Posts Tagged: review

Mini Review: Robert Oster Fire & Ice Ink

Continuing my series of Tessa-talks-about-the-thing-everyone-is-talking-about-but-a-few-months-afterwards, I’ve had a play around with the much-hyped Fire & Ice Ink by Robert Oster. I’ve called this a mini review, because I’m no ink expert and I can’t give you much more insight other than how it looks and a little bit about how it behaves. If you’re looking… Read more »

Diamine Orange: Mini Review

This is my second experience of a Diamine ink. You can see my review of the Beethoven dark green here. The orange is another shade that I got in my Wick & Hide ink sample package. It’s also my first ever orange fountain pen ink. I wouldn’t normally go for an orange, it’s just not… Read more »

Fountain Pentel Review

The Fountain Pentel is a funny little pen. It’s not quite like anything else I’ve used. It’s got a fibre nib but it’s shaped more like a fountain pen. The Pentel website contradicts itself a bit as it puts it in the “plastic/fibre pens” category but describes it as the “Original ‘delta’-shaped nib fountain pen”…. Read more »

Is this really a Magic Pen?

Well, in a word: No. But you probably already knew that. I mean, it’s just a felt tip. A very good one mind, but I just wanted to clear that up before you read this whole post and get to the end wondering what the magic is about. This pen is pretty similar to the… Read more »

Bureau Direct June Haul Part 2: J. Herbin Rollerball

It didn’t occur to me that you could put normal ink into rollerball pens, but that’s the exciting thing about the J.Herbin rollerball. You can choose which colour you want to use, as you would a fountain pen, and change it whenever you like. To go with my rollerball, I got some J. Herbin ink… Read more »

Pilot Prera Fountain Pen

Since my fountain pen education began, I’ve been focussing on the lower end of the budget. This is mainly because I don’t really get the whole spending £200 on a pen thing, and also because I think an expensive pen would be wasted on me. So when Ron at Pen Chalet offered me the chance… Read more »

J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis Ink

I’m going to start by saying that I found this ink VERY wet, hence the drying times, but I think that’s because it would be more suited to a (fined nibbed probably) fountain pen. I got this in the set of 4 mini inks I got from Bureau Direct. I have already reviewed the Diablo… Read more »

Pilot Kakuno Review

Lots of people suggested the Pilot Kakuno to me as an entry level fountain pen, so I ordered one! See my recent Cult Pens mini haul here. See my review below (and transcribed under that, in case anyone can’t read my writing!): Pilot Kakuno, fine nib, Pilot Namiki ink. I’ve been using this pen at… Read more »

J. Herbin Stormy Grey Ink

So pretty much EVERYONE has reviewed this ink, (for example, Gourmet Pens, Ed Jelley, Pen Addict, Well-Appointed Desk etc, etc.) and have all done it far better than I can so this isn’t a review as such, just showing it off. I used the Stormy Grey with a dip pen and Nikko G Nib. I’m not… Read more »

Lamy Al-Star Copperorange + Ink Review

After writing THIS POST, lots of people were lovely enough to suggest some fountain pens I’d like to try… One of these was the Lamy Al-Star, and when Bureau Direct offered to send me one to try out, how could I resist?! Looks Well, my first impression was that although it’s a larger pen than… Read more »