Derwent Inktense Watercolour Pencils

Here’s a sketch I did a few weeks ago on a sunny autumn’s day by the sea. I really enjoy this combination of ink and watercolour pencils. Using pencils rather than paint helps to stop me overworking a picture, a constant battle I have with myself. These Derwent Inktense pencils[…]

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Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review

This site is over three years old and I’ve not reviewed the Lamy Safari until now. How can that be? Perhaps because it’s never been new: the Safari was the first fountain pen I bought as a proper grown up. (Also the first, and so far only, fountain pen I[…]

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BN Works BNdot Ballpoint Pen Review

BN Works are just about to launch an Indiegogo campaign for what they describe as the One & Only Retractable EDC Pen. They sent me a review sample back in the middle of August so I’ve had a little while to try it out. Price: $65 early bird price on[…]

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Hobonichi Techo (2016 Edition) Review

A lot has been written about the Hobonichi Techo. It has almost cult status. Here are some more words about it, based on how I’ve used mine for eight months. Of course one of the difficulties of reviewing planners when you try not to review anything without using it for[…]

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Machine Era Original Brass Pen Review

Machine Era are based in the USA and make metal products including wallets, key rings and, of course, pens. The Original, as the name suggests, was (almost) their first pen and it has since been joined by a stainless steel version and a brass ‘version 2’, which has a clip.[…]

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