Lamy 2000

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 […]

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Jinhao 992

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 […]

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Caveat emptor

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 […]

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Jinhao X450 Fountain Pen

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 […]

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I don’t love Field Notes

There, that subject line is stationery community click bait if ever I’ve written it. There has been so much written about Field Notes. They have a vocal, voracious fandom who lap up all their quarterly special editions and are willing to pay huge sums for long out of print editions for their collections. I bought […]

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March Office Loadout

On the go in March 2017, from top to bottom: Palamino Blackwing 24 – My pencil addition to the mix. My least favourite aesthetic of Blackwing but a lovely writer. Hero 616 – Loaded with Diamine green/black. Fancied getting this out of the box the other week. Surprisingly fine line on a cheap pen. Lamy […]

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Pilot V-Pen fountain pen

So a second Pilot cheap pen review this year! A discussion on the UK Fountain pen Facebook group on favourite pens had an interesting entry by my friend Liam. He has older pens but relies on disposable Pilot Varsity pens for the bulk of his writing. Cheap, reliable and can be thrown into a bag […]

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