The themes for July are Canada's 150 and travel.Read More
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...Read More
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!!
This red ink is hard to miss. I enjoy using it for annotations or editing. Is it the perfect teacher’s red?Read More
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.Read More
I'm taking a pause from normally semi-fun pen cleaning to report a sad tale.
The nib from my Platinum 3776 Century Sai went bye-bye down the bathroom sink. This is the second nib to leave me for the journey to Lake Ontario.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
I've referred to the Platinum Cool quite a few times in the blog so it was a surprise to me over the past week when I realized that I had not yet done a proper review of it. As I discussed here, this was one of my first fountain pens.
At the same time, the Platinum 3776 Century Sai had entered my pen collection without much fanfare. It has, in fact, quickly become one of my favourites in the past couple months. So, I thought I could do a double pen review with a Platinum pens head to head comparison.Read More
This time I did a slightly better job at timing my mid-April same ink refills so I have less holdovers. As well, I spread out the pen cleaning over a few days which made things easier. I got a lot of new inks right at the end of April which made for fun May ink fillings.
Tracking of my pen and ink combinations in a central place has helped my senile mind greatly. I still feel the choice of using the Tomoe River Notebook bound by Coach House Press for Wonderpens for my Currently Inked log is a good one. Great paper in a nice form factor.
It was a little hard to choose the new inks this month due to the number of holdovers from last month. It was kind of unfortunate I was forced to top up a few pens with 3 days left in March to accommodate a one-day out of town trip. But, it's all good as long as I have pens with ink to write with.Read More
Recently I had an one-day trip to New York City for a series of meetings. I didn't have to worry too much about packing luggage but I thought long and hard about what fountain pens and stationary to pack. After much deliberation, I settled on the Namiki Vanishing Point Raden Galaxy (M), Lamy Studio (14k EF) and Platinum 3776 Sai (M).Read More
Over the past couple months I've found that I have a hard time keeping track of what ink I have in each of my inked pens. It probably doesn't help that I could have up to 15 pens inked at any point in time. (Addiction, what addiction? Seriously, though, paring down the number of inked pens I have is a post for another day and is not something I'm ready to tackle yet).
Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to track my pen and ink combinations each month in a central place. This central place will now be a Tomoe River Notebook bound by Coach House Press for Wonderpens in Toronto. It was easy to select this notebook because I love using Tomoe River paper, and, Wonderpens did a good job making notebooks from this paper. The notebook is A5 sized and contains 64 pages covered in light card stock, staple bound and is very light and easy to carry around...Read More
Let's step back for a moment. 9 days earlier I was listening to the episode of Penaddict with Azizah Azgarali as guest and Brad was going on about the great deal on the Platinum 3776 Sai. I only have the Platinum Cool in my pen collection so the 3776 on my 'later' wish list. After hearing the deal and doing some homework, I found myself putting one into my shopping cart. Well, I couldn't just order one pen and have it shipped from the US...I had to put something else into the cart. I debated and decided to put a bottle of Sailor Jentle Shigure in the cart.Read More