Faber-Castell 663 Fountain Pen

In 1919 a gentleman called Hermann Böhler left Kaweco to form a company named Osmia. Faber-Castell began to acquire Osmia in 1935, finally buying the company outright in 1951. During this time, and into the early 60s, Faber-Castell continued to use the Osmia name and logo. The 663, however, was[…]

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Paper Mate Biodegradable Gel Pen Review

The Paper Mate Biodegrable Gel 0.7 is pretty well described by its name. However, there are issues with both the concept and the pen’s performance. Price: £14 a pack of 15 (haven’t been able to find them available singly) Tip size options: 0.7 Barrel options: recycled pale green and white[…]

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Pilot Vanishing Point (Capless) Fountain Pen Review

The Pilot Vanishing Point, known as the Capless in the UK but nowhere else, is a retractable fountain pen. There are very few other retractable fountain pens. Visconti make the Pininfarina Carbongrafite for the rather staggering price of just under £1400 and Lamy make the Dialog 3 for £250, although[…]

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Mac (sketch)

This is Mac, one of the most beautiful dogs in the world. He lives here, in Italy, and has a pretty good life chasing the local wildlife and dozing in the sun. I drew this as part of my Portray Your Pet project, using Tombow Mono 100 and Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni[…]

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Tombow Olno Mechanical Pencil Review

As you will see from the pictures, this is a pencil I’ve had for a long time. It’s a pencil that’s been used a lot in that time, too. There is a reason for that: this is a good pencil. Price: £5 (UK) $5.50 (USA) Lead size options: 0.5mm Barrel[…]

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