A Mottled Hard Rubber Mystery

This beautiful and mysterious safety pen was shown to me by Rob Parsons. The tapering shape of the pen suggests that it is a late one. The mottled hard rubber is lovely as it always is. Who made it? It has a superficial resemblance to Waterman pens and it has an 18k Waterman nib. There’s […]

Hardy Penwrights Style-10 Traveler Fountain Pen in Mixed Berry

A new model from Hardy Penwrights! Check it out on their website and peruse the other materials available while you're at it!If you enjoy and/or appreciate and you want to lend your continued support, please do check me out on Patreon. You can pledge your support and/or undying love for as little as $1. You are in no way obligated to do so. I appreciate your readership, viewership, and your...

Still Here!

Apologies for my absence. It’s that time of year when other things demand our attention, sowing and planting and getting the garden in good order. I’ve been buying and restoring pens too, though. It’s hard work to get decent pens at a reasonable price these days. I think a large proportion of pens go through […]

Kokuyo Campus: A Comprehensive Guide

Like its name suggests, the Kokuyo Campus lineup is geared towards students. However, Campus notebooks, loose leaf paper, binders, and more have become stationery staples for everyone. Whether you’re an undergraduate student or a career professional, the Campus series offers great quality at a budget-friendly price. Read on or watch the video below to learn more about what Kokuyo has to offer.

The Best Fountain Pen Paper

Selecting a paper for your fountain pen is like pairing a fine wine with cheese: different combinations bring out the subtleties and unique flavors of both. In the same way, finding a good paper allows you to realize the full potential of your fountain pen and ink, adding another dimension to both the pen and paper. There are many things to consider when selecting the best...

Scribo Fountain Pen Nib Writing Samples – Flex and Standard

A huge thank you to Scribo for loaning me the Feel and for providing the additional nib units on loan so I could share them with you! I've had them for quite some time so I am really grateful they allowed me to keep them, test them, and play with them. You can visit Scribo and check out the goodies, and you can shop at Appelboom for your Scribos,...

Korean Stationery Brands You Need to Know

If you’re a stationery lover, you probably know that Korean stationery is on the rise. Korean stationery offers charming items like scented gel pens, pastel highlighters, adorable stickers, and other fun accessories for your notebooks and journals. We’ll focus on ten Korean stationery brands that should be on your radar, as well as some of our favorite products that they offer. Read on to learn more....

The Best Brush Pens for Calligraphy

You don’t have to be a serious artist or calligrapher to create beautiful script. With a huge variety of brush pens to choose from on our site, we’ve compiled a guide to help you find the best brush pen for calligraphy. Read on to see our top recommendations for brush pens that suit beginners, dramatic lettering, and Asian calligraphy.

The Best Pens & Inks for Tomoe River Paper (Plus Paper Alternatives)

Tomoe River paper has had a profound effect on the fountain pen paper landscape that can’t be denied. It grew from its humble beginnings as a paper shared within small pockets of the fountain pen community to a juggernaut that appears in notebooks, planners, notepads, and more. Its low paper weight and ability to bring out the best of sheen and shading in fountain pen inks...