Year-End Review for 2015

Year-End Review for 2015

As the year comes to a closure, it is a good time to reflect on the year's happenings and also round up the year's purchases. On my end, it was my O levels' year, which led to a year mostly filled with mugging, mugging and more mugging.(that's extreme studying to you!) Through endless days and nights, my fountain pens were my best buddies and no matter what, they were always by my side. Ah, my trusty LAMY 2000...

Nonetheless, 2015 was still an amazing year with many intruiging releases to the pen world. Here are some of my favourites!

Pelikan m805 Stresemann

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Initially when I saw this pen online, my first thoughts were "A grey pen... what's so special about it?" Oh, I was so wrong about that sentiment I had. As I read more about it online and reviews by other bloggers, I had unknowingly fell in love with the pen. Although the pen has not fallen into my hands just yet, it shall in due course. ;)

Franklin Christoph Antique Glass finish

I am speechless for words. I'll let the pictures do the talking.
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Picture from: Fountain Pen Day

Yep, just let that sink in.

J.Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor

I would say that this was the most anticipated ink of the year (eh?), and it certainly did not disappoint pen lovers around the globe. Personally, I love this ink with its deep teal-ish colour, shimmery gold goodness and beautiful red sheen. However, the bottle is more of a hit-or-miss, as with the other 1670 bottles.

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Montblanc Writers' Edition 2015 : Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue Ink

This is one ink i'd definitely miss in 2016. This ink is in the shade of sky blue, in the retrospective that of Leo Tolstoy's desk, where he wrote most of his works on. To me, this blue is somewhat calming for me when I use it.

https://fountainpenfollies.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/dsc_4692-e1445747064321.jpg?w=1478&h=1124 Image from: fountainpenfollies

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Diamine Shimmering Inks

This was another mid-year highlight for 2015, where Diamine announced a line of inks which features gold and silver shimmer inside. As expected, this line of inks has added a splash of colour to the pen collections of many, and not be limited to J.Herbin's 1670 series.

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Despite being an exam year for me, purchases could not escape my clutches. Here is an overview of the things I have bought/recieved:

Inks:
  • A ton of Iroshizuku inks (an amount i'm ashamed of)
  • 3 Montblanc inks
  • 6 Rohrer & Klingner inks
  • 6 Sailor inks
  • Bungbox 4B
  • Lamy Turquoise
Pens:
  • LAMY2000 Makrolon - EF
  • Faber Castell Loom, Orange - F
  • Pilot Kakuno, Blue - F
  • Pilot Penmanship - EF italic
  • Pilot Petit1, Blue-Black - F
  • TWSBI ECO - 1.1 Stub
  • TWSBI 580 RG - M, grinded to architect point
  • Platinum 3776 Bourgogne - UEF
  • Platinum 3776 - MS (On Sale)
  • Pilot Custom 74 - SF (Sold)
  • Pilot Fermo , Blue - M
  • Visconti Art Renaissance Stilo - M
  • Pelikan m805 Stresemann - EF (Pending)

With that being said, that brings up my total inventory of 61 inks and 35 pens. At the rate i'm going, i'd collect inks that'll last me for more than 10 lifetimes. * cringe * Thankfully, my current collection will be able to sustain me for 2016. (I think)

In the new year, I hope i'll be able to hone my calligraphy skills and also better focus on my studies. What are your goals for 2016? I'd love to hear them! Here's to an awesome 2016, guys!

-Clarence