Top 5 Pens on my 2016 Wishlist – Alt Haven

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‘Tis the season of giving, pen lovers all over the world giving, happily I might add, our hard-earned money to pen shops everywhere! The end of the year also marks the receiving of the annual wage supplement (AWS) also known as the 13th month payment from our employers for many of us. Maybe you are also one of the lucky ones who have variable bonuses this year. This is the time of the year, when most of us are flushed with cash that didn’t got ear marked for something else within the first week. I am not quite sure if this is how companies work in other countries but this definitely applies to Singaporeans.

Anyway, I am not here to give you a gift guide for the pen lover in your life. This is a 2016 wishlist of the pens I hope to add to my collection. Maybe this list can serve as a guide for your own wish list for 2016.

Number 5: Pilot Custom 742 with the Falcon nib

This has been a go-to fountain pen for people looking for the modern day flex nib. I have tried the falcon nib many times during the monthly local pen meet. Personally I knew I would probably never be able to use it on a day to day basis but I am getting it to use as a review pen. Thanks to a suggestion by a fellow pen lover, this would probably be the first fountain pen I’d buy come 2016.

Number 4: TWSBI Vac Mini

This is the long awaited Vac Mini that TWSBI has been teasing for at least a year. The local price has already been announced and it is rather affordable. It would be my first vacumatic fountain pen. I am seeing much travelling in the little pen’s future. Plus I have the various TWSBI Mini sized nib units to interchange. Now I wonder if these come in the smoke, orange and blue versions like their older sibliing.

Number 3: OMAS Milord Noir

Photo credit: Omas

Photo credit: Pen Chalet

I have been eyeing this pen for a while. The black and black style makes it the perfect match with my Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black fountain pen. I have always enjoyed the stealthy look of pens such as these. I may spring for an extra flessible nib to go with its killer looks. I am also looking forward to owning an OMAS pen. Yes, we have heard about trouble in OMAS paradise but I am hoping that I will be able to get my hands on it as soon as I get my funds together.

Number 2: Edison Pearlette

Photo credit: Edison Pen Co.

Photo credit: Edison Pen Co.

I have heard many good things about Edison Pens. Recently I even had a chance to try one out. It was a sheer shimmering beauty of a pen. Now I really want one for myself. Taking a quick look at Edison’s Signature and Production line of pens, the Pearlette’s shape leapt out to me. I think it’s because it reminds me a little of the Nakaya Piccolo. Now to pick an acrylic…

Number 1: Nakaya – A Fox with the Harvest Moon

Photo credit: Nakaya.org

Photo credit: Nakaya.org

Now this pen is probably way out of my reach for next year and the following year but this Nakaya is here purely as an aspirational item, something to aim for. I have always had this at the back of my mind ever since I have discovered Nakaya as a brand. This pen is really a piece of art, it isn’t as over the top as some. The art style of the fox and the moon is just beautiful.

I know that buying out the entire list of pens is a rather tall order, especially within the space of a year given the price of some of the pens I’ve picked. But a girl can dream, can’t she?

This is written by Junee and she writes at AltHaven.com. For more reviews of pens, inks and random musings, follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

3 Responses

  1. natsora 27 December 2015 / 5:41 PM

    That’s an awesome list. I am very taken by the Visconti Opera Master Crimson Tide, maybe that might catch your eye!

  2. Mattia Miani 25 December 2015 / 10:42 PM

    First of all thank you for sharing your wish list. I did not know about the Nakaya motive and it is just beautiful. In 2016 I plan to slow down with acquisitions, but still looking for something new: 1) A Franklin-Christoph pen (not decided which one yet, I wish I could try them in person). 2) A customized pen project with Edison or Scriptorium Pens, 3) A Visconti Opera Master with the double reservoir power filler system.

  3. Ridz 25 December 2015 / 10:05 PM

    oh wow the milord noir looks really good!

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