Visconti Medici Oversize / Rose Sovrano

Well, here goes. My first Visconti: I never liked Visconti’s bridge clip, though I admit it is practical and easy to use. In fact, the thing that swayed me on getting this pen was the gold trim; Visconti Medicis in palladium trim were already out on the market, and I had found myself thinking that... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Omas Cristoforo Colombo II

After the previous Omas purchase (the brown Milord) I was so happy with the brand I started looking around for more of them. Thus —  Rare stuff on r/pen_swap usually gets snapped up pretty quickly, so I was lucky to chance upon a post just 40 minutes after it was put up. It arrived less than... 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 →

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 →

Parker Vacumatic Golden Pearl

I know this blog is called Flex & Other Follies and I always rattle on about vintage flex, but: I was at the London pen show in October and spent a grand total of £201 on a variety of things: a pen case/box, more pens, more inks, and stuff... and the largest purchase I made... Continue Reading →

Jinhao 992 (modified!)

At 99p each on eBay with free shipping, it’s very hard to say no! It’s always interesting to see what the Chinese companies decide to copy: the Wing Sung 659 I reviewed rips off Pilot and another popular Jinhao, the 599/599A, copies Lamy’s Safari/Al-Star line. This one is a little sneakier, and I don’t actually... Continue Reading →

Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown

I could say that this was a well-considered purchase, but then I would be lying... No regrets at all! When I first heard the news of yet another brown Pelikan pen, I might have been slightly disappointed, but that all disappeared when I saw the first photos of this. The material perfectly complements the chunky... Continue Reading →

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