Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Burned Orange

My first experience with a Graf pen was in the Faber-Castell boutique in Düsseldorf. I’d always heard that they have extremely smooth nibs, though I balked at what I thought was slightly clunky design. But when the chance to own a second-hand one came (at a tiny fraction of the price — thanks Rupert!), I... Continue Reading →

PenBBS 456

This pen was everything I hoped that the TWSBI Vac would be. I’ve officially given up on repeatedly buying parts for my Vac 700. Priced similarly to the Eco — and lower than the Vac — there’s literally no reason to go for one of those since the PenBBS 456 exists (and if you want... Continue Reading →

PenBBS 323

I bought this because I wanted a pen in this material, that’s all. I missed out on some other models in PenBBS’s Galaxy acrylic, and this was the next thing that was available. And so:  I’ve ended up really liking this pen a lot, not just because of the material, but because the subtle curves... Continue Reading →

Omas Paragon (New) Arco Bronze

The first of several Arco pens to come: This was an eBay find, actually the second Arco pen I bought online (after a purchase on Slack) but it arrived first. I bought this with the intent of flipping it, because I already knew I had my sights on the older version of the Paragon. But... 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 →

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 →

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