The Shibui Kibo Prototype: A Copper Behemoth

The first thing that strikes you about this pen is its beauty and closely associated with that: the colour and texture. The second thing is its weight. The former is the product of the skill of an urushi lacquer expert: Ruth Bolton, who has been developing her skills over almost two decades in Japan andContinue reading “The Shibui Kibo Prototype: A Copper Behemoth”

The Renaissance of Pineider, a Swerve Forward?*

A bit of a long-winded review of the Pineider Arco Blue Bee Pineider has been a legend in stationery since 1774 supplying popes, princes and heads of state with the finest of paper and letters for correspondence and note-taking, as well as the luxury leather cases to carry such materials. In the late twenty centuryContinue reading “The Renaissance of Pineider, a Swerve Forward?*”

Dodec a way to start and continue…

In the pen community we seem to be socialised into a pattern where our initial cheap pen purchases become mere milestones of angst and utility on the gathering gaderene gallop to grail pens and probable penury. Along the way we seem to also accumulate various prejudices and elitist preferences for precious resins and esoteric mixesContinue reading “Dodec a way to start and continue…”

The Esterbrook Cobalt Blue (in chrome)

The Esterbrook Cobalt Blue is a beautifully made and finished acrylic pen that is a pleasure to hold and to use. It is deceptively large pen, but in most hands should not strike the user as too large in length or girth. It is certainly a great (in all sorts of ways) departure from theContinue reading “The Esterbrook Cobalt Blue (in chrome)”

Kaweco Supra Stainless Steel

A versatile, modern fountain pen for every-day use and life Headline: The Kaweco Supra stainless steel is a well-made, ultra-functional fountain pen (that can be adapted to a mini-pocket mode) and boasting a #6 steel nib that writes wet and fluently in medium, fine, titanium fine and double broad versions. The pen reviewed here wasContinue reading “Kaweco Supra Stainless Steel”

10 Diamine Inkvent Inks Considered

Diamine is an old (1864) and well-established Liverpool-based ink maker with a reputation for innovation and creating distinctive coloured inks. So, it was perhaps of little surprise, but certainly a brilliant gambit, that Diamnine released 25 inks to celebrate the 2019 Advent season in the form of an Inkvent calendar. It certainly caught the moodContinue reading “10 Diamine Inkvent Inks Considered”

Gravitas: a rising star in pen making

Historically Ireland has had a weaker engineering tradition that many equivalent small nations and regions in Europe and there has never been a tradition of Irish pen making. All that has changed, changed utterly, as Ben Walsh’s Gravitas has brought its clutch of innovative designs to the pen community. Gravitas’ pens are typified by excellentContinue reading “Gravitas: a rising star in pen making”