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 →

Pelikan M620 New York

After getting the Grand Place and Piccadilly Circus pens from Pelikan’s M620 Cities series, I had my sights set on the soft stripey blues of the Place de la Concorde. But then this turned up: Emulating the chunky celluloids of an earlier era, this barrel material is pretty unique for Pelikan. I’d always appreciated the... 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 →

Omas Paragon (Old) Arco Bronze

There’s something to be said about how attention-grabbing this pen is: Not in a loud way, either, unlike some of the other companies around (Montblanc and Visconti), but with a very dependable Omas warmth. The celluloid definitely deserves all its hype, and some of the custom pens others have made from them look absolutely incredible.... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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