Thursday, September 19, 2013

Review: @Levenger True Writer Silver Anniversary Fountain Pen - Medium @SteveLeveen

Created to commemorate the silver anniversary of Levenger, this True Writer fountain pen is a study in metallic radiance, with the trademark design, weight and balance that have kept True Writer a much-loved writing brand.
Levenger True Writer Silver Anniversary Fountain Pen

Body Material: Brass & gunmetal finish
Trim: Chrome
Length (capped): 5.4"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 4.9"
Length (posted): 6.0"
Barrel Diameter: 0.5"
Section Diameter: 0.4"
Nib material: Steel
Weight: 36g/1.3 oz
Fill type: Cartridge/converter
Price: $99.00USD
Where to buy: Levenger

Levenger True Writer Silver Anniversary Fountain Pen Packaging
Like my other Levenger pens, the True Writer Kyoto, and the L-Tech, this fountain pen was packaged in a cardboard sleeve, with a green Levenger box inside. The hard Levenger box opens up to reveal a felt bed with the pen held down by a soft strap, along with a cartridge and a converter. I like that both are included - something I would hope for and expect at this price point, but I also appreciate that Levenger provides both nevertheless. The box is nice but I do not keep Levenger packaging due to limited space. Standards are high!

Levenger True Writer Silver Anniversary Fountain Pen
The True Writer Silver Anniversary fountain pen is shiny and very pretty. This is a good sized pen. The cap has a chrome dome at the end and a chrome clip. The clip is simple and tasteful. The center bend is also chrome and has Levenger/True Writer written on it in elegant fonts. The barrel pattern matches the cap - the gunmetal finish etched with an undulating pattern - and is contrasted by a small black plastic section. The end of the barrel has a rounded chrome dome to match the cap.

Capped, the pen has a very sleek and attractive appearance. Uncapped, the black section provides nice contrast to the gunmetal body. This is not a bad looking pen at all.
Levenger True Writer Silver Anniversary Fountain Pen

The nib, like all Levenger nibs, is fairly simple in appearance and I think it's nice. This nib required no adjustment prior to use. Something to note is within the box, there was a fountain pen care card that suggest flushing the pen before inking. I decided to listen to their suggestion in order to make the review fair.
Levenger True Writer Silver Anniversary Fountain Pen Nib
Like I said, the nib required no adjusting and other than flushing, there was no preparation. This is a true medium and performance is exceptional - smooth, wet, consistent. I love it.
Levenger True Writer Silver Anniversary Fountain Pen Writing Sample
It is possible to squeeze out some line variation but usually it results in needing to readjust the tines (which is quite easy to do). It's interesting that this steel nib can handle the line variation though.


As this pen has a brass body, it's not a very light pen. For me, it's comfortable to write with unposted and it has good weight and balance that way. Once posted, it becomes quite top heavy for my hand. A larger hand would probably not have an issue with this.The section is quite small but the threads are smooth so even if you hold your pen a little higher, the threads won't bother you (unless you have a death grip, which you shouldn't need with a fountain pen!).
Levenger True Writer Silver Anniversary Fountain Pen
The body itself is lovely to hold - very smooth and the finish warms to the touch. I really like it.

  • Very attractive finish. 
  • Solid pen.
  • Posts securely.
  • Very comfortable to hold and write with unposted. 
  • Exchangeable nib unit.
Levenger True Writer Silver Anniversary Fountain Pen Writing Sample
None. I'm a big fan of this pen.


This True Writer is quite attractive with its gorgeous gunmetal finish, and it has a great feel and weight to it. It performed very well in all my writing samples and in daily use. I am most pleased with it. This is my third Levenger pen (see also the L-Tech and the True Writer Kyoto). I have heard of others having nib issues but this is three for three now - no issues here. And Levenger has some pretty awesome customer service. Highly recommended.
Levenger True Writer Silver Anniversary Fountain Pen Writing Sample
This gorgeous fountain pen was sent to me by Levenger for reviewing purposes. I was not compensated monetarily, and all opinions you have read here are 100% my own, I promise. Swear on Tyco's life.


Jackie Parkins said...

That is one gorgeous pen!

Mary C said...

I have that one, too. Really nice looking, and, like you, I have yet to have an issue with a Levenger nib. All have been perfect right out of the box.

Bob McConnell said...

Great review thanks. I'm still on the fence about Levengers writing instruments. I'm a Levenger fan and have dropped a good share of coin into their bank account but there are so many pens I want from real pen companies. I know that shouldn't matter if it's a good writer. Maybe I'll break the silence for one of these.

Randy Schwartz said...

What a gorgeous pen! It seems to write beautifully as well. It's a tad expensive, but apparently well worth the cost.

mjcong said...

argh i want this pennnnnn!

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