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Franklin-Christoph 14k Flex and Flex SIG Nibs

Scott Franklin kindly sent me these new Franklin-Christoph 14k flex and stub-italic gradient (SIG) nibs that they now sell. I was excited to try these out!  Note that the nibs are $115 and $125 respectively, not $150 as I said in the video – my apologies.

Measurements (note that these nibs can be bought on other models than the 66 Stabilis Desk Pen)
Length (capped): 160.2 mm/6.30″
Length (uncapped): 152.9 mm/6.02″
Length (posted): 175.0 mm/6.90″
Diameter (barrel): 8.3 – 14.2 mm/0.33″ – 0.56″
Diameter (section): 10.0 – 12.2 mm/0.39″ – 0.48″
Weight (all): 24 g
Weight (cap): 4 g
Weight (body): 20 g

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Xezo Incognito Black Gold Fountain Pen Review

This interesting pen was sent to me by Xezo.  A fascinating pen in a nice gift package. The nib and section are produced by JoWo and the lacquering technique was developed by Xezo.

Measurements
Length (capped): 138.2 mm/5.44″
Length (uncapped): 122.7 mm/4.83″
Length (posted): 155.0 mm/6.10″
Diameter (barrel): 10.6 – 12.6 mm/0.46″ – 0.55″
Diameter (section): 9.27 – 11.2 mm/0.36″ – 0.44″
Weight (all): 60 g
Weight (cap): 23 g
Weight (body): 37 g

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Aurora 88 Anniversario with Flex Nib

I picked up this pen at La Couronne du Comte (don’t forget that BROWN10 gives you 10% off there!) and I find it a fascinating pen.  The real question, of course, is: is the nib comparable to vintage flex nibs, as Aurora claims?  Watch the full review to find out.

Measurements
Length (capped): 135.8 mm/5.35″
Length (uncapped): 130.4 mm/5.13″
Length (posted): 155.0 mm/6.10″
Diameter (barrel): 11.7 – 14.0 mm/0.46″ – 0.55″
Diameter (section): 10.5 – 12.8 mm/0.37″ – 0.41″
Weight (all): 23 g
Weight (cap): 8 g
Weight (body): 15 g

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S.T. Dupont Line D Black and Gold Fountain Pen Review

Kind thanks to Joost from Appelboom Pennen, who lent me this S.T. Dupont Line D Black and Gold fountain pen.  If you shop at Appelboom, use the discount code in the banner below (‘friend’) for 10% off your purchase – excluding Montblanc.Appleboom Banner

Measurements
Length (capped): 146.6 mm/5.77″
Length (uncapped): 134.6 mm/5.30″
Length (posted): 166.4 mm/6.55″
Diameter (barrel): 10.6 – 12.6 mm/0.41″ – 0.49″
Diameter (section): 9.2 – 11.2 mm/0.36″ – 0.44″
Weight (all): 48 g
Weight (cap): 16 g
Weight (body): 32 g

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Yard-O-Led Viceroy Grand Barley Finish Fountain Pen Review

This pen sent to me by La Couronne du Comte. You can use the code BROWN10 for 10% off your purchase, but that excludes Montblanc. La Couronne du Comte Banner

Measurements
Length (capped): 148.4 mm/5.84″
Length (uncapped): 138.5 mm/5.45″
Length (posted): 168.9 mm/6.64″
Diameter (barrel): 9.4 – 13.2 mm/0.37″ – 0.52″
Diameter (section): 9.3 – 12.2 mm/0.36″ – 0.48″
Weight (all): 67 g
Weight (cap): 20 g
Weight (body): 47 g

Yard-O-Led Viceroy Grand Barley

Top to bottom: Yard-O-Led Viceroy Grand Barley Finish, Yard-O-Led Viceroy Grand Victorian Finish, Lamy Safari

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Visconti Opera Master Blue Swirl Fountain Pen Review

Kind thanks to Joost from Appelboom Pennen, who lent me this Visconti Opera Master Blue Swirl fountain pen.  If you shop at Appelboom, use the discount code in the banner below (‘friend’) for 10% off your purchase – excluding Montblanc.Appleboom Banner

Measurements
Length (capped): 154.6 mm/6.08″
Length (uncapped): 141.7 mm/5.58″
Length (posted): 187.2 mm/7.36″
Diameter (barrel): 12.4 – 14.5 mm/0.49″ – 0.57″
Diameter (section): 11.0 – 13.5 mm/0.43″ – 0.53″
Weight (all): 64 g
Weight (cap): 20 g
Weight (body): 44 g

Visconti Opera Master Blue Swirl

Top to bottom: Visionti Opera Master Tobacco, Visconti Opera Master Blue Swirl, Visconti Opera Elements Fire, Lamy Safari

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YStudio Portable Fountain Pen Review

Kind thanks to Joost from Appelboom Pennen, who sent me this Studio Portable fountain pen.  If you shop at Appelboom, use the discount code in the banner below (‘friend’) for 10% off your purchase – excluding Montblanc.Appleboom Banner

Measurements
Length (capped): 138.2 mm/5.44″
Length (uncapped): 119.2 mm/4.69″
Length (posted): does not post reliably
Diameter (barrel): 10.2 mm/0.40″
Diameter (section): 7.6 – 9.2 mm/0.30″ – 0.36″
Weight (all): 50/46 g (copper/brass)
Weight (cap): 20/16 g (copper/brass)
Weight (body): 30/30 g (copper/brass)

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Osprey Pens Milano Fountain Pen Review

This pen was kindly sent to me by Osprey Pens!

Measurements
Length (capped): 142.0 mm/5.59″
Length (uncapped): 127.9 mm/5.03″
Length (posted): 165.6 mm/6.51″
Diameter (barrel): 13.7 mm/0.54″
Diameter (section): 10.6 – 11.4 mm/0.41″ – 0.45″
Weight (all): 26 g
Weight (cap): 10 g
Weight (body): 16 g

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Online College Fashion Fountain Pen Review

This inexpensive but fun pen was given to me by Online at the Nuremberg Insights-X Stationery Expo.

Measurements
Length (capped): 139.4 mm/5.49″
Length (uncapped): 125.7 mm/4.49″
Length (posted): 173.8 mm/6.84″
Diameter (barrel): 12.4 mm/0.49″
Diameter (section): 9.4 – 10.8 mm/0.37″ – 0.42″
Weight (all): 14 g
Weight (cap): 2 g
Weight (body): 12 g

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Fountain Pen Shootout #77: OMAS 360 Magnum vs. OMAS 360 Vintage

The OMAS 360 Magnum is one of my favourite pens ever, but how does it stack up to the newer version (I think OMAS referred to it as the “vintage” version, to distinguish it from the redesigned 360 model, which is a completely different pen that doesn’t have the pronounced triangular design)?

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