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Faber-Castell E-Motion Fountain Pen

When I first saw this pen I knew that I wanted one, the clean lines and distinct design really appealed to me.

Barrel and Exposed Nib

The barrel of the pen is made from pear wood, this one stained black. Other stain finishes and materials are available including a rather stunning Pure Black version. Pear wood is a...

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Every Second Carry

Some people carry a bag all the time containing their essential items and every day when I go to work I also do so. Having a bag allows me to carry a good selection of pens, pencils, paper and electronic gadgets and accessories with me to take advantage of all the situations I find myself in.

At ...

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30th April: Lookout Saturday

This weeks tools of the trade are:

  • Visconti Millennium Arc Moonlight - Green Acrylic
    • Fine 'Smartouch chromium tubular nib'
    • Diamine Delamere Green Ink
  • Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black
    • Fine 21K gold nib
    • Sailor Jentle Blue-Black Ink
  • Edison Collier Persimmon Swirl
    • Medium steel E...

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Vale P Mini Notebook Cover

I have recently fallen in love with pocket notebooks. I am using one almost every day to jot down notes, quotes, recipes and sometimes a log of the good days. I carry a Calepino sized notebook around with me almost all the time stored in a Nock Fodderstack XL along with a relatively fine nibbed fou...

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This week I take a look at Blue Inks around the blogosphere, Blue is one of my favourite colours for fountain pens but it needs to be a bit special or all I can think about is school blue:

"It isn’t so flashy that it looks out of place in a corporate environment but not so sombre that it lacks character. Overall, Hieronymus Blue 01 is an interesting colour." Junee Lim at Alt. Haven takes a look at Hieronymus Blue 01

"There has often been controversy over whether or not this formulation actually contains any iron gall. Online ink forums are rife with threads about this topic. If you look at bottles from the past you will see declarations that include permanent and/or ferro-gallic. While today’s packaging omits such phrases, Pelikan’s own published literature does indeed confirm the presence of at least a small amount of iron gall in their Blue-Black ink." Joshua Danley at The Pelikan's Perch takes a look at Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black

"YESSSS finally an ink that is a great match for Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue - a stellar blue with a magnificent red sheen!" Azizah Asgarali at Gourmet Pens takes a look at Diamine Blue Velvet

A good selection, the Hieronymus Blue 01 looks a lot like my Sailor Blue-Black ink which is a good thing. The shading on the Blue Velvet is just gorgeous so I may have to invest. Thanks for the excellent reviews.

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