Category: Musings

So, what are my personal favorite pens at the end of Season 4? (Or at least among those pens I have reviewed so far?) Watch the video above or scroll through the list down below. Just as a reminder: these …

Matt’s Personal Top 10 Pens for 2017 Read More »

Sometimes, people just want a pen–one pen–that is high quality, writes like a champ, and will last a lifetime. They’re willing to pay a good sum of money for that pen, and they want it to be special (but not …

Top 5 Workhorse Pens for Season 4 Read More »

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The fountain pen hobby can be disastrously expensive for those who us who lack self-control (or any semblance of common sense.)  Not everyone will jump from a $60 to a $600 pen in just a couple of months like I …

Top 5 Pens under $100 for Season 4 Read More »

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As a fountain pen community, we are cray-cray for nibs that flex. Any time a manufacturer talks about offering a new flexible nib, we descend like a horde of locusts to devour. And, usually, within a few weeks, we start …

Why can’t modern manufacturers recreate vintage flex? Read More »

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Prior to coming to Chicago, I spent a week in Manhattan, attending Broadway shows and otherwise having a real vacation with no family visits, no work, and no pen stuff–well, except a trip to Fountain Pen Hospital, but that was …

Chicago Pen Show 2017 Journal – Part 4 Read More »

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Attending a Pen Show may sound like it’s all fun and games (and it is those things,  else wise why would we go?), but it is also exhausting. This is especially so if you’re going to work the show as …

Chicago Pen Show 2017 Journal – Part 3 Read More »

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Friday dawned windy, overcast, and cold. Or so I heard. I couldn’t tell because I didn’t leave the hotel for the first time until almost 1PM. I picked up a nice latte at the coffee bar in the hotel atrium and …

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As much as I love going to pen shows (and I do), I don’t get to go to as many as I would like. For starters, there’s the money part of it. Not only are flights, boarding for the dog, …

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