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Top 5 Favourite Inks - 2014

2014 is coming to an end, I thought I should take the time to come up with my top 5 favourite inks of 2014. I have started the year with a heavy bias towards Pilot Iroshizuku inks because they are well behaved and have decent dry time. However, I was introduced to Sailor Jentle inks this year and it has destroyed Pilot Iroshizuku inks' strangle hold on my favourite inks. Here are my top 5 inks:

Number 5 - Bung Box Blue Black
A wonderful blue black ink that is really expensive to come by.

Number 4 - Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin
It has wonderful shading from deep orange to bright mandarin. Noodler's Apache Sunset would have taken this place if it dries faster.

Number 3 - Sailor Jentle Yama Dori
Wonderful shading and sheeeeeeen...

Number 2 - Sailor Jentle Oku Yama
A well behaved ink with wonderful shading. Deep red and bright purplish-red.

Number 1 - Pelikan 4001 Turquoise
My number favourite ink - It is a bright colour, it is well behaved, great dry time and it have a red sheen around the edges where ink pools. Finally, it is also super cheap in Singapore. What's there not to like?

I realise that none of the reviews are up for any of my favourite inks. The ink reviews in the old format are almost all up. New ink review format coming soon, look out for it next year. Here is to a better year ahead for everyone.

Top 5 Pens - 2014

It's a long time since I have updated my list of my top 5 pens. It was a time when I have yet to discover the mighty fountain pen. As you can tell, my blog have evolved into a review site for all things fountain pens related. Without further ado, here are my top 5 pens.

Number 5 - Sailor ProColour 500
It's a clear blue demonstrator pen from Sailor one of the big 3 pen makers in Japan. Though the pen is very light on the hand but the nib more than makes up for it.

Number 4 - Lamy Safari
This is almost the standard beginner's fountain pen. No, it isn't mine but it is a pen that all fountain pen lover should have in their arsernal. It is durable and looks good, plus it comes in so many different colours.

Number 3 - Pilot Prera
I have the clear grey demonstrator version of the Pilot Prera. It is one of my work horse pens. Most inks play nice with the Prera even the harder to use ones. I love the ease of cleaning of the pen.

Number 2 - Pilot Metropolitan
This is my first fine Japanese nib pen that wasn't scratchy to my hand. Plus, it is a cheap pen, $24 that includes the pen, a converter, an ink cartridge and a box. What more could you ask for?

Number 1 - TWSBI Diamond 580
Finally, my top dog pen, my ultimate pen. Excellent ink capacity, piston filler demonstrator and a smooth nib. Look at the ink slooshing around inside. It's the prettiest thing I ever seen.

Top 5 pens - 2013

Number 5 Pilot G2 - 0.7mm

This is my go-to pen when I was still studying in school. It is a work horse pen for me. 0.7mm is my preferred size. However, one issue I had with the Pilot G2 is the dry time. Being a lefty, I tend to smudge the ink as I write. Otherwise, the Pilot G2 is a very good pen for me.

Number 4 Fisher Space Pen - Blueberry Bullet

I got the Fisher Space pen because it was recommended in many many sites as a good pen for lefties. The pen works like a wonder. It writes under every situation. It is small, light and so pocketable. Everyone should check it out if they are looking for a portable pen.

Number 3 Pilot Rexgrip pen - 0.7mm

The Pilot Rexgrip is my alternative to the Pilot G2 - smooth writing without the smudging. It's another worthy pen to check out if you haven't had the chance.

Number 2 Retro 51

I was first introduced to the Retro 51 pens when I listened to The Pen Addict podcast. Out of curiousity I ordered one from The moment I put pen to paper, I was in love with the Retro 51. It has everything. Looks, style and great smooth rollerball ink refills. Thus far, I owe 4 Retro 51 pens.

Number 1 Uni Mitsubushi Jetstream 0.7mm

Finally my number 1 pen, the Uni Jetstream specifically in 0.7mm. The writing experience is in my humble opinion the best amongst the pens listed here.