Friday, February 28, 2020

ASC Ogiva Green Saft Pavarotti MagicFlex Nib Handwriting

This Ogiva Green Saft Pavarotti fountain pen was gifted to me a few years ago and it has a really fun "MagicFlex" nib - a common nib you see from The Pen Family/ASC's offerings. They're fun but not true flex nibs, so be careful if that's what you're looking for! Otherwise, have fun and enjoy the spring!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Montblanc Meisterstück 149 Calligraphy Flex Pen and a More Affordable Option

I still get a lot of questions about the Montblanc Meisterstück 149 Calligraphy Flex Pen. In case you missed it, I have a full video on it, including my thoughts and some writing samples so you can see it in action. I still think it's a great pen. It is not an inexpensive pen, and I am totally surprised and impressed that Montblanc was able to pull this off so well. I'm actually really pleased about it.

The feed is plastic but I do find that with slow and steady writing - and sometimes even rather quick writing - it keeps up quite well. You can check out the writing sample in the video to see what I mean. If you're not willing and/or able to drop nearly $1000 on a fountain pen, fear not. There are reasonable options for fun out there. If you're looking for a far more affordable option, check out the Franklin-Christoph #6 HPS Extra-fine steel nibs. They're $25 and while they won't deliver the same softness, they are a great amount of fun at a fraction of the cost. In fact, for your fountain pen and nib journey, I'd still recommend checking out the Franklin-Christoph flex nib. It'll help shape your fountain pen journey.

Thank you, as always, to the wonderful Appelboom for hooking me up before I even had to tell them I wanted the flex nib. Rockstars.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Benu Tattoo Fountain Pen

Thank you to Benu for sending this nifty fountain pen over! One of the things Benu is doing really well is offering up a truly unique and fun selection of fountain pen designs, and all the pens perform really well. I swear. I have written with over 20 of them and they have all performed without issue, writing reliably, and so far, none have failed me. They come in all sorts of colors and they're superb for gifting especially. Plus they have pretty minimal packaging, which I am a big fan of.

Here's a few places you can grab a Benu pen for yourself:

La Couronne du Comte
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Pen Chalet
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Fun & Simple Flourishing Workshop: Swirls & Twirls at the Baltimore Washington International Pen Show 2020

Come learn some fun and simple swirls and twirls with me! In this workshop, I will teach you some basic flourishes that you can use in your snail mail, in your inky journals, and everywhere for added flair.

Supplies: Please bring your own inked fountain pen(s), pencils, or any other analog writing instrument instrument you feel comfortable with, and a fountain pen friendly notebook/notepad. Tickets are quite limited so don't miss out.

$40 workshop fee. Does not include show admission.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Pen Chalet's Leonardo Officina Italiana Exclusive MomentoZero

I reviewed the Pen Chalet exclusive Leonardo Officina Italiana MomentoZero Blue Hawaii Gloss Ruthenium awhile ago and it is now sold out but they now have the Emerald Turquoise version as their current exclusive! I'm a big fan of these pens. I have used quite a few of them and they perform really well. They're also really good looking pens! The Blue Hawaii is one of my favorite finishes to date but the Emerald Turquoise is also mega sexy.

The steel nibs are #6 JoWo nibs. I find these nibs smooth, not too wet, and they are well-tuned, well-adjusted, and great for daily writing. The converter system is clean and easy to use, making it a great candidate for FUN inks! Comfortable in hand, really good looking pens. That's the summary of my video if you don't want to watch it.

Have you tried these pens?

Use discount code GOURMETPENS for 10% off your orders! No commission, just a sweet deal for you.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Montblanc Starwalker Doué 2019 Fountain Pen

Thank you kindly to Appelboom for loaning me this Montblanc Starwalker Doué 2019 Fountain Pen to review and share with you. It has since gone on to the next reviewer. It surprised me. I like the dome on the Starwalker a lot. Check out the collection at Appelboom!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Toucan Violet Ink Review

Toucan! My favorite thing about these inks is they are safely mixable with each other. I have a few favorites and I like to stick to those because I like lighter colors for putting in my super wet writers - they tend to show off their shading best that way. By the way, they are no longer offered in baggies like you see here. They're glass bottles. Alas, this is the last of the series so we must now wrap up the Toucan ink series. I haven't decided what is next yet, but I hope you found this a fun ink series.
Toucan Violet Ink Review 7
Toucan Violet Ink Review 4
Violet is a pretty purple - soft, shows off a lot of shading, easy to clean. It's happy, cheery, springy, and I like it. It looks great in wet, broad writers because of how well it shades. It's not super saturated but that's ok for ink play.
Toucan Violet Ink Review 8
Toucan Violet Ink Review 1
Toucan Violet Ink Review 2
Toucan Violet Ink Review 3
Toucan Violet Ink Review 5
Toucan Violet Ink Review 6

Friday, February 7, 2020

Waldmann Tuscany Rose Gold Fountain Pen

Thank you to Luxury Brands for loaning me this lovely little pen for a review. I'm happy to share some more information about the Waldmann pens and show you how they perform.

Check out the Luxury Brands article where they introduced the line up!

See them on JetPens!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wancher Seven Treasures Fountain Pen on Kickstarter!

Thank you to Wancher for sending this fountain pen - I was asked for my feedback and to share this Kickstarter project with you. I do not receive a commission if you sign up for the Kickstarter.

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