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More often that not, my desk is my pocket. But everyday desk items doesn't have the same ring.
Moonman continues to explore new ways to incorporate their #6 nib into new pens. The Moonman C2 pocket pen is easy to like. The pen posts perfectly and feels great in the hand. The #6 nib fits the pen well and performs flawlessly. The C2 is a fun ...
Just when we were getting used to US$20 pens, Wing Sung reminds us that they do cost-down production as well as anybody. The Wing Sung 3013 is true vac filler with a reliable nib, a good size and solid-looking quality.
The Moonman M600S may be the best pen yet with Moonman's new Nº 6 nib. Everything about the Moonman M600S is spot on: size, girth, weight and balance. Clearly, working from the Duofold Centennial dimensions makes for a great pen.
Come for the cap, stay for the nib and the balance in your hand. Taiwanese pen maker Fine Writing International's 6th generation brass pen Golden Armour is a unique pen you'll want to check out.
The PenBBS 352 is a well-designed cartridge-converter pen offered in an attractive range of acrylics and sold at a reasonable price. Almost everything about the pen strikes a positive note. It's available with a new EF nib.
Remember the PenBBS 322? It came out last fall as a low-cost PenBBS offering. A slim pen, the 322 featured a #5 mini-fude nib (with a cool heart-shaped breather hole), less metal and was only available in transparent acrylic. This FPN review compa...
The Precision is unlike any of the other TWSBI pens in my collection. Nonetheless, it's turned out to be a more than welcome addition. The design has won me over; I'm all in. The quality is more than evident. The writing performance is flawless. T...
Moonman has released a second pen featuring their new #6 nib.
This time it's an acrylic demonstrator that looks to be the successor to the popular Moonman M2.
Aside from a larger nib, the C1 is designed as an eyedropper or a converter fill...
The Kanwrite Desire is a terrific, entry-level Indian pen. It combines great materials, excellent size, solid fit-and-finish and a high-quality #6 nib that comes in a bunch of sizes.
If you have a chance, get one!
A New Pen? Sort of.
Fuliwen is not a pen brand I'm overly familiar with. It's been covered in Frank Underwater's blog and this particular pen, dubbed the Sceptre, has been reviewed by chrisrap52, WaskiSquirrel and Aaron's Pen Videos on YouTube.
I didn't pay much a...
To my mind, the Moonman M100 pen was a watershed. It put Chinese pens in a new league. Where PenBBS pens are clearly the product of people who know and love fountain pens, their strength is in the engineering, manufacture and huge range of materia...
Here's another under-the-radar Chinese pen well worth a look. The Natami Inception is a Platinum #3776 Century clone. And a very well made one.
I've never treated myself to a Platinum #3776 Century - as much as the Chartres Blue appeals.
The 323 was an early PenBBS model, coming to market in late 2017 - a bit before PenBBS came on my radar.
Was the 323, after the 266, the second pen PenBBS released? Drop some knowledge in the comments. It's hard to find background info on Pe...
There's a direction connection between the new PenBBS 471 pocket pen and the PenBBS 469 double-ended eyedropper.
In a nutshell, take a PenBBS 469, chop it in half and you have the new pen. With a couple of changes, the fully-formed PenbBBS 47...
It's no secret I like the PenBBS 350 aluminum pen, especially since I swapped a #6 M nib for the standard PenBBS one. It's a great writer and very comfortable in the hand.
I can safely say, however, I like the PenBBS 380 even more. And it com...
Attention fountain pen lovers. PenBBS is at it again. They've just rolled out another new pen.
The new PenBBS 355 is interesting from a couple of angles:
Bulk Filling System
Pen makers have been thinking about ways to make pens hold mor...
The pen business must be OK in Taiwan. The Lee brothers have moved their store 小品雅集 to new digs around the corner.
The new place is impressive.
More than enough pens to keep you busy for a while. The Lee brothers have their own pen models...
Wing Sung have released a lot of pens recently. But, then again, so have Moonman and Delike. It’s easy to lose track, especially when new pens don’t jump out and generate a bunch of buzz in the pen community.
The Wing Sung 627 is a release that...
Think PenBBS, think great pens and quality nibs. Even if the nibs only come in one size. 😄
Think ink too! I just got my hands on a bottle of no. 232, Ugly 丑. What a name! What a color!
More and more, think crazy-cool materials. Stunning eye-...
Kaco has been busy. Their new pen is interesting.
Kaco is a Chinese stationery company that put themselves on the fountain pen map with their Sky model.
The Sky set itself apart is a couple of ways.
All in all, the Sky has been well recei...
First things first. This pen works really well. It's an achievement in terms of design and functionality. The more I use and understand it, the more I appreciate what the Parker 45 accomplished.
What? Parker? But this is a Moonman...
More on t...
Article originally posted in Nov. 2015 on the Fountain Pen Network. The nibs were part of a group buy that took place on the forum.
The Ambitious Nib group buy proved to be a real treasure trove and a great experience personally in trying out d...
For a moment there, orange was my color of choice. I think I was coming off a sepia phase, but don't rightly recall.
I got myself some Diamine Autumn Oak and took a flier on J. Herbin Orange Indian.
The Autumn Oak was a great success but I c...
Part of the pleasure of vintage pens is thinking about what it was like to experience the the golden age of fountain pens.
The drawback is it’s an impossible task.
NOS (new old stock) and vintage pens in near-unused condition is a game for f...
A vintage Aurora 88 has been on my grail list ever since I first encountered pelahale’s landmark video paean to this pen, HeartBreaking Pens of Staggering Genius. Naturally, I set my sights on an original 88 in Nikargenta.
The Aurora 88 is intr...
I’ve waited some time before writing this review. This has been my go-to pen for about a month now, making lists, jotting notes and annotating life as it goes by. The regular stuff.
The long and short of it is: this is a high-quality writing ...
Chinese pens continue to impress. It’s clear manufacturers are investing in improving their products to grab market share.
The Wing Sung 618 is an excellent case in point. Bottom line: this is a terrific pen and, at under $8 on Taobao, a great ...
This was a pen I was prepared to like. At $12, it's a bargain. Its small size, however, will keep it from becoming a personal favorite. But for some folks, this new Delike wood fountain pen can be a real winner.
I love the wood. After my positi...