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I can’t believe it’s been four months since I last did one of these. Normally it’s because change happens slowly, however I’ve recently just swapped out a pen that was only added after the last post.

Having said that, there are only two differences from before, though there have been three pen changes in total.

Still in place:

  • First to be kept is my Sailor King of Pen Sunset over the Ocean with a medium 21k gold nib and is filled with Kyo-Iro Soft Snow over Ohara.
  • Next is the amber Pilot Custom Heritage 823 with a medium gold nib and filled with Robert Oster Citrus. As I have said multiple times, this is a true work horse pen.
  • The third retained pen is my Sailor Pro Gear KoP Fire limited edition, filled with Kyo-Iro Moonlight over Higashiyama. This pen has the 21k gold medium nib.
  • Fourth is the rOtring Initial with the medium steel nib and filled with Pelikan Edelstein Topaz.
  • While I could consider Pelikan Duo ink to be a bit of fun, as it does not work as well as the more traditional Stablo style highlighters, and none work with fountain pen ink (you will always get smears). If not used for a while, the ink does gum up slightly, causing rough starts, as I found out when creating the writing sample.


  • Aurora Optima in green auroloid (Green 996-v) with a 14k fine gold nib and filled with Lamy Black. I picked this pen up at the March 2023 London Pen Show.
  • OMAS 360 Vintage Turquoise Demonstrator with an 18k extra fine gold nib and filled with Diamine Teal Breaker. A wonderfully comfortable pen to use. This replaced the OMAS Ogiva, which previously has replaced the ScriBo Piuma.


  • My Onoto Scholar with a medium steel nib. I thought this would be in the set for much longer, however it was the victim of the purchase of a new pen filled with the same colour of ink, black.
  • My ScriBo Piuma with its extra fine 18k gold nib. This was being used for fine annotation, however as a result was never being used.

Added then Dropped:

  • OMAS Ogiva Alba in orange with an EF 14k ‘Extra Flessible’ nib. This was filled with Lamy Turmaline and part replaced the Scribo Piuma for fine annotation, well in theory as the nib is well known for being wet.