Sailor Professional Gear Imperial All Black Fountain Pen with Fine Nib – Part 1

Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Open Box

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I picked up a brand new fountain pen that I was pretty excited about, so today I've got a review of that fountain pen for you.  It is the all black Sailor Professional Gear Imperial that I picked up from our friends over at with a slight bloggers discount.  Generally I don't like to mention prices since they tend to change, and because different people have different views of "expensive" vs. "affordable" but it … [Read more...]

Revisiting the Levenger Fine Fountain Pen Nib

Writing sample of the two different fine sized Levenger nibs and comparison to a Pelikan fine size nib

A few days ago, I did a review of a replacement fountain pen nib for my Levenger True Writer, but I was surprised at how thick the line was that it laid down, especially when compared to the Levenger medium nib.  When I notified Levenger of the issue, they quickly sent out a new nib and a shipping slip to return the old one for free. One of the biggest reasons I like shopping with Levenger is because their customer service is so great, and this is just one … [Read more...]

Levenger True Writer Fountain Pen Replacement Nib

Levenger True Writer Fountain Pen Nib, Fine

Normally when I buy a fountain pen, I like to get a nib that is either a fine or extra fine, but when I saw the Levenger True Writers on sale earlier this year, the only option was a medium nib.  I couldn't pass up the deal on the great looking gun metal finish, so I grabbed it anyway, and was happy with its performance.  Recently I noticed that on the Levenger site they have replacement nibs available, so I ordered a fine to add to my True Writer. … [Read more...]

Levenger True Writer Illuminator Fountain Pen Review

The Levenger True Writer Illuminator in its box

Because Levenger is one of my favorite places to get cool office supplies, I couldnt help but pick up one of their fountain pens to try out.  I purchased this Levenger True Writer Illuminator from them a while ago, and unfortunately its not available any longer, but I wanted to do the review anyway because I have heard a lot of really good feedback about Levenger fountain pens. … [Read more...]

Beginner Fountain Pens – Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review

The Lamy Safari with converter disassembled.

Many of you have had some great suggestions on other fountain pens to review in my series of what I consider to be beginner or starter fountain pens. I know that a lot of people might not really consider the Lamy Safari to be a true beginner fountain pen but my view on this is that if you have owned and used one of the two other beginner fountain pens that I reviewed (Pilot Varsity or Platinum Preppy) then I think you have enough experience to decide if … [Read more...]

Beginner Fountain Pens – Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen Review

The Platinum Preppy taken apart to show the nib and the cartridge.

As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, I am doing a few reviews this week on some of the more inexpensive or beginner fountain pens that I have used because I have seen many questions and comments from people who are skeptical or reluctant to try a fountain pen because they believe they will be too expensive, too messy, or just too difficult to write with. Hopefully my posts this week will help people who are curious about fountain pens to find … [Read more...]

Beginner Fountain Pens – Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen Review

Close up of the Pilot Varsity Fountain Pen Medium Nib.

As you can see from the above writing sample, the Pilot Varsity puts down a very bold and vibrant line, you really dont see any white spots where the nib has skipped or scratched at the paper.  It is also surprising to see that this $3.00 fountain pen wrote so well in such a basic and non-fountain pen specific notebook.  The Mead paper is usually fine for your basic ballpoint, rollerball, gel, or pencil, but I did not expect such great results for a … [Read more...]

Pilot Petit 1 Mini Fountain Pen – Blue Black Review

Pilot Petit 1 Fountain Pen Blue Black

  The incredibly nice folks from were kind enough to send me the Pilot Petit 1 mini fountain pen with Blue Black ink so I could test it out and do a review on it.  I've seen this pen around on various websites, and always thought it looked pretty interesting, so I was excited to get the chance to test it out.  I was also intrigued by the whole combo blue black ink since I have never tried any of these types of multi colored inks … [Read more...]

Lamy Studio EF Nib in Blue

Lamy Studio Nib Creep

The Lamy Studio Fountain Pen with an Extra Fine nib was my first fountain pen purchase, and I conducted a good deal of research before actually buying the pen. One of the most useful places I found for information regarding fountain pens in general was The Fountain Pen Network where you can find a ton of knowledgeable people discussing fountain pens, inks, and stationary. After doing my research, I finally settled on the Lamy Studio in Blue with the … [Read more...]

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