I must confess: The thing that initially drew me to Pelikan pens in the first place was the tortoiseshell design. Even though I had heard and read wonderful things about the Souverän line, I just never got around to trying them out for myself. This all changed when I came across both the M600 White Tortoise, and the M800 Brown Tortoise. I instantly fell in love with the colours and the intricacy of the design, with the contrasting hues and the gold trim that complimented both the nib and the barrel. I appreciate the aesthetics of a pen almost as much as its writing feel, and I incorporate my judgement about both factors when purchasing a pen. I don’t want a pen that merely writes well but I don’t like the look or feel of, nor do I want a pen that only looks great but writes piss poorly. I was lucky enough to be able to try out the Souveräns before I bought, and found that I enjoyed their size, weight and feel of writing very much. I got the M600 white tortoise last year to start with, keeping the M800 in mind as a “grail” of sorts. This year, […]
Since its introduction (and massive success) on Kickstarter in 2013, the cases from Nock Co. have enjoyed immense popularity. A collaboration between pen addict Brad Dowdy and product designer/seamster Jeffrey Bruckwicki, Nock Co.’s vision was to “make the best pen cases on the planet”. Indeed, the pen cases currently offered appear to be well-made, durable, well-designed, and they even come in a variety of colours to suit most tastes. The case I was personally interested in was the Lookout. I had been wanting a pen case with three slots for awhile, and the leather options were not doing it for me. I came across the Lookout from posts on various other websites devoted to all things pen- and stationery-related. At last – here was something that had caught my eye! It wasn’t boxy like the leather cases, it came in a resilient material, it was tested thoroughly before release by its dedicated creators, there were individual slots for each pen, and it came in a gamut of striking colourways. Sign me up. For two, in fact! (However, it took quite a bit of wait for me to actually get these cases, because they were perpetually sold out on their website!) I am […]
Hello everyone! My name is Prem, and thanks to Maybelline’s generous proposal of collaboration, I will henceforth be contributing to this blog, along with Thomas. I decided to make my first post an introductory one of sorts. I first got into fountain pens last year, when I was looking for a new medium to sketch with. I mostly used pencils, and had only dabbled with ballpoints and gel pens, neither of which I liked using. Enter the fountain pen. Not only were these pens beautiful, I could fill them with any colour of ink I liked! I was instantly smitten. Following a well-beaten path, I purchased a Lamy Al-Star and a Noodler’s Konrad for my first pens. I instantly disliked the grip and writing feel of the Lamy. This is not to say they are bad pens – in fact, their durability and nib-swappability make them quite popular beginner pens – but it just did not feel right in my hand. Since then, I have taken the time to learn more about fountain pens, and to try as much as I can before I buy. Now I ensure that the pens I purchase are ones that I definitely will use, […]
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