Stubs and italics are taking over my pen collection. Why? Well, I like line variation and, being a lefty, flex is not easy for me. But I have a light touch and a fairly consistent writing angle, so it's easy for me to skate even the sharpest italic across the page. You can make pretty … Continue reading 11 phenomenal stubs and italics for any budget
On Monday, I fly to California. Again. That makes three weeks, three trips (and for those keeping track, my sixth trip this year). I feel like I'm living in a hotel. So it's time to freshen up my carry a little bit and get my enthusiasm back. I expect to be doing a lot of … Continue reading Travels with pens: colours for California
It's been a quiet week on the blog, but a busy week in my mailbox. Here're the headlines. The return of the Conid In my review of the Conid Regular you may remember me complaining about the slippery Delrin section. A friend on Instagram recommended that I order a separate titanium section, which would solve … Continue reading Friday snippets: Conid, Conway Stewart, Leonardo, Edelstein Star Ruby and more…
Fountain pens are tools, but they should also be fun. And there's nothing more fun than laying down a Sharpie-sized wet line with crisp line variation too. I was getting bored and frustrated with the EF nib in my Ocean Swirl. As beautiful as the pen is, I wasn't using it much. I plan to … Continue reading In praise of the crazy Pelikan Italic Broad
It's been quiet here on UKFP for the past couple of weeks. Part of that is simply down to the day job — I've been working long hours and have had a few other things on my plate too, like buying an absolute ton of vinyl. But I have some vaguely pen-related news to share. … Continue reading Snippets: Galen, Omega, and keeping it small
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?