Fountain Pen Review: TWSBI Swipe in Smoke

I haven’t gotten a new TWSBI since I got my Eco in Rose Gold, so I decided to check out the new TWSBI Swipe in Smoke ($26.99). I’ll be honest and say that the last TWSBI release, the GO, just didn’t appeal to me aesthetically speaking. For some reason, the Swipe did. The TWSBI Swipe…

Pen Review: Kuretake Karappo Empty Brush Pens

Pen Review: Kuretake Karappo Empty Brush Pens

Earlier this year, the ladies of the Desk descended on the new Kuretake Karappo Empty Pen Sets like 17-year cicadas. Now, Kuretake as released a more deluxe version of these “empty pens”. There are two options available, a felt tip style ($7) and a brush pen style ($9.75). The new versions feature a longer pen…

Pen Review: Sharpie S-Gel and Roller Pens

Pen Review: Sharpie S-Gel and Roller Pens

When I saw that Sharpie had expanded their pen line-up to include gel and rollerball pens, I couldn’t resist giving this Big Box brand a quick look. I have always been a fan of the Sharpie Pen (the felt tip/fiber tip version) and, of course, the ubiquitous alcohol-based Sharpie Markers for labelling boxes and other…

Fountain Pen Review: Pineider Avatar UR Fountain

I’ve always wanted an Italian fountain pen, but sadly many of them are outside my price range. So when I came across the Pineider Avatar UR Fountain (on sale for $126.50 at Vanness) I hit buy pretty fast! The UR in the title stands for ultra-resin, a new mother-of-pearl compound resin that Pineider developed in…

Pen Review: Caran d’Ache 849 “Claim Your Style” Limited Edition

Pen Review: Caran d’Ache 849 “Claim Your Style” Limited Edition

The limited edition “Claim Your Style” Caran d’Ache 849 ($40)  in vert  comes in the same molded enamel clamshell case that most 849s ship in. It makes for an impressive presentation as a gift and the price point on an 849 is such that its a great gateway pen for friends, family and co-workers. The…