All tagged steel nib

Pen Review: Opus 88 Fantasia

I can’t deny it: ever since Opus 88 has gotten more attention in the US market, I’ve been quite impressed. After thoroughly enjoying the Koloro Demonstrator, I was excited to get the opportunity to give their newest pen, the Fantasia, a spin. So has it lived up to my lofty expectations of the brand?

Pen Review: TWSBI Go

TWSBI is a popular brand in the budget fountain pen category. In fact, one of their most popular pens, the TWSBI Eco, is consistently recommended as among the best options for new fountain pen users. So when TWSBI introduced its newest pen last week, I had no choice but to give it a go.

Fountain Pen Revolution Darjeeling Review

When searching for budget-friendly fountain pens with flex nibs, most people immediately turn to Noodler's. Fountain Pen Revolution may be a lesser-known brand, but after using several of their pens, I've been rather impressed with the bang-for-the-buck they offer. So when I saw that they offer a flex nib pen for under $20, I had to see if it was my cup of tea.

Opus 88 Koloro Demonstrator Review

Opus 88 is a brand that's really burst onto the fountain pen scene in the last year or so. Though I wasn't quite taken with the design of the original Koloro models, a glut of positive reviews for the Koloro Demonstrator forced me to take another look at the brand. So is this pen good enough to have me singing its praises?

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?

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.

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? 

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?

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? 

Nemosine Fission Review

The matter of “best budget fountain pen” seems to be well-settled: ask a fountain pen enthusiast to recommend a good entry-level pen for beginners and you will invariably be met with some combination of “LAMY Safari,” “TWSBI Eco,” or “Pilot Metropolitan.” Certainly, there are other challengers worth considering, but is the Nemosine Fission one of them?