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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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There hasn't been much happening on this blog recently and I have a few excuses. First of all I moved (left to right) to the Cotswolds:

New House

Then I renovated the bathroom in our new place with the help of my lovely wife.

New Bathroom

Then our baby arrived in mid October and since then I have barely been a...

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Private Reserve Spearmint Fountain Pen Ink

I love green, and find myself with a rather wide collection of green pens and inks so I was excited to try Private Reserve Spearmint and see how it compares to my go to inks like Diamine Umber. I popped this one straight into my Parker Duofold and started writing.

This is yet another very highly...

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Private Reserve Electric DC Blue Fountain Pen Ink

Blue inks are a bit hit and miss for me, anything that reminds me of the blue inks that I used at school instantly get rejected but a great blue with plenty of pop can usually be found in my rotation.

It took a while for this sample to make it through into a daily writer but I am glad it did. Th...

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