Kaweco Sport Orangina

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I must admit I’ve tended to overlook Kaweco pens in the past and while I saw that the Sport and it’s derivatives were really just pocket pens, being (in my mind) too small for practical use even as a pocket/handbag pen.  Who would have thought my near addiction to a French fizzy drink would result in my purchasing and using a limited edition version of one. Continue reading

Ryan Krusac Fountain Pen Studios L14 Fountain Pen Day Scholarship Pen

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There seems to be three ways of discovering Ryan Krusac and his pens.  Be at a US pen show he’s attending, from a fountain pen blog/vblog, or from social media, with the results that in Europe he is little known even amongst long term fountain pen enthusiasts.  My introduction was through the videos of Mike ‘Inkdependence’ Matteson and David ‘Figboot’ Parker.

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Pilot Custom Heritage 912 FA

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Flex is cool, flex is fun, flex will win you the boy/girl/goat of your dreams.  Flex is hyped yet many of us still buy pens with flex or semi-flex nibs and enjoy the experience.  For me, it’s not the challenge of modern or classical styles of formal writing (such as Spencerian or Copper Plate), but the springy nature of the nibs, for in all honesty I’m one of the last people you want to come to for place setting cards or party invite creation.
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Pilot Custom 823

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Last week I posted about a number of pens which to me felt just right.  Amongst them was the Pilot Custom 823.  To some it is an over priced generically shaped pen with a less common filling system and seemingly mismatched materials, yet few owners regret the purchase and put them up for sale.  A number I’ve seen on the second hand market have actually been spares where some one has got carried away and bought each of the different finishes to find they just use the one pen.  Rarity partly helps as well as Pilot, for some reason, are only interested in selling the pen in Japan and the USA. Continue reading

Pens that feel ‘just right’

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We’ve all been there.  We’ve held an item, a gadget, a widget, a tool, in our hands and it has just felt right, perfect for the task, comfortable and comforting.  It may be cheap, it may be expensive.  It may be bespoke, it may be off the shelf, there are no hard and fast rules, and like all emotive mysteries, it’s hard to explain just why it works so well for one person, yet may not for another. Continue reading

Fine Writing International Bronze (201901 version)

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Fine Writing International is a Taiwanese stationary store which recently started to sell their own pens.  Released so far are the Planets series and the Bronze.  The main difference is the former has an acrylic cap, grip section, and barrel rear, the Bronze has the same components in brass (which does make you wonder about the name).  The barrel is a clear acrylic.  Both versions come with a decent converter and can also be turned in to an eye dropper filled pen, with a rubber gasket ring being provided on the grip section threads. Continue reading