Sunday, 28 April 2013

Today´s Find

Jetpens have a nice intro article about fountain pens as an introduction to beginners...

Just spotted these cute looking Tasche fountainpens. I´m tempted.... I love that it comes in pink. O la la!

A nice post about Miquelrius Notebooks... I think these are often understated. I have lots of them, and they work really well with fountain pens if you don´t mind a bit of shadowing.

Oh, glad to see I´m not the only one around that is pen, ink and cat crazy... purrr.. For those not into furry creatures, check this nice review on the same site: I´ve wanted to try out Midori´s Traveller´s Notebook for a long time.

These days I´m on the look-out for a new notebook. I´m very tempted to try out kokuyo or maruman notebooks. For those who do not know these brands, click here to read a review and see pics!

Requested review: Iroshizuku´s Ku-Jaku

*** Please note: This colour was exceptionally hard to catch on cam. It comes out a lot more blue than it really is. IRL it looks a lot greener.***

'Peacock' - what a fitting name for this blue! It does remind me of the colour of peacock feathers. I like this colour a lot - it can be used at work, as well as for personal correspondence and notes. It is a 'serious' colour - yet it has something fun and playful about it that I really enjoy. The great behaviour of this ink doesn´t hurt either:)

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Ink Comparison: Iroshizuku Blues

Another (extended) comparison of Iroshizuku´s blues...

All Things Orange

It´s still wintertime - cold, long days where all you want to do is snuggle up in a big blanket in front of the fire place (that is, if you´re lucky to have one). Living in Northern Europe, I´ve grown up with trips to the cabin during wintertime, cross-country-skiing, hot cups of cocoa and of course: oranges.
 It´s time for a little Vit C-injection full of healthy, orange-related tid bits.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Demise of Good Notebooks?

Maybe I am being overly dramatic, but there is something to be said about today´s notebooks and choice of paper. I am always looking for good paper - naturally for the sheer pleasure of writing on it, but even more so due to my use of fountain pens. Sadly, a lot of the more "popular" and widely sold notebooks today contain a quality of paper that leaves a lot to be desired.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Review: Parker 51

These pens are always in my rotation. When I first started thinking about getting a Parker 51 I was not quite sure what to make of its design - which is quite unique in today's world of fountain pens and stands apart with its combination of a hooded nib, its light weight, vacumatic or aeromatic filling-mechanism, and not to mention the various colours to choose from.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Review: Black - Cross

I love my Parker 51 pens. They´re generally well-behaved pens with great flow. I do, however, have one P51 that I've had a little problems with in terms of ink-flow. Not anymore: once I filled my pen with Cross' ink 'black', the problem was solved.

Today´s Find: Where to Buy Bullettproof inks

A lot of people wonder where they can get hold of bullettproof inks, so I thought I´d make a separate post about it.

Legal Lapis (a blue ink which I´ve previously reviewed) and Violet Vote (previously Iraqi Indigo) can be bough at Pendemonium . As far as I know, this is the only place you can order these two inks. I´m currently waiting to try Violet Vote. I´ve been thinking for a long time about ordering this ink after hearing so many positive things about it. Being someone who loves the colour purple, I just had to check it out for myself. I will post up a review once I´ve received it. 

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Today´s Find: Caran D'Ache

If you want to get hold of some ink bottles of Caran D'Ache´s "Colours of the Earth" line, they´re still available for purchase here (no affil.):

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Blog News

This is a little update on future reviews on this blog. I´m currently waiting to receive some new iroshizuku inks, so look forward to new iro reviews - including reviews of their three newest colours: Shin-kai (a blue gray), ama-iro (sky blue) and finally a black ink: take-sumi. Wohoo - can´t wait!