REVIEW: TACCIA POLAR LIGHTS FOUNTAIN PEN

We're taking a look at another new - to me - brand today: Taccia! Despite only having been around for about 20 years, the history of Taccia is rather convoluted. The TL;DR is that they started as a US-based company, but they're now part of a larger Japanese stationery conglomerate (Nakabayashi). Taccia's earlier products - mostly in the sub-200$ range - never really managed to captivate me. Though things certainly became a...

REVIEW: LEONARDO MOMENTO ZERO GRANDE #8 NIB FOUNTAIN PEN

Flecks of green, orange AND blue? A wild color choice for someone like me. But oh my, just look at it!How to make a great pen even greater? That's the question Leonardo must've been pondering on. And the answer, as it turns out, is simple: just make it physically 'greater'!Ok, to be fair, it's not that the MZ Grande #8 is effectively a better pen than the regular versions....

fountain pen ink: pure pens welsh gold

I'm a big fan of Pure Pens' own brand of ink. Having tried out Flower of Scotland, Windermere and Cwm Idwal in the past, I had a feeling Welsh Gold would be just as impressive, if not better (because it has shimmer!).Let me just say I was not disappointed at all and in fact, the discrete shimmer makes this ink pretty much work appropriate. Perfect for those unsocial, heart-sink...

QUICK LOOK: LEONARDO MOMENTO ZERO GRANDE PURA FOUNTAIN PEN

Yesterday we took a look at the Momento Zero Grande 2020 (review HERE) from Leonardo Officina Italiana, and today I have somewhat of a world-premiere (nothing short of a miracle, given how terribly slow I usually am at publishing reviews!): a first quick look at the all-new Leonardo MZ Grande 'Pura' collection! If you follow Leonardo on Instagram, you may have already caught a glimpse of the Pura in his stories. It certainly didn't get past me...

RE-REVIEW: LEONARDO MOMENTO ZERO GRANDE (2020) FOUNTAIN PEN

It's of course no secret that I've been enjoying Leonardo pens quite a bit in the last year, maybe even a bit too much! As if they're made from catnip, I found myself strongly drawn towards almost every new pen they released in the past twelve months... and they released A LOT of new pens, mind you! A consistent personal favorite among all those new creations has been the Momento Zero Grande, as well...

REVIEW: VISCONTI HOMO SAPIENS LAVA COLOR FOUNTAIN PEN

Visconti's flagship pen, the Visconti Homo Sapiens (already somewhat of an icon, despite its relatively modest 10 years of existence!) has seen an absolutely incredible variety of styles and finishes over the years: From the absolute classic Homo Sapiens Bronze age or - now discontinued - Steel Age (reviewed HERE) made from Visconti's proprietary lava resin, the various acrylic versions (such as the Chiantishire, that I reviewed HERE), the...

REVIEW: ENSSO ITALIA TITANIUM FOUNTAIN PEN

If anything, minimalist brand Ensso has proven over the years that they're not afraid to switch things up and try unique designs! In the continuously expanding lineup of Ensso products, no two pens look even remotely the same. For their latest pen, Ensso leaves behind the ultra-minimal aesthetic of their first full-sized fountain pen (the Ensso Piuma, reviewed HERE, still one of my absolute favorite metal pens!), instead looking back...

a twsbi 580AL rose gold with an extra fine nib

Last year was the year of rose gold for TWSBI. Ever since they came out with the 580 mini in rose gold a few years ago, I've lusted after a rose gold TWSBI. I put off purchasing one a few years ago because of the reported quality issues but for the rose gold editions of 2020, they reassured customers that the problems had been fixed. So far so good!Today,...

fountain pen ink: de atramentis santa claus and a very merry christmas!

I'm a big fan of De Atramentis inks: they have so many ink lines with interesting ink colours. A chocolate scented ink called Santa Sold. I also like to write my Christmas cards using an ink that feels a bit festive and one called Santa sounded like a good one to consider for this year. Last year, it was J. Herbin's Emerald of Chivor so I needed one that...

revising for postgraduate exams resulted in this ‘random nuggets of knowledge’ notebook

During the last twelve months, I have taken two surgical exams. Postgraduate exams are a whole new kettle of fish! At medical school, we needed to know a little about everything so you'd think revising for exams that were for a subset of that 'everything' would be easier? Nope. Turns out there is still a mountain to learn for surgery. The little about everything still applies, but for everything...