Most of the pens I own are from mainstream manufacturers, but there are a few small independent makers that I follow on Instagram whose work I really enjoy looking at. That said, I relegated myself to lurking their feeds and never actually commissioned a custom pen from any of them until I saw the work… Continue reading Black Robin Pens – Romeo
Erin and I embarked on a little art project this past week. We took some inexpensive pens (Luoshi Matte Black Cigars that we ordered from Truphea), and decided to spend some time personalizing them. The two of us had been a little obsessed with looking at pictures of hand-painted and customized pens online lately. While we… Continue reading Hand Painting Pens – Giving Some Personal Style To An Inexpensive Purchase.
Looking to get started with your first pen? Or want to pen-able someone with a writing instrument that will serve them well for years to come? Here are five pens that in my experience make excellent departure points for the neophyte fountain pen enthusiast. Diplomat MagnumThis pen is all about the nib. Rarely has a… Continue reading Top 5 Starter Fountain Pens for 2021
Are we too quick to blame our tools for things that aren't their fault? Does an inability to perceive our own flaws influence how we form an impression of something? Can we push back and adapt to these issues to grow long-term? I promise you this is still a pen review. But I need to… Continue reading Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta
The first "nice" pen I ever bought was a Lamy Studio. Until that point, I had been on the periphery of writing with fountain pens — preferring to use cheaper disposable fountain pens like the Platinum Preppy, or buying and then immediately losing Pilot Metropolitans). I liked how they wrote and how they felt in… Continue reading Always Inked — Lamy Studio
If you come to me one day and ask, "Luke, what is the most useful pen I could buy" I'm going to put a Schon DSGN Pocket Six in your hand. You didn't ask for the fanciest. You didn't ask for the prettiest (although Ian Schon's pens are gorgeous). You didn't ask for the most… Continue reading Always Inked — The Schon Pocket Six
You know that moment when you're drinking a Thai iced coffee and the sweetened condensed milk is just starting to mix with the coffee — creating that delicious looking gradient of brown and cream? Now imagine stirring a handful of gold dust into it, and you've just described the Benu Briolette in Luminous Amber as… Continue reading BENU Briolette – Luminous Amber
I own more PenBBS 456's than any other pen by any manufacturer. I think I might actually have an addiction to PenBBS pens in general, and I think that the 456 is their pinnacle model. It doesn't help that PenBBS is an incredibly collectible brand — with their innumerable finishes, gorgeous resins, hard to find… Continue reading PenBBS 456 – Adventure