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 →


2017 Roundup Post

Happy New Year everybody! Now that I’m sober again, I want to thank everyone for your support over the past year. Flex & Other Follies is now more than 12 months old! And I acquired a few more pens over the winter break, so there’ll be more reviews to come. Just hang tight! Meanwhile, a... 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 →

Pelikan Jazz

I bought this at Mazza Stilografiche when I visited Italy for some work last month. Considering I’d walked into the store and asked if they had any Omas left over, I guess they were pretty disappointed I only spent €15 in there... The Pelikan Jazz was released just before the equally-budget Stola lines, and caters to... Continue Reading →

Jinhao 992 (modified!)

At 99p each on eBay with free shipping, it’s very hard to say no! It’s always interesting to see what the Chinese companies decide to copy: the Wing Sung 659 I reviewed rips off Pilot and another popular Jinhao, the 599/599A, copies Lamy’s Safari/Al-Star line. This one is a little sneakier, and I don’t actually... Continue Reading →

Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown

I could say that this was a well-considered purchase, but then I would be lying... No regrets at all! When I first heard the news of yet another brown Pelikan pen, I might have been slightly disappointed, but that all disappeared when I saw the first photos of this. The material perfectly complements the chunky... 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 →

Pelikan M320 Ruby Red

Uninked and new in box for less than $200 is a ridiculous price for this, and how could I resist? This is a seriously tiny pen by modern standards. The smallest of the five Souverän sizes, this is Pelikan’s pocket-pen offering, though it’ll never inhabit one of my pockets. It’s far too precious for that!... Continue Reading →

Pelikan 400NN Brown Tortoise (1950s)

I jumped on this one because Pelikan no longer makes anything near the range they used to have, both in terms of pen shapes as well as nib types: The 400NN was developed after the 400N was a “neu” version of the old 400, which looks like the modern M400. The finial and knob gradually... Continue Reading →

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