SG50: Online VISION Special Edition Calligraphy Set

Alright, as promised yesterday, I have an awesome giveaway for my readers today. In case you’re wondering, yes, it is the Online VISION Special Edition Calligraphy Set which has been launched to commemorate SG50, Singapore’s 50th birthday! The sets are disappearing fast, but I’ve managed to secure 2 sets to be given away, thanks to the very supportive sponsorship of Fook Hing Trading Co. The VISION Calligraphy set consists of a pen with 3 italic nibs of different sizes: 0.8mm,…

Sailor Profit Fude DE Mannen fountain pen

If you are looking for a special and exotic nib, try out the Sailor Fude nib. A couple of years ago, I bought this pen because it really fascinated me, but due to multiple distractions, it has been cast aside and almost forgotten. Such a pity! This pen is a Sailor Profit fitted with a Fude nib. By the way, it’s pronounced more like “fuh-deh” and not really “fewd”. It is one of the more affordable, below 20 USD pens,…

Day 1 – The Written Gift @Ink2Pen

At this time of year the cultural narrative centers on gifts—with the focus on the gifts we buy. While I enjoy those kinds of gifts as well as anyone, I’m cognizant that they are not the only kind of gift. Indeed other kinds of gifts can bring surprising joy. Sometimes the simplest written message can be significant– I’ve had just that kind of experience lately and it’s gotten me thinking. In the last two years three elders in my family…

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…

Get started on: Letter-writing

  LETTER-WRITING Have you ever written a report, note, or letter? I’m sure most if not all of us reading this have – what else do you do with pen and paper than to put something onto paper with the pen? It could be ideas, references, notes, warnings, procedures, diagrams… Like me, you may be working in a chemical industry and you need to take down notes from your laboratory experiments or meetings. Regardless of the reason for being here,…

OFP joins InCoWriMo 2014

Ever since discovering it last year and totally missing it, I’ve been waiting expectantly for the next one – that’s coming up this February! InCoWriMo is a condensed form of “International Correspondance Writing Month”. It’s a great cause to encourage everyone to write more! Write a letter, postcard, or note to someone (make sure the person receives it!) every day for the month of February. I’ve pledged my commitment to participate in InCoWriMo this year: Adding your personal touch For…

Lamy Joy AL Calligraphy Pen

  It’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed anything on this site! It’s not that I have no more pens to review – in fact, the number of pens waiting to be reviewed is a few times more than the number of pens I have actually reviewed on this site. But today, I am choosing this pen to talk about because I thought it fits into the Christmassy Season of Giving. I received this pen from The Pen Company…

Of the moment…

  Some delightful Talens gouache (pronounced goo-ahsh). I bought a tube of black gouache from Straits Art Co. to test out with my dip nibs. Just mixed it with water at about a 1/3 ratio (I added water again and again so now I can’t remember how much I added in total) until I managed to get a nice wet black line out. One issue with this is that it dries out quickly. So the remaining gouache in the bottle…

Improving your handwriting

A reader recently wrote me an email to ask me about getting a new fountain pen for exams, in the hope of increasing his writing speed. Being a fountain pen user for some time now, I have come to accept the reality that fountain pens DO NOT improve your handwriting, as the myths go. Instead, you have to work from the root up, and focus on your own writing techniques first. There is only so much an expensive Mont Blanc…

Are you still handwriting?

While I haven’t been terribly active on my blog, I haven’t really been slacking either, in terms of my pen adventures. I am currently into flex pens, the kind where the tines of the nib section can split apart, creating wonderful line variation. With my amateur hand, let me show you what can be done…     Are they nice? Nice? 😀 Alright, I do admit that I did some modifications to the pictures to enhance their attractiveness. I really…