Parker Sonnet (Ciselé Sterling Silver) fountain pen with gold trims

I don’t use Parker pens very often, and I guess the pen that I’m going to talk about today is one of the rare Parker pens that I have. It was a gift! An ex-colleague was quite a little into fountain pens and Aurora inks, and this is one of his most prized fountain pens that he owned. One day, he thought that he was absolutely too busy to play around with fountain pens and to keep them well-maintained, that…

Pilot Custom 742 with SFM nib

Alright, I actually bought this pen for myself for my birthday in 2012, but I’ve been keeping it under wraps for almost 2 years now! Nope, it’s not a hideous pen that is unable to see the world. In fact, it’s a pretty pen, and a good one at that! Introducing… the Pilot Custom 742 with a soft fine-medium nib! This elegant, classic-looking pen is black with gold trims, not very much unlike the Mont Blanc classic pens, or my…

Collectible: Peter Pan fountain pen

When I saw this pen on eBay, I knew I had to get it! This is a Peter Pan fountain pen made in the old days by a company called Salz Bros. Inc. (New York). I don’t really know why they call it a Peter Pan fountain pen – with its mega-petite size, I would more likely call it a Tinkerbell fountain pen instead! Let’s not wait anymore, I want to present the pen’s vital stats to you now, so…

Review & Giveaway: Grandluxe Monologue Notebook

I love getting stuff as much as I love giving away stuff, so you are entitled to a treat today! Some time ago, Grandluxe Singapore has sent me 4 Monologue notebooks to review. FOUR! There is an A6-sized black sketchbook and 3 A5-sized notebooks. In my opinion, there are no other colours as beautiful as this combination of gold, red, and pink. Well-chosen, Grandluxe! On the notebooks there is a sleeve cover surrounding the cover pages with the Monologue brand…

Platinum Music Nib

Hey, ho! I think I am on a roll lately blogging about fountain pens and reviewing them at top speed. Today’s review is going to be about a really cool music pen – the Platinum Music Nib Pen. What is a music pen used for, you may ask? Is it only for writing music? Clearly not, even though the nib is supposed to be optimized for writing on sheet music when placed upright on a music stand. You can use…

Top 10 Bestselling fountain pens on Amazon

If you’re like me, you probably love online shopping on places like Amazon.com. Have you ever wondered which fountain pens are the bestselling fountain pens on Amazon? Here I put together a list of the top 10, and I’m happy to know that I have already got reviews of some of them! Top 10 bestselling fountain pens on Amazon 10. Lamy AL-Star I have the review of the AL-Star right here, and it’s being compared with the Lamy Vista fountain…

Stipula Passaporto fountain pen

Cute pen alert! Today I am going to review the adorable little Stipula Passaporto. This pen was first introduced to me by ShangChing in her review here, but I hadn’t had the chance to grab one for myself until now – and lucky am I! It’s such an adorable little baby-sized pen, it was too difficult to resist not getting it when someone on the Singapore Fountain Pen Lovers Facebook group offered it up for sale. I met up with…

Noodler’s Creaper flex (modded by FlexyNibs!)

Howdy, Readers! I haven’t been blogging for 2 months now – what a mess! In today’s post I’m going to introduce something pretty exciting: a very flexible nib on a modern pen! I hope this makes up for the lost time and lost pen-love on my blog! Those familiar with fountain pens may know that flexible nibs are great for writing really nice cursive calligraphic styles, such as the Copperplate style. The tines of the nib are bendy, thus the term…

TWSBI Diamond 580 and 530

OK, the TWSBI Diamond pens are not very new pens but I’m reviewing them because of their popularity. Yes, TWSBI pens are pretty popular for their pretty designs and reasonable prices. Here I will review the TWSBI Diamond 580 and the TWSBI Diamond 530, the only two TWSBI pens which I have at this moment. For those who didn’t know what TWSBI is: it is a Taiwanese fountain pen brand, and I think you can pretty much count on Taiwanese…

Stabilo point88 mini sporty colors (and a mini giveaway for readers living in Singapore)

Hey now, call it a mini, cos you know that you will… Other than a pen addict, I am a colour addict as well, and nothing can be more fulfilling than to receive a sponsorship from Stabilo in the form of COLOURFUL PENS. Hey now, look up! You wouldn’t want to miss this set of Stabilo point88 mini goodies! I’ve done a review of the Stabilo point88 before right here, so you already know my opinion on it way before…

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen

Oh me, oh my! How lucky I am to find this beautiful tiger of a pen: the Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen. I went on a visit to a pen shop as I hadn’t been there for a long time, and I really hadn’t planned to buy anything at all that day. I mean, really. I promise! But well, maybe my subconscious had actually thought, “How nice it would be to buy a nice, new, inexpensive fountain pen, eh? How about…

Guest post: Urushi and Lacquering Techniques

(Note: I have invited Martin Pauli from ManuPropria to do a guest post on my blog and share his great knowledge on Urushi and the art of the Japanese lacquer. This post is written by Martin Pauli himself, with some very minor edits on format and punctuation by me.) First I would like to thank Maybelline for her excellent post and event on my fountain pens. I would also like to express my appreciation on all your positive comments after visiting…

Winner of the OFP 100K giveaway~

Aaaaaaand, the winner is… ANDREA K.!!! Congratulations! You have been selected on one of your tweets which is eligible as a winning entry. Here’s the comment which was the compulsory field to enter the raffle… That means, you’ll be getting the Manu Propria Tamenuri fountain pen, all to yourself! I already hear sighs of envy from multiple others who weren’t as lucky as you! But wait… 1. Please leave a comment on this post to acknowledge winning the raffle, and…

Win gift cards @PenChalet

If you’re like me, you’re probably looking out for new pens all the time. And if you’re like me, you’ll want a great deal, a freebie, or a discount. I found a chance to win gift cards at Pen Chalet’s blog. They are giving out a $50 or $25 Pen Chalet Gift Certificate, which you can use at their shop to buy new pens! I just entered the giveaway for my chance. You actually have 24 possible chances to win…

Review and Giveaway – Manu Propria fountain pen

  I haven’t been blogging for a month now! The start of InCoWriMo coincided with the Chinese New Year festive season, and for me, it was followed by a week-long business trip, countless meetings, piled up work which I needed to clear even during my evenings (even nights), the extraction of 4 teeth to prepare for braces, and a lot of accumulated fatigue. And I thought I was busy enough during the second half of last year! Seems like life…