Month: August 2016

Review: The Pen Addict Retro 51.

![](http://static1.squarespace.com/static/560ec734e4b0d6edef0fcf6d/560ec965e4b023d2c257ab18/57c19fa1bebafb2d4a43b3c6/1472307598664/20160824-IMG_0849.jpg) I don’t usually buy limited edition products, this might be the first time I have done it. The reason I wanted to buy it is the same reason I support [The Pen Addict](http://penaddict.com) as a member, both on the web site and over at [Relay.fm](http://relay.fm), and because it is the best looking Retro 51…

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Small or large?

I always try to use the smallest bag I can get away with. This is the kind of where you have room for what you need, and not much more. My previous bag was perfect for what I needed then. But it is too small because I have to bring my computer to and from…

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On when to buy.

I have written many times before about questioning what you use, as a way of finding the best tools available to do what ever you are trying to do. But I have left one very important slot open, and that is when to do it. It is very easy to buy every single new and…

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Everything matters.

I think I first learned about this concept when I started playing guitar, everything has an impact on the sound. From the strings you use, to the picks and everything about how the guitar is made. The same goes for your pens and notebooks. When you are trying to achieve something, everything that is a…

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Ink Review: J Herbin Caroube de Chypre

![](http://static1.squarespace.com/static/560ec734e4b0d6edef0fcf6d/560ec965e4b023d2c257ab18/57af1747579fb31363797ead/1471092885922/20160808-IMG_0784.jpg) [This bottle of ink was sent to me by Pen Chalet, free of charge for the purpose of this review. This does not affect the review in any way. ](https://www.penchalet.com/ink_refills/fountain_pen_ink/j_herbine_1670_bottled_fountain_pen_ink.html) The bottle is one of the most beautiful bottles I have seen. My only complaint about it is that the bottom of the bottle…

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My New Work Notebook.

I have spent a lot of time looking for a good notebook to use at work. My previous work place(I work as a Software Developer Consultant, so I work for as long as they need me, before I move over to the next gig) had a supply cabinet with not great but good enough notebooks,…

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Where to spend your money.

One of the ever lasting, and truly frustrating things about fountain pens is to figure out where to spend your money. It is very tempting to buy something new every single time you have enough in your budget. I don’t think it is the smartest thing to do so. The interesting thing about fountain pens…

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I Missed a couple of posts.

I try to keep a reliable schedule here at The Ink Smudge. My goal is to always have a post out every Monday and Wednesday. I tried to do three posts a week for a while, but that became too much, and the result was a short break. Well, I missed two posts in a…

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