Pininfarina Segno PF Two Fountain Pen

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It is an often mentioned convention that you can not be considered a true petrol head until you have owned an Alfa Romeo. Now you might be wondering why I have mentioned this and you may also be wondering if this in connection with me having previously described certain Italian fountain makers as being like Italian car manufacturers. Thing is I did own an Alfa, really enjoyed it, and like so many of that brand it was designed by the automotive studio and former coach builder, Pininfarina.

While there have been various high end collaborations over the years, in recent times Pininfarina have expanded out from the automotive world and now have a number of sister companies, one of them concentrating on writing equipment, Pininfarina Segno, working with a number of other Italian design brands.

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Narwhal Key West

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A pod of Narwhals have been basking on my desk. Sun shining off their bodies. Alas the British weather means the last part might be more than a little stretched, however recently I have been using three examples of the new Key West model from this young pen company out of California.

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Liverpool Mini-Meet 30th October 2021

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A number of you will know I enjoy going to pen clubs and meets, and may even know me from those. I was a regular at the London Pen Club before the Southern Pen Club started up and since then have been a regular at Fleet, Hampshire. Being up near Liverpool and knowing there are a few members of the FPUK Facebook group near by, I gave short notice of the option to meet up.

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ScriBo Piuma Utopia

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Scrittura Bolognese are keen to emphasise that while they have DNA from OMAS they are a new company with new products. After a number of successful years with their first consumer offering, the Feel, rumours started to emerge of a new pen that would again surprise us. In early 2021 the Piuma was launched in four limited edition finishes, offering a deceptively sized pen with some unique elements to the design.

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Fountain Pens for a Fiver Revisited

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Back in April I did a piece on fountain pens for a fiver. The idea being to look at what you could find on the British high street at that time with a price point so low that for many people the fountain pen could be bought on a whim. Once that article went live I came up with a new plan for the collection.

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