The Curmudgeoclast

Thoughts, projects, and ramblings of Dave Astels

Fri 06 December 2019

100th Anniversary Iroshizuku Inks

Posted by dastels in fountain-pens   

2019 is the 100th anniversary year of the Pilot Pen company. To commemorate this milestone they created a limited edition of pens inspired by the seven gods of good fortune in Japanese lore. These are high end Namiki Taka-Maki-e (raised Maki-e) pens that are made by Japanese artisans, each pen …


Sat 30 March 2019

Review: TWSBI Diamond 580ALR Nickel Gray

Posted by dastels in pens   

How I Learned to Relax and Love the Demonstrator

I'm not really a fan of demonstrator pens. Seeing the guts is interesting sure, but if you've seen one convertor you've pretty much seen them all. I have a Monteverde Monza so I'm good with demonstrators.

Or so I thought.

With …