I Bought an Expensive Pen – Gourmet Pens

Thanks to Maybelline for inviting me to write a guest post here on On Fountain Pens! I am honored to ramble about pens and inks! I thought this would be an interesting topic, since I did indeed buy an expensive pen this year. That pen is the Namiki Yukari Nightline Moonlight fountain pen. I saw it on the website of La Couronne du Comte and couldn’t ignore it. I remember the years where a PaperMate ballpoint with grip was exciting,…

5 Epic Out-of-Production / Discontinued Inks – GroupHunt

For most Christmases that I can remember, I’ve always clamoured to receive the brightest, shiniest and newest products for the year. This year however, I’m in more of a reflective mood. This Christmas, I thought it might fun to take a walk down memory lane and look at the stuff that could have been and honor the inks that have been made unavailable (either declared as a limited edition, or being put out of production). I found 5 inks that…

Fountain Pen Inks and Bleach – Nick Stewart

My name is Nick Stewart and I am a creative director based in Rochester, UK. Since June this year, I have been on a mission to swab test fountain pen inks using water and bleach. Why? Because I believe that fountain pen inks have qualities that can be exploited for purposes other than just handwriting. My test process is very simple: I saturate an area of heavy rough textured water colour paper and then add a drop of ink into…

Top 5 Pens on my 2016 Wishlist – Alt Haven

‘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…

InCoWriMo 2015 – a guest post by @nat_sora

InCoWriMo stands for International Correspondence Writing Month. The idea is to write a letter, a postcard or note to someone every day during the month of February. Why February you may ask, it is the month with the fewest number of days so it is easier to stay commited. I took part for the very first time last year. I was new in the realm of using fountain pens. However, in the increasingly digital world that we live in, I found…

Day 11: Top 5 Fountain Pens for Lefties by @wellapptdesk

As a fellow lefty, Maybelline and I thought it might be appealing to have my perspective on fountain pens for left-handed writers. I’ve written a previous piece for The Cramped about the things left-handed writers should consider when purchasing a fountain pen. But here, I’d like to talk about my favorite fountain pens — all of which are lefty-tested and lefty-approved! 1. Kaweco Classic Sport My absolute favorite is the Guilloch 1930 which adds some finely etched lines onto the…

Day 10: Reminiscing Writing Instruments @vintagegntlmn

People will tell you that they collect various things, but more often than not they are collecting memories. That’s certainly true for me with pens and writing implements. When Maybelline asked me to participate in her “12 Days of Christmas” event here at On Fountain Pens, I jumped at the chance because, for me, Christmas always reminds me of why I got into this hobby and takes me back to gifts from my childhood that started me down this road.…

Day 9 – My Fountain Pen Story @nat_sora

My fountain pen story began back in April 2013. I had stumbled upon the Pen Addict podcast. I listened to episode after episode of Brad and Myke talking about micro gel tipped pens and fountain pens. I remembered thinking to myself: why would anyone want to use fountain pens? My only experience with fountain pens was the mandatory penmanship class I had to take during secondary school. I think this penmanship class was imposed on a certain generation of students…

Day 8 – Top 5 Exquisite Fountain Pens of 2014 (by Inky Passion)

2014 has seen the release of many new products which captured the imagination of fountain pen lovers across the globe. As the year finally draws to a close, it would be remiss not to revisit some of the exquisite masterpieces and admire the exceptional craftsmanship and artistry that made them a reality.   1 – Mont Blanc 90 Years Anniversary Skeleton 149 The 149 holds a special place in Mont Blanc history – so much so that its 90th Anniversary…

Day 7: Omas Paragon LE Arco Celluloid Review by @fountainpenday

This is my first guest review and I have to say I am excited to be doing it on a stunning pen that really is one to behold. The OMAS Paragon Limited Edition in Arco Celluloid. This pen was limited to just 200 pieces. 75 in Gold, 75 in Rose Gold & 50 in Rhodium trim. I have had a couple of months with this pen and have grown to love it in every aspect. From its light and well…