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 →

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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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