Pilot Custom 823

Having wanted one for a long time, it was finally because of a kind soul on Discord that I obtained mine! They were visiting Tokyo and picked up an extra at Tokyo Pen Shop Quill before mailing it to me upon their return to the UK. The Custom 823 is normally available in only fine,... Continue Reading →

The Pilot CON-70

Since anyone who buys Pilots probably has a bunch of these, let’s do a little mucking about today. Often lauded (correctly) as the best converter out there, Pilot’s CON-70 is the largest capacity of converter easily available on the market. It holds 1.1ml of ink and fits almost all of their higher-level pens, and even... 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 →

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 →

Romulus Pens Fantasy Impressions

Earlier this year, there was a post on the r/fountainpens subreddit, and I was immediately hooked. So I fired off a message to John Albert, then in his early days of pen turning, and reserved a rod of his quasi-Tibaldi vintage celluloid. Though I wanted to make a Pelikan clone at first, I decided after... Continue Reading →

Namiki Custom Impressions Amber

Sometimes one runs into inexplicable things on eBay, like a mislabelled gem or two. This is one of them: This was put up, uninked, as an auction with no reserve price and I won it at a surprisingly low price; the grey versions listed are priced at $700 (£540) and the blue ones are real unicorns.... Continue Reading →

Pilot Custom Heritage 92 Clear

Bought this second-hand off eBay for £70: This has an RRP of roughly £160 (strangely the different sellers don’t have a consistent price for this), and also comes in blue, orange, purple and black demonstrators. It’s definitely worth the money; at this price point you’ll get a pen that easily outperforms its immediate competition (Sailor... Continue Reading →

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