The Visconti Speakeasy is both hideous and magnificent at the same time and I love it. Yes, it has a booze indicator and a hidden compartment for alcohol, but it’s also a beautiful oversize pen made from stunning celluloid. With its stubbed double broad nib, it’s an absolutely pleasure to use. I have done a full review of this pen too.
These new Himalayas were kindly sent to me by Kevin of Fountain Pen Revolution. These are very affordable pens with a great flex nib option.
Length (capped): 153.3 mm/5.32″
Length (uncapped): 122.3 mm/4.81″
Length (posted): 152.3 mm/5.99″
Diameter (barrel): 10.4 – 12.2 mm/0.42″ – 0.48″
Diameter (section): 9.32 – 11.5 mm/0.36″ – 0.45″
Weight (all): 18 g
Weight (cap): 6 g
Weight (body): 12 g
I have two Viceroys in my collection: the Victorian finish and this Barley finish. Both pens are made out of solid Sterling silver and have wonderfully smooth nibs that are a joy to use. This finish is a little bit more subdued than the Victorian, but both are wonderful pens.
A whole new filling system available from the Edison Pen Company! I had the pleasure of catching up with Brian and Andrea Gray at the 2017 DC Pen Supershow and Brian lent me this clear Menlo with their new Draw Filler. At 2.0 millilitres of ink, it has a solid ink capacity, and it’s a fun system to use. Please note that the mechanism is black anodized aluminum, not plastic (I was a bit unclear in the video).
Length (capped): 144.1 mm/5.67″
Length (uncapped): 128.4 mm/5.05″
Length (posted): 163.5 mm/6.43″
Diameter (barrel): 11.9 – 12.2 mm/0.46″ – 0.48″
Diameter (section): 9.90 – 11.0 mm/0.39″ – 0.43″
Weight (all): 19 g
Weight (cap): 7 g
Weight (body): 12 g
Let’s have a look at the OMAS Paragon in the beautiful Arco Bronze celluloid. I love this pen: it has a very smooth 18k gold nib, and it holds a lot of ink. The fine nib is very smooth and an absolute pleasure to use, and the pen has a great size. The Arco celluloid is hard not to love. I have done a full review of this pen too, if you’re interested.
This pen was sent to me by Susanna of Giardino Italiano: made by Visconti, it is exclusive to that shop, and it was created to commemorate the shop’s 20th anniversary.
Length (capped): 140.1 mm/5.52″
Length (uncapped): 123.8 mm/4.87″
Length (posted): 159.6 mm/6.28″
Diameter (section): 10.3 – 11.6 mm/0.41″ – 0.46″
Diameter (barrel): 12.0 – 12.5 mm/0.47″ – 0.49″
Weight (all): 35 g
Weight (cap): 14 g
Weight (body): 21 g
The Namiki Emperor is a great pen, in every sense of the word. It’s a giant ebonite pen, which is then lacquered with urushi. The nib is Namiki’s #50 – and it’s enormous and a little springy (contrary to the modern Emperor nibs, which are stiffer, as I understand). A behemoth, this eyedropper-filled pen with a one-way shutoff valve holds about 6 ml of ink – so I can use this for weeks without having to re-ink it. If you are interested, I have also recorded a full review of this pen. This beautiful pen was a gift from Azizah, which makes it all the more special.
Kind thanks to Joost from Appelboom Pennen, who lent me this pen. If you shop at Appelboom, use the discount code in the banner below (‘friend’) for 10% off your purchase – excluding Montblanc.
Let’s have a look at this new incarnation of the Montblanc Starwalker.
Length (capped): 140.5 mm/5.53″
Length (uncapped): 124.9 mm/4.92″
Length (posted): 150.3 mm/5.92″
Diameter (barrel): 11.2 – 12.1 mm/0.44″ – 0.47″
Diameter (section): 9.8 – 10.3 mm/0.38″ – 0.40″
Weight (all): 37 g
Weight (cap): 19 g
Weight (body): 18 g
This Stipula Etruria Magnifica in the Alter Ego finish is a nice, large pen with a clever piston mechanism. Although I like the finish, this pen is particularly special to me because of the very fascinating titanium nib, which is very springy and has excellent “snap-back”. This pen was limited to 351 fountain pens. I have not yet done a full review of this pen, but I will record one when I get a chance.
This calligraphy pen set with 1.5, 1.9, and 2.3 mm nibs was sent to me by Goldspot – thank you!
Length (capped): 178.6 mm/7.03″
Length (uncapped): 166.8 mm/6.57″
Length (posted): not available
Diameter (barrel): 5.3 – 11.7 mm/0.21″ – 0.46″
Diameter (section): 8.5 – 10.8 mm/0.34″ – 0.43″
Weight (all): 14 g
Weight (cap): 10 g
Weight (body): 4 g