Sailor Pro Gear Slim Red Pearl SE

A third-hand pen for which the previous two users said it was too scratchy? Sign me up! A small pen with an even smaller nib, the Pro Gear Slim in the Red Pearl finish is only available with Sailor’s specialty saibi-togi nib. Imagine a pen that doesn’t come in a point size larger than 0.1mm! That’s... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Namiki Impressions Ruby

The first time I even read about these, my jaw absolutely hit the floor. I saw a post on The Unroyal Warrant and I knew I had to get one somehow! Many months later I was contacted by a kind soul on Reddit and here we go: I was speechless when it finally arrived in... 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 →

TWSBI Vac 700 Clear (modified!)

I picked this up used on a lark for £35: Truth be told, after holding out on TWSBI for a long time and finally succumbing to the 580AL in the last days of 2016, I was surprised I hadn’t sprung for this earlier. It’s easily worth its RRP of £65, with good heft, a surprisingly... 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 →

Pelikan M200 Clear Demonstrator

Impulse purchase alert! How to tell if it's an impulse: it’s the same model as something you already have, in the same nib size, and just a different colour. (It’s probably worse if you have two absolutely identical pens, but why would anyone...? Right?) I thought I’d wanted a fine nib but my penchant for “as... Continue Reading →

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