Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Four Years of Palimpsest: Top 10 posts of 2012/13

Happy anniversary to Palimpsest, which is four years old this November. May it live long and prosper. 

Here are the top 10 most popular posts of the year:

1. Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Platinum fountain pen.
Had it not been for the Montblanc emblem at the top of the cap (and the price tag), the inexperienced user might have been excused to think that this is just another fountain pen. Read more
2. Stationery Store Series: R.S.V.P. Berlin
Tucked away in a little street off Berlin's Rosenthaler Strasse, RSVP is what one may call a stationery boutique. It is nestled in the less shiny part of the German metropolis - there are no grand architectural gestures here, no gleaming structures. Read more
3. Platignum 1930s Fountain Pen review
There must have been a day in history when pen companies decided to phase out flexible nibs. What induced them to dispense with this  marvel of writing technology I cannot begin to fathom but a sad day that was, dear Readers, in fountain pen chronicles when the flexible nib was no more. Read more
 4. TomBow Oceanic Mechanical Pencil review
Designed no doubt with an aquatic animal in mind, the TomBow Oceanic is a member of the mechanical pencil group of graphite organisms. Read more
5. The Pocket Pencil of Johann Faber
"Well, he wrote so furiously that he broke his pencil and had, as you observe, to sharpen it again. This of interest, Watson. The pencil was not an ordinary one." Read more
6. Montblanc Starwalker fountain pen
The mild antipathy I was seized by during my brief encounter with a Montblanc Starwalker fountain pen was not born out of the facts. Read more 
 7. Summit Cadet S100 fountain pen
I left the London Writing Equipment Show last week, dear Readers, with a Cadet in my pocket. Read more
8. Back to School: The Magic Multiplying Pencil
Back to school for all here in the United Kingdom and those hoping to cheat their way through their timetables will be sad to know that a Magic Multiplying Pencil is certainly not the way forward. Read more
9. Pick a Pen Series: Montblanc Happy Endings by Kenneth Moyle
I've been bad-mouthing Montblanc for what I've considered their over-rated pens for years. Read more
10. Pencil Archaeology 2
The pencils of the last Pencil Archaeology post justified the title: they were battered, their paint chipped, their markings barely visible. These ones... Read more 

Stephens' Ink Scarlet Writing Fluid No. 451
The dark fluid that faintly gleams with a hint of red wouldn't perhaps look so appealing if it wasn't for the elaborate Victorian label on the glass bottle that contains it... Read more

Thank you for reading. Here's to another inkredible year.