Aurora’s Matera and Deserto are gorgeous and (nearly) flawless

Ticking all the boxes I’ll say this right off the bat: I’ve discovered that I’ve become pretty fond of Aurora. In my time I’ve owned a grey flex Optima, a Duocart, a Talentum Black Ops, an 88 Black Mamba, a Pacifico, an 88 Minerali Amethyst, and my favourite of all, an 88 Nettuno. My experiences … Continue reading Aurora’s Matera and Deserto are gorgeous and (nearly) flawless

State of the collection: March 2022

Culling the grails My last state of the collection post was in December, and this is what my main tray looked like then. https://ukfountainpens.files.wordpress.com/2021/12/img_1705.jpg?w=2048 From that tray I've sold the Nakaya 17mm, Namiki Urushi 20, Radius, ASC arco, Graf Classic and Aurora 88. Six of 18. Some really really good pens there! Honestly I probably … Continue reading State of the collection: March 2022

Schon’s ‘full size’ fountain pens have that special something

As well as buying several pocket 6 pens over the years, I've somehow accrued two of Schon Dsgn’s full size pens, and they have both ended up becoming real personal favourites in short order. (A note on naming: when Ian first launched this pen model in Ultem, and later PEEK, they carried the name of … Continue reading Schon’s ‘full size’ fountain pens have that special something