Pentel Graph Gear 600 Review


Pentel Co. is a Japanese writing instrument manufacturer with a wide range of products. The name was an amalgamation of the words "pen" and "tell," as to mean "telling a story." An interesting tidbit is that Pentel was the inventor of the non-permanent marker as well as the felt/fibre tipped pen. Their most ubiquitous product is definitely their Hi-Polymer erasers found almost everywhere. Another Pentel product that is quite popular is their range of Graph Gear mechanical pencils, their line of drafting pencils. The line is quite popular among mechanical pencil fans and widely respected for its built quality ...

Noodler's Baystate Blue Review


Noodler's is a huge one-man ink manufacturer that produces a wide array of ink colors with a huge amount of strange properties, from color-changing ink to archival-grade permanence. One of Noodler's most popular inks is their Baystate Blue, a part of their Baystate series, which also includes Cape Cod Cranberry and Grape. Each of the Baystate series is known for its bright, vibrant colors but also for its interesting behavioral properties. Baystate Blue may be the poster child of the Baystate series, with an intense blue color but also a tenacity for staining, feathering, and bleed. I got a bottle ...

Noodler's General of the Armies Review


Noodler's is a huge one-man ink operation, run by Nathan Tardif, with an enormous line of colors. One of their more unique colors is the General of the Armies ink. Noodler's designed the General of the Armies as a tribute to General Sheridan of the Civil War. General Sheridan was a Union general in the Western theatre of the U.S. Civil War and was closely associated with Ulysses S. Grant, the General-in-chief at the time. General Sheridan gave the approval for the Armies of the West to officially change their uniforms from green to blue in the middle of ...

Diamine Apple Glory Review


Diamine is a pretty large British ink maker that makes all types of inks, from fountain pen inks to archival stamp pads. They are quite popular among fountain pen users for their relatively inexpensive inks and their large range of colors. One of Diamine's older colors is their Apple Glory ink. The name is cool enough already, and manages to evoke images of those candy green apples that you used to find as kids. Not surprisingly, the ink lives up to its name and is bright and cheerful! Diamine released Apple Glory in both 30mL and 80mL bottles and I ...

First Impressions - 5280 Majestic Fountain Pen


(This pen was loaned to me by my good friend, Wendy, for review purposes.) Most of you probably have not heard of the "5280" brand of fountain pens, probably because it's Paradise Pen's exclusive house brand. Paradise Pen also makes Padrino pens. You can find the 5280 pens at either a Paradise Pen retail store or their online store. The 5280 brand got it's name from the number of feet in a mile. Paradise Pen is located in Colorado, also known as the "Mile High" city, and there are 5280 feet in a mile. Hence, the pen brand got its ...

First Impressions - Montblanc Princess Grace of Monaco


(This pen was loaned to me for review purposed by my good friend, Wendy. All the options provided below are mine only) Everyone knows Montblanc, the famous luxury company based in Germany, obviously needs no introduction. Everywhere you turn in the fountain pen world, you'll find a Montblanc pen of some shape or form. What may need some introduction is the Princess Grace of Monaco. Monaco is a tiny country located in the beautiful French Rivieras and has an area of only 0.76 square miles. Interestingly, it is also the second smallest countries in the world! Despite its size, ...