We all have different preferences when it comes to how we hold a pen and the sizes we like. This can make it difficult to judge how accurate a review can be if you’re looking to buy a pen as you first need to know what the reviewer likes. Sure with fit and finish it should not make a difference, however when it comes to the writing experience personal tastes do. Ideally if you find a reviewer who likes the same pens as you then the chances are this will carry on through to other pens, but it is not guaranteed. Thus for a little bit of fun and for a guide on my partialities for the reader I thought I would write this article. Enjoy and have fun trying to identifying your own preferences.Continue reading
It’s been a weird year 2021. The global pandemic still in effect, but with restrictions being relaxed in many places (well until the Omicron variant arrived). In the UK we saw the return of the pen show along with the introduction of various new models, yet at the same time many people still preferred to stay away and be safe.Continue reading
What is better to most petrol heads than one Pininfarina designed car? Two Pininfarina designed cars. Perhaps the same may be the case with the products of their Segno subsidiary and perhaps I should be nervous if they expand their range of fountain pens, for having bought a PF Two on International Fountain Pen Day, come the Black Friday week and a PF One followed its way in to my collection.Continue reading
I musty admit I had been contemplating trying a Kaweco Student for quite a while, though always from afar as I knew no one who owned one (as far as I am aware) and at pen shows traders just brought variations on the Sport and Lilliput models. Fountain Pen Day and a discount at Cult Pens gave me the excuse I had been looking for and while the ‘music’ range was more expensive than the base two pens, the 20s Jazz ticked all the right boxes.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Vazir Fountain Pens are a new small Indian company making lower cost fountain pens and either selling them online or through a number of national retailers. With a relationship to Constellations88 pens, it was Victor Racco from that company who posted about the coral on a number of Facebook fountain pen related groups.Continue reading
I do actually have a review in the works, however a good friend has recently succumbed to cancer with the result of my mind being part else where and part on getting in touch with mutual friends not on social media.
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.Continue reading