Fountain Pens and Moleskine

Small quad journal, Lettering in Diamine Tropical Blue Ink Moleskines are not especially fountain pen friendly, except with a fine, dry writer.  The finer and drier the better.  The best inks are the traditional, quick drying ones, such as Parker... Read More


Moleskine Notebook and Studio Basics organizer

Susan left this message in the comment box which I think should be a separate post: I was reading about the B&N binder conversion, and had an idea. There is a series of cosmetics organizers called "Studio Basics". I found... Read More


“Encre Sympathique”

This product has always intrigued me. Perhaps I’ll try a bottle… "Is it invisible? Well, it’s less visible. The ink is wet, and there is a slight tint, so the very curious can probably tell that the paper isn’t as... Read More


A Man With a Plan (and Boy, Is It a Plan)

"Having unhappily put up with an unwieldy multitude of diaries, address books and notepads for years, Mr. Berendt caught the Gutenberg spirit three years ago and indulged in a little obsessive-compulsive print project of his own. He printed up all... Read More


Fisher Space Pens & Moleskine Notebooks

"Quite possibly the best pen I have ever used is the Space Pen by Fisher. The pen writes very smoothly and is very reliable (no more hiccups in the ink). The pen will also write on almost anything and anywhere.... Read More


Tips for improving your handwriting

"You’ve decided you want to improve your handwriting and you’re probably hoping a fountain pen will do the trick — maybe a friend told you it would. Maybe you’re just adventurous and you want to try your hand at calligraphy... Read More


How To Cut a Bamboo Pen

"Reed pens are many centuries old. They are used for Calligraphy that needs a broad-edged, flexible pen. Ward uses bamboo pens for Blackletter and other Gothic writing. The pens are about seven inches long and one half to one inch... Read More


Eberhard Faber Blackwing Pencils #602

"The Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 has been a favorite among artists, designers and writers for many years. I have received many, many emails from users looking for them and wanting to know if they are still available. The Blackwing has... Read More


Arrighi’s Operina

"La Operina is a slim volume of 32 pages. It teaches italic handwriting and is still essential reading. Each page was printed from a separate woodcut by Ugo da Carpi, who is best known as a master of chiaroscuro engraving.... Read More


Innovative fountain pen writes on the nanoscale

"The first practical fountain pen was invented in 1884 by Lewis Waterman. Although pens with self-contained ink reservoirs had existed for more than a hundred years before his invention, they suffered from ink leaks and other troubles. Waterman solved these... Read More