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 →

Pilot Vanishing Point Moonlight LE (2018)

Now this is a finish worthy of its rarity! The Moonlight was a limited Japanese release of 2018, and came paired with Tsuki-yo in a special box. I can’t find any other information about it, whether it’s a limited-time run or a limited number of them. There’s another this year, the Deep Sea, which came with... 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 →

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