Noodler’s Berning Red


Noodler's Berning Red

Noodler’s Berning Red Ink Swatch

Thank you to Pen Boutique for providing the ink for today’s review.


If you don’t have a lot of experience with Noodler’s ink, you will quickly find that Nathan Tardiff is not shy about mixing his political views into the inks he creates. This can turn some people off but that does not seem to deter Mr. Tardiff. The newest ink to come out of his laboratory is Berning Red, an ink for lefties. Some double-entendre is going on with the name, obviously. Continue reading

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Hobonichi Techo A6 Planner

Hobonichi A6 Planner

Hobonichi Techo A6 Planner, my personal planner of choice.

In 2014, I decided to take the plunge with Hobonichi Techo. I had heard of the Techo before and its fountain pen defying Tomoe River paper was the main reason I knew about it. I had resisted buying the year before only because the checkout system was not in English and I was not sure I understood the guide I was trying to follow. 2014 changed all that because now the order process was all in English. This is my third Techo and I feel fully vested in the format. While I have decided to separate my personal and work planners, the Techo has remained. Now that Jetpens carries the Techo also, the entry barrier has come down quite a bit, although the price might scare some away. Continue reading

Baron Fig Special Edition 2016 Confidant Planner

Baron Fig Special edition Confidant Planner

Baron Fig Special edition Confidant Planner


I had heard of the Baron Fig Confidant series of notebooks but never tried them. When I heard of the planner edition, I thought I should try the notebook. Maybe not the smartest thing since I am invested in Hobonichi, but I figured I could use it for work and keep my Hobonichi for personal planning/journaling. Continue reading

*D* Rocket Titanium Oval Bolt Pen

D Caston Rocket

D Caston Rocket

I originally found out about the D Caston Rocket pen through The Clicky Post. The shape of the pen barrel caught my attention and I signed up for the Kick Starter edition with the laser engraved rocket logo. Later, Brad Dowdy reviewed a prototype on the Pen Addict Blog. His version was closer to the final version. Their reviews pretty much sum up how I feel about the pen so I will not rehash too much about it. I agree with both of them. Continue reading

Pictorial: Retro 51 Tornado Popper Flying Tiger LE

Retro 51 popping Flying Tiger LE

The Flying Tiger LE version was hard to resist.

Retro 51 Tornado Popper Flying Tiger LE – A pictorial review.

I have already reviewed the Retro 51 Tornado and you can read it here. Nothing has changed as to my opinion on the pen. You can read my review here. The review is almost three years old and with exception of the cosmetics, it is the same pen.

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