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August 8, 2015
by richard

My Journey in Penmanship – Breaking Free of Old Habits

If you want to improve your handwriting, you’re going to have to practice writing – there’s no getting around that fact.  So … What do you write when you’re practicing?  Well, why not write about the journey and your struggles to improve your handwriting? I’m going all out – and striving towards a nice Spencerian look; to that end, a number of my letters needed to be modified from the way I originally learned them. In this article I demonstrate and discuss this journey in detail.  Take a look.   Continue Reading →


July 21, 2015
by richard

Noodler’s Ahab Flex with Apache Sunrise – a Perfect Combination

Apache Sunrise from Noodler’s Ink is at the top of any list for maximum color-variation inks. In the fountain pen world, this ink characteristic is properly called shading. In a recent article I wanted to highlight that characteristic with a YouTube link – but, I was surprised to find that most YouTube videos just showed different uniform colors from different pens. (I.e. how the color might vary from pen to pen.) However, it’s easy to get the total range of colors from a single pen that has a flexible nib. This allows the ink to pool for deeper reds, or thinly for the lighter yellows . The banner image shows a magnified detail section from the image below – which demonstrates this shading nicely. The original page is a joy to view. Double click to maximize the image to full resolution, and note how single letters exhibit the total color range of this wonderful ink! Continue Reading →


July 20, 2015
by richard

New Fountain Pens and Inks 

It really looks as if this Fountain-pen thing is not just some passing fad. As ridiculous as it may sound, this new hobby has been quite a blast; I’m finding that I’m writing just for the fun of handwriting – I don’t know – perhaps an hour or so a day? I’m not timing myself.

Over the weekend, I added a few inks and pens to the collection:

  • Noodler’s Ahab Flex Fountain Pen – Arizona
  • Jinhao X450 Fountain Pen – Blue Twist
  • Jinhao X750 Fountain Pen – Shimmering Sands
  • Noodler’s Apache Sunrise – ink
  • Noodler’s Gruene Cactus – Eel ink
  • Noodler’s Rattler Red – Eel ink

Here’s a sample of writing with the pens, loaded with inks: Continue Reading →