Conklin Duragraph Under Guard

Conklin Duragraph Under Guard

Conklin Duragraph Amber Fountain Pen, Stub Nib

The reintroduction of a previously prominent name in the fountain pen business of yesteryear seems to be a trend as of late.I guess with enough money, those famous names that fell by the roadside can be brought back to life. :) One of those names is Conklin. It was started by Roy Conklin in 1898 after the invention of the Crescent Filler fountain pen a year earlier. The company survived until it folded in 1949. The current incarnation is owned by the Yafa Pen Company. They are the company behind Monteverde pens. Read the rest of this entry »

Urban wrist iZip

Urban Wrist iZip Wallet

Urban Wrist – iZip iPad Wallet


Urban wrist iZip

Custom Laser Engraving is Offered

I first heard of Urban Wrist on Instagram. I saw a picture of an iPad case in leather that I had initially thought was an “This Is Ground” Mod-Mini. ( Upon close inspection I quickly discovered it was not. After some questions on Instagram were answered, I placed my order. Read the rest of this entry »

Fossil EDC Bag

Fossil EDC Bag

A while ago I posted a picture on Instagram of some of the items in my EDC (Every Day Carry) bag and it generated some interest. I have been wanting to do an EDC post for some time now but never got around to doing it. That is, until now. Some of my bags may be a bit on the “tactical” side as well as are some of the items I carry. I am not a prepper or survivalist although I do borrow some concepts from those communities. With that said,  I do like to have items close at hand that I see as necessary or that can provide a certain level of comfort if I am going to be unexpectedly away from my home. Read the rest of this entry »


The OHTO Dude

The OHTO Dude

I would like to thank for making this review possible.


The OHTO Dude is a six sided aluminum pen that looks a bit understated and industrial. The clip looks to be high polished steel that is tight but still springy. The barrel end is rounded compared to the hexagonal main portion. The finials are highly polished and reflective on both ends. Read the rest of this entry »

Today I have a couple of links to KickStarter campaigns that are pretty cool.

The first is by David Frieslander out of the UK. It is a pen rest called “The Pen Rest”. It is a unique stackable design that can grow with your collection or with your bank balance, depending on how you look at it. They are made of anodized aluminum and when you get a few of these going , look super cool. If you need a place to rest your weary pen, look into this one.

The next campaign is for a cursive learning project by Linda Shrewsbury called “Cursive Logic”. I am lucky enough to live in a state that refuses to accept the Common Core Standards initiative. That is a story for another time and place. All my daughters were taught cursive writing. My youngest probably has the most interest in it as she asks me often how to do certain letters “fancier”. Cursive Logic aims to teach cursive writing in a fast and easy to learn method developed by Linda and is even endorsed by a neuroscientist. You must hurry on this one as there is only 8 days left!

Handwriting Day Omas 360

National Handwriting Day is January 23.


In a world where writing with pen and paper is considered a lost and antiquated art, I just thought I would post some links with information related to everything hand written!


Campaign for Cursive Gathers Momentum with National Handwriting Day

Inkly Cards Promotes Power of the Written Word for National Handwriting Day

Campaign for Cursive

National Handwriting Contest (this one is a bit late but keep it for next year!)

InCoWriMo, participate for the month of February

National Handwriting Association (UK)

Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association

Create and Print Your Own DIY 2015 Calendar

7 Ways to Celebrate National Handwriting Day

Ohto rook

Inktronics Examines the OHTO Rook

A thank you goes out to the good folks at for providing this pen for review.


The OHTO Rook is a pen I have watched for some time. I became obsessed with small form factor pens sometime around 2012 when I reviewed the Kaweco Liliput. That being said, there were a couple of things that bothered me about the Liliput. One was it did not have a clip and the other, was it had an annoyingly long amount of threads on the cap that made posting and taking the cap off somewhat of a chore. Read the rest of this entry »

Link  —  Posted: December 13, 2014 in Fountain Pen Review
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