The world of fountain pens is amazing and Pilot Custom 92 with TWSBI 580AL are great examples of how pens can be so similar but also so different at the same time. For someone who is not a pen aficionado, they might as well seem same, apart from different colors of the barrels. In reality, the only thing they have in common is the filling mechanism.
I will spoil the fun and tell you right away, I love them both, but if I were to choose only one I would go with the Custom 92. Continue reading “Pilot Custom 92 vs. TWSBI 580AL”
I love Midori, so when I saw this letter set I had to buy it. Pages and envelopes are made of fountain friendly paper. It’s a pleasure to write on both. I was especially suprisded with envelopes. It’s almost like having Tomoe river paper envelopes with all sheen benefits.
Sadly, I won’t share any writing samples. I bought this set especially for letters and I won’t waste even one page 🙂 Continue reading “Midori letter set”
If you look at the pen as a tool, then you don’t need anything more than the Platinum Preppy. It’s cheap, it writes smoothly and you can even turn it into an eyedropper. For a long time, I have thought if there is a way to make a pen as good and as cheap as Preppy. Turns out it’s possible. Continue reading “Platinum Riviere (ptr-200) – the best cheap pen”
Taiwan is a stationery heaven. Everywhere I go I can find stationery shops. Some of them are better, some are worse and a few are special. I would like to share some of them with you. To begin this new series I will start not with a typical stationery shop but with a bookstore. Continue reading “Tsutaya Bookstore”
I love pencils as much as I love fountain pens and I usually carry one with me. Since it’s inconvenient to sharpen pencils while I am outside, I always bring a mechanical pencil. Among them all, I like Tombow Mono Graph the most. Continue reading “Tombow Mono Graph Mechanical Pencil 0.5 mm – review”
Recently I wrote about how good the Pilot Acroball is and that sometimes a ballpoint is the best way to go. I also said that ballpoint doesn’t get any better than this. Boy, I was wrong. Continue reading “Uni Jetstream 0.7 review – the one ballpoint to rule them all”
Platinum is my favorite pen maker. They are a little different from other manufacturers and they fill a certain niche. They don’t have fancy products like some Pilot’s models. They don’t release many special editions like Lamy. What they have is a great history (more about it here) and ability to make the best pens quality/price wise. Continue reading “Platinum PGB-12000M Makie Bikou Souryu”
I must say I am impressed by TWSBI and that they are not afraid to constantly improve their products. What’s most important is the fact that all of their improvements are useful (I am looking at you, Lamy LX!). Continue reading “News: TWSBI Vac700R”
I dislike Signos DX but to be honest I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the conical tip of the DX? Maybe the overall design of the pen – a soulless barrel with the barcode on it? Or maybe the cap which is less convenient than my clickable Zebra?
I also don’t like the standard blue and black inks. They are just plain boring. There might be one more reason, though – my ex loved to use them, but that’s another story for another time. Continue reading “Uni-ball Signo Needle 0.38 – a review”
There are instances where ballpoint is just a better tool than a fountain pen. Let it be a glossy surface of a business card, a laminated map when you hike somewhere, a crossword in a newspaper or an arrival card in the Immigration Hall when you travel to Hong Kong. In all these situations a fountain pen would be just a triumph of form over content. Continue reading “Pilot Acroball 0.7 review – ballpoint doesn’t get any better than this”