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For the love of pens, paper, office supplies and a beautiful place to work

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    Review by Laura Cameron When I first saw photos of the new Lamy Aion (€42.98 via Appelboom), I was actually quite excited about trying it.  With no offense to Lamy Safari and AL-Star devotees, I have never found either pen to be comfortable in my hand because of the molded grip.  So I was thrilled…

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    Review by Laura Cameron When Pelikan released the photos of the Souverän M600 Turquoise-White I was pretty smitten.  Even though it was more than any pen I had owned previously, I was dying to get my hands on one.  So when Pelikan offered to loan a ballpoint and fountain set to the Desk for review, Ana…

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    The Pineider La Grande Bellezza Gemstone Hematite Grey Fountain with extra fine nib ($398) is certainly a mouthful to say and probably not a pen brand most people are familiar with. It’s an Italian brand of fountain pen with a lot of history behind the brand (264 years according to the documentation included in the package)…

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    The Opus88 Picnic ($99) is a sight to behold. The translucent acrylic ends practically glow. I never thought I’d become someone who went for demonstrator pens but times change.  I chose the green model which is a lovely shade of lime. I don’t know if I mixed up the packaging of the Koloro with the…

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    Zack asks: I have been looking for a full-sized green/teal body fountain pen for the longest time. I haven’t seen many that are within my budget of <$200 that are to my liking. I was wondering if you have any in mind that could fit my specifications. Nib material is not important, but of course…

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    Karas Pen Co. has been quietly working away in their secret hideaway in the desert to create a new line of pens they are calling Reaktor. The series is doing some particular unique things in the machined pens field. First, they are aiming to sell these pens starting at $40 for the Galaxie ($45 for…

    The post Preview/Review: Karas Pen Co. Reaktor Galaxie Pens appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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    One of my last purchases at the Chicago Pen Show was a total impulse purchase. I had wanted to buy one a Faggionato fountain pen for awhile but did not know which one I wanted until we were all packing up on Sunday. I walked past the Papier Plume table and insisted Renso pause his…

    The post Fountain Pen Review: Faggionato Pétrarque Carnival with Gold Plated Steel Nib appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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  • 07/13/18--07:16: Pen Review: Monami Olika
  • Review by Jessica Coles Last week I was handed the Monami Olika and asked to review it.  At first glance, it seemed to be a pen that you could get at any major retail store that carried pens, but as I used it more, some of the features of this pen came to light. The…

    The post Pen Review: Monami Olika appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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    The Opus 88 Fantasia ($125) is a colorful pocket-sized pen with ebonite, striped cap and translucent acrylic body. This fountain pen model uses the same nib and filling mechanism as the Koloro and Picnic though I’m discovering that each nib seems to perform differently. The Opus 88 Fantasia Fountain Pen comes in the same sort…

    The post Pen Review: Opus88 Fantasia Fountain Pen (Fine Nib) appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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    Desiderata Pens is known for making some of the most unique pens that utilize the Zebra G calligraphy nibs in a modern fountain pen housing for flex writing experience. Every time I see Pierre at a pen show, he has developed a new design and refined, retooled or improved upon his previous designs for a…

    The post Pen Review: Desiderata Precession Flex (Zebra G Nib) Fountain Pen appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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    Oh, Platinum! Why did you name such a beautiful pen with a name that sounds so awful to English speakers? I trie to resist the Platinum 3776 Kumpoo UEF Fountain Pen on the name alone but when everyone kept telling me how stunning the color was, I couldn’t hold out any longer. Then Lisa Vanness…

    The post Platinum 3776 Kumpoo UEF Fountain Pen (AKA The Kung Fu Panda) appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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  • 08/24/18--08:00: Eye Candy: DC Pen Show Haul
  • I know it’s probably a little late to post this but with all the preparation for the San Francisco Pen Show, this is the first chance I’ve had to post this. These were the things I picked up in DC. And the funny thing, my biggest purchase, and the one purchase I truly set out…

    The post Eye Candy: DC Pen Show Haul appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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    Review by Jessica Coles Monteverde has recently come out with several new nibs for their Monza line.  The Monteverde flex nib ($16.00 at Pen Chalet) is one of these. The Monza flex comes in a light green plastic box — somewhat like a small pencil box where the pen, two cartridges, and the included converter are packed in a…

    The post Fountain Pen Review: Monteverde Monza appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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    There have been a lot of better-quality, Chinese pens introduced into the market recently and the Kaco brand, like Pen BBS and the Moonman line, is one to put on your radar. While the Kaco Retro (approx. $11.49) is not the most innovative pen in terms of design from Kaco (more to come about their…

    The post Fountain Pen Review: Kaco Retro EF in Green appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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    I had been itching to try one of Birmingham Pen Company’s custom fountain pens — their Model-A series designs. They release a small batch of a particular color material every few weeks or months. For some reason, I was taken by the Crystalline Liquid Hot Magma ($119) acrylic color, aptly named after the Austin Powers reference.…

    The post Fountain Pen Review: Birmingham Pen Co. Model-A Liquid Hot Magma appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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  • 11/13/18--08:15: Intro to Vintage Esterbrooks
  • Editor’s Note: I asked Jesi to write this post. “How to get started with Esterbrooks” is something I’ve wanted to write about for a long time but with someone as knowledgeable about Esterbrooks as Jesi on hand to do a far better job than I would, it made sense for her to do it. She…

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    Review by Jessica Coles The Platinum 5000-A Balance caught my eye a couple weeks ago when I noticed it had a gold nib.  That’s not actually a remarkable thing in itself; Platinum makes many excellent gold nibbed pens. However, I was looking at pens sorted by price.  There was no way I had scrolled down far enough…

    The post Fountain Pen Review: Platinum PTL 5000A Balance appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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    Review by Laura Cameron When I was working at the Vanness table at the Chicago Pen Show, I noticed that the Pilot Metropolitans ($18.50) had an additional nib option that I hadn’t seen before, the calligraphy nib.  I resolved to order one to try and write up for the desk, since I do love my…

    The post Fountain Pen Review: Pilot Metropolitan Calligraphy Nib appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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    Review by Jessica Coles Imagine this: Exhausted from 8 hours of travel and flight delays, plus the pleasure of being jammed in a big metal tube with strangers and offered snacks that consist of exactly three pretzels. Then my wonderful and beautiful friend, Kimberly (aka allthehobbies. NOT Kim) drives up and helps me to load…

    The post Pen and Ink Review: TWSBI Go and Robert Oster Pacific Ocean Teal appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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    By Jessica Coles A few months ago I heard that the Esterbrook trademark had been purchased by Kenro Industries and the manufacturing of Esterbrook pens was going to restart.  I had many thoughts about this, not many of them comforting. Esterbrook closed their doors for good in 1972. There was a brief attempt to revive…

    The post Fountain Pen Review: Esterbook Estie appeared first on The Well-Appointed Desk.


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