I purchased my set of Sailor Ink Studio inks (all 100) from Pen Classics in New Zealand. These Ink Studio 100 are based on the Ink Studio custom inks blended by Ishimaru that are held at events around Japan throughout the year. These 100 are chosen, somehow, from the the the thousands of custom blends that people have asked the inkmeister at these events to make for them. As for the numbering, there is certainly patterns about them and they aren’t randomly numbered.Read More
Why is this a mega-review? Because it’s not about a single Sailor Pro Gear; it’s about the model. I’ve got several Pro Gears, myself, and I’ve borrowed some from a friend who also collects Sailor Pro Gears. While this is predominately about the full size Sailor Pro Gear, I’ve got some slims, some interesting nibs, a Realo, and exclusive, limited, and standard line pens. I don’t really see the point of doing a full review of a pen just because it has a different finish or material or colour but I wanted to show off a bunch of Sailor Pro Gears. That is why this is a Sailor Pro Gear Mega-Review!Read More
My 2019 Analogue System (Wonderpens) ✑ I love reading these overview articles about someones general approach to analogue tools. Always beautiful photos as well.
Let the Fountain Pens Flow! (New York Times) ✑ There’s nothing particularly interesting about this article from the point of view of someone already deep down the fountain pen rabbit hole, but it’s always great to see this little niche hobby reach the ‘normal’ world and the New York Times is certainly one of the best places to breach that divide.
Kyo No Oto Aonibi (by Stalówka) ✑ I very nice lower saturation blue. Also one of the Staionery TAG inks that’s nice and wet.
2018 Annual Review: What I liked, didn’t like, and want to see next year (Gentleman Stationer) ✑ Joe covers the whole fountain pen world (compared to my ink focused article). I definitely agree with is Joe’s points on “Return to Classic, Vintage-Inspired Design” and “Consolidation in Ink Lines”.
12 inks for 2019 (UK Fountain Pens) ✑ I’ve never understood the appeal of wanting to empty a bottle. I’d get way too bored and if you have a larger ink collection then the variety that comes with it is much more attractive to me than being able to say you finished an ink. Plus I’d be sad that the ink bottle died… Poor baby. Still This is an interesting approach to bridge the difference between my approach and the #emptyinkbottlechallenge.
A Peek into LAMY’s 2019 Special Editions (Frank Underwater) ✑ nearly everything here doesn’t interest me. But those three pastel colour safaris… ♡♥︎
my top five inks of 2018 (inksharks) ✑ Some interesting and different choices! No bad choices (though I don’t find Barkley’s Blue Teal particularly exciting). I definitely need to try some Lennon Tool Bar this year.
Diamine Exclusive - Ortloff (Nick Stewart) ✑ honestly I love sheen but even I’m feeling a little fatigued by them all. This does look beautiful but is it too similar to Cult Pens Robert? It looks more orange and less magenta which is nice.
Bungubox Melancholic Gray (Wondernaut) ✑ I quite like this grey and I need to grab it some time soon.
Pen Savings (60% off Diamine Inks with “diamine”) ✒︎ Diamine (30ml inks available only) is currently a whole 60% off which is extremely cheap. Buy now! Shipping is very decently priced They are my go to place for US inks such as Organics Studio, Noodler’s, Monteverde, and Private Reserve and if you aren’t buying Diamine then use the code ‘MACCHIATOMAN’ for 12% off everything.
Pen Classics ✒︎ Sailor Ink Studio 100 inks are available! These are 100 unique inks based on the ink mixing studio Sailor put on in Japan. Lots of great colours to choose from. I’m a huge fan of Opus 88 pens, and a great place to grab Krishna’s increasingly sheeny inks and Stationery TAG’s Kyo-no-oto and Kyo-iro!
Desk Bandit ✒︎ The only place I know that stocks Carpink! Full range of the beautiful Nagasawa Kobe inks as well as Nagasawa’s Sailor Pro Gears! Full Range of Colorverse. So many great things! My favourite Kobe inks are #38, #41, #19, and #69! Desk Bandit are also selling Sailor’s Ink Studio and Shikiori.
La Couronne do Comte (10% off with MACCHIATOMAN10) ✒︎ pre-order the Pelikan Ink of the Year 2019 ink Ruby Star of the 2019 AL-Star LE Bronze.
Last year I talked about what ink brands had done that year and what I hoped for this year. In this article I’m doing the same thing again. How many of my hopes were realised? What did the brand do? What do I want from them in 2019 and has that changed from what I wanted for this year? Last year this write up was over 3,500 words and this time it is over 6,100 words… Sorry!Read More