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My First Bag Review: Mystery Ranch 3-zip Urban Assault

Hey folks! I've been meaning to do bag reviews for a while now, but I hadn't figured out the details of shooting that sort of video. Well, I went for it, and I think it came out pretty well.

The 3-zip style is really pretty cool. I' haven't seen any of these out in the wild before, but it's a really comfortable and useful bag. Check it out in the video below.

It's been quiet around here.


Hey folks.

I know it's been quiet around here. Partly, that's because I forgot to finish a couple of reviews that I meant to post. Partly, it's because I was on vacation. Partly, it's because I was really depressed by the death of my good friend Jim Rouse. Partly, it's because I was doing some reviews that are much better in video so they live on YouTube and not here.

Sorry about that.

So: Current News:

The DC Pen Show 2018 is in the books. It was a busy show, and I've got lots of pictures that I'll endeavor to post this week. I'm not home quite yet (visiting my aunt in the DC area for a few days), but I'll look at those pics and videos when I get home. I hope they're good. I think at least some of them will be. It was a hard show for those of us who were great friends of Jim. He was missed all the time, and the loss was felt by many. He wasn't much for memorials, so raise a glass and toast him when you get a chance. He'd like that.

I got a logo designed for the blog and YouTube channel, and I really like it. HeyMatthew did a great job with very little help from me. I'm no designer, so I let him give me some ideas, and they were really good. It'll be here, it'll be on the YouTube, it'll be on merch eventually. EVERYWHERE. Here it is below:

Uh...that's about it, I guess. Check out my YouTube channel. Join a live chat on Fridays at 4pm over on YouTube.

See ya there!

Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion

**I meant for this post to go up ages ago, and I totally forgot about it. Sorry about that.**

So, Stone Road isn't an ink that I really like. I tried to like it for so long and we just don't get along. It's an interesting brown color, and I love browns. Unfortunately, it is just too undersaturated and too dry for my tastes. I tried it in a few pens (and pretty well exhausted the sample I had), but it ended up being in this Conway Stewart for entirely too long when I wrote the review. I was actually a little anxious to get it out of this pen so that I could enjoy this Conway again.

Anyway, if you've got a very wet nib or if you just like pale inks, I'd say give this one a try. If not, then give it a sample or a pass.

Written Review

Close Ups!

20 lb Copy Paper Test

Currently Inked (Wheat Paper)


Water Test and Video Review

Color Comparisons

**This sample was sent out by Anderson Pens for my review. No money changed hands, and my review is my own. Your mileage may vary. Et cetera, et cetera. **

KWZ's Meet Me in St. Louis


The first St. Louis Pen Show will be this weekend, and I hope it's a big success. The show is set to be pretty darn big, with 150 tables putting it in the same weight class (I think) as shows like Chicago. That's a big deal for a first-year show, and I really hope that people show up. I wanted to go, but it's just not in the cards this year. Maybe next summer will work out, though.

This ink was created by KWZ for the pen show and, as far as I know, it'll be an exclusive to the show. So, if you like what you see below, you'll want to get someone to mule you a bottle or hope that there's enough left over for another vendor (like Anderson or Vanness) to get some stock to sell after the show.

Written Review


Copy Paper Test

Inky Fingers Currently Inked: Wheat paper

Ink Journal: Tomoe River


Water Test and Review Video resistance.

Color Comparisons!

***This ink sample was provide, free of charge, by the show's promoters for promotional purposes. What you see is what I got. ***

Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

This is the first of the Shikiori inks that I've tried, and it's an instant hit. Well, instant in that I inked it up in one pen, and I used up pretty much the whole sample in this TWSBI Eco T. It only took me since January. I'll confess, I have too many pens inked right now. I'm working on that. This ECO got put in a drawer and forgotten about. BUT: it has never had any issue starting back up and writing perfectly. It's a great pen, and this is a really nice ink. As you'll see below, it's not perfect. It's a little prone to misbehavior on bad office paper, and it's a little expensive, but the color and feel of the ink makes it worth it.

Thanks for letting me try it out, Anderson Pens! (Here's the link to the ink.)


Written Review

Close Ups

Copy Paper Test

Inky Fingers Currently Inked: Wheat Paper

Ink Journal: Tomoe River


Water Test & Video

Bonus Time!

Color Comparisons!

***This ink sample was provided, free of charge, by Anderson Pens in exchange for this honest review. What you see is what I got. Free ink samples don't sway my reviews in any way that I'm aware of.***