Schön DSGN Pen Review

Ian Schön has many lovely variations of his pen but this is the basic model: the Classic. They’re manufactured in small batches in Massachusetts. Price: $60 for this version Ink type: ballpoint Barrel options: polished aluminium, black anodised aluminium (this one); brass, steel, copper and titanium available at extra cost;[…]

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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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529 Duo Pocket Ballpoint Pen Review

The 529 Duo has recently launched on Kickstarter. I was fortunate enough to be loaned a prototype to review and so here are my thoughts. Price: £20 early bird, £25 retail Refill options: uses the Cross Ballpoint refill, which comes in fine, medium or broad and black, blue or red[…]

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e+m Allwood Ballpoint Pen Review

e+m make some beautiful looking pens and pencils from wood. I reviewed one of their clutch pencils three years ago and I still enjoy it very much. The Allwood pen is a budget ballpoint. I was able to get this pen at a discount thanks to Cult Pens’ support of[…]

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Steel and Flint Pen Quick Look

The Steel and Flint Pen is being launched on Kickstarter tomorrow for an early bird price of £45. They were kind enough to send me a prototype to take a look at. I’ve only had it a few days so this is just a quick look rather than a full[…]

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