Notebook Review: Uglybooks

Notebook Review: Uglybooks

Review by Tina Koyama For years, I tried every pocket-sized notebook on the market, hoping to find one with paper that I could use for both writing and sketching with fountain pens, water-soluble colored pencils, brush pens and maybe even watercolors. Frustrated, I even made my own for a while. Eventually, instead of continually being…

Pen Review: Musgrave Duets

Pen Review: Musgrave Duets

Review by Tina Koyama Musgrave Pencil Co. of Shelbyville, Tennessee, is one of very few remaining pencil manufacturers in the US. Operating since 1916, it’s still family-owned. As such, I feel an affinity for the company’s history and heritage, though not always its products. For example, the gorgeous Tennessee Red pencils in their cedar box…

Ink Review: Scribo Cannella

Ink Review: Scribo Cannella

I’m going to start this review today with a photo that isn’t actually of this ink. I only purchased a sample of Cannella, although that may change soon, I still wanted to show what incredible bottles Scribo uses for their ink. These are 90mL bottles, glass, and they are heavy. The bottles are able to…

Ink Review: Laban Inks

Ink Review: Laban Inks

Just before Christmas, I purchased samples of the five newest Laban inks in their Mythology Series: Athena, Ares, Zeus, Hera, and Hermes. Beautiful colors! I haven’t been able to review these until now – there have been so many new inks released lately. I am only reviewing these latest five inks but if you would…

2021 Year in Review

The pen world experienced ups and downs along with the rest of the world in 2021. Some changes were widespread and quite noticeable like fewer pen shows, with fewer vendors and attendees. There were other things that might not have been as obvious. Secondary Income Streams. A growing number of pen bloggers/tubers added Patreon subscription…