Below you’ll find links to all of my pen reviews, organised alphabetically by manufacturer, grouped by price.
Last updated 20th March 2022
Roundups and recaps
Under £100 (UK RRP)
Esterbrook Phaeton — a slimline pen that isn’t up to Esterbrook’s usual standards.
Faber-Castell Ondoro — a distinctive hexagonal design with large shiny cap
Gravitas Entry — a slim machined pen made to the highest standards
Gravitas Pocket Pen — a flat-sided wonder from Ireland
Herbin glass dip pen — a decorative, fluted glass pen ideal for ink testing
Jinhao 992 — the infamous $2 pen, one of many
John Garnham JG5, JG6 — amazing, simple pens… if you can get hold of one.
Karas Pens Starliner and XL — small, aluminium pens with slip caps and curvaceous sections
Karas Pens Ink (reviewed with premium gold nib) — the old version of Karas’s super machined pen.
Kaweco Dia2 — Kaweco doesn’t just make the Sport. Arguably, the Dia2 is a better pen.
Kaweco Perkeo — a full-size entry-level pen from the German giant.
Kaweco Sport — the classic plastic Sport for your pocket.
Kaweco Skyline Sport Fox — a fetching orange version of the pocket Sport.
Kaweco Art Sport — a premium version of the Sport in acrylic. Super.
Lamy Aion — a large all-aluminium pen designed by Jasper Morrison.
Lamy Studio Aquamarine — Lamy’s limited edition Studios are beautiful.
Milim pen — pocket pens don’t get any smaller than this.
Muji round aluminium fountain pen — for a budget price, this is a great little pen for work or kids.
Narwhal Original — a piston filler with an in-house nib for £50. It’s so comfortable.
Namisu Ixion — a hexagonal-capped pen in a variety of finishes.
Opus 88 Koloro — an unusual eyedropper with ebonite accents
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
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
Benu Euphoria Dream — Benu adds a multi-layered hand decoration to the Euphoria
Benu Talisman Mistletoe — a limited edition that glows in the dark
Edison Beaumont — a midsize, classically styled steel-nib from this small US manufacturer
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 2000 — the iconic gold-nibbed piston filler
Onoto Scholar — a new entry-level design by the English manufacturer
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
Platinum 3776 — available in a bunch of unusual nibs, with a tight-sealing cap
Rockster Troubleshooter 1313 — a smart and comfortable pen from a Welsh maker
Sailor Pro Gear — short, fat, with Sailor’s great 21k nib
Silverburl Pens hybrid pens — hand-turned pens from Cornwall
ST Dupont D Initial — Dupont’s entry-level steel-nibbed pen.
Ystudio portable — an unusual high-design pen in copper
Ystudio desk pen — a large brass pen with distinctive desk stand
Over £250 (UK RRP)
Graf von Faber Castell Intuition Platino Ebony — the flagship pen from GvFC, with wooden barrel and unusual converter mechanism
Hahnemuhle FineNotes Slim and Bold — the first pens from a 400+ year old German paper manufacturer
Pelikan M805 — a versatile piston-filler workhorse with 18k nib
Pilot Myu — a vintage pocket pen with integral nib
Radius Superior — vintage style Italian piston filler with great comfort
Visconti Homo Sapiens — Palladium nib, bayonet cap, vac filler, made of lava
Montblanc 149 — needs no introduction
Montblanc 1912 — a piston filler with bouncy retractable nib and classic safety pen styling
Onoto Heritage Simpole Overlay — handmade silver overlay by the late Henry Simpole
Santini Italia Giant Cherry — the biggest in-house nib you’ll find short of Tohma