With every pen sold, it seems another pen shows up at the door. I could say it’s a kind of cosmic equilibrium, but the reality is I just have no self-control.
So while I’ve said goodbye to several pens recently (just yesterday I posted off my lovely Pilot Fermo), the collection is barely any smaller.
The Conid Minimalistica Monarch that I reviewed just a few days ago is now loaded with Herbin Vert de Gris, and back on its stock fine nib. I’m still persevering through the o-rings.
And it’s not the only orange pen I’ve welcomed: I couldn’t resist the Kaweco Fox Sport.
The Fox is a lovely chalky, almost terracotta orange (that’s really difficult to photograph, incidentally), but WOW, I’d forgotten how sharp and plasticky the basic Sport is.
The hand-turned and highly polished Art Sport has spoiled me, and I actually quite dislike holding this new one. The nibs are very different, too — while my previous experience with Kaweco Bs is that they run very wide, the B on the Fox is what I’d call a medium.
Write Here finally tempted me with an offer on their Scribo, and I ordered one of the original grey-with-lime-accents, in a medium 18k nib. I’m glad I did.
This is a big, solid pen, with a long section and huge thick walls.
The material has incredible shimmer and a degree of translucency.
And the nib is everything I’d hoped from the “made by ex-Omas people” mystique. It is soft, very wet indeed, and has a pleasant level of feedback.
The red and green colours of the Scribo 2 don’t appeal to me, nor does the bulbous Feel, and I wouldn’t have done justice to the 14k extra flex nib — so for once I’m very confident that I made the right choice.
Last but not least, the wonderful folks at Iguanasell shipped me my replacement Aurora Talentum Black Ops. The first one I received was a stub, and it was like writing with a rusty staple — simply awful. This is a 14k B, and at last it’s just what I expected from Aurora.
Medium flow, lots of pencil-like feedback, and personality. There’s a big blob of tipping, which is confusing my fingers a little, but I’m enjoying it.
I persisted with the Talentum because it’s an amazingly comfortable design. Often overlooked in comparison to the Optima and 88 I’ve noticed, but I’m glad I took a second glance. And the all-black finish is incredibly sexy.
I’m not done for the year quite yet — Izods is sending me an EF Montblanc Rouge et Noir — but I’m certainly happy with the presents I’ve gifted myself so far!