Clairefontaine 1951 Staple-bound Notebook

A couple summers ago, I reached an epiphany one night while studying (obviously, I was not focusing as I should):  I should use notebooks I have acquired over the years for note-taking and so I will not need to ink about 100 pens to do test pages.  Like many other fountain pen lovers, I tend to haveContinue reading “Clairefontaine 1951 Staple-bound Notebook”

Montblanc Meisterstück Blue Hour Twilight Blue

Montblanc (MB) Meisterstück Blue Hour Twilight Blue baffled me at first.  Besides a relatively long name, I cannot quite pinpoint which shade of blue it is.  After I revealed its “true color,” I become mesmerized by the shade, as enigmatic as blue hour of the day. A little bit about the ink: Color:  blue withContinue reading “Montblanc Meisterstück Blue Hour Twilight Blue”

De Atramentis Dianthus

  Here comes the first post in a search for that perfect purple.  De Atramentis Dianthus in the strictest sense is not purple, but a magenta with a bit of purple hue.  It has sticking resemblance to Rohrer and Klingner’s Solferino; the difference lies is Dianthus is a mangenta with more pink, while Solferino withContinue reading “De Atramentis Dianthus”

In the Mood for Purple

Purple is my favorite color for as long as I can remember.  In this context, receiving a batch of purple ink to test out is almost a gift from above.  Since this friend is interested in finding a particular shade of purple, having swabs as reference would be helpful.  All ink names are written withContinue reading “In the Mood for Purple”

Kickstarter: CursiveLogic

I have never learned cursive properly.  When I first came to the US, I have passed the age when cursive was taught.  While the objective of English as Second Language classes is to help students becoming fluent in their adoptive language, cursive was not part of it.  Despite that, cursive posed as a curious intellectualContinue reading “Kickstarter: CursiveLogic”

Celebrating National Handwriting Day with Inkly Cards

I have always had trouble bridging the digital and the analog.  While the calendar app on my smartphone is covered in imaginary weeds, my good ol’ paper planner thrives with all types of scribbles.  Though the calculator app is readily there for me to use, I stubbornly balance my check with a pencil and aContinue reading “Celebrating National Handwriting Day with Inkly Cards”