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 →

Platinum Plaisir

I picked one of these up on my Christmas trip to Singapore. It cost me S$17 (just under £10), and definitely packs a punch! It’s solidly built, despite its very light weight. It also comes in an incredible range of colours, from all colours in the rainbow to pink, white, black, silver and gold. There are... Continue Reading →

Pilot Kakuno demonstrator

A gift from my best friend for Christmas! Whenever she goes to Japan I usually pester to make an Itoya visit for me. I didn’t this time — she went anyway!  The new Kakuno demonstrator is a late-2017 release, and nib sizes for the other series have been expanded to include an option in extra... 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 →

Conklin Mark Twain Coral Chase

I can’t pass up a good deal when I see it, and these Conklins were going at a tenner during the London Pen Show! It’s my first modern American pen, and though I’ve read about them online, I only got curious after being tipped off about the sale. I figured £10 couldn’t hurt, so I... 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 →

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 →

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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