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 →

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Faber-Castell Ambition Pearwood

’I complained about the e-motion being a fairly weird design and also uncomfortable to use. The Ambition, in the same price range, fixes those problems: The pearwood on my Ambition looks and feels the same as that on the e-motion. This is also a cartridge/converter model, as with all of Faber-Castell’s low-end offerings, and features... Continue Reading →

Namiki Impressions Sapphire

This is truly a grail pen: The colours on this are even more striking than on the Ruby version of the same series. Blue and purple actually go really well with the gold trim, and the purple has a perfect match in Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu, which I’ve decided to use for this review.  A small... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Pelikan Jazz

I bought this at Mazza Stilografiche when I visited Italy for some work last month. Considering I’d walked into the store and asked if they had any Omas left over, I guess they were pretty disappointed I only spent €15 in there... The Pelikan Jazz was released just before the equally-budget Stola lines, and caters to... 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 →

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