Throwback Thursday: Quick Look at Bexley Gaston’s Special Reserve + Diamine Ancient Copper

The days are shorter and the weather is cooler.  But thankfully, I still have pen + ink combos from the summer to look back on.  This week it’s a match up from my August line-up.

Handwritten Review

Pen: Bexley Gaston’s Special Reserve M
Ink: Diamine Ancient Copper
Paper: Rhodia No. 16 Grid

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A Closer Look at the Lamy Lx Pen Case

Soon after I posted my review of the Lamy Lx (which admittedly was quite a few weeks now), my friend Dries from the Pencilcase Blog asked me:

How's the inside of the case, does it hug the pen or does the Lx sit loosely inside?

It’s a very good question that led me to realize that I should have spent a little more time looking at the case itself in the original review.

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Hobonichi Techo vs Stalogy 365 Throwdown

I learned of Hobonichi Techo last year and was compelled to get it for the fabulous Tomoe River paper.  Hobonichi Techo has a great fan and user base.  I love seeing the creativity that some people put into their Hobo’s.  Sadly, I am not one of them.  While there’s a lot I love about the Hobo apart from the paper (small form factor, dotted grid lines, quirky quotes and at least one recipe), I found the dated planner a challenge to use consistently.

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Throwback Thursday: Edison LE Mina + Diamine Teal

I’ve been spending a lot of time these days at ice rinks with my son and his hockey team.  Thankfully I still have many pen + ink combinations from the summer to look at including this one from my August line-up.

Handwritten Review

Pen: Edison LE Mina EF
Ink: Diamine Teal
Paper: Rhodia No. 16 Grid

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First Impressions Review of Pelikan M400 Brown Tortoiseshell

There is a category of pens in my Wish List which has always been “pencilled-in”.  It’s the “luxury European” fountain pen category.  The main contenders were always either Visconti or Pelikan to hold the spot in the “under $500” bucket.

You may have noted I put Visconti Homo Sapien on the list.  But in the back of my mind, I really wanted to try a Pelikan, in particular, a tortoise.  


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Fountain Pen Day 2016

Happy Fountain Pen Day to pen friends everywhere!


The first Friday in November is Fountain Pen Day.  This is a worldwide movement that was started 5 years ago by Cary Yeager, aka Fountain Pen Day on [Instagram][1] and [Twitter][2].  I’m amazed at how this thing has grown exponentially over the past few years, no doubt due to Cary’s enthusiasm and the awesomeness that is comprises the pen community.  According to the Fountain Pen Day website, in 2012 (Year 1) there were 49 participating vendors and 600 people celebrating.    Based on my rough count, there is approximately 110 vendors this year and I read/heard somewhere that 20,000 people are participating!

So today, I plan on fully enjoying my fountain pens by writing lots starting with this little entry in my Hobonichi Techo.

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Throwback Thursday: Tactile Turn Gist Titanium EF + Noodler's Raven Black

Continuing on the summer theme for Throwback Thursday,  we take a look back at another pen + ink combo from my July line-up.  Now, I’ve had in my mind to do a fulsome review of Noodler’s Raven Black so this Throwback will have a little more than usual. 

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Currently Inked: November 2016

October came and went in a flash!  With the Scriptus pen showthis past Sunday and yesterday being Halloween, I didn't have much time to prepare my pen + ink combos for November.  Without further ado, here they are...

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Throwback Thursday: Quick Look at Pilot/Namiki Vanishing Point Raden Water Surface + Pilot Iroshizuku Kon Peki

For this week’s Throwback I’m revisiting a pen + ink combo from my July line-up.  Some of you will know that the Vanishing Point Raden Galaxy with Medium nib is one of my first fountain pens.  I love the VP but I always felt that the medium nib a bit too wide for my taste.  So when I got the Raden Water Surface, I got the fine nib.  The first thing I did was ink it up with Kon-Peki. 


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Currently Inked: Loadout for Weekend Hockey Tournament

October has been fairly light in terms of travel but duty called. This time the duties as a hockey mom which involved going with my son and his team to the city of Kitchener for a hockey tournament. Originally this was supposed to be a 3 day trip but cut short by the sad reality that our team did not make it into the final day of the tournament. On a positive note, it gave me an opportunity to plan another pen + ink load out.

Apart from my must-bring Hobo and TN, I wanted to bring whatever pens and paper I could fit inside a larger case. The case I had in mind was the A5 sized Lihit Lab Teffa Bag in Bag. I was expecting to travel a lot from rink to rink and I wanted a self-contained writing tool kit that I could bring along.

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Scriptus 2016 - Toronto's Pen & Writing Show

I'm planning to attend the Scriptus 2016 Pen Show in Toronto this coming Sunday, October 30th. I'm putting this on the blog before I have a chance to change my mind.  You see, I've never been to a pen show before and the thought of seeing throngs of vendors and attendees both frightens and excites me.  

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Lamy Lx vs. Lamy Al-Star

The Lamy Al-Star and it’s entry-level sibling, the Lamy Safari are part of most fountain pen users' pen journeys. If you’ve followed my blog for some time, you may have noticed that [two Lamy Al-Stars][0] frequently make appearances: 2014 Special Edition Blue Green and the 2015 Special Edition Copper Orange.


I have yet to do reviews for the Al-Stars but they are on the list. Straight-up, I love them. I find the moulded grip comfortable. The shape of the barrel is sleek and modern. I love the way they write.


With this being the 50th anniversary of Lamy Bauhaus design, and being a Lamy aficionado, I was excited to see what Lamy had in store for us. Prior to the reveal, I had put the Lamy 2000 50th anniversary pen on my [wish list][0]. After the reveal I adopted a “wait and see” approach on the Lamy 2000. I was, however, attracted to the Lamy Lx.


So, when the pens hit the shelves at [Wonder Pens][1], I think 1-2 weeks before our friends to the south, I put an order in for the rose gold version of the Lamy Lx. They also come in ruthenium, palladium and gold colours.


This is not intended to be a detailed review of the Lamy Lx but rather, a quick comparison of the Lamy Lx with the Al-Star.

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Throwback Thursday: Quick Look at Platinum 3776 Century Sai + Bungbox Kotohogi Kurenai (New Year Red)

We’ve had a couple of unseasonably warm days here.  So for this weeks’ Throwback Thursday, I revisit a hot red pen + ink combo from my July line-up.

Handwritten Review

Pen: Platinum 3776 Century Sai F

Ink: Bungbox Kotohogi Kurenai(New Year Red)

Paper: Rhodia No. 16 Grid

> I mean, this is not a dark red.  It’s bright.  Kind of a water colour type look when it dries.  But it doesn’t look at all pink.  I didn’t think this ink would be good for writing but it’s OK.  Even in this Platinum medium nib.  I’m not sure I would go with a narrower nib than this one though.  I did enjoy having this ink in the line-up just to have something very bright.  Sunny.  I could actually live with this as a daily writer.  Of course, it works for emphasis, accents, etc.  This ink flows well.  It’s lubricated just right.  Well-behaved on Rhoda.  I don’t think I have many red inks so this is something a bit different for me.

**Closing Comments**

On a sad note, this review was one of the last things I wrote with this Platinum 3776 Century Sai before it’s nib made a break for freedom [down the drain][2] whilst I was cleaning it.  I miss using that crystal clear pen and that sweet nib!!


This red ink is hard to miss.  I enjoy using it for annotations or editing.  Is it the perfect teacher’s red?

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