Pilot Metropolitan Review

The Pilot Metropolitan is one of the first fountain pens I ever purchased. It’s widely hailed as one of the very best budget options and, for many, it serves as a point of first impression on fountain pens as a whole. Now that I’ve had a chance to experience plenty of other pens, it’s time to revisit the Metropolitan and see if it retains the charm that originally lured me to it.

Montegrappa Fortuna Review

Though I quite enjoy Italian pens, Montegrappa is a brand whose products I’ve yet to experience. Despite having some attractive designs, Montegrappa’s price points sometimes make their pens feel unapproachable. So when I had the opportunity to pick up a Fortuna at a significantly reduced price, I had to take the plunge. After all, fortune favors the bold, right? Right?

Ink Showcase: Sailor Shikiori Rikyucha

When I first got into fountain pens and ink, I thought I would be drawn exclusively to bright, vibrant colors like blues, reds, and purples. As I get deeper into the hobby, though, I find myself increasingly enamored of more subdued hues like browns and greens. In some ways, Rikyucha is the perfect embodiment of that transformation. 

Word. Notebooks "The Adventure Log" Review

Word. notebooks are produced by a team of online publishers based out of New Jersey. Though the notebooks started out as a side project, over time they have come to produce a variety of interesting designs. I decided to pick up one of their more unique editions, The Adventure Log, to see if it’s worth spreading the word.

Levenger True Writer Review

Levenger is one of those brands that gets curiously little attention from the fountain pen community. Though Levenger sells fountain pens from other manufacturers, they also have their own line of branded fountain pens, most notably the True Writer series. To make myself more familiar with the brand, I decided to pick one up.

Ink Showcase: Akkerman Dutch Masters SBRE Brown

Back in 2015, renowned fountain pen reviewer Stephen Brown collaborated with Diamine and La Couronne du Comte to release an ink based on his colorful surname. Toward the end of 2017, the ink was re-released using the same Diamine formulation, but packaged in Akkerman's lovely flask-shaped bottles. Now that I've finally gotten my hands on a bottle, it's time to take it for a spin!

TWSBI Eco Review

When I think “budget piston-filler,” the TWSBI Eco immediately springs to mind. With its clear demonstrator body and affordable price tag, the Eco has plenty of appeal for both new and experienced fountain pen users. So how does it stack up?

Kaweco Sport Review

Fountain pens and pockets don’t always play nicely together. Depending on your everyday carry setup, you can find yourself with a scuffed-up pen, or worse yet, an inky surprise. The Kaweco Sport seeks to buck that trend by offering a capable pen that’s also pocket-friendly.  So does it have what it takes to earn a place in your pocket? 

March 2018 Giveaway

With another month of blogging under my belt, I figure it's time to do another giveaway! Here's your chance to win 3 bottles of partially-used inks from Diamine, Monteverde, and Private Reserve. Good luck!

Faber-Castell Loom Review

The Faber-Castell Loom is frequently hailed as a fourth option to the Safari/Eco/Metropolitan triumvirate of budget fountain pens. Though many are quick to praise the LAMY, TWSBI, and Pilot offerings, Faber-Castell seems to attract less attention. Should that be the case? Or does the Loom have what it takes to earn its own place among the budget fountain pen elite?

Ink Showcase: Waterman Mysterious Blue

If I had to name a brand of ink that flies under the radar among the fountain pen community, it would be Waterman. Though their inks offer a variety of pleasing hues at affordable prices, I'm constantly left wondering, "Where's the love for Waterman?" Perhaps this blue can shed some light on that mystery. 

Conklin Duraflex Review

Conklin's new Duraflex is the latest offering in the budget flex pen category. With the introduction of its new "OmniFlex" nib, Conklin hopes to leverage its popular Duragraph line to offer flex writing at an affordable price. But does it have what it takes to become your next flex pen?