Pen Review: Taccia Covenant

The pen for this review was provided free of charge by Pen Habit sponsor, Pen Chalet, in exchange for an honest review.

Material: Acrylic
Nib: Bi-color Steel Medium Nib
Appointments: Gold-colored
Filling System: Standard International Cartridge/Converter
Length (Capped): 143.3mm
Length (Uncapped): 140.3mm
Length (Posted): 183.1mm
Section Diameter: 10.8mm
Barrel Max Diameter: 12.6mm
Cap Max Diameter: 15.6mm
Weight, Uncapped (with ink and/or converter): 16g
Weight, Capped (with ink and/or converter):32g

I love trying a new pen from a brand I’ve never used before. It’s always fun approaching a new pen without any preconceptions about how it writes based on other pens from the brand.

P1020616 The Taccia Covenant is my very first pen from this American-based company whose pens are distributed by the Japanese firm, Itoya. While Taccia was founded in the United States, the country of manufacture for their pens isn’t readily clear. Most online accounts of the pen seem to indicate that Taccia pens use German (Jowo) nibs, however.

Normally, I’m not a big fan of pens that take the “traditional” designs too far out in left field. I don’t mind companies that try out designs outside of the norm, but I am not always drawn to them. One of the design tweaks I have started noticing more often is where the pen’s “cap” is less of a cap and more of a “sleeve.” This is a variation on the pocket pen concept (best represented, perhaps, by the iconic Kaweco Sport series) where the cap really requires posting in order to be usable. When this design is applied to “full-length” pens, where posting may not be either desired or even possible, I start to lose interest in the design a bit.


Usually. But in the case of the Taccia Covenant, this design seems to work quite well.

The Covenant has both an unusual and, simultaneously, classic look. My model of the Covenant, the Jet Black version, is made of black acrylic with gold accents. It is also available in a dark blue and black-swirled material called Midnight Breeze, and a brown, bone, and cream-colored version (that I find exceedingly attractive) called Parchment Swirl.

Image courtsey of Pen Chalet

Image courtsey of Pen Chalet

The pen’s profile when capped is dominated by the huge cap sleeve, which covers all but a couple of centimeters of the pen body. It has a large, dome-capped finial and a thick, chunky gold-colored cap band to accent the deco-style gold clip. The band is laser-engraved with the name “Taccia.”


The clip has a vintage feel to it, taking its design cues from a rather art deco sensibility. It reminds me a lot of the design of the Kaweco Dia2 in that respect: modern, but with a vintage feel.


The cap sleeve comes off the pen with 2.5 turns to reveal a long, cylindrical pen body. The barrel is interrupted at the end by a gold band and a finial that looks like the nipple on a baby’s bottle. The finial is threaded to accept the cap sleeve for posting. (Posted, this pen is ludicrously large and rather ungainly, so I don’t recommend bothering with all that.)


On the other end of the pen, the section is separated from the barrel and threads by means of yet another gold washer. The section on this pen is blessedly huge. This is one of the few pens in my collection where at least part of my grip doesn’t rest on the threads. Praise the Lord! The section also has a nice taper, in case you have smaller hands or want to find a narrower grip.P1020630

The Taccia Covenant is a cartridge/converter-filled pen that can accept full-sized converters or long cartridges. (The pen comes with a converter.) The section’s tenon is metal, so I wouldn’t recommend trying to eyedropper this pen.

As mentioned earlier, many online reports seem to indicate that Taccia uses Jowo nibs. While I can not definitively confirm or deny this, I will say that the #5 nib and feed housing appear to be identical to other #5 nibs in my possession that I know are Jowo-made.


In terms of writing, my first experience with the Covenant was a little rough. This particular pen was a used model, and when I received it, the nib and feed were not well-aligned or properly seated. (You can see the feed slit off to the right through the breather hole in the photo above). I was able to fix that easily, at which point the ink flow improved. Generally, the pen wrote pretty well. The tines were in alignment and it was a smooth, relatively rigid writer. The polish on the nib tip, however, left the pen with a feedback that was somewhat akin to writing with a hard-leaded pencil on semi-textured paper. It wasn’t a tremendously unpleasant feedback, but it was more than I would generally prefer in my pens.

The pen also had a bit of a sweet spot, which resulted in a few hard starts if I didn’t have the alignment of the nib to the paper quite right. This, too, can (and will) be corrected with just a touch of work with some Micromesh™.

My nib issues were relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, and based on the reading of the brand I’ve done in researching this review, it seems that even my minor issues are relatively unusual. People simply glow about their Taccia pens, effusive in their praise for the nibs, especially.

In the hand, the pen is extremely comfortable thanks in part to that long, tapering section. Everything feels solid and well-built. The surface is nicely polished, the threads are smooth, the clip is springy. It’s a nicely-manufactured pen.

This pen lists at Pen Chalet for $129, with a retail price of $103. As a result, the Taccia Covenant occupies a price point not many other pens occupy (at least here in the United States). Price-wise, it fits in that spot between TWSBI’s $60-$65 pens, and more traditional middle-tier, mass market pens like the Lamy 2000 or the Pilot Custom 74 or the entry level production line pens from Edison or Franklin-Christoph. Its unique-ish design helps it stand out a bit from the crowd, but the unusual form factor may not be for everyone. Minor nib issues aside, the pen was a great option for long-form writing, but the big cap made it a bit of a weird option for short notes or jotting ideas down.

  • Gordon Tillman

    Thank you Matt. What an interesting pen. I had seen pictures of them before but I guess I didn’t look well enough to realize that the cap was so long.

  • Ira Stone

    You did it again, Matt. I just ordered one in the white swirl. By the way the design is the same as the F-C#33 Abditus, except that can’t be posted.

    • Reminds me of white and milk chocolate swirled together. I’m afraid I might try to eat that pen if I owned it. 😀

  • Allen Van Camp

    I got the parchment swirl version at the 2014 San Francisco Pen Show. I ran my fine nib over some micro-mesh and now it writes beautifully. Like you, I write with this pen unposted. There have been times where I had to prime the feed after a couple of pages of writing but overall my experience with this pen has been positive and I was excited to hear your review of a pen that I have enjoyed for some time.

  • Warren

    Hi Matt, love your reviews. I’ve had a Parchement Swirl model for about 6 years and though it is my most beautiful pen to look at I have never been happy with the steel F nib on mine, mostly because of the size. But the swirl in person is like looking into a latte colored gas giant from high orbit and I had to have it. Good to see the model getting some press.

    • Just FYI, you can probably get replacement nibs from Edison or Franklin-Christoph. (Just look for #5-sized nibs). FC has them in gold, too, if you wanted a softer nib experience.

  • Lez Cartwright

    Thanks Matt for another excellent review(watched 3x read notes 2x) and thanks to the other commentators regarding their pens because I’ve visited Pen Chalet quite a few times looking at this pen, also watched the Pen Chalet video. Until watching this review I couldn’t make my mind up, also I’m just awaiting a delivery of my Pilot Heritage custom 912 with FA nib from Pen Chalet so I’m a bit behind with my pens. (Ron is Great) However, this was most informative as I need a more ‘Chunkie’ pen because of a bit of arthritis in the hand and was thinking if I used it posted it would be an answer? Also looked at the nib preferring the bigger #6 but it seems alright. Has anyone any experience of the broad nib? as it’s felt a broad nib would make my inks look better and I need all the help possible to make my drunken spider dipped in ink writing look a bit better. Very much appreciated the new scale and the analagy to the pencil, good idea.
    So the Taccia Covenant is now top of the list to get pen.
    Thanks yeraguddun.

  • Pascal Leers

    I love the design. I think it would be a winner, if it came with a gold nib.