TWSBI Stub

Stub nibs are not my favourite thing in the world. They are kind of scratchy if you don’t hold them in the right angle, and other nibs like my medium or broad’s are way smoother. But it looks so cool. The way I use pens is that I have all the pens I own and enjoy inked up and I just cycle through them, and move over to the next one when my current one runs out of ink. Read On →

Thick vs thin notebooks

I have used very thick notebooks, and I have use very think notebooks; everything between the Travelers Notebook refills to huge A4 notebooks with around 500 pages. There are good and bad things about both and everything in between. These days I tend to prefer the ones in between; like the hard cover Leuchtturm1917 A5 notebooks. Because I think they are the perfect compromise between not taking a lot of space and being very heavy and being too expensive because you run through a lot of notebooks. Read On →

Filling the Vanishing Point

I do love my Vanishing Point. AndI guess it is the pen I use the most. But there is one thing about it I’m not that fun of. And that is how much of a pain in the ass it is to fill it when your ink bottle gets low. Like I have said many times before, the Pilot Vanishing Point is a pen with a lot of compromises that are necessary to get a good, reliable, retractable fountain pen. Read On →

Ink Review: Diamine Sargasso Blue

I received this 30ml bottle of ink free of charge from Tudos, for the purpose of reviewing it. Tudos have been very supportive of The Ink Smudge since our paths crossed, and I would recommend checking them out if you live in Norway. I buy all of my notebooks from there Funny thing, I can never for the live of me remember what this ink is called. I always have to reference my “Transparency” page. Read On →

Leuchtturm1917 as the new Moleskine.

When I talk about Moleskine, not the current incarnation of it, and more the idea than the product itself, it is with good memories. There are many good things about them as a brand, even though the product itself is beyond shit from a paper perspective. I have been hoping for Leuchtturm1917 to become the new Moleskine for a while now. And I kind of see it happening. Their products have much of the same general aesthetic. Read On →

Task Management in 2018

One of the most important, if not the most important part of a well functioning system for managing the things you have to do is a ever changing system to manage it all. The system I was happy with in 2010 or in 2012 or 2015 is not the same as what I am happy with today. I started to notice some eh let’s call them “growing problems” with my pen and paper only system earlier this autumn; the short version: I forgot to write stuff down I didn’t find some of what I wrote down etc etc So, I decided to move back to Todoist. Read On →

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Another Review of the J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre

I got this bottle of ink from Pen Chalet for the purpose of reviewing it, and I did, but I was never that happy about the review. I’m not sure why, probably because this ink is so far removed from what I usually use. My typical ink in the beginning was black, I used the Lamy and Pilot cartridges for a very long time. And I loved them for the convenience. Read On →

Diamine Tropical Glow: ink review.

I received an ink sample of this ink from Tudos.no free of charge for the purpose of reviewing it. Diamine have been on the top of my list of ink brands I was going to look more into after I have used up some of my the ink on my desk. I’m down to two opened bottles now. My interest in shimmer and shading inks probably started with the Tsuki-yo for the shading part, and I got very interested in shimmer when I reviewed J. Read On →

What I expect from an A5 notebook

This is just a short list of what a A5 notebook should be like in order to be the most useful to me Lined or grid I prefer lined for long form writing and dot grid for tasks. Hardcover; because it is much more convenient when I write somewhere I don’t have a flat surface available. At least two markers I prefer three The paper should be good; Leuchtturm1917 or Rhodia quality is the standard I expect. Read On →