Everyone needs a great notebook, but in many cases concessions are made on paper quality, usability, or durability. I have spent year after year consistently disappointed in the offerings found at big box stationary stores and normally make due with pocket notebooks that once filled have served their purpose and then I must buy another. … Continue reading Filofax Classic Executive Notebook Review.
The Montegrappa Pen Company is best known for producing some of the most unique designs and luxury writing instruments. New for 2018, Montegrappa is celebrating the renewed appeal in fountain pens and the analogue world by introducing a vintage style pen. The Montegrappa Monte-Grappa is a no frills, resin, piston filler aimed at a lower … Continue reading Montegrappa “Monte Grappa” Coral Fountain Pen Review
Part Two! This is the second part in my OPUS 88 review series. Today I am reviewing the OPUS 88 Picnic in Brown acrylic. This was graciously sent to me by OPUS 88 for review. Packaging: The pen arrives inside of a black box with a grey slip cover. On the cover in silver print … Continue reading OPUS 88 Review Part 2: Picnic Brown
Michael Hsu has been building the OPUS 88 brand for over two decades by crafting each design to high standards. Since 1988, Michael worked as an original equipment and design manufacturing (OEM/ODM) supplier and has developed a reputation for excellence. This reputation is clearly evident in the fountain pens produced by OPUS 88. I reached out … Continue reading OPUS 88 Review part 1: Koloro Red/Red
Robert Oster has been making a name for himself in the world of fountain pen inks over the past few years. His inks are well known for their vibrant colors and fantastic sheening almost giving the inks a color changing effect. The only experience I have with Robert Oster inks prior to this review is … Continue reading Robert Oster: Frankly Blue vs Soda Pop Blue. Which blue reigns supreme?
Since 1858, Papeteries de Clairefontaine has been producing quality paper and paper products in France, and they have become well known for their fountain pen friendly paper in the pen community. Recently, they introduced a line of coloring books and colored pencils, with the following coloring book themes: Mandalas, Designs, Tattoos, Nature, or Birds. Frank … Continue reading Clairefontaine Coloring book and pencils
P.J. Ford & Associates Ltd was founded in 1989 originally as a marketing consultancy for the international office products industry. Since their founding, they have evolved into a mail order business selling rubber stamps, batteries, wristwatches and pocket watches, as well as a variety of pen brands and inks. Their Mr. Pen division is the … Continue reading Italix Captain’s Commission
BENU began in January 2016 when Alex Semanin and Kate Dmitrieva started a new creative concept “to make writing instruments and desk accessories for those who prefer bright colors and new designs that are playful, stylish, and fun.” The name BENU comes from the Egyptian deity linked to the Sun, creation, and rebirth, and is … Continue reading BENU JOLLY CHAMELEON FOUNTAIN PEN
Since they were founded in 1988, Visconti has been at the forefront of design and innovation for fine writing instruments and watches. Many of their products are functional pieces of art, meant to inspire and wow every time they are seen and used. My review today is of the Visconti Pininfarina Disegno fountain pen in … Continue reading Visconti Pininfarina Disegno Fountain Pen
The Caran d’Ache company was founded in Geneva in 1915 by Arnold Schweitzer after he purchased the Ecridor Pencil Factory. The name of the company was changed to Caran d’Ache in 1924. The company was primarily known for mechanical and watercolor pencils, but they created the iconic 849 ballpoint in 1969. The review today is … Continue reading Caran d’Ache 849 Fountain Pen