My guest post about small fountain pens @pen_haul

Just a short and brief update today: Cody from The Pen Haul has invited me to guest post on his website, ThePenHaul.com. I took a long time, honestly, but I managed to come up with a decent post to contribute! I wrote about my journey in my sub-collection of small fountain pens. Yep, I have this strange fascination for small fountain pens. They just look so cute. Here’s a picture: CLICK HERE TO READ MY GUEST POST: INTRIGUED BY SMALL…

Lanbo 008 fountain pen with retractable nib-cleaning mechanism

Thanks to the help from C.H., a Singapore Fountain Pen Lover and a friend of mine, I got my hands on this interesting Lanbo 008 fountain pen (temporarily). He had borrowed it from his colleague who also agreed to lend it to me to play with. Don’t be intimidated by the dragon’s head embellishment on the clip – the fountain pen itself look relatively simple and harmless. As usual, let me start by talking a bit about the pen and…

Sunday Inkings #43

Lots of fountain pen articles this fortnight on Sunday Inkings #43! PENS Parker Sonnet Great Expectations Subtle Big Red Fine Fountain Pen Review – The Pen Addict Monteverde Invincia Orange Carbon Fiber Fountain Pen Review – The Pen Addict The Mystery of the Lagostina M150 – The Pelikan’s Perch Pelikan Stola III: A New Entry Level Contender? – The Gentleman Stationer Pen Review – Guider Acrylic Medium – Mehandiratta Happy Ebonite – Leigh Reyes Review: Nakaya Heki-Tamenuri Writer Portable Fountain…

Scrutinizing the Rohrer & Klingner inks for sheen

A while ago I had published my Rohrer & Klingner (I will just call it R&K in the rest of the post) series overview from parts 1-6, covering 3 R&K inks in each part. I love manufacturers who make a greatly attractive series of ink colours, but then again, we are all spoilt for choice, and a variety of ink colours can make choosing the “ideal” one quite difficult. But call me picky or not, sometimes I am targeting that…

Sunday Inkings #42

I am both excited to have seen the Northern Lights in Norway this past week, and sad that the holiday was so short. Now I am back in Singapore and boring work life resumes in a few hours. Oh well. Here are today’s Sunday Inkings from the past fortnight, and later I will show you a couple of my travel photos. 😉 PENS News: M1000 Raden Sunrise – The Pelikan’s Perch Review: Diplomat Excellence A Evergreen GT Fountain Pen –…

Guest Post: It isn’t over till the fat lady sings – Steph

The Levenger L-tech 3.0 came in a silver box. Something cheap made well enough to be customised, but just a box. appearances do not matter to me here, it has been tossed carelessly as I did not deem it worthy of a photo. How it is presented looks costly, but gaudy and too much of a resemblance to a metal brief case filled with cash like on a low budget D-list movie. It is jarringly out of place, I’m no…

Newly Launched: The Award-winning Lamy imporium

[[ADVERTORIAL]] Think of minimalistic fountain pens, and the brand name of Lamy is called to mind. The latest fountain pen range that has emerged from Lamy’s Premium trove is the Lamy imporium. Designed by Mario Bellini, the award-winning imporium comes in 3 designs: the Lamy imporium TiPt (titanium matt), Lamy imporium BlkBlk (black matt/black), and the Lamy imporium BlkAu (black matt/gold). This year, the pen has won the iF Design Award in the “Writing Instruments” category. Impeccably engineered from the nib…

Sunday Inkings #41

Another 2 weeks went by without a post – but we have a new Sunday Inkings header! Hope you all like it. I found out that it looks really weird when I post it on Twitter and the featured image shows up, because of the transparency. So I’m making a solid one this time. Looks pretty retro, eh! Here are the Inkings for this fortnight! PENS Review: Platignum Vibe – Alt Haven 3 Best Beginner Fountain Pen Kits (At Any…

Sunday Inkings #40

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Did you spend this day with your lover… or your fountain pens? Here are the Sunday Inkings for this fortnight: PENS Richard Mille made a $105,000 mechanical fountain pen – Bloomberg Sailor Specialty Nibs Review – Pen Addict Assembling the FrankenPen! – The Frugal Fountain Pen Tale of a Vandal Pen User: Nibs Part 2 – Off-the-Shelf Stubs – Peaceable Writer Review: Nakaya Decapod Mini Kuro-tamenuri – Alt Haven From The Pen Case: Conway Stewart Marlborough…

Starting the Lunar New Year with a first daily carry

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…