Bock Nib Number One

I decided to get my hands on some Bock nibs to see how they work for stacking in comparison to the Jowo nibs that I normally use. The short answer is that they work really well, in fact they’ve got one characteristic that makes them very interesting. These nibs are completely unmarked. They don’t have… Continue reading Bock Nib Number One

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A Superb Kissaki 2

Sometimes, you make a perfect nib. This Kissaki 2 may be the very best architect grind nib I have ever made. I changed my construction style and I didn’t even need an adjustment weld to make it work smoothly. It’s smooth, accurate, has good flow, and has a useful range of horizontal strokes. Yeah, it’s… Continue reading A Superb Kissaki 2

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Mrs. Henry

Mrs. Henry was tough. She was my 5th and 6th grade science teacher. She’s also Mr. Dunn’s sister. While you could call him strict, Mrs. Henry was the epitome of it. I think you would find her photo in a collage if you searched “powerful Black women” on Wikipedia. I love her for her power,… Continue reading Mrs. Henry

I have a YouTube channel!

If you’re interested in fountain pens, nibs, reviews, and who knows what else I’ll post about, check out my channel!


You’ve probably noticed, if you’ve been here before, that I’ve deleted a lot of material from the past. I don’t feel it’s particularly pertinent to my present life as a writer, hobbyist, and just in general. I recently started a YouTube channel about stationery, fountain pens, and DIY. Part of the reason that I have… Continue reading Content

The Kissaki 5 Layer

In my last nib post, I showed a Kissaki 5-layer nib. It is named after the point of a katana, a Samurai’s sword. I didn’t want to get too technical by using other terms for specific sword styles, so I stuck with “kissaki”. Currently, I’m making 2, 3, 4, and 5-layer styles. I think it… Continue reading The Kissaki 5 Layer


You can find me on Instagram as “pensloth” but you won’t see much about writing. I use that platform for fountain pen stuff and illustrations. One of the “just a one-panel comic about nothing” is #santogordo. It’s a loose collection of comics about Sloth (a writer with a fountain pen problem), Clive the capybara, Yeti… Continue reading Instagram

Pens are a Passion

I may have mentioned that I’m a fountain pen user. More than that, I’m probably a fanatic. My local pen store, Bertram’s Inkwell, has more of my money than I’m going to admit to. I’m okay with that. Supporting small businesses is very important, especially when they’re one of the most valuable local resources for… Continue reading Pens are a Passion