Author: Frank

Why size matters

Many people are concerned about the size of the fountain pen. Personally I like them big, small or undersized, but I’m conscious that this is very different for others. A Kaweco Sport I find great on the go, for quick note taking a Pelikan M400 size is great to. For extended writing I’d prefer something larger, size of Montegrappa Extra, Pelikan M800 or Aurora Optima (which is the smaller of the 3). For me these provide the optimum for long (er) writing.  As for the oversize, what I like most about them is that they usually have larger sized nibs to, what is a big plus in my mind.  For some a mid sized pen is considered large and, in my experience this is not just a man vs woman thing, some big guys like tiny pens and some small ladies like big pens. (i am not intending to be biased nor offend anyone in any way, just observations from conversations with different users)  So why does size matter?  It matters because of the user, if the user feels good using a certain size pen, that is the only important thing to consider.  Big or small, all are loved by someone.  A love...

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Nurnberg penshow

One of the advantages of visiting a penshow is meeting people and discussing a shared hobby. Over dinner, the evening before the show, I had the pleasure to meet the creator of Brixia fountain pen. Brixia pen has just recently started to make pens, and he learns from experts. When he showed me two of his recent creations, I was very impressed. Relative small in length, and wide for the size, beautiful material and vintage, gold nibs. Many people will love this combination. The day after, there was the pen show. The show was larger this time, as Kaweco,...

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Montegrappa inks

Recently Montegrappa changed their inks line and extended the color options from 4 to 8, and at the same time increase the bottle content by 8ml to 50ml. Using the Col-O-Ring paper from the Well Appointed Desk, I can now share all colors combined. A warning, it is very difficult to make all colors look exactly like they are, on a picture. For example the black is very black. We did the best we can to show the colors and hope you like...

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