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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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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Faber-Castell 663 Fountain Pen

In 1919 a gentleman called Hermann Böhler left Kaweco to form a company named Osmia. Faber-Castell began to acquire Osmia in 1935, finally buying the company outright in 1951. During this time, and into the early 60s, Faber-Castell continued to use the Osmia name and logo. The 663, however, was[…]

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Pilot Vanishing Point (Capless) Fountain Pen Review

The Pilot Vanishing Point, known as the Capless in the UK but nowhere else, is a retractable fountain pen. There are very few other retractable fountain pens. Visconti make the Pininfarina Carbongrafite for the rather staggering price of just under £1400 and Lamy make the Dialog 3 for £250, although[…]

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Platinum #3776 Yamanaka Fountain Pen Review

Here’s another example of my favourite fountain pen range, Platinum’s #3776 series. This one is a limited edition from Platinum’s five lakes series. I have one other from that series, the Sai. The remaining three are Kawaguchi, Shoji and Motosu. I was able to get this pen at a discount[…]

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