Does Brutalism have a place in pen design? Hands on with the Namisu Naos Ti

When I get a pen in for review, I often sit with a blank sheet of paper in front of me and freely jot down the observations or ideas that occur to me about it. With the Namisu Naos, one of the first things I wrote down was ‘Brutalist’. Its severe, angular barrel in matte … Continue reading Does Brutalism have a place in pen design? Hands on with the Namisu Naos Ti

Tibaldi’s Perfecta takes heritage to a modern audience

Remember I said that 'heritage' was a trend to watch? Well, alongside last week's Esterbrook JR, here's another example of that trend in action: the Perfecta, by a reborn Tibaldi. Tibaldi, like many Italian brands, has bounced around ownership and rebooted its portfolio numerous times over the decades. But the important thing is that the … Continue reading Tibaldi’s Perfecta takes heritage to a modern audience

The Esterbrook J reborn — and remixed. Meet the Esterbrook JR Pocket Pen.

Heritage? Handle with care... When the Estie was launched a couple of years ago as 'America's original, reborn', there was really nothing about it that evoked the ‘original’ Esterbrook pens. Although the Esterbrook name was displayed proudly, the emphasis was very much on the 'reborn' part of the slogan. From the first time I handled … Continue reading The Esterbrook J reborn — and remixed. Meet the Esterbrook JR Pocket Pen.