Faber-Castell Ambition Pearwood

’I complained about the e-motion being a fairly weird design and also uncomfortable to use. The Ambition, in the same price range, fixes those problems: The pearwood on my Ambition looks and feels the same as that on the e-motion. This is also a cartridge/converter model, as with all of Faber-Castell’s low-end offerings, and features... Continue Reading →

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Namiki Impressions Sapphire

This is truly a grail pen: The colours on this are even more striking than on the Ruby version of the same series. Blue and purple actually go really well with the gold trim, and the purple has a perfect match in Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu, which I’ve decided to use for this review.  A small... Continue Reading →

Omas Milord Arte Italiana

Italian pens have always been iffy in my general impression. From the horror stories about Visconti nibs to Delta’s strange dealings with MarteModena, they have always seemed like something to avoid.  It’s a decision made easier by the fact I don’t like the aesthetic of Visconti’s clips, and they have always been grail-level items to... Continue Reading →

Pilot Custom Itoya LE (Custom 74)

Another friend taking a trip to Japan, another “please help me” shopping jaunt to Itoya... I wanted an EF but was told that the store exclusive rhodium-trimmed pens came only in F/M/B, so I plumped for my first broad nib ever! I already have pens with the #5 nib in F (my Custom Heritage 92) and M... Continue Reading →

Platinum Plaisir

I picked one of these up on my Christmas trip to Singapore. It cost me S$17 (just under £10), and definitely packs a punch! It’s solidly built, despite its very light weight. It also comes in an incredible range of colours, from all colours in the rainbow to pink, white, black, silver and gold. There are... Continue Reading →

Caran d’Ache 849

I’ve got a fair amount of thoughts about this pen... but first, here it is: The hexagonal aesthetic of Caran d’Ache as a brand is something I can get behind. I have two bottles of their ink (having sold off a third) and the slanted bottom is something I really appreciate — not just for the... Continue Reading →

Pilot Kakuno demonstrator

A gift from my best friend for Christmas! Whenever she goes to Japan I usually pester to make an Itoya visit for me. I didn’t this time — she went anyway!  The new Kakuno demonstrator is a late-2017 release, and nib sizes for the other series have been expanded to include an option in extra... Continue Reading →

2017 Roundup Post

Happy New Year everybody! Now that I’m sober again, I want to thank everyone for your support over the past year. Flex & Other Follies is now more than 12 months old! And I acquired a few more pens over the winter break, so there’ll be more reviews to come. Just hang tight! Meanwhile, a... Continue Reading →

Pelikan Nib Swapping: A Primer

I’ve run out of pens to review (hopefully only for the short term) so I’m turning to writing articles about the things I’ve picked up over these years of being in the hobby. I hope you’ll find these as fun and informative as the reviews have been! And thus, the first of these how-tos: There... Continue Reading →

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