Pendleton Brown Pens At Discount


iPenStore has a few Pendleton Brown modified pens discounted at under $100. I bought two Pendleton pens privately last year that are very sharp, fine italics. They flow well and are nicely adjusted for their nibs. My pen budget is tapped out or I would be tempted by the last one on the list. Very tempted…


New Ink Samples From Anderson Pens


Look at some of the loot that came from Anderson Pens yesterday.

Flat toothpicks made the squiggles on Rhodia paper.

The samples are 3 ml and enough to get acquainted with an ink before investing in a full bottle.

This is my first foray into Robert Oster’s Signature line and I’ve already fallen for the Red Orange. That took all of 2 seconds. More later on the brand after we spend some quality time together.



Sunday Reads From Pens To Ink To Puppies


Who can resist puppies?


Brief Update On The Pilot Metropolitan


Sometimes a pen works so well with an ink that nothing else seems right for it. Who can argue with success? But it can pay to be open to change.

Last night the Pilot MR Metropolitan Medium was ready for another refill and begged for a different color. Pilot Blue Black has performed so well that at first I rejected the request. But after a bath, the pen was ripe for a new ink. We settled on green to expand the colors in my rotation. Sailor Tokiwa-matsu has had little use and is subdued enough to suit my go-everywhere pen. So after a fill, we went for a spin.

Not expecting the smooth flow and ideal performance of Pilot BBk, I was delighted to find Tokiwa-matsu quite nearly its equal. But wait. Does that mean the Metro performed equally well with both inks? Indeed.

Now it’s time to acquire a second one to see if my Metro medium nib is uncommon or typical. Buying another pen is easy. The hard part is settling on the color. Choices, choices, choices, but that is a very good thing.


Conklin Duragraph Deal- 24 Hours Only


Fountain Pen Hospital has a terrific deal until noon Wednesday on the Cracked Ice Conklin Duragraph fountain pen. A stub in that color has been in my collection since last year and has earned significant time in my rotation. At this price, purchasing a second is tempting, very tempting…


Exclusive Noodler’s Inks Now Available


Recently, Luxury Brands released several Noodler’s inks to the U.S. market that were previously exclusive to other countries. The names may be a bit exotic, but the colors are vivid and varied.

  • Rachmaninoff is a very bright, intense pink. Grab your sunglasses to look at this one.
  • Empire Red is a toned down blue-red. When a bright red would overpower, this more subtle color will do.
  • Mata Hari’s Cordial is a dark mid-range purple. It says purple, but doesn’t shout it.
  • Upper Ganges Blue leans teal though not overly so and could be considered all-purpose.
  • Socrates is a violet that has a slightly dusky quality to it. Not muted exactly, but a step removed from bright.

My Noodler’s Standard Flex pen is courting Mata Hari and Socrates for its next fill so it must be in the mood for purple. If it were up to me, Upper Ganges would get the call, but sometimes it’s best to let the pen do the choosing. Keeps them happy and productive when the pen and ink don’t fight each other.

Currently, Pen Chalet offers all of these inks except Empire Red. So that would be a good place to start if these colors intrigue you.


Hey, That Isn’t A Fountain Pen!


Not every writing tool on my desk uses fountain pen ink, but all write well in Staples Arc notebooks, my paper mates for the next couple of months. Moving pages from one notebook to another is working out very well for my work flow. Staples paper liked every tool tested and the junior size is just right for my small work space.

My main writing instrument remains a fountain pen, but lightweight felt tips and rollerballs have their charms. Do you ever stray from fountain pens? If so, with what?

Links to buy the tools:

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