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It was a drizzly Sunday afternoon in late February when I found myself crammed into the busy thoroughfare of the famous Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. I was on a mission. Nestled between the flower stalls and airborne fish …

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Ah, Visconti. We’re very much alike, you and I. In so very many ways, you capture my soul. You’re flashy, attention-grabbing, loud, but still somehow, refined. And you’re temperamental. So, so temperamental. It’s like we’re twins separated at birth. The …

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(18 Feb 2018) Correction: In both the video and written review, I mentioned that the Himalaya takes standard international cartridges and converters. It does not. It uses a different style converter, and I was not able to identify the type. …

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Greetings, my wonderful pen friends! It’s that time again…time to kick off all-new season of The Pen Habit. This season promises a wide variety of pens, inks, paper, instructional videos, and Q&A sessions.  But I figured I’d start off the first …

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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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This pen was provided free of charge by Points of Distinction, the US distributor for Diplomat pens, in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was provided. In keeping with the Pen Habit Review Code of Ethics, this pen …

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As the fountain pen has moved from an everyday tool to an esoteric analogue writing instrument used mainly by hobbyists and collectors to, in some cases, luxury good, many luxury brands have worked to integrate fountain pens into their offerings. …

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Originally broadcast on October 24, 2015. Matt, Stephen Brown (SBREBrown) and Azizah Asgarali (Gourmet Pens) meet together on YouTube Live to do a live Q&A to answer both pre-submitted and in-the-moment questions.

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