From Me to Me

About a month ago, I saw a review of the TWSBI Vac 700R Iris and oh geez, I was smitten. The reviewer, David Parker (aka figboot) mentioned that many retailers were already sold out - oh no! Sure enough, every one of the usual suspects listed it as out of stock. I kept checking, but alas! Then I thought to check the actual TWSBI website and hallelujah! Take my money! Give me a fine ni... Read more →

Writing with the Pens

So! The lovely and talented Heather asked for writing samples using the new pens. Okay then! I've done the samples on 52 gsm Tomoe River paper, which is very thin, but strong, paper especially suited to fountain pen inks. It's showing up as brown-er than it really is - it's really very slightly off white. Each sample has the same squiggles: a loopy, S-shape, some vertical lines, and a pound sign. Finally, each sample has... Read more →

Pens A’Poppin’

Yes, friends, the collection continues to expand. Most of these beauties are from small - even tiny - pen companies. Shall I tell you about them? Why yes, I shall. So, from left to right in the picture, we have: Narwhal Schuylkill. Given that I live about 100 feet from the Schuylkill River, I had to buy this one. It's quite beautiful, with shades of blue swirling about and very nice chatoyance. (I had no... Read more →

Pens in My Pocket

My lovely and talented friends Wendy and Melissa apparently think I should write pen reviews. Okay then! When I was first dipping my toe into the fountain pen pool, I watched (all right, I still watch) fountain pen reviews on YouTube. I bought several pens based on reviews; in fact, I bought all three of the following pens based on reviews. Most of the time, these reviews are Very Serious. I am not Very Serious.... Read more →