Monday Musings

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Things I Did This Week:

Noodler’s Heart of Darkness Ink Review

Wednesday Words

Waterman Mysterious Blue Ink Review


I’ve been working on reviewing the October 2015 Ink Drop and I will have the rest of my reviews up this week for that! I have been trying out a different review format, and I really like how I am doing it. If you have any thoughts on what could be changed or what I could do better, just comment! I appreciate all of the feedback from my readers.

National Novel Writing Month is coming up, and I think I want to participate! Over the next week or so I’ll be planning that out and getting an outline started. I’ll be doing all 50,000 words by hand with my trusty fountain pens!

I have also updated the Pen People page with more blogs and more retailers you can check out.

If you have any requests for a pen or an ink review, just comment or email me at and I will do my best to get it up on The Southpaw Pen!

Thanks for reading everyone!


Updates and New Things to The Southpaw Pen!

Hey everyone! I know it has been a while, but I have a couple updates and whatnot to bring to you! It has been a busy couple of weeks because of school. I have 3 exams next week and I just wanted to take a break from that by kind of giving a preview of things to come to The Southpaw Pen!

So, without further adieu… UPDATES!

New Things I Purchased!

So, I have had a couple of purchases from Goulet Pens and Anderson Pens in the past couple of weeks. Yes, I know I’m addicted. I purchased a couple of maintenance items from Goulet (sample holder, bulb for cleaning pen, blunt syringe), a 1.1mm Goulet stub nib, and a few new samples which included Diamine Majestic Blue, J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey, and Diamine Eau de Nil as my Surprise Me! sample.

After I received these, I immediately put the Stormy Grey into my Jinhao x450 with the 101mm Goulet stub nib on it and I fell in love. I also tested my Diamine Eau de Nil in my Jinhao x750 and was amazed at how beatiful the color was.


Hopefully after this week, I will be posting more ink reviews on the Stormy Grey and the Diamine Eau de Nil. All I know is that the Diamine Eau de Nil is my new favorite ink, and I’ve been using it for just about everything! I bought the bottle of Diamine Eau de Nil from Anderson Pens and from Goulet Pens, the J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey, a nice Goulet fine nib for my Jinhao x750, and my first Rhodia dotpad! I can see why that paper lives up to the hype. The shading I’ve had out of my Diamine Autumn Oak is AMAZING.


So, I decided to write a little lineup showing all of my currently inked pens:


Current pen lineup in my 7Felicity travelers notebook.

I personally love the colors that are in my current pens. I can’t wait to see next month’s ink drop so I can try out some new inks!

Upcoming News to The Southpaw Pen!

So, here soon I will be working on some ink reviews. I purchased a couple of new bottles and have some more ink samples so I am excited to start working on those. I should also be doing a couple of pen reviews for some of the more beginning pens I have including: Jinhaos, the Pilot Metropolitan, TWSBI Eco, and the Noodler’s Ahab.

What is in the Mail?

So, I made my last purchases of the year for pens yesterday. One thing I got was the Edison Premiere
Limited Edition Fall 2015 Midnight Thunder pen from Goulet Pens and I am so excited to try it and test it for my self. I’ll be my first Edison pen and I am looking forward to owning a pen from a company in my home-state, Ohio.

Edison Nouveau Premiere Fountain Pen – Midnight Thunder (Fall 2015) from

The one last thing I got… will be a surprise to my readers next week! I’m so excited for this secret pen I purchased, and I can’t wait to show everyone!

That’s it from me – for now. I have three exams this week so I better get to studying!

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at

Thanks for reading!