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By Steve Morton | Writing tools we all love

7 Ways to Re-use Empty Ink Bottles

Have you ever looked at the bottles that your fountain pen ink comes in and wished you could re-purpose them after the ink runs out? The variety of …

Fountain Pen Review: Diplomat Excellence A, Rhombus Guilloch Lapis in Black (and Giveaway)

<i>Review by Laura Cameron</i><p>A few weeks ago, Ana told me she had a pen for review that she thought I would like. She brought me the Diplomat Excellence A, …

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Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen Review

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Visconti Rembrandt Silver Shadow Fountain Pen: A Review

(<i>Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog …

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Fountain Pen Review: Aurora Duo Cart (& Robert Oster Soda Pop Blue)

The Aurora Duo Cart fountain pen ($180 in burgundy and gold) is a re-creation of the original Duo Cart of 60 years ago. If the photo on the box is …

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* Kaweco Perkeo Fountain pen: Bad Taste

Kaweco is a brand that is very close to my heart, if I’m honest. I have a few of their fountain pens and I <i>love</i> every single one of them. In fact, I …

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Fountain Pen Review: Parker IM (BONUS: ApPeel Notebook Review)

<i>Review by Laura Cameron</i><p>In my ongoing quest to try every pen I can get my hands on, my most recent acquisition is the Parker IM Fountain Pen in Light …

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Fountain Pen Review: Delike New Moon (AKA Knock-off Sailor ProGear Slim)

I had heard that there were Chinese vendors selling an assortment of knock-off versions of Sailor and TWSBI fountain pens on Ebay. In the name of …

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Kaweco Ice Sport Fountain Pen Review

(<i>Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.</i>)I love wee pens, …

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Fountain Pen Review: Kaweco Perkeos

Finally! The Kaweco Perko fountain pens are available. These entry level plastic-bodied fountain pens look to be direct competitors to other student …

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Jacques Herbin 1798 Ink – “Amethyste De L’Oural”

For the last five years, J. Herbin (now “Herbin”) has introduced a new 1670 ink over the summer. 1670 inks are known for their deep, rich colors and …

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Wahl-Eversharp Decoband Gold Seal Oversized Collection Rosewood Fountain Pen: A Review

(<i>Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog …

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Fountain Pen Review: Ensso PIUMA Minimal Fountain Pens

The PIUMA Minimal Fountain Pen was originally a Kickstarter project but is now available directly from the ENSSO web site. The appeal of the PIUMA is …

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Pelikan Stola III fountain pen meta-review

<b>A little bit of history</b> The first incarnation of Pelikan began in Germany in 1832, so it’s safe to say they’be been around a while. Over the course …

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Pen Review: Cross Century II Botanica Fountain Pen

<i>Review by Laura Cameron</i>The Fahrney’s catalog is going to be the death of me. When I was a kid, the Fahrney’s catalog used to land in our mailbox …

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Pen Review: Caran D’Ache 849 Fountain Pen

I have been waiting with bated breath for the Caran d’Ache 849 fountain pen ($52) to finally be available. It was accidentally revealed a bit ahead …

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Parker Jotter Ballpoint Pen Review

(<i>Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.</i>)The Parker Jotter …

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What Makes a Fountain Pen Worth the Money?

Many may remember the feeling before they decided to buy their first pen, that hesitation to make the leap from inexpensive, possibly office- or …

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Troika Construction Sketch Mechanical Tool Pencil 2.0

I really like the look of this pencil. It is a pencil, ruler, lead pointer (sharpener) and eraser all in one! Find it here

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Review: Apsara Beauty Dark Writing Pencil

The Apsara Beauty, or as I often mistakenly call it Black Beauty in some sort of homage to my childhood spent wondering why so many of my classmates …

Brazilian-Made Castell 9000s

Have you ever seen a Castell 9000 <i>not</i> made in Germany? Until now I’d only encountered the German variant of the venerable green pencil made by …

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Neat & Super Dark: An overview of the colorful uniqueness of Indian pencils

One of the great ironies of wooden pencil merchandising is that for a product that’s a symbol — perhaps <i>the</i> symbol — of globalized industry, we see so …

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Nib Newbs! TWSBI Eco!

News: M200 Smoky Quartz Special Edition Demonstrator

While not officially rumored, an announcement has been expected from Pelikan regarding a new fountain pen from their Classic line in the same color …

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Pen & Ink Review: Robert Oster + James Finniss Serendipity ✑ Robert Oster Lake of Fire

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Aurora 88 Nebulosa | Pen Précis

I’ve been reviewing/talking about Aurora Pens a lot lately. It’s no secret I’m a big fan of a lot of their pens. This pen, however, may be my …

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