Most of us will not have heard of Aratrum, but in Germany they are a distributor for such brands such as Kaweco, Marlen, and Aquila (the parent company of Tibaldi and Montegrappa). Founded in 1999, with their trade in stationary, the company decided to create a limited edition pen range to celebrate their 20th anniversary, but for various reasons it was launched two years late in 2021. Here I have the fountain pen to try.Continue reading
It is no secret that I have a thing for cheap fountain pens. Sure I have more than a few that many would consider to be expensive (though none with costs in the four figure range) but there is something about those at the sub £30 or even sub £20 price point that I find appealing. I’m not quite sure what it is but the reason may be that many are designed for younger people or students from countries where fountain pens still must be used at least some of the time in school. I think it is a mixture of the interesting colour combinations and the general toughness of the designs and materials you find in this sector that I like.
Kaweco have several ranges which fit under this grouping and while most people will be aware of the Sport and even probably own one or more of those in the plethora of finishes and colours with which they are available, it is the Perkeo which is the brand’s starter pen. A full sized fountain pen made of tough plastic with a reasonable selection of colours and colour combinations it certainly peaks my interest.Continue reading
While the 2000 and Safari may be considered Lamy’s seminal models, and the 27 their first big break under the Lamy brand name, the Persona was arguably their first attempt at a high end pen to rival those from Pelikan and Montblanc. Launched in 1990 and designed by Mario Bellini, who was better know for his automotive work, it went through two updates before being dropped in 2010 having sold some 10,000 units per year at its peak. To Lamy it was considered a hobby or vanity model, a lost leader to show what they could do. In 2015 it was brought back as a new, slightly different model, the Imporium.
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