Pen and Pencil Focus

By Steve Morton | Writing tools we all love

The Writing Desk update

Loyal readers will already be familiar with our slow but committed campaign to profile all the boutique stationery retailers we can find, to which …

Stationery

Using Ultrasonic Cleaners

Ultrasonic cleaners can be a bit of a mystery for new fountain pens users. What are they? Why should you use them? How do you use them? Are they …

Design

Tag Team Review: Benu Fountain Pens

<i>Review by Laura Cameron</i> <i>(and Ana Reinert)</i>Since both Laura and I have ended up purchasing or acquiring several of the same products, we have decided to …

Matched

Pen Review: White Pen Comparison: Sailor Mini Correction Pen and Uni Posca

<i>Review by Tina Koyama</i>While urban sketching, I occasionally have need for an opaque white pen with a tip fine enough to make small highlights or write …

Illustration

Blank Forces Pocket Bolt Ballpoint Pen Review

This summer I was running a guest house for the first time. Summer by the seaside is a busy time and in between cooking bacon and servicing rooms the …

Knives

What is the Purpose of a Hooded Nib?

Some of your favorite fountain pens have hooded nibs, like the Lamy 2000, but does it serve a purpose? While it can be aesthetically pleasing and …

Fountain Pens

Top 5 Pens 2017 Edition

Jet Stream

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, …

Fountain Pens

Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen Review

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 …

Magnetism

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 …

* 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 …

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 …

Fountain Pens

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 …

Fountain Pens

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, …

Shopping

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 …

Cotton Candy

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 …

Makeup

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 …

Shopping

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 …

Knives

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 …

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 …

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 …

Shopping

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 …

Shopping

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 …

Fountain Pens

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

Illustration

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 …