Blackwing Pearl Pencil | A Review | A Convert!


OK - let's get the elephant in the corner out of the way first - I know this is a pencil and not a fountain pen, but I do love pencils and after buying a clutch from Nero's Notes, my friend Scribble sent me a beautiful Palomino Blackwing Pearl.

Pure Pens | Castell Coch

Any business who supports charity deserves a shout out and Pure Pens has stepped up to the plate with their Castell Coch ink.

It's pink!

And 10% of proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Care. 

This, coupled with Diamine's Hope Pink means that I've got two ink companies that are supporting cancer charities - are there any more?


Now, all I need to do is schmooze a sample from somewhere ... :D

How to open a book

Opening books is something that we have been doing since we were children and seems about as obvious as finding your nose.

However, lots of books, especially brick-thick paperbacks (I'm looking at you, J R R Tolkien) suffer cruelly at the hands of their careless readers.

You've seen victims of this bibliocrime - spines carelessly snapped and pages left clinging desperately to the bindings, or SELLOTAPED in place *crosses self*.  Others, whose backs are stronger, have their pages curled and twisted so that by the time you read the last pages in your massive book, it's like trying to read a beach ball.

Bumper Post | Pens! Inks!

I've been working like a dog writing Press Releases and scribbling hundreds of notes and the downside of all that is that sometimes the last thing you want to look at when you are chillaxing with a lager shandy in the Lady Cave is another pen.

BUT - today I took my writing ennui and gave it a good slap and threw myself into looking at a couple of new pens, new inks and a glorious pen roll.

Let's start with the pen roll - it was made for me by my newest fountain pen friend, Emmy Gregory.  Who is as funny as she is talented.  She asked me whether I like cactus or roses and I went for cactus - because who doesn't like cactus?

I'd very much like one of these please if anyone has got some spare cash.

Cartier Cactus Ring.  I wants it BAD.
Then this lovely confection of greyhounds, cactii and roses arrived in the post and I luff it sick.

Nero (the black, overly hot-dog pictured) approves

Greyhounds and Cacti on the outside


Greyhounds and roses on the inside.
Where does she find this material because I WOULD WEAR THIS EVERY DAY IF IT WAS CLOTHING.

I digress - it's a fantastic little pen-holder and I shall treasure it for always.

So I bought myself a Deacon's Doodle with a Cursive Nib from Mr Pens.  Today was Try Out Day.

I also had a Jinhao 159 kicking around that I hadn't tried, so it got roped into today's mega bumper post too.

The inks tried out were:

Krishna Black Rose
Krishna Jungle Volcano
Organics Walden Pond (sample from Emmy - thank you!)


What a lovely grown up colour of ink.  The sort of thing a love-sick vampire might use to write his poetry with.


Quietly pleased with the cursive nib from Mr Pens too - I will need to spend more time with it when I am more interested in making the pen work beautifully than I am in watching the colour unfold beneath my nib!

Next up is Krishna Inks Jungle Inferno.  I confess that as I started writing I thought 'very red brown.  I don't like it.'  Then as it started to dry, wowzers! Did I change my tune, look at this!






God in heaven - it's such a lot of fun! Not only does it change colour, but the green shading has the loveliest SHEEN to it!

The Jinhao 159 was wheeled out for this one as a dipping pen and it's perfect for this ink - good-sized nib and nice and wet writer.  Perfect combination!

Sheen!! Look at the sheen!

I'll level with you, I was looking at the Walden Pond and thinking that it was going to be such an anticlimax after the Jungle Volcano .....

Extra large photo to show off the sheen.

I used the Jinhao again and had a quick dip into the sample phial.  It laid down as a beautiful blue green. So far so pretty.  But then, around the edges of the letters I started to see a tiny pink red outline.  What alchemy is THIS?!

I continued to scribble, but the genie had left the bottle.  Or rather, the genie was sitting inside the phial begging me to shake it properly.  Which I did.  And LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE.  You can definitely see the pink sheen on this ink now! 

What a day! I am no longer ennuied! I am revitalised and firing on all cylinders to be using these pens and inks.

Have you tried any of these? What do you think of them?! 

Elrohir Leather | Journal Cover

Elrohir Leather Journal Cover
So, this is what all the fuss is about! Elrohir Leather journal covers are chanted like a sacred mantra in the bullet journalling world and now that I've held, smelled and used one of their journal covers, I'm utterly smitten!

Let me tell you a little bit about Elrohir Leather. 

Faber Castell | E-motion | Fountain Pen

There's been quite a lot of writing getting done here at Her Nibs Towers this week so it was a perfect opportunity to unfurl the Faber Castell and put her through her paces.

First of all, there's an outer cardboard slip and then the presentation box, which is very smart.  A little pull ribbon loop helps the pen tray slide out - very civilised.  I hate trying to prise my way into boxes that results in a shredded box and a worse shredded temper.

All the presentation doofers

The pen is substantial, weighing in at 50g (with a little ink in it at this point).  The split between pen and cap surprised me - the pen is 28g and the cap is 22g.  The cap feels heavier to me!

It's a pretty cigar-shaped pen:



The cap is chrome with a pleasant sprung clip that helps keep it snug and secure in your pocket - you don't want your £100 pen dropping into your coffee ... or worse!  the words 'Faber Castell since 1761' and their two tiny jousting knights logo are engraved on the cap. 



It's a screw cap - nice smooth motion.  However, when you post the cap, it doesn't pop into place.  I confess to preferring pens whose lids post securely - I'm the sort of person who can lose a pen cap in 20 seconds from uncapping.

If you persevere and post the cap, it does make the pen feel top-heavy.  So, I am assuming that the cap is not really designed to be posted to the pen.

The pen itself is a smart blend of polished chrome and a black resin barrel in a sophisticated herringbone pattern.  I have noticed that the chrome cap does cause slight scoring on the resin. But I use a jeweller's loupe to examine pens very closely and you can barely discern the scoring without one.  So not too much to worry about.

Unscrewing the section from the barrel is as smooth as silk - the resin barrel has a chrome threaded insert.  Inside you can use cartridges or a convertor (the pen comes with a branded Faber Castell convertor if you like your ink to be wild!)  Note: Standard sized and giant cartridges are available.

The nib is medium, stainless steel - again with the two little jousting knights and an M clearly etched.  But there are other options available when buying - Extra Fine through to Broad.

The crucial question - how does it write?


juicy nibbage!

I had a lot of writing to do this week and unfortunately much of it I can't actually show you, but I did do some scribbly test writing:

oooh nice shading too!

I found the nib smooth and the flow to be good and a little wet.  It has been very hot in Scotland this week and there were, if I'm honest, a couple of times when the ink sputtered to a standstill, but started back up within a few seconds.  I'm attributing that to the heat and the speed with which I was having to record quite a lot of information.

Nib - still cannot master close up pix!

This is a quality pen that is lovely to write with, but for me the lid not posting securely is an issue and the scratching of the barrel might become more noticeable over time.

Tom Hiddleston As Fountain Pens

My new favourite person on Tumblr has found fountain pens that look like Tom Hiddleston.

And it's genius!

thank you Emmy Gregory for this!
Red Scharlach was inspired in her pursuit of fountain pens that look like gorgeous Tom because: " A Guardian film review described Tom as “tall, thin, blue-suited and looking somewhat like a fountain pen” and I decided to run with it…"  GENIUS I TELL YOU!

I am ashamed to call myself a Tom Hiddlestoner AND a fountain pen fan for not thinking of this particular fruitful seam of potential purchases myself.

And even better, my Californian friend Anastasia Haysler told me that Red had posted an update - with pens that reflect Tom in his Coriolanus mode:


And now you must excuse me as I go for a brief lie down in a darkened room as I contemplate Tom.  And the cost of all these pens!