When dipping your toes into fountain pen land you might lean towards a certain brand. For example my pens are almost exclusively European in origin and hail from Italy, Germany and Belgium (yes you read correctly Belgium). Going hand in hand with buying and using pens, inks and various items of stationery, is the need … Continue reading Fountain Pens…it’s tribal people!
Diplomat are a pen company that have been around since 1922 but until recently a brand that has flown well below the radar for me. Having tested out one of their pens, the Esteem, at the recent London Pen Club Meeting I knew I had to check them out. Fellow blogger https://rupertarzeian.com brought his Esteem … Continue reading Diplomat Esteem – a bargain!?
I recently wrote a blog post in which I said that I am having difficulty in using anything other than my Montblanc 149 and 146. This has made me ponder how us fountain pen types can go through phases. Not long ago my daily carry was very Visconti based (I own more Visconti pens than … Continue reading Phases of fountain pen ownership
Since buying my Montblanc 146 and 149 (Platinum and Gold finish respectively) they have not left my side. I cannot really put my finger on it but they are - for me at least - bordering on perfect. I use them everyday and both medium nibs are utterly dependable. Added to this, I just like … Continue reading Daily Carry for w/c 01/04/19
Since getting my 'Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Platino Ebony' I have been all but raving about the built quality, attention to detail and wonderful writing experience to be had. At the recent London Pen Show I had my eyes open for another Graf. I didn't see any sadly but the one I had been coveting … Continue reading Graf von Faber-Castell Macassar
The London Pen Show landed here in the capital in March instead of its usual October. I cannot really complain about two shows in one year. I arrived quite early and as my family and I had stayed at relatives not far away, I enjoyed the couple mile walk to the venue at the Holiday … Continue reading London Pen Show – March 2019
You might have read my recent blog post about my 'Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Platino Ebony' and its occasional ink starvation issue. I have been testing a possible solution for the past week or so and think the issue is no more. The pen occasionally suffers an almost ink starvation issue that results in the … Continue reading Possible Graf ink flow solution