Sheaffer VFM fountain pen capped

Sheaffer VFM fountain pen review

The Sheaffer VFM is a low cost pen with a metal barrel and plastic section. VFM stands for ‘Vibrant, Fun and Modern’ but that applies more to the other colours this pen is available in than this rather stately and classic looking matt black version. The build quality is absolutely[…]

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Retro 51 Tornado rollerball pen end

Retro 51 Tornado rollerball review

There was a time when Myke Hurley used to talk about the Retro 51 Tornado so often that it became a pen-that-should-not-be-named on the Pen Addict podcast. Is Myke completely mad or did he know what he was talking about? Or, at least on the podcast, trying not to talk[…]

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Retro 51 Tornado Touch moustache

Retro 51 Tornado Touch Ballpoint review and giveaway

Retro 51 are well known for making wonderful full-sized rollerball pens. This pen, the Retro 51 Tornado Touch, is a relatively new product and it continues the same excellent quality, albeit with a ballpoint refill. The design of the pen is stylish, even to the point of just about getting[…]

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Franklin-Christoph M27 fountain pen review

Franklin-Christoph Model 27 Collegia fountain pen review

I blame A Fool With A Pen entirely for my buying this pen. His review sold me on the quality and a brief look at the Franklin-Christoph website sold me on the colour. This is the Franklin-Christoph Model 27 ‘Collegia’ in Tennessee Orange with an extra-fine steel nib. And it[…]

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Kutsuwa Stad Sharpest Compass open

Kutsuwa Stad Sharpest Compass review

In what may well be a first for a pen blog, I present here a review of a compass. It isn’t just a compass though. It is also a mechanical pencil. This video shows the rather groovy way the Kutsuwa Stad Sharpest Compass (that really is its name) converts from[…]

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