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 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 →

Soyuz Golden Fish

This is a curiosity from the Soviet era, quite along the line of Eastern countries imitating Western products. China had its own Parker 51 clones, and today we discuss a Russian one: The model name translates to little golden fish, and the novelty factor lies in having a small glycerin-filled chamber with a small plastic... Continue Reading →

Omas Dama Arco Bronze

Pocket pen time: I happened across this pen at the October 2017 London Pen Show, and had the poor sense to haggle. So it came home with me, and I found it to be even littler than my other Dama. It’s properly pocket-sized, and weighs almost nothing. Very compact in the hand, and I can... Continue Reading →

PenBBS 309

A Chinese product that really distinguishes itself from the cheapness of its competition. Enter PenBBS: There are so many numbers, and I don’t know if there is any logic to them. This is the 309, in the Smog acrylic (54), with a stock silver-coloured fine nib (SF), making the full name of my model the... Continue Reading →

Omas Milord Burgundy

The middle child of Omas’s normal product line:  The Milord is a certain small-medium size of pen, similar to the Pelikan M400, Sailor 1911, or Pilot Custom Heritage 92. This is my favoured size of pen: I like how light it is when uncapped and unposted, and the Milord doesn’t feel cheap at all, being... Continue Reading →

Omas Dama Burgundy

Finally reviewing this pen, almost a year after it first arrived! The Dama is among the smallest pens Omas has released, but looking at a photo of it and nothing else, one would be hard pressed to see why: So it’s really just a shrunk Omas, in the same way the pocket-sized Pelikans are shrunken... Continue Reading →

Visconti Medici Oversize / Rose Sovrano

Well, here goes. My first Visconti: I never liked Visconti’s bridge clip, though I admit it is practical and easy to use. In fact, the thing that swayed me on getting this pen was the gold trim; Visconti Medicis in palladium trim were already out on the market, and I had found myself thinking that... 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 →

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