5 fountain pens for beginners (below 25 SGD / 20 USD)

Finally, I’m writing a post dedicated to fountain pens for beginners. Let’s get started on fountain pens in the economy price range, which, by my definition, is below 20 USD. That would be approximately 25 SGD or 15 Euros. In the eyes of many non-fountain pen users, fountain pens seem to be luxury items that are valued at a full month’s salary or more. Well, it is true in certain cases, but let’s not go there today. If you are just…

Music Nibs – Not Really For Writing Music?

I am a music-lover, and used to be a student of music. All that time spent drawing crotchets and quavers, treble clefs and bar lines, has been memorable indeed. It is not until my interest in fountain pens started that I learnt about the existence of music nibs. Did the composers in the past really use nibs like that to write their music? Here is a picture of a handwritten musical manuscript: The style is characterized by very thin strokes…

Guest post: Transforming the Platinum Preppy

This is a fun and creative guest post about switching around parts of the Platinum Preppy, Plaisir, Desk pen, and highlighter, written by Thomas Teo! For more information on the Platinum Preppy and Plaisir, check out my review. ~~~ So, the story goes….. You want a fountain pen that is yours. I mean not just yours, but truly yours. A pen that has the right color combinations, writes well and works well. Most important of all, it represents you! Think…

Platinum Music Nib

Hey, ho! I think I am on a roll lately blogging about fountain pens and reviewing them at top speed. Today’s review is going to be about a really cool music pen – the Platinum Music Nib Pen. What is a music pen used for, you may ask? Is it only for writing music? Clearly not, even though the nib is supposed to be optimized for writing on sheet music when placed upright on a music stand. You can use…

Platinum: PKA-500 Pocket Pen – from the 1970s!

I am actually writing this quick post in a huge rush – I’m flying off to Vietnam for a business trip (with extra fun on the side after all the meetings!) in a few hours, and I do need to get some sleep before going to bed. I could have gone to bed, like, right now, but I am so excited and eager to share with everyone about this new pen that I received, thanks to a nice friend, that I…

Platinum: Plaisir (vs Preppy)

Happy Seventh Day of the Lunar New Year! Today is what we call 人日 (rén rì) or Man’s Birthday: everybody’s birthday!   Long due is the review of one of my favourite pens: the Platinum Plaisir. I will do a mini comparison with the Platinum Preppy because I believe almost everyone knows about the Preppy already, if you are a fountain pen-phile. For the sake of those who had never heard or thought about fountain pens before, I will write…