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
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
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading