Applied Pens Streamline Fountain Pen Review

Jake Lazzari is a designer based in the UK who makes some very interesting looking pens under the Applied Pens brand. Every part of the Streamline except the nib and converter is made by hand by Jake. The results are striking. Price: £135 Nib options: steel extra-fine, fine, medium or[…]

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Starting Again (Sketch)

Since my last visit here, almost three months ago, I’ve left the career I’d been in since leaving university (a quarter of a century ago), moved house, and started something completely new. That’s my excuse for the lack of posts. The completely new something is running a guest house by[…]

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Metaxas Stylos Color Fountain Pen Review

The Stylos Color is a pen I backed on Kickstarter, designed by a gentleman called Kostas Metaxas. Although, as far as I can tell, it isn’t available to buy anywhere, Kostas has just finished his fourth Kickstarter campaign on a variation of this pen (all but the first one being[…]

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The Old Family Home (sketch)

As I mentioned three weeks ago, my parents recently moved from the house they’d lived in for forty years, where my brother and I grew up, and where two of my grandparents lived in the later years too. For a little while there were four generations living here. It’s a[…]

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Visconti Van Gogh Fountain Pen Review

Grail pen is a term that’s used a lot in our neck of the woods: a pen that isn’t easily obtainable due to either cost or scarcity. The Visconti Van Gogh was my grail pen from quite early on in my pen obsession. I loved how it looked and I[…]

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