Pen friends in the US are celebrating Thanksgiving this week and the countdown to Black Friday begins! It got me thinking that a holiday gift guide would be helpful. This guide is primarily intended for the non-pen person looking for a gift for the fountain pen aficionado, whether newbie or seasoned, in his or her life.
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...
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.
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.
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] whilst I was cleaning it. I miss using that crystal clear pen and that sweet nib!!
Last Wednesday, I posted some picturesI took on a recent hike. In fact, I went on a 1 night, 1 day get away trip to the cottage with the family. To be precise, we headed up on Friday night, September 30th. And headed back home on October 1st. I pondered a bit on what pens I should take seeing as I still had a couple of September inked pens to use up and my planned pens for October were only partially inked up. So, I did what any rational pen addict would do for a 1 day trip that starts at the last day of one month and ends on the first day of the next month: I took all pens in sight!
It’s the unofficial end of summer. The weather is cooler and days are shorter. My little guy is ready for a new school year. It’ll be back to normal routines both at home and work. I echo this sentiment with this a new pen and ink line-up.
Those of you tapped into the pen and stationery blogosphere have likely come across the Pencilcase Blog run by Dries, a Belgian student. Somehow between his busy schedule of exams, projects and studies he has managed to become a seasoned pen collector and writer-extraordinaire. The Pencilcase Blog turned 3 years old this summer which makes Pendora's Box's 6 months of existence seem rather infantile. As a veteran blogger, Dries was kind enough to offer this rooky some encouragement and advice.
After coming home from my annual family cottage vacation, I barely got my luggage unpacked before repacking for a short trip to Philadelphia. A few days was for working but there was a little time for sightseeing too.
Since this would be shorter trip I decided to pack lightly in terms of writing instruments and stationery especially since I was intending NOT to check any baggage.
To celebrate Canada Day, we decided on a weekend getaway to wine country at Niagara-on-the-Lake. I had a June 30th project deadline at work so I was going all-out the day before the trip. Still, I managed to get most of my pens inked for July and select my stationery and pens for the road trip. So, what made the cut?