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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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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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Twiss Pens Green Lizard Fountain Pen

From the simple Lamy Safari through to a beautifully crafted Twiss pen like the one I am reviewing today, the majority of both modern and vintage pens are made out plastics or more generally polymers. Polymers are typically defined as a large molecule comprised of many repeated subunits, and you ca...

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Edison Collier - Persimmon Swirl

Near the town of Rothbury in Northumberland, England there is a country house called Cragside which was the countryside residence of Lord Armstrong, an industrialist from Newcastle upon Tyne. The most interesting part of the properties history from my perspective is that it was the location of the...

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