Starting the Lunar New Year with a first daily carry

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Being of Chinese descent, I always celebrate New Year’s day twice in quick succession. The first New Year is, of course, the one most people know of, which occurs on Jan 1. The second new year, usually occurring within 2 months from Jan 1, is the Lunar New Year. Old Chinese traditions follow the lunar calendar which places the turn of the year during the beckoning of spring. This year, the Lunar New Year falls on Feb 8 and both…

Sunday Inkings #39

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Random thought: One of these days, I’ll need to review my horde of pens and what to do with them… PENS Pen Horoscopes – That One Pen Danitrio Hakkaku Ancient Flower Midori-Dame Fountain Pen Review – The Unroyal Warrant How to hack your Ranga fountain pen to accept Zebra G nibs – Leigh Reyes To Buy Or Not To Buy: Edison Collier in Antique Marble – From the Pen Cup Review: Serwex 362 – Alt Haven INKS Project Review –…

Sunday Inkings #38

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Sorry this came one day late! It’s already Monday and I am still posting a Sunday Inkings post. I had been on the flight from the US back to Singapore (a super long, more than 20 hours journey). Arrived today at 2am and only went to bed at 4am. I’m now still a little jetlagged, but at least I am getting sleepy only around the normal Singapore bedtime, which is a good thing. In case you’re wondering, nope, I didn’t…

The Custom Quest – Fountain Pen Days

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Thank you Maybelline for inviting me again this year to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas. This is about my quest for a custom pen. I had never had a bespoke pen before and never gave it much thought. It started at the 2015 DC Super Show when i saw a lot of people who had custom pens tucked away in their cases between the Visconti’s, Montblanc’s Sailor’s etc. Not only were the bespoke pens unique but every one had…

Time and Effort – Ian Hedley

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Several years into my teaching career, a long time ago now, I found myself going to lots of meetings. I was not very good at meetings. (I’m still not.) My mind wanders, I get fidgety and I get bored. I needed to make notes but that seemed like piling tedium upon tedium. I wasn’t keen. Just in time, along came Merlin Mann’s 43 Folders and David Allen’s Getting Things Done. In amongst many great ideas that, to this day, help…

Top 3 Pens for 2015 – Calligraphy Nut

With 2015 drawing to a close I thought I would cover what ended up being my top 3 pen purchases this year. It was a bit tough as this has been quite the year for new acquisitions with over 50 pens joining the collection ranging from the inexpensive Pilot Metropolitan to the exquisite Visconti Opera Metal. When I sat down to pick, it ended up coming down to flexibility, reliability, or uniqueness that helped these three stand out from the…

Why I Love Steel Nibs – The Pen Addict

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Fountain pens are the most customizable writing instruments on the market. Styles and shapes are endless, and mix in a range of nib sizes and thousands of inks on top of that and there is infinite choice. I love choice, but it can be overwhelming for those just starting in this hobby. So, I want to elaborate on one topic that all beginner, and some experienced, fountain pen users can think about when making their next buying decision: Steel nibs…

Staying Connected: The folly of fountain pens in the 21st century? – A Fool with a Pen

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My colleague sat in front of me, jubilant, squatting toad-like in a chair in our newly refurbished, workflow efficient office space. The workspace was now complete. You could survey the vista of differentiated work pods, hot desks and computers of every description. The atmosphere bristled with wi-fi and everything was new; everything except what I was doing… “It’s the 21st century, why are you still using a fountain pen of all things?” His incredulous words hung in the air like…

My Christmas Carry – The Pen Haul

Deciding which pen(s) and notebooks I carry with me day to day has also been a challenge for me. For work, I usually end up throwing every inked pen in my bag so I always have my favourite pens at my side. I know this is overkill, but they don’t take up a lot of room and I use pens most of the day there. Christmas time is a completely different story. I want to take all of my pens,…

Gifts for the Fountain Pen Lover – The Desk of Lori

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It’s that time of year again – time for putting up the Christmas tree, lighting menorahs or kinaras, and spending time with family and friends. With the holiday joy comes the joy of giving gifts to those we love. If one of those people in your life loves fountain pens, then this post is for you! Fountain Pens Depending on your budget, there are a number of great options for the main course of your gift for the fountain pen lover. I…