Category: Review

If Pilot’s production line could be said to have a flagship pen, the Pilot Custom 823 would probably be it. Visually, it’s not the most remarkable pen in creation: it’s a standard cigar-shaped pen that, were it not for a …

Pilot Custom 823 Review Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

The German manufacturer, Pelikan, isn’t generally known for its high-concept limited edition fountain pens. For its production line, they have a design style and they stick with it, only incorporating new materials into their existing design to give the line …

Pelikan Calculation of Times Review Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , ,

J. Herbin’s popular 1670 line of inks has been an eye-catcher since my entry into the hobby. Packaged in beautiful (yet difficult to fill from) cubical glass bottles, and accented with a wax-dipped cap and wax seal, this was among …

Ink Spot: J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , ,

  I met Carl Fisher and was introduced to his company, Fisher of Pens, for the first time at the Washington DC Pen Show in August of 2016. He and his lovely wife were sitting behind a table in the lobby …

Fisher of Pens Apollo Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Over the last several years, I’ve had the opportunity to use several pens from the Italian pen maker, Montegrappa. It’s a brand that is well-known in the community, but despite that, doesn’t seem to have a huge top-of-mind presence among …

Montegrappa Passione Review Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , ,

I was first introduced to the Xezo brand last season when a user sent his Xezo Legionnaire to me to review. Xezo is a US-based retailer of luxury goods: mostly leather goods, watches, and fountain pens. They don’t do their own …

Xezo Architect Azure FM Review Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

North Carolina-based manufacturer Franklin-Christoph occupies an interesting niche in the pen community. Unlike most manufacturers, they are a vertically-integrated operation, opting to sell their manufactured products directly instead of through regular retail channels. (Save for the odd special edition.) They …

Franklin-Christoph Model 66 “Stabilis” Review Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Seattle is a beautiful place to live and work. For about half the year, it is sunny, warm (but mild), and with no major extremes of weather. The scenery is beautiful, the people friendly. But starting each year in late …

Kanilea Pen Co. Kahakai Review Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,