Pen review index

Below you’ll find links to all of my pen reviews, organised alphabetically by manufacturer, grouped by price. If you see a pen name without a link, it’s in the queue to write up when I get round to it — give me a shout and I’ll bump it up to the top!

Roundups and recaps

Myu, M805, Pro Gear, Pilot 91 and 92, Pilot 912, Jinhao 992, 3776

16 pens

Platinum 3776, Pelikan M1000, Lamy 2000, Sailor Pro Gear, Kaweco AL Sport

UKFP buyer’s guide

Under £100 (UK RRP)

Esterbrook J — a vintage lever filler that gives you access to all of Esterbrook’s vast range of nibs

Faber-Castell Ondoro — a distinctive hexagonal design with large shiny cap

Herbin glass dip pen — a decorative, fluted glass pen ideal for ink testing

Jinhao 992 — the infamous $2 pen, one of many

Karas Pens Starliner and XL

Kaweco Dia2

Kaweco Perkeo — a full-size entry-level pen from the German giant

Kaweco Sport — the classic plastic Sport

Kaweco AL Sport — the classic Sport in aluminium

Kaweco Art Sport — a premium version of the Sport in acrylic

Lamy Aion — a large all-aluminium pen designed by Jasper Morrison

Milim pen

Namisu Ixion — a hexagonal-capped pen in a variety of finishes

Opus 88 Koloro — an unusual eyedropper with ebonite accents

Osprey Scholar — a versatile pen designed for schools

Pilot Prera — proof that good things come in small packages

Rotring Newton — an abomination

Taccia Spectrum — a colourful C/C pen with steel Sailor nib

Tactile Turn Gist — a grippy machined pen from a small maker in the US

TWSBI Eco — large demonstrator piston filler with a remarkably good nib

Wing Sung 601 — a vacumatic with hooded nib, all for about £15…

Over £100 (UK RRP)

Applied Pens Streamline — A large ebonite handmade pen from Wales

Edison Beaumont — a midsize, classically styled steel-nib from this small US manufacturer

Esterbrook Estie

Franklin-Christoph Pocket 66 — a clipless acrylic pen with F-C’s distinctive design

Franklin-Christoph Model 02 — a large acrylic pen designed to post deeply

Karas Kustoms Decograph 1801 Sleeping Beauty — a limited edition of KK’s first non-metal pen

Lamy Dialog 3

Lamy 2000 — the iconic gold-nibbed piston filler

Lamy Imporium

Leonardo Momento Zero

Parker Duofold International

Pelikan M205 Aquamarine — one of Pelikan’s smallest and cheapest pens, steel nibbed

Pelikan M400 White Tortoiseshell — it’s tiny, but it’s gorgeous

Pilot 91 — a small gold-nibbed pen with #5 nibs

Pilot 912 FA — a flat-topped pen with the iconic flex nib

Pilot 92 — a piston-filler version of the 91

Pilot Fermo

Platinum 3776 — available in a bunch of unusual nibs, with a tight-sealing cap

Sailor Pro Gear — short, fat, with Sailor’s great 21k nib

Sheaffer Legacy Heritage

Ystudio portable — an unusual high-design pen in copper

Ystudio desk pen — a large brass pen with distinctive desk stand

Over £250 (UK RRP)

Cleo Skribent ‘Skribent’

Graf von Faber Castell Classic

Graf von Faber Castell Intuition Platino Ebony — the flagship pen from GvFC, with wooden barrel and unusual converter mechanism

Montblanc 149 — needs no introduction

Montblanc 1912 — a piston filler with bouncy retractable nib and classic safety pen styling

Montegrappa Extra

Pelikan M1000 — the biggest Pelikan, with massive soft nib

Pelikan M805 — a versatile piston-filler workhorse with 18k nib

Pelikan M805 Stresemann — as above with subtle grey stripes

Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl

Pilot Myu — a vintage pocket pen with integral nib

Visconti Homo Sapiens — Palladium nib, bayonet cap, vac filler, made of lava

Visconti London Fog

Visconti Wall St LE — delicious Vacumatic-style stacked celluloid