Since Kenro Industries bought the reincarnated Esterbrook they have been doing some good work bringing the brand in to the 21st century while also keeping links to the original company’s past. Late 2018 a new model was brought to the range, the Phaeton 300R, playing homage to the Phaeton 300 pen which was released back in 1964.Continue reading
If you’re a follower of the big pen blogs or a regular at US pen shows then it is hard to miss Yoshi Nakama’s pens sold under the 18111 brand. Each unique, made by laser engraving acrylic then filling in the pattern with gold, silver, and coloured dusts, before lacquering over and polishing. Almost a modern version of the Japanese Maki-e art. In addition the pens come with roll stops, each of which is made by making a 3-D printed template, creating a mould, then casting in brass.Continue reading
Franklin-Christoph must be one of the worst kept secrets in the fountain pen community. A small North Carolina based company who only sell on line and at US pen shows, yet try finding a fountain pen club around the world where at least a few of their members do not own one or more of their pens.