Season 3 Finale – Top Pens


The sun is out. The garden needs to be watered and weeded. The dog needs to go swimming at the dog park. And I hate to miss the short Seattle summers sitting alone in a padded room and talking to a camera…even about fountain pens. That can, sadly, mean only one thing: It’s time to wrap up Season 3 of The Pen Habit.

It has become something of a tradition to wrap up the end of my season by picking my top pens. This year, I’ve expanded the lists a bit. Instead of picking my top 5 pens, I’ve expanded it to my top 10…because who can limit themselves to only five?  I have also created separate lists for Daily Writers (pens that aren’t too expensive, and are great for day-t0-day carry) and “budget” pens (pens under $100). My only rules were that I could only include pens which I had reviewed and that a pen could only appear on one list.  Aside from that, I cheated all over the place!

I cover this in the video above, but allow me to include it here as well.  I would like to offer many thanks to the wonderful folks who make Season 3 possible. First, to all of my sponsors, a HUGE thank you. Fontoplumo, La Couronne du Comte, Pen Chalet, and Penworld have all been terribly supportive by advertising on the blog. And many thanks also to Goldspot Pens, Goulet Pens, Pen Chalet, Peyton Street Pens, Hieronymus, Franklin-Christoph, Kenro Industries, and Vanness Pens for providing pens for review.

And, of course, I wouldn’t be able to invest as much time and energy into The Pen Habit were it not for the tremendous support that I receive from many, many individual contributors, whether you donate via PayPal or Patreon, or just let me borrow your pens for reviews.

That should about do it for Season 3! I will be around on and off over my hiatus, doing a few non-review videos and some written  blog posts. Make sure to follow me via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for updates on when I return, and subscribe to the YouTube channel to be notified when new videos start back up again.  Thanks again, and have a great summer!  (Or winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere!)

 

The links below will take you to the review of the pen. The timecode is to help you navigate the video above if you want to jump ahead.

Top 5 Daily Writers (2:35)

5. Delta Fusion 82: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm2I1YtbHN8 (3:05)
4: Edison Collier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPPqmL-d4LQ / Edison Menlo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAOEvfN-ohw (4:32)
3. Platinum 3776 Century: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru_F3fcyURY (6:02)
2. Diplomat Aero: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LIGUhCjCNc (7:38)
1. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL_6TbgCEMs (8:44)

Top 5 Pens under $100 (10:45)

HM: Asa Pens Daily 3-in-1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIn6Ht71bDs
HM: PSP Ranga Zayante: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq6_zAZbEVc
5. Pilot Prera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSNVWGnOOFk (12:31)
4. Jinhao x450: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARxcJBn6LFE (13:07)
3. Karas Customs Ink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGFa2caouYc (14:15)
2. TWSBI Eco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YswdS-2kP7w (15:01)
1. Faber-Castell Loom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Leqta0putEk (16:03)

Matt’s Top 10 Pens

10. Nakaya Decapod: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6pKhkVEV2Q (17:50)
9. Wahl-Eversharp Decoband: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqTcgCT3ynU (25:34)
8. Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOdZN4YNaTk (20:21)
7. Delta Dolcevita Federico Stantuffo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klvyDZhAaeI (21:56)
6. Newton Pens Sumpter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1iKtj-m07w (22:59)
5. Waterman’s Ideal No. 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA9FoyRjnWI (24:00)
4. Visconti Divina Elegance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVRnhYvwGa4 (26:48)
3. OMAS Ogiva Celluloide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpjAueIZP4Y (28:06)
2. Aurora Optima Auroloide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IrZYJO4ooA (29:55)
1. Classic Pens LB5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed885SlHOF0 (31:09)

Wrap-up (33:59)

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