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Hello? Anyone There?

31 May

Hi all,

It has been a very very long time since I have visited my blog let alone updated it. I fully intend on returning to blogging, but I’ve been going through some major life changes since I was last here.

I’ve received several kind messages and well wishes from you all, and I just wanted to say thank you. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

Hope to be back blogging sooner rather than later,

DP :)


I’ll be away for the week

30 Aug

Hey everyone,

If you are a member of FPN you may know that my grandpa has been gravely ill. I had to fly home to be with him, so I won’t be able to post any new reviews for the next week.

I appreciate all the prayers and well wishes I’ve received thus far, and I ask that you please keep my family and I in prayer during this difficult time.

Thanks again,


Sorry Guys

18 Aug

There was going to be a review of the Pilot 823 today, but I had to get a new monitor, and now I’m having issues with the colors and set-up, so I’m going to have to push the review to tomorrow.


Again, sorry.


Surfacing for air…

14 Jun

Hey all,

It’s been a VERY long time since I’ve posted anything.

As some of you know, I have been ill. I have been focused to getting better rather than blogging. I am glad to say that I am doing much much better now, and I hope to be back to blogging within the week.




5 Jan

It’s 2011. I can hardly believe that 2010 has come and gone already.

2010 has a year of change for my beloved hobby, all things fountain pen.

In 2010, my review archive morphed into a full-fledged blog. In some ways, that change was thrust upon me. My archive was hosted on LiveJournal, but in June I moved it. LiveJournal made some changes to their format that killed the functionality of the site (unless you wanted to pay for a membership that is). I ended up with far less control of my archive and far FAR more invasive ads. After much research, I settle on WordPress. In June, my new site launched. With the increased functionality came an increase in reviews, and with the increase in reviews came an increase in my readership. And, with that, what started as a place for me to store and easily access my reviews turned into a blog. I now received requests for reviews and samples from manufacturers and retailers. I review those things in addition to my own FP related items. From June to December of 2010, my site has received a total of 34,000 hits. I can hardly believe it. It’s really been a fantastic journey. I’d like to thank each and everyone of you for your visits and your support.

My blog is not the only aspect of my hobby that changed in 2010. My accumulation of ink has nearly trebled in the last year. I now have around 80 bottles of ink and well over 50 ink samples. I’m still reviewing as I go. At present, I have a backlog of about 30 ink reviews that are waiting to be scanned and posted here on The Dizzy Pen.

While my ink accumulation increased, my pen accumulation decreased. In 2010, I sold off and gave away quite a few pens. I got my core selection down to about 14 pens plus a handful of Platinum Preppies, Noodler’s pens, and various other “cheapos”. Although I still plan to make changes, I’m quite happy with my pens.

Perhaps the biggest change for me has been my office. I consider my office a part of my hobby. It is not only the place I do all my schoolwork, but it is also the place I use and play with my pens and inks, write my reviews, scan them in, and post them online. In 2010, I moved to another part of the state and into a smaller place with a smaller office space. It took a few months, but I think I’ve finally gotten it where I want it.


I have a writing desk set up in front of the window so that I can look out at the forest behind my home. Of course, my pens are on that desk. The ones in the wooden holders are inked (there are far too many inked right now). My uninked pens are actually in the bottom drawer of my inbox (shown on the right side of the desk). Underneath that desk is the paper shredder and my manual typewriter.

The computer desk is against the wall to the left of my writing desk. Above the computer desk are my ink shelves. My ink bottles are in the two purple boxes. My ink samples are in the top basket, and my empty Nalgene bottles, syringes, pipettes, etc are in the bottom basket. If you look very closely, you can see my newest addition, a 16 ounce bottle of Noodler’s Navy. How awesome is that?!

Of course, no office is complete without a printer. My Canon Pixma MX 870 sits between my two desks. It is a fantastic all-in-one printer. The scanner is particularly good. If you are in the market for an all-in-one, I highly recommend this printer.

Not shown in this picture are my bookcases. They are on the wall to the right of my writing desk. My office doubles as my husband’s closet and the ironing room. Obviously, I’ve left those out as well.

I’m excited to see what 2011 will bring. I’m sure there will be new inks and new pens. Some of my accumulation will probably be re-homed. At some point I’ll be moving again, so my office will change. But, most of all, I’m excited to see what will happen with The Dizzy Pen. I can promise many more reviews and giveaways, but, as for the rest, we’ll just have to wait and see…

I’m back! Rohrer & Klingner Scaboisa

6 Dec

Hey Guys! It’s hard to believe I’m been away from my blog and the writing community for nearly two months. My apologies for the unannounced absence. As most of you know, I’m a graduate student. I’ve had a string of major deadlines for school, and I had to step back from my hobby. It was taking up too much time, time I need to spend working on my dissertation project. I’m finally coming up for air, but I probably will not be able to be as active as I once was. I simply must put school first. At any rate, I have a mountain of finished reviews that I just need to get scanned in, edited, and written up, so there are many reviews to come including thirty or so Diamine ink and Noodler’s new Black Swan ink. Thanks for reading! 🙂


I love dusky purples. I think I’m pretty open about that. Heck, my website is purple, and my custom-made Edison Glenmont is purple. So I’ve always wanted to try the Scaboisa.

I’ve got to say, I’m actually pretty impressed with this ink. In addition to the superb color. It goes down a dusky purple, but changes to a purplish brown over time.  It’s also relatively free-flowing for an iron gall ink. It flows better for me than Diamine Registrar’s Blue. An added benefit is, of course, it’s waterproofness.

All in all, an excellent iron gall ink that I’d definitely recommend to anyone who loves dusky ink colors and who is looking for a good waterproof ink.

The Details:

  • No feathering or bleeding. (cheap paper friendly)
  • Good flow, but it does have the dry feeling that is characteristic of iron gall inks.
  • The drying time is average
  • Offers good shading
  • Waterproof

(click to enlarge and sharpen the image)

This sample was sent to me for review by Ryan at Pear Tree Pens. I am not otherwise affiliated with PTP.

And the winner is…

14 Sep

I’ve got to run to the post office today so I might as well announce the winner and ship the Quo Vadis Student planner off while I’m there.

According to the winner is…

lucky number 3!

Congrats to David Maliniak! I’ll contact you by email with further information.

I’ll be away for a couple weeks…

10 Sep

My aunt suddenly and unexpectedly passed away yesterday, and with her children in a state of utter shock and paralysis I have been asked to plan the funeral arrangements.

As such, I’m not going to have time to do any blog posts or really check in on this site.

I apologize in advance.

To the winners of the Webbies… I will get them in the mail as soon as I have a free moment.

There may be a delay in announcing the winners for the Quo Vadis planner.


Pilot Iroshizuku!

2 Aug

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This post marks the beginning of an Iroshizuku segment. I’ve got 8 samples and 2 bottles of Iroshi to get through. This ink is truly amazing. It is fantastic stuff. The colors on the whole are quite unique.

As mentioned in the Iroshizuku Price Hike and Finding Affordable Substitutes post, this ink now has an MSRP of $35 (you can find it for $28 at JetPens). I personally refuse to spend that much on a bottle of ink, so I’m on the look out for suitable (and cheaper) alternatives. So, the format for these reviews is going to be  a bit different. First, I’m going to review the Iroshi ink, then I’m going to show you an alternative to it if I’ve found one.

I hope you will enjoy it. In the meantime, let me show you a scan of the 10 Iroshi inks in question. NOTE: you might need something to catch your drool…

(You can click to enlarge this photo, but be forewarned, it is HUGE.)

Note2: The bottom and side portions are written using a Speedball B-5 1/2 dip pen nib. It writes just like a western broad nib. The paper is from a Rhodia N° 18 Blank pad.

No Affil.


Advertising on Blogs. What do you think?

18 Jun

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Firstly, let me just say up front, that I have no intention of advertising on The Dizzy Pen. Now that that bit is out of the way…

I’ve noticed that an ever-increasing number of bloggers are participating in Amazon Associates or similar programs that allow you to link to products on your blog. The blogger selects products, links to them from their blog and collects a referral fee if a reader clicks the link and purchases the item.

I’m not sure where I stand on this. On one level it is convenient for me as a reader because I can go directly to the item mentioned and know I’m looking at the specific product the blogger recommends. Another part of me is completely turned off by the practice.

I visit quite a few pen, ink and paper blogs. One of my favorites is now so loaded down with Amazon ads that it takes me forever and a day to load the page. The problems with loading have negatively impacted how often I visit the site.

I’m curious about what you all think about this. I’ve created a poll and placed it in my sidebar. Please take a moment to participate. I’d also love to read your comments, so if you have something to say please post it.


NB: What I call “blogger selected fee for referral advertising” is not the same as a blog host site (like WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, etc) inserting advertising into a blog without the specific authorization of the blogger. That’s another issue entirely, and one that caused me to leave LiveJournal.


ETA 07-29-10:

After 35 votes I’ve closed this poll. The results are below.

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