The allure of expense and inconvenience (or how I fell for the Montblanc 1912)

As a vinyl lover, I often think about this cartoon from the New Yorker. Funny thing is, it accurately sums up how I feel about the Montblanc Heritage 1912, too. Like vinyl, it's expensive. Retail price in the UK is £755, which is even higher than the considerably more impressive-looking Montblanc 149. For your money … Continue reading The allure of expense and inconvenience (or how I fell for the Montblanc 1912)

The unconventional flagship: Graf von Faber Castell Intuition Platino Ebony

Attentive readers will remember that at the London Writing Equipment Show I was bitten by the Graf bug. I handled an Intuition — but not just any Intuition, an Intuition Platino. And not just any Platino, a Platino wood. Yes, these distinctions matter, because only the wooden editions (ebony, grenadilla, pernambuco) sport the largest bodies … Continue reading The unconventional flagship: Graf von Faber Castell Intuition Platino Ebony

First flight: the mighty Pelikan M805

The Pelikan M805 is, far and away, my fanciest pen. It's big, built like a tank, and extremely polished — both literally and figuratively. The sort of pen wielded by a statesman or captain of industry. But does it write well enough to justify the fancy price tag?