So many of you wonderful readers have requested a round up of my favorites, so here's some things I reviewed this year that I hopelessly love.
What are your favorites for the year? Are they new favorites, old favorites, and favorites with staying power?
Happy New Year!
OMAS Arte Italiana Paragon - Arco Celluloid Fountain Pen
A large, gorgeous pen, maybe too flashy for everyone, and the metal section isn't for everyone either. Aside from the beautiful celluloid, I absolutely love the 18KT gold nib on this - it's a fine, and it's one of the best, most pleasant fine nibs I've ever used. I wouldn't part with this one because of the nib alone. This is the second fine Paragon nib I've used that has been absolutely delightful.
OMAS Arte Italiana Milord - Arco Celluloid Fountain Pen
This one came before the Paragon, but the celluloid is the same - equally beautiful. The 18KT gold nib here is a broad and it's super, super juicy, and somewhat stubby. The celluloid section feels wonderful in hand and it's smaller than the Paragon, which makes it a bit easier for me to use.
OMAS Ogiva Vodka Lemon Cocktail Fountain Pen
I really like clear pens, and aside from the faceted shape of the barrel, which makes this one extra appealing, the 18KT gold stub nib is amazing - super juicy, very wonderful line variation. I love it. I also love being able to see the ink inside. It's fun.
Namiki Yukari Nightline Moonlight Fountain Pen
This is an expensive pen, but I'm completely in love with it. I'd never part with this one, ever. It's the perfect size for me. It's so comfortable, it warms in my grip, and it glows (as you can see). The medium nib is flawless. No skips, no hard starts, perfect for every day writing. It keeps up without issue, and I cannot get over the finish. Love.
The following inks are ones I reviewed this year. Some I've used since I started in the fountain pen world, and others I've only used since this year. They're all inks I wish I could have around forever. I love these inks for their colors, shading, sheen, and pop. I like inks.
I'm biased, but I love this ink because it's warm and pretty, shades well, and I helped pick the color.