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

Nakaya

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

Esterbrook Phaeton

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

Karas Pens Ink (reviewed with premium gold nib)

Kaweco Dia2

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

Kaweco Sport — the classic plastic Sport

Kaweco Skyline Sport Fox

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

Lamy Studio Aquamarine

Milim pen

Muji round aluminium fountain 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

Schon DSGN Pocket Six

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

Tactile Turn Gist v2 Delrin

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

Aurora Duo-Cart

Aurora Talentum

Desiderata Soubriquet

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

Esterbrook Estie and Estie Honeycomb

Eureka Symmetry and Asymmetry

Ferris Wheel Press Brush

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

Karas Vertex

Kaweco Art Sport Coral

Lamy Dialog 3

Lamy 2000 — the iconic gold-nibbed piston filler

Lamy Imporium

Leonard Slattery A Haon

Leonardo Momento Zero

Parker Duofold International

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

Pelikan M205 Star Ruby

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

Pilot Murex

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

Platinum President

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

Santini Tosca Ambra

Schon DSGN Pocket Six

Sheaffer Legacy Heritage

Waterman Carene

Ystudio portable — an unusual high-design pen in copper

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

Over £250 (UK RRP)

Aurora 88 Nettuno

Cleo Skribent ‘Skribent’

Conid Kingsize

Conid Minimalistica Monarch

Conid Regular

Graf von Faber Castell Classic

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

Kasama Una

Montblanc 146

Montblanc 149 — needs no introduction

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

Montblanc Agatha Christie

Montblanc Geometry Solitaire LeGrand

Montblanc Homer

Montblanc Le Petit Prince LeGrand

Montblanc M

Montblanc Rouge et Noir

Montegrappa Extra

Nakaya Portable Cigar Toki-Tamenuri 17mm

Namiki Yukari Royale / Urushi 20

Oldwin Art Deco

Oldwin Classic

Onoto Magna

Onoto Plunger Filler

Pelikan M1000 — the biggest Pelikan, with massive soft nib

Pelikan M1005 Stresemann

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

Platinum Izumo

Scribo 3

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

Visconti London Fog

Visconti Wall St LE — delicious Vacumatic-style stacked celluloid

Yard-o-Led Viceroy Grand Victorian