J & J Wood Designs Custom Pen 165

Giveaway: End of Season 3!

It’s that time again! (“To put cucumbers in our ears?” “To make fun of the Disney Channel?”) No, it’s time for The Wheel of Morality The Pen Habit End of Season Giveaway! Now, the season isn’t quite over yet. There are still a couple of videos and blog posts to...

Delta Dolcevita Oversize 8

Delta Dolcevita Oversize

Brand identity can be a tricky thing. How do you develop a look or style that is easily identifiable without allowing that look or style to lock you into a long-term design direction from which it may be difficult to escape? How do you establish a look and feel that...

Ranga Zayante 5

Peyton Street Pens / Ranga Zayante

The terms “mass-produced” and “handmade” are, in many ways, polar opposites. It’s difficult to scale handmade products, as production can’t be increased simply by investing in capital (i.e., manufacturing space, machinery, etc.) Scalability, especially in markets that require a large amount of specialization (like pen-turning), is reliant upon the number...

J & J Wood Designs Custom Pen 7

J and J Wood Designs Custom Pen

Custom pens are fun. They are a bit hard to review, though , because what are you reviewing? The material and design are transient things, changeable on each and every pen. What, then, do you base a judgement on? When Jeff Johnson from J&J Woodworks reached out to me about...

Asa Pens Daily 3-in-1 5

Asa Pens Daily 3-in-1

The longer I spend with fountain pens, the more I seem to be able to identify specific characteristics about those pens based on the country of manufacture. German pens are generally well-made, with solid nibs, and tend to fall visually on the understated side. Italian pens are flashy and showy...

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Bexley Ebonite Amber Agate

When it comes to sweets, nothing can compare to the complex, rich, buttery taste of a perfectly-browned caramel. The browning of the Maillard reactions, which turn sugars into that toasty, slightly burnt, oh-so-intricate combination of sweet and savory, is the thing of culinary magic. My love of caramel is apropos...

Visconti Saturno Blue Titan 6

Visconti Saturno Blue Titan

When I was in college, I was required to take several semesters of modern dance. I’m not a great dancer (as anyone who has seen the opening video of Season 3 can attest). Of all forms of dance, “modern” dance is one of my least favorite. (It’s second only to...

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Tekker Ink Emerald (#226d15)

What first draws you to an ink? Is it the flow characteristics? The shading? The sheen? The shape and size of the bottle? Or is it perhaps something just a bit more basic–something like the color? What would happen if the most basic aspect of any ink, the color, was...