Platinum Standard Maki-e: Cranes with Mt. Fuji

Maki-e and a springy 18k gold nib for less than $100? Yes please! Okay, I have to admit, I got it on sale. Still, Platinum’s “Standard” line actually encompasses three different model numbers (PTL-12000, PTL-15000 and PTL-20000), but I cannot tell what the differences are. Mine is from the 12000 line and the design is called... Continue Reading →

Platinum #3776 Century Bourgogne Red

First off, this pen was a stress purchase — a little bit of retail therapy to self-reward after a really tough month. I’d previously been using a lot of Signo 0.28 and 0.18s, and I missed that kind of line thinness with fountain pens. Having stumbled across a few reviews, all of which sang the... Continue Reading →

Pelikan M205 Amethyst

I actually bought this pen before the Stola in the previous article, but reserved it for my birthday before allowing myself the luxury of opening it. It sat in its bubble-wrap envelope in my locker at university for two whole months! The seller had very kindly included a free bottle of 4001 Blue-Black, since I... Continue Reading →

Pelikan Stola III (P16)

The newest contender to the budget everyday-carry fountain pen battle, I bought one when I was in Verona in December 2015, shortly after it had been released. After going back to the hotel and to the sweet embrace of free wifi again, I realised that there weren’t any reviews then available... That didn’t stop me... Continue Reading →

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