I always get excited when the postman knocks at my door. Today I had extra reason to do so: he was bearing a box laden with some very special Italian pens from a dear friend.
Chief among them was my grey Scribo, returned from its sojourn to Scotland. But it was not alone.
Yep, that’s a Delta Dolce Vita Oversize, which feels a lot like wielding a whiteboard marker, except there’s a stiff 18k nib on the end of it, and a comically small converter inside.
My family think it’s really ugly. I think it’s gorgeous. The orange is luminous against the black. The chunky section feels really comfortable. I like short fat pens.
And what’s this? An old Visconti Van Gogh, complete with round body, gold nib and screw cap. Very different to the current design.
This one has a fat broad nib, with a really unusual grind. It has several distinct sweet-spots.
And then two pens from a manufacturer I hadn’t even heard of until recently, Santini Italia. Check out this crazy colourful number with a super-sharp EF 18k.
And what about this patterned one? It has the steeply sloped section and design style of an Ancora, with a truly wonderful stub.
I’ve already inked these unusual beauties up and plan to give them a good workout over the next couple of weeks.
Here’s to new experiences, eh?