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First Look: Twiss Pens Conway Stewart 'Red Whirl' Perfecto Cigar

One of my two main purchases from the 'Bristol' south west pen show this year, I have not had it long enough to review yet, but it is pretty special.

Made from a Conway Stewart acrylic it feels great in hand and looks even better. No sharp edges, beautifully finished and furnished with a rhuthe...

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Atoma Ring Bound Notebooks

I absolutely love the idea of the Atoma ring bound system. You can take pages out, put new ones in and have multiple different types of paper (or rulings) exactly where you want them. So much more flexibility than a bound book. The system has most of the benefits of a traditional ring bound system...

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Diamine Shimmer Inks 2016

Twelve new colours have been produced and released by Diamine in their very popular Shimmer line and they kindly sent through four of them to me for review. I am not much of a sparkly ink user as I alluded to in my last review of Caroube de Chypre by J. Herbin but it's Christmas time and this seems...

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Tactile Turn Gist

It seems that the best way to launch a new pen these days is via Kickstarter, with plenty of pundits queueing up to pledge money to try something new. I try to avoid them until reviews come in & most of the time until they actually ship but with this one I couldn't resist a punt.

The pen is ava...

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TWSBI Eco Black

My first TWSBI was the Diamond 530 piston filler. I loved this pen, its steel nib was nice and smooth for a fine and the faceted barrel captured the light beautifully. I used the pen frequently for a year (my collection was smaller then) getting through many refills of ink until one day it develope...

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