Day 12: Turning A New Page Into 2015 @onfountainpens

Today is the final post of my 12 days of fountain pen bloggers Christmas series, and I hope you have enjoyed the whole series. It was the first time I was doing something this significant for On Fountain Pens, and I am really grateful that all the bloggers who contributed have been such wonderful people to work with! Here are links to their blogs, in order of the day their posts have been published. Do pay them a visit and…

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…

Day 6 – Your Left-handed Friends Would Like A Fountain Pen Too @NoPenIntended

“Do you have any left-handed fountain pens?” I want to say, go fish. I want to say, do you have any left-handed sunglasses, any left-handed smartphones, any left-handed automobiles? Such things may exist, but aren’t necessary. So it is with the left-handed fountain pen. They exist, much in the same way the rusty, raggedy, probably tetanus-infested left-handed scissors existed in the first grade. It exists, but why would you want to use it? There are two components to a pen…

Day 5: I’m Glad You Didn’t Buy Me A Fountain Pen For Christmas @petedenison

Don’t get me wrong. If you did buy me a fountain pen, we would be lifelong friends you and I. My appreciation would know no bounds. Not being a pen person yourself, you tried so hard to understand what I like. What my passions are. You came up with the fantastic idea to give me a gift I would absolutely love. For that I cannot fault you, nor your wonderful intentions. The fountain pen itself? Highly likely to be another…

Day 4: Namiki Falcon Review by @LitoApostolakou

I have long lusted after a Namiki Falcon. What lured me to this Japanese pen was the promise of a flexible nib attached to a modern writing instrument whose name combined the allure of Japan with the elegance and speed of a bird of prey. I knew that the Day of the Falcon has come when on a visit to the Fountain Pen Hospital in Manhattan I saw a Namiki peering out of a glass cabinet. The visit almost coincided…

Day 3: Making Marks with the Fountain Pen @molossus1

I’ll start off my guest post by thanking Maybelline for having me as a guest. My name is Sandra Strait. I’m a self-taught artist, who enjoys sharing her passions, and I’m here to share my thoughts about fountain pens and mark making. In almost all aspects of art, you hear about mark making. Quite simply, that’s the act of making a mark with any particular medium. Anything from a stick scraped across the ground, beautiful oils spread across a canvas…