Wonder Pens Blotting Paper

A great little product from the Wonder People over at Wonder Pens... If you're anything like me, I like to carry a sheet of blotting paper with me whenever and wherever I'm using one of my fountain pens. Which, in practice, means it's a constant carry. And a few months ago, Jon and Liz at …

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A Great A6 Traveler’s Notebook, but Definitely No Traveling

Back in early January and February of this year, I found myself looking for a Traveler's Notebook (TN) as a gift for one of my daughters. She had always envied my Traveler's Company regular-sized version, but she didn't think she would get on with the elongated, rectangular size. We had looked at the passport sized …

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How Many Versions of the Same Pen Does Anybody Need?

A few weeks ago, I was severely tempted by the Pelikan Souverän M600 Vibrant Orange Special Edition. So I went shopping, and discovered that I was less keen on the Vibrant Orange, than I was on the standard red and black striped model. So, after a bit of hunting around, I picked up the truly …

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A Soft-Fine Pilot Falcon, and a Custom 74: Contrasting Similarities (aka Liam Neeson Didn’t Steal My Pen)

I have had a few Pilot pens in my collection over the years, including a much loved Custom 823. Tragically, the 823 was stolen during the after-hours of an academic conference some years ago, whilst I was attempting to prove the hypothesis that a yard of Young's Winter Warmer could indeed be consumed in less …

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Picking Up a Pelikan Souverän M600

A little while ago, I was lucky enough to add a Pelikan M200, with a fine M400 14K gold nib, to my pen case... and it has seen pretty much constant use ever since. At the time, I said it was a narrow decision between that, and the larger, but considerably more expensive M600. Also, …

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Getting Lucky with a Medium-Fine Sailor

On the whole, my handwriting (such as it is), is not flattered by a fine nib. I mean, it's pretty poor with almost any nib, but better with some than others, and fine, needle-like nibs, which can catch on paper fibers, make my handwriting look, to be blunt, bloody awful. Which can be a bit …

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Pelikan Classic M200 Brown Marbled… What-the-Pelikan-Fuss?

For a long while now, I've been reading reviews, and watching so many videos, of some truly beautiful Pelikan pens. In particular, I've been sorely tempted by the M600 Vibrant Orange, and a while back, by the Classic M200 Brown Marbled. I've written with a few very nice, and very expensive, Pelikan pens over the …

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The Laban 325: Won’t Stop a Rhino

The last pen post I made, mentioned something about understated style and elegance, well, let's, er, forget about that today shall we? Last year, I took a stroll (about six hours worth, but still a stroll), through Scriptus the Toronto Pen Show. Amongst the highlights of the day was bumping into the lovely Ana Reinert …

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A Vintage Montblanc… or Two

I have made no secret of my traditionalist taste in fountain pens. I may go off the rails occasionally and ogle something earthy with a bit of gold marbling, or even go completely crazy and pick something up in burgundy and gold with a touch of translucence about the barrel. But if you were to …

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