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
Sacs, paper, and my favourite things!
Why is Japan Still So Attached to Paper? ✑ Fascinating article on Japan’s (and presumably all readers) love of paper and analogue!
An Experiment With New Inks and Latex Sacs ✑ It’s great to have this experiment recorded rather than just anecdotal. It reinforces my suspicions that many destroyed sacs are a combination of a certain production run of sacs and a particular ink (or potentially even a particular batch of inks if Noodler’s) being a bad combination and not just a particular ink killing sacs.
Highlights of Chinese Fountain Pens in 2018: n9 ✑ always a great read especially since a lot of Chinese Fountain Pens don’t get much coverage or awareness.
These are a few of my favourite things!
Decided to do this sponsored section a little differently by doing a holiday season list of things I love from each of the stores!
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!
Pen Savings (12% off with MACCHIATOMAN) ✒︎ My go to place for US inks such as Organics Studio, Noodler’s, Monteverde, and Private Reserve. My favourites are Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses, Golden Brown, Navy and Turquoise as well as Private Reserve Avocado!
Sailor Bungubox Nostalgia doesn’t get that much love around the the ink review world and as far as I can see it has fallen a bit by the wayside. It’s a nice brown but I mainly bought the ink 2 years ago because of the evocative name and label. The sepia colour is also a very nice fit for the feeling.Read More
Lots of pens a “shitty” ink and get ready for Blackfriday sales!
Hello Sailors! ✑ In case people missed it, I wanted to plug this blog again. A good friend who has an even larger collection of Sailor inks than me has started a blog that will be highlighting sailor exclusive inks (and eventually some pens). The blog covers some misconceptions and some commentary related to Sailor collecting (though don’t expect any buying guides). Highly recommend this blog if you are interested in Sailor inks!
The legends from the deep sea – Nettuno 1911 Tritone ✑ Mateusz reviews the Nettuno 1911 Tritone fountain pen. The stainless steel’s design nib reminds me a lot of OMAS’s.
Review: Pelikan Souveran M800 Stone Garden Special Edition Fountain Pen ✑ I love the brown/blue colour of the barrel in this I just wish the cap was the same material!
Review Of The Hinze Pen Company Empyrean Fountain Pen ✑ this reminds me a lot of the Kanilea Pen Co. pens but a lot more affordable (and still the same JoWo nibs) but while the blue nib looks great there’s clearly some chipping, unfortunately.
review: straits pen shitty sepia ✑ Junee reviews this hilariously named ink. Not my favourite colour but definitely worth it for the name at least.
Pen Classics ✒︎ Pen Classics is going to be a Sailor and a Pelikan distributor so keep an eye out here! The Sailor stuff looks pretty interesting to me!
Pen Chalet (10% off with MACCHIATOMAN) ✒︎ The metallic Pilot Vanishing Point is 30% off, the Lam Lx is also 30% off, and the Pelikan M600 Turquoise White Fountain Pens is also 25% off! Plus all the “Nice” Platinum Century #3776 range of pens are also 25% off!
Pen Savings (12% off with MACCHIATOMAN) ✒︎ great international shipping prices and my go-to place for most American brands of inks including Noodler's and Organics Studio.