The UKFP 2021 Christmas Gift Guide: Vendor Edition

Yes, it's November. Yes, it's 40-something days until Christmas. But heaven knows the global supply chain is screwed up, and I wanted to give you folks and our poor long-suffering pen retailers as much time as possible to sort out Christmas. So: something a little different for this year's holiday season. Instead of me just … Continue reading The UKFP 2021 Christmas Gift Guide: Vendor Edition

Onoto Heritage Overlay by Henry Simpole: artistry, at what cost?

TL;DR: check out the video review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs9db1kEDFE The full story This is an unusual, even special, pen. It features a skeletonised sterling silver overlay on both cap and barrel, created by the late Henry Simpole. Overlay pens are not common nowadays, and to me they are strongly associated with vintage pens: you find overlay pens … Continue reading Onoto Heritage Overlay by Henry Simpole: artistry, at what cost?

A truly premium, truly pocket pen: the Montegrappa Gnomo Moods Monterosa

I don't know about you, but I have a strong mental block against spending £500 on a pocket pen. The first reason is practical: there's a disconnect between a pen that is meant to get bashed around in your pocket with your keys, and one that delivers a "luxury" experience. The second is perhaps more … Continue reading A truly premium, truly pocket pen: the Montegrappa Gnomo Moods Monterosa