Category: Review

Italian pen maker Visconti introduced its Opera line of fountain pens in 2003, to much acclaim. In the intervening years, there have been a number of variations on the line, featuring a wide variety of different materials and slight design …

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The Ohio-based pen company Bexley first helped to make its name by creating custom pen lines for stores and collectors. Heavily inspired in part by the discontinued designs of yesteryear, Bexley’s early offerings were built with modern materials and techniques, …

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Italian manufacturer, Delta, produces a truly mind-boggling array of pen models and variations thereof. Their stock of materials and finishes is impressive, but most of their pens tend  to skew toward the large or very large end of the size …

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I was first introduced to the Diplomat brand of fountain pens toward the end of my third season when I received their zeppelin-shaped Aero pen to review. I liked it a lot—so much so that I ended up buying one …

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If you were to lay my fountain pen collection out on a table and ask 100 people to describe it, I suspect that the adjectives “utilitarian,” “industrial,” or “understated” would be conspicuously absent. Those are visual styles to which I …

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Sheaffer was one of the earliest and most successful pen companies in the world. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, they proved the adage that nothing stifles innovation faster than success. As the pen market started to seriously change …

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In nearly four years of fountain pens, I haven’t invested a lot of time in learning about vintage pens. As the kind of person who likes to know what he’s getting, likes to know what things cost, and likes things …

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In late 2015, a gentleman named Will Hodges, owner of the company Tactile Turn, launched a campaign on the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Will was no stranger to Kickstarter, having used it to launch earlier products. To call this new …

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