The (nearly) heavenly Visconti Divina Bordeaux

TL;DR: watch the video https://youtu.be/Blugujo5E8A Prefer to read? Here's the written review If there's been any doubt in your mind that Visconti can make beautiful pens, the Divina Bordeaux should lay it firmly to rest. The Divina is gorgeous in photos, but in person it is utterly stunning. The wine-red resin is interesting and swirly, … Continue reading The (nearly) heavenly Visconti Divina Bordeaux

Scribo Piuma Impressione with EEF nib — three reviews in one

This is a review in three parts. It's my first review of the Scribo Piuma pen, Scribo's newer design with cartridge/converter filler. It's also one of the first reviews out there of the 'Impressione' finish, paired with the 'Levante' (bright orange) to honour Monet's painting Soleil Levant. And the third element is Scribo's EEF nib, … Continue reading Scribo Piuma Impressione with EEF nib — three reviews in one

The Gioia Alleria: a new Italian piston-filler with panache

I am here today to tell you about the Gioia Pens Alleria, but first I want to say this: wow, aren’t there a lot of exciting pens coming out of Italy recently? Leonardo, Maiora and Nettuno, Tibaldi, Tesori, ASC’s Studio, plus the stream of new releases from Visconti, Aurora, Santini and Scribo, and the recent … Continue reading The Gioia Alleria: a new Italian piston-filler with panache

An affordable ASC?! Introducing the ASC Studio Collection

An ASC for under $200 When I saw The Pen Family announcing the ASC Studio Collection on social media, I was a little shocked. ASC sells high-end pens, mainly from celluloids like Arco, with gold nibs and price tags hovering around £1k. I have one, the Gladiatore Medio Arco. By contrast, the Studio Collection has … Continue reading An affordable ASC?! Introducing the ASC Studio Collection