2,500 YouTube Subscribers – Thank You (And Giveaway!)

Several weeks ago, I hit what is, for me, a pretty major milestone with the PenHabit YouTube Channel: I passed the 2,500 subscriber mark. To hit that many users in essentially one year has been surprising and extremely gratifying. When I started throwing together YouTube reviews, I never dreamed that they would receive as many views or subscribers as they have, and I’m very grateful to all you folks out there who find my disjointed ramblings about fountain pens to be even of trifling value.

I’ve mentioned this before, but I am regularly blown away at the awesomeness of the fountain pen community. Of all of the communities I frequent on the internet, I find FP users to be some of the most thoughtful, giving, and friendly to ever grace the interwebs. There are so many knowledgeable and wonderful folks who put in a lot of effort to share their knowledge and experience, and I find that to be perhaps the greatest thing about the community.

I’d also like to take a moment to offer a gigantic thank you to Brian & Rachel Goulet and all of the great folks at the Goulet Pen CompanySBREBrown (a.k.a. Stephen Brown), and Dan from FPGeeks.com, not to mention the great folks at the FPGeeks forum community. Like many, many, many starting fountain pen users, my interest in and knowledge of the fountain pen community was built largely by the efforts of these folks.

Now, on to the part that everyone’s interested in.  As part of my mini celebration, I’m taking the money YouTube gives me for making you sit through ads before my videos, and giving it back to you!  To thank my subscribers for subscribing, and for all the great folks who read my reviews or watch my videos, I am giving away a $100USD gift certificate to the pen store of your choice. If you win, you’ll get the pick a $100 from one of the following stores, in alphabetical order:

Also, if there’s a particular pen store that’s not on the list, and that has gift certificates available, you can request a gift certificate from that store instead.  In that case, you’ll receive a gift certificate in the local currency in the amount equivalent to $100USD.

Disclaimer: I reserve the right to refuse alternate retailers at my own discretion. The listing of retailers above should in no way be construed to indicate sponsorship for me/penhabit.com on the part of the retailer, nor endorsement for said retailer from me/penhabit.com.

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  • Heather

    Very generous of you Matt, thank you for your entertaining reviews!

    • Kyle Prest

      my first pen foutain pen was a pilot varsity

      just recently i got my jinhao x450 with private reserve velvet black

  • Suren R

    My first pen is a Camlin.

  • Ken Monroe

    Lamy Safari for me

  • I’ve really enjoyed your posts and videos. Keep up the great work. My first pen was a white Lamy Safari (F).

  • Seth Croston Barber

    Congratulations on the milestone! My first fountain pen was a Parker Sonnet (fine).

  • anaximander70

    My first pen was a Levenger True-Writer.

  • reedrelay

    I’ve enjoyed your reviews and appreciate how responsive you are to your fans. I also think it’s very generous of you to sponsor this giveaway. I’m pretty sure my first fountain pen was a Levenger True Writer in blue, although it could have been a Lamy Safari in blue.

  • Lori Sanders

    OMG I don’t remember my first fountain pen. I believe it was something inexpensive when I was studying in Paris. It could have been a Lamy, but that is lost to history now.

  • Aleks Gutiérrez

    choose me, choose me! :p thnx for the awesome reviews n giveaways, as for my first fountain pen… well believe it or not it was a Parker disposable with a very scratchy steel nib 😀 (awww the good o’times lol)

  • Long, long ago, in a town far, far away, it was a Sheaffer School Pen. Although then, they were just Sheaffer fountain pens – but I did use them in school.

  • sharon888

    My first fountain pen was a Pelikano Junior, then three more Pelikano Juniors the same week so I could have different ink colors. Then it was off to the races. I should find a nice young person to give those four Pelikano Juniors to!

  • Tadzio

    Thank you Matt.

  • Tadzio

    Parker Vacumatic.

  • Rob

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. I really enjoy your videos and your high definition pictures always give a great representation of the pens.

    My first pen was a Parker Frontier given to my by my Dad.

  • Adrianne

    My first fountain pen was an Esterbrook, I love the interchangeable nibs. I love your Nakaya Decapod! Some day…

  • Todd Smith

    I always look forward to watching your new reviews. My first fountain pen was a Waterman Executive in 1991.

  • Saul Hymes

    This is a great giveaway! My very first fountain pen was a Lamy Safari, charcoal, F nib.

  • LisaC

    Congrats on 2500 viewers! I’m proud to be one of them. Your reviews are interesting, well-balanced, and a pleasure to watch. My first fountain pen was a Parker Vector that I bought on a whim to try my senior year of university. I’ve never looked back!

  • lenaldo

    My first pen was parker vector.

  • Darryl

    This is absolutely perfect for us that are outside the US! Thank you so much Matt.

  • NoFuture NoHope

    Congrats, I like your reviews 🙂

  • Logan M.

    My first pen was a Parker Urban as a gift.

  • Brian Fait

    Thank you so much for your videos! I really appreciate them, especially how you’re not afraid to state your opinion and criticize any pen for its weaknesses!
    Oh, and my very first pen is a Czech-made Centropen Student 2156. Very cheap ($2), but very durable. Survived more than 14 years of elementary and high school with me, and still writes smooth! If you’d like to try one out, send me your mailing address and I’ll send you one for review! I know they can be hard to find outside Europe ^_^

  • Joel Wong

    A charcoal safari in medium!

  • natsora

    My very first fountain pen is a Kaweco ICE Sport M nib.

  • GG

    my very first FP was a parker IM that someone offered to me. I don’t like the pen much (sounds familar?), I do love my first pen I offered to myself, a waterman hemisphere. Not a sensational pen, but a true workhorse!

  • Kevin M

    That is great of you to do this give away but, you seem like a really great guy.

  • Tristan_Noelmans

    Whow! 2.500 already! That went fast!

  • Mark Knoblauch

    I love your reviews, Matt, especially the personal experience and opinions you bring to them (your Parker IM review had me guffawing uncontrollably!).

    My first fountain pen was an Inoxcrom student pen acquired while on a study abroad trip to Spain in 1990. I would probably review it now much like you did the IM (which I actually like, but as others have said mine is a premium). The Inoxcrom was cheap and ugly, but that initial experience was one I never forgot, and 23 years later I got back into FPs in a big way, and am a total addict now.

  • Sandra Strait

    What a generous giveaway! My first fountain pen was one of those cheap Preppys. My first real fountain pen was a Lamy Safari.

  • Tim G

    My first was faceted Namiki Vanishing Point. Thanks for the giveaway, fingers crossed.

  • rpucer

    Parker VEctor

  • Robert Bob Maguire

    I would love a Laywine Pen store gift certificate.

  • Robert Bob Maguire

    My first fountain pen was a Sheaffer school pen followed by a Targa.

  • dothgrin

    Lamy Vista, and I have not looked back since! Thanks for providing a great place to learn more about these excellent writing instruments!

  • Aida Delos Reyes

    My very first fountain pen was a Lamy Safari. 🙂

  • So awesome of you to give back! Very very generous.

    My first fountain was a Pelikan M205 EF. Kind of went in head first. I just couldn’t pass up the deal on it.

  • Ash

    My first fountain pen is the Pilot Kakuno

  • Mustafa

    A Pilot Varsity

  • Tony Romen

    It was an Ohto Tache that I had no idea what to do with 9 years ago!

  • Drew Walker

    As much as it pains me to say it, my very first pen was a Cross Aventura!

  • Riley Webb

    My very first real fountain pen was a Monteverde Impressa from my dad, who actually was convinced by your review to give it as a gift.

  • Thomas

    My first fountain pen was a Jules Verne-themed Waterman pen I bought on a trip to France.

  • rdcalhoon

    My first fountain pen was a Platinum Preppy. Thanks for the chance.

  • Keith McCleary

    Parker Big Red. Like, a million years ago. Bled all over my hand and my mom made me throw it away.

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  • Anna

    My very first fountain pens were a TWSBI 580 and a Lamy Al-Star in matte black. I bought them at the same time. I had a bit of trouble with the TWSBI at first, but the Lamy has always been great, and I still use them both! They’re great pens!

  • charmedlife2006

    My dad was a garbage man and an artist, interesting combo, I know. Anyway, my first fountain pen was one he had found in the garbage…believe it or not. Sadly, over the years and many moves, it somehow got lost.

  • BCameron007

    My first FP was a Pilot VPen (Varsity) that I stumbled across at Staples, but that got me hooked. Since then, I have acquired Parker Sonnets and Urbans, Noodler’s Konrads and Ahabs, a Pilot Metropolitan and 78g, and a TWSBI 580.

  • Russell

    My first fountain pen was a Parker Vector, given to me many years ago and now long lost. My first as an adult was my lime green Pilot Prera.

  • Joseph Quinton

    Amazing……congratulations, Matt!!!

  • Mikolaj Zacharow

    Great gift for your readers/watchers! I already started looking through Andersons Pens and their inks… 🙂

    My first one was Pelikan “Super Pirat” in violet/pink (sic!) at my Primary School. Now I use Parker Sonnet/45 and Waterman Hemisphere/Expert mostly.

  • diana ryman

    Wow! great blog and FB page. I bought my very first fountain pen since high school earlier this year – a red Lamy Safari. Love it!

  • Gun-Ik Pak

    Congratulations! My first fountain pen was a charcoal black Lamy Safari.

  • If my age/insanity-addled memory serves me correctly, my first fountain pen was one I “borrowed” from my dad: an old Sheaffer Prelude with an XF nib! Now, I prefer the other end of the spectrum – broads. Yep. I’m into broads.

  • Dave Marler

    Great giveaway. my first was a Lamy Safari

  • David

    My first pen was a Parker 45 which I still use!

  • Dina Gabriela Gutiérrez Perla

    My very first fountain pen was a Sheaffer 100. Before that I had the calligraphy set, but I count the 100 as my more “serious” pen since it was the first time I used bottled ink.

  • Chris Barron


  • Believe it or not, a Montblanc Meisterstuck that my aunt gave me!

  • Thanks for this give-away, Matt. My first fountain pen was a Rotring Core in grey and white. I still love those pens, and I snap them up when I see them.

  • Dan Goldman

    My first fountain pen, I believe, was a Parker Frontier. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Samantha Jacobs

    I’m signed up! I’m new to your work and I’m excited to check out your YouTube videos. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Rafael Pappalardo

    Thanks a lot. Really nice.

  • My first fountain pen was…really thinking outside the box here…a Safari 🙂 Shocker, I know!

  • Anne P.

    Hey Matt,
    Thanks for the giveaway, as well as for your great videos. Always appreciated! My first fountain pen was a Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway, my grandfather’s pen. Still use it today!

  • RMinNJ

    My first pen fountain pen was the Safari. Congrats on reaching the subscriber mark.

  • pharaonis

    This is so generous of you! Thank you so much!

  • Bence Nagy

    Hero 612.. 🙂

  • András Nagy

    My first fountain pen was a noname from a supermarket. 😀

  • Savio

    A vintage Parker 45. Then a Lamy Safari… 🙂

  • Rhy

    You’ve acquired a decent fan base. Keep it up! My first pen was a Safari.

  • bimmerin

    This is such a wonderful giveaway. My first fountain pen was a shearer that my father gave me.

  • Dezi Vanderpool

    My very first FP was a Waterford (the crystal folks). I loved that pen and I LOST it. That was over 20 years ago and I still lament the loss.

  • Ale-Alejandro

    My first FP was a Retro 51 Tornado.

  • AnnaZed

    I had a beautiful Pelikan 400 when I was about 15 years old. It had belonged to my uncle and was from the 1950s.
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  • Daniela

    That’s a very generous give-away 🙂

    I can’t really remember what my first fountian pen was. Probably a Pelicano as that was the one pupils in Germany commonly used when they started to learn how to write with a fountain pen. I must have been 7 or so.

  • Denise Chapel

    I’m new to the pen world. Just received my first, a Lamy safari.

  • My first fountain pen was a bright orange medium nib Lamy Safari – I don’t think I’ve ever recovered from having such a nice thick ink flow! I have a hard time understanding folks’ passion for extra fine nibs. 🙂

  • Trenton Walker

    Jinhao x450

  • TomJ

    A parker sonnet…still got it today 25 years on and still writes beautifully!

  • Joy Chen

    Twsbi 580 was my first pen.

  • David Murphy

    This is an extremely generous giveaway.

    My first pen was a Zebra disposable fountain pen,

  • rgperedo

    My first pen was bought 5 years ago, it was a Yellow M nib Lamy Safari.

  • Caleb J.

    Thank you for this! It makes sitting through the ads that much more bearable!
    My first pen was a Faber-Castell Basic, and I haven’t looked back since! 🙂

  • Gordon

    Thanks for doing this, Matt – really enjoy your reviews! My first fountain pen, at least as far as I can remember, was a Sheaffer calligraphy pen (?) made of plastic, that had interchangeable nibs. My most recent re-entry into the fountain pen world (in May of last year) began with a TWSBI Diamond 580 – and I haven’t looked back since!

  • Diana

    My first fountain pen was a Lamy Al-Star.

  • Enrique

    My first one was a Lamy Safari 😛

  • Dylan Keefe

    I’m very excited for the giveaway!! Congrats on all the subscribers, and thanks for this opportunity!

    • Dylan Keefe

      Oh and my first pen was a Lamy safari!!

  • Mari

    Like many members of my generation, I first acquired a pen in third grade, when students were initiated into the mysteries of the Palmer method. It was a green Sheaffer school pen, usually loaded with washable blue Skrip cartridges. Years later, my parents gave me a Sheaffer Touchdown, and a lifelong passion was born.

  • John Patton

    My first fp was a Sheaffer school pen. I got it in 1968 and, amazingly, still have–and use–it. Then I got an Osmiroid left-handed calligraphy pen, which I also still have–and use. One of my favorite pens is an Osmiroid 65 with left-handed nibs. I guess I like low tier pens!

  • Chris Abbot

    Thanks for all you do! Love the reviews… My first fountain pen? Well it was in 8th grade… a VERY long time ago. I think it was a Sheaffer, lever action fill (I know the ink was… big round bottle that had a habit of getting everywhere).

  • Kyle Prest

    thank you matt, its really nice of you to do this

  • TOGwDog

    My first fountain pen was a Lamy Safari.

  • Jovine

    My first pen was a Lamy Vista with a F nib. Glad that I got it.

  • Alexander Choe

    Don’t actually have one yet, hoping to get one if I win this giveaway.

  • My first fountain Pen has been a antique Mont Blanc

  • Laura W

    My first was a restored Esterbrook. I still love it!

  • Matt

    My first fountain pen was the Lamy Safari

  • Congrats and thank you for the competition Matt. My first fountain pen of relevance was a Parker 25.

  • Razi

    First pen was a charcoal-colored Lamy Safari with a fine nib.

  • José Ignacio Silva

    Great giveaway, thanks!

  • Kat

    Oh, wow! That is a very generous giveaway, indeed! My very first fountain pen (bought in November of last year) was a charcoal Lamy Safari with an EF nib. Still one of the fountain pens I use today, as I have a very limited number of pens

  • kerry teo

    My first fountain pen of 20 years old is a hero 313. and till today i am still using the exact same pen with no deterioration in the writing quality nor the the pen quality. Being one of the cheapest pen in the market, this is value worth for money. but compared to the value of writing, priceless.

  • Sid Sharma

    Thank you , Matt for all you do. For making wonderful, educational and fun videos that folks to see and learn from. Thank you.

  • Jade

    My first pen was a Lamy Safari in Apple Green, nearly a year ago.

  • Katie

    What a marvelous giveaway for your loyal readers. I don’t comment much, but I enjoy your reviews. Of course all it does is make me want another fountain pen. One can never have enough it seems!

  • Paul D

    A green Kaweco Sport M.

  • Brian

    Thanks Matt for all of your reviews! My first pen was Blue Jinhao x450.