Muji aluminium fountain pen

The Japanese words in Muji’s logo mean “unbranded quality goods”. And therefore:  Out of that world of clean lines and blank surfaces comes this minimalist masterpiece. Muji has managed to produce a basic-level fountain pen (complete with generic Iridium Point nib) that, like the rest of their products, looks great and is legitimately useful. The pen... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Lamy LX

Well... I think it’s pretty certain Lamy wasted their anniversary celebrations.  The slightly-darker “black amber” Lamy 2000 did not appeal to many, the Scala has never really been on the radar, and the LX generated some excitement for a while but ultimately disappointed when it became clear the new nib design was merely another plating on a... Continue Reading →

Pilot Murex

More than 40 years after its creation, this design still looks sleek and modern. I jumped on one on Reddit for $200 and it came in excellent condition, save for a little cosmetic issue with the feed (more on that later). I already had money set aside for it and had been looking for it... Continue Reading →

Pelikan 400NN Brown Tortoise (1950s)

I jumped on this one because Pelikan no longer makes anything near the range they used to have, both in terms of pen shapes as well as nib types: The 400NN was developed after the 400N was a “neu” version of the old 400, which looks like the modern M400. The finial and knob gradually... Continue Reading →

Montblanc Slimline (1980)

Another Montblanc I didn’t buy... My mother gave this to my father almost forty years ago and it has made its way to me after not being used for most of the intervening period. (I guess it’s sensible to keep expensive pens away from the kids.) For such a slim pen, it has a total... Continue Reading →

Pelikan M805 Stresemann

Sometimes an eBay trawl can bring up surprising things... This guy had forgotten to state the model of the Pelikan in his auction, and his photos had no other object to compare the size against. However, buried deep down in the wall-of-text description was “18-carat nib”, and Pelikan does not make M400-sized 18k nibs, so... I... Continue Reading →

Pilot Kakuno

Here’s what I call my “banana pen”! One might easily consider this the Metro’s baby brother. Made of plastic and available in pastel-and-white or solid colour-and-dark grey, it is obviously aimed at children, with an ergonomic hexagonal shape, holes in the cap (so breathing is possible even if accidentally swallowed) and a really durable nib.... Continue Reading →

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