Omas Milord Arte Italiana

Italian pens have always been iffy in my general impression. From the horror stories about Visconti nibs to Delta’s strange dealings with MarteModena, they have always seemed like something to avoid.  It’s a decision made easier by the fact I don’t like the aesthetic of Visconti’s clips, and they have always been grail-level items to... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Waterman 42 1/2 V (1920s)

The little brother of my 12 1/2 VS, I got this on eBay on Fountain Pen Day last year, but it leaked ink everywhere when I tried to fill it. Clearly it needed restoring, but I never got around to it until recently: And what a process it was! I had to take it apart.... Continue Reading →

Eversharp Skyline Standard (1940s)

I’d read so much about Eversharp nibs and how they were supposedly incredible at flex. Well... The answer is yes. I got this off r/pen_swap and it was everything I expected! The Skyline was released in 1941 and ceased production in 1950. It came in three sizes, of which mine is the medium “Standard” version sporting... Continue Reading →

Mystery vintage metal pen!

Exploring the world of vintage pens means you come across one or two pens put together from working parts sometimes. But this is quite something: A pen with no brand markings on it, with a working lever that looks original, a clip that emerges undamaged from the screw cap, and a checkered pattern that runs... Continue Reading →

Summit Cadet Model S-100 (c. 1929)

After paying a couple times for pens to get restored, how better to dive deeper into this rabbit hole than trying it out for myself? I took a gamble on this because the nib looked like it could possibly have a little flex. Either way, a £17 pen shipped needing what looked like a fairly basic... Continue Reading →

TWSBI 580AL Pink (modified!)

This pen was bought specifically for modding, after reading several reviews from people who have successfully hacked some pretty cool nibs onto their pens. Here we go: Other than having the odd creaky-piston moment, my 580AL works very well, and at under £50 due to Christmas sales, it was a bargain indeed. I got mine... Continue Reading →

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