Marlen Aleph Fountain Pen Review

Marlen is an Italian company that makes a range of reasonably priced fountain pens. The Aleph is at the more expensive end of their range and is the result of a collaboration with the Italian language fountain pen wiki fountainpen.it. This pen was loaned to me by the original purchaser,[…]

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Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen Review

The Parker Vacumatic is one of the most distinctive and sought after vintage pens. It was produced between … and …. and stands out because of its translucent stripes. These look like a New York skyline at night and, as well as being pretty, give Vacumatics a romantic and nostalgic[…]

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Blank Forces Pocket Bolt Ballpoint Pen Review

This summer I was running a guest house for the first time. Summer by the seaside is a busy time and in between cooking bacon and servicing rooms the beach and the sea calls to you. I spent little time luxuriating in different fountain pen nibs and interesting inks and[…]

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Pelikan M205 Aquamarine Fountain Pen Review

Did I need a another Pelikan M200? Apparently I did, because as soon as I saw this special edition aquamarine version I bought it. I also stumped up the extra for a gold nib because Pure Pens were doing the upgrade for a fantastic price. (The total price of the[…]

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Applied Pens Streamline Fountain Pen Review

Jake Lazzari is a designer based in the UK who makes some very interesting looking pens under the Applied Pens brand. Every part of the Streamline except the nib and converter is made by hand by Jake. The results are striking. Price: £135 Nib options: steel extra-fine, fine, medium or[…]

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