Rants of The Archer

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Site Description: reviews of pens, inks, notebooks
Date Joined: Apr 28, 2008

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My Pens and Inks, March 2013
on Mar 13, 2013The first 12 pens are what's in my pen wrap at work today. I saw the two Parker Vectors in my pen cup, so I included them here. I have other inked pens at home, but these below are my daily treats. Love Orange Indien! And Sapphire Blu...

Review: Daycraft's Envelope Folder
on Feb 22, 2013 in Daycraft Signature envelope office supplies folder polyurethane office stationery red Daycraft, a Hong Kong-based stationery and paper company, has been sending me notebook and diary samples to review for some time now. I have reviewed their Signature, Flower Wow, and Juicy notebooks, and though they are not meant for full founta...

Notebook Review: Write-Now by Poppin
on Feb 8, 2013 in notebook fountain pens Write-Now red Poppin I received this red medium Poppin Write-Now notebook when the brand has just been launched. That's a shameful two years ago. I read about a notebook giveaway and I signed up to receive a sample to review here. Meredith Zenkel, Poppin's Director...

Ink Review: Sailor Jentle Grenade
on Feb 1, 2013 in Japanese ink Jentle 1670 ink notebook red ink ink Sailor ink review Rhodia fountain pen ink O drops of me! trickle, slow drops,candid, from me falling — drip, bleeding drops, ~ From "Trickle, Drops" by Walt Whitman One of the joys from using fountain pens is the wide choice of ink colors for everyone to choose from. When I sw...

Review: J. Herbin Scented Inks
on Nov 2, 2012 in scented inks J. Herbin ink ink review inks A few months ago, I received a small box from Karen Doherty, Exaclair USA's Vice President for Marketing. Inside the box was a large Rhodia dotPad and a set of J. Herbin's Les Subtiles (The Subtle) inks. I wasn't aware then that those...

Fountain Pen Review: Lamy Safari 2012 Limited Edition Green
on Jun 13, 2012 in nib Apple Green J. Herbin ink Green Safari fountain pen review Lamy Safari 2012 Green fountain pen Limited Edition Lamy review When I started using fountain pens in 2007, I was like any other newbie. I hoarded. I had no clear idea of what I really want and got pens I could just easily get. Lately, though, I decided to focus on pens that work well for me, rather than settle o...

Notebook Review: Black Ocean 1.2 by Whitelines
on Jun 9, 2012 in Lamy Blue Black fountain pen notebook Esterbrook iron gall ink ink paper Whitelines notebook review I'm still here! And I'm back after three months with a notebook from Sweden - Whitelines! When I started using fountain pens and writing reviews here, I read a lot about Whiteline's products and I have always wanted to try them. A Twitter DM fin...

Ink Review: J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie
on Feb 26, 2012 in Lamy Joy fountain pen J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie calligraphy ink Lamy ink review yellow I miss writing ink reviews, really. I was supposed to write one for Valentine's, but the occasion felt too frivolous so I skipped it and chose a different ink color. I saved the red ink for the dark rainy days. One Saturday morning, when the sun was...

Notebook Review: The Northerly by Field Notes
on Jan 16, 2012 in notebook paper review Field Notes paper notebook review I have been reviewing pen and paper products for almost four years now. I've reviewed notebooks from Asia, Europe, and mostly from the United States, but I have not had a glimpse of a Field Notes pocket notebook yet. Back then, I didn't like sma...

Notebook Review: Banditapple Carnet
on Dec 11, 2011 in notebooks paper review paper fountain pens inks Banditapple Carnets notebook review I first read about Banditapple Carnet notebooks in June when my friend Julie wrote a review in her blog. Out of curiosity, I sent an email to Banditapple's creator and owner, Arnie Kim, to ask for sample products to review on the blog. Three mon...

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