initially going to the wrong hotel (doh!) I went to the nearby correct Holiday Inn. I arrived about 14:15 so the show had been going on a while and I suspect I’d missed the busiest […]Read more "London Writing Equipment Show 2017"
It’s funny reviewing a classic pen. The 2000 has been around since the 1960’s, long before I was born. There must have been tens of thousands of reviews of it. But I guess my opinion is as valid as anybody else’s over the past 50 years. The 2000 is often recommended as a great choice […]Read more "Lamy 2000"
I’m having a quiet day at work, having to find things to do while the next thing in the official pipeline crawls towards me. Screw it, lets do a pen review! The Jinhao 992 has recently become popular in our community. It is a Sailor clone in style that is incredibly cheap; mine was £1.70 […]Read more "Jinhao 992"
So I was trawling Amazon when I found a new seller whose whole stock was priced at £7.99. Loads of big name brand pens, from Lamys to Pilots. I sensed a scam, or an order that would be rejected when their management realised the work experience kid had fucked up their shop front. But out […]Read more "Caveat emptor"
After enjoying my Jinhao 159 so much I expanded my collection into the other models, easy to do at such a low price point (This was just £2.99 in total from Amazon UK). The x450 was one of the first and it’s seen the most use in my work rotation. I got one with a […]Read more "Jinhao X450 Fountain Pen"