Graf von Faber Castell Classic Anello Ebony Fountain Pen

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Confession time. I should have written this review almost three years ago when I started to use this pen. This particular version is also no longer available so while Graf von Faber Castell do make a range of Classic Anello fountain pens, the ebony version has not been on their list for four years. This did result in my having to buy this pen earlier than anticipated and required, but more on that in a bit.

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ScriBo Rosso Chianti

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ScriBo have managed to do what so few other ink makers have managed. To use the name or type of a wine and match it to an appropriate colour. Most the usual offerings would be poured straight down the sink without even tasting if provided in traditional 70cl bottles, but here we have an ink that makes you think about pizza and pasta. Perhaps I just think too much with my stomach.

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Kilk Novo Baroque

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Confession time. My paternal great grandfather (edit – picture at the bottom) was born in Smyrna (now Izmir) in Turkey, coming over and settling in the UK near the end of 19th century. I do not remember my grandfather (and certainly not my father) maintaining any Turkish traditions or heritage, yet when I see a product from the country of my ancestors I feel a tug to the heart strings. So when a small pen maker pops up in Istanbul my attention is grabbed. Problem was the costs of getting a pen over to the UK were comparatively high due to taxes, duty, etc, so when I heard rumours Kilk were going to be at the 2022 Spring London Pen Show my interest and attention was alerted.

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ScriBo Verde Bosco

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I have been looking forwards to trying this ink. Since Scrittura Bolognese (ScriBo) started to produce their own line of dye based inks there has been the question over whether any were from the old OMAS catalogue. Having a treasured bottle of green, which is gradually being used up, I was interested to see if Verde Bosco was the same as it is only one of two greens presently in the range, with the other being the far lighter Prato.

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Busy Times and Ink Reviews

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It’s Friday and I’m yet to post an article or review. Thing is I’ve been rather busy recently, though much related to another hobby of mine, and have so far driven over 600 miles this week (which in the UK is a long way, yes I know in Australia that can be just visiting your neighbour …). Net result is I’ve been struggling for free time.

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ScriBo Inks

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When ScriBo was launched there was the question over ink. Would there be any, after all OMAS had a decent range. The answer appeared to arrive with the launch if their first regular pen, the Feel. The first ones bought directly from ScriBo came with a 20ml bottle of a blue-grey ink. One of the two colour options for the new pen, as well as being used for corporate media. It would seem inks would be just round the corner. Time passed.

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