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 →

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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 →

Namiki Custom Impressions Amber

Sometimes one runs into inexplicable things on eBay, like a mislabelled gem or two. This is one of them: This was put up, uninked, as an auction with no reserve price and I won it at a surprisingly low price; the grey versions listed are priced at $700 (£540) and the blue ones are real unicorns.... Continue Reading →

Namiki Impressions Ruby

The first time I even read about these, my jaw absolutely hit the floor. I saw a post on The Unroyal Warrant and I knew I had to get one somehow! Many months later I was contacted by a kind soul on Reddit and here we go: I was speechless when it finally arrived in... Continue Reading →

Pilot Custom Heritage 92 Clear

Bought this second-hand off eBay for £70: This has an RRP of roughly £160 (strangely the different sellers don’t have a consistent price for this), and also comes in blue, orange, purple and black demonstrators. It’s definitely worth the money; at this price point you’ll get a pen that easily outperforms its immediate competition (Sailor... 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 →

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