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“For me, writing longhand is an utterly personal task where the outer world is closed off, just my thoughts and the movement of my hand across the page to keep me company. The whole process keeps me in touch with the craft of writing. It’s a deep-felt, connection between thought and language which technology seems to short circuit once I begin to use it.

Above all, though, writing longhand is a secretive pleasure. I can sit in a corner of a café unnoticed and write to my heart’s content. I’m less conspicuous

than the iPad brigade, cluttering up cafes with their flashy technologies”.

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Take a look at the Pens and Inks I have for sale…I do have others……contact me……..

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Pen Classics, my Pen Reviews

If you are looking for a specific pen review, it will probably be easiest to look under the pen maker/brand at the top of the page. The list of categories at the bottom of the page shows how many reviews I’ve done for each maker. Fountain Pens New Zealand

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NEW….I now have a link to Amazon Fountain Pens, which you may find useful

Who has heard of a Kenrick Jefferson?

How about this superb Parker 61 Heirloom that I bought a few weeks ago, even got the chalkmarks on

Parker 61

Parker 61 Heirloom


This is the latest addition to the family!

Fountain Pen NZ

TWSBI Fountain Pen

TWSBI Vac700


Targa by Sheaffer Inlaid Nib

Inlaid Nib





See latest images of my beautiful Targa by Sheaffer

NEW   A  brief summary of the travels of my TWSBI Vac 700

Read the latest Articles about the Sailor Reglus and the Sailor Somiko


Sailor Reglus

Sailor Reglus Tassie



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Visconti Midnight Voyager

If you’ve found your way here, chances are you love pens like me. Not only do I like using my pens, I enjoy writing about them. This is my Visconti Midnight Voyager, a pretty impressive pen, a version of this pen was used to sign the agreement of the Nato-Russia Council in 2002, ending the Cold War. Visconti is the worlds biggest maufacturer of celluloid pens, despite only being founded in 1988, but also uses ebony, ivory, lucite and acrylic. Celluloid of course is much sought after by collectors.

I’m currently doing a bit of a write up of my experience with this pen.


I’ve often wondered is it about a pen that attracts us, particularly a Fountain Pen? Why am I a penaholic? Having said that, I also enjoy writing with my dip pens because they have such a wide variety of nibs and I find them really are good for line variation. They are not only interesting articles in their own right, but the fact that you can actually use them, what could be better than that? I suppose that it’s a minority interest, but a growing one nevertheless. Perhaps, it’s because  linking our thought processes to the practical world. There is something real and tangible about writing, particularly with ink. That’s not to decry the ball point pen, and I’ve used plenty of those….but….ink pens seem to be something of an expression of your personality and who you are. Probably also a feeling of nostalgia for the times when a pen was an important item and so was the standard of your handwriting; job applications could hinge on how you wrote, plus of course your spelling and general grammar, no spellcheck in those days! I’ve had a fascination with Pens from an early age, can’t remember exactly, but it was the old wooden kind with steel nibs that had to be dipped in an inkwell. It must have been quite messy and needed lots of blotting paper, and I seem to remember that the ink powder had to be mixed with water, sounds like an even messier job!

Visconti Nib 18 ct

Visconti Nib 18 ct



My collection of Fountain Pens has built up over the years in a sort of ad hoc way,  in fact I never thought of it as a collection, just lots of boxes full of pens, some regularly used and others gathering dust until I suddenly had a flash of memory and decided to dig one out and try it again. Favourites came and went (just as they still do), patiently waiting for the next call to action, often a very long wait. I’ve always used Fountain Pens as I wandered through the corporate world, much to the amusement and even disdain from some of my colleagues, but collecting as such never seemed to feature on my radar

. I’ve also gathered together a small collection of mechanical pencils, most of them vintage-ish, some antique and a few what I would call modern classics. My interest in these tends to come and go a bit; usually ‘the coming’ is when I buy another one! I’ve followed various pen websites and forums over the years so when I retired I decided to start a website of my own, initially to review and discuss my collection of pens, including any new ones that I buy. This meant a bit of a technological leap for me as I wanted to learn to do it all myself and all that it involved. Oh such naivety and innocence! Anyway I’m now learning HTML would you believe! I’m also trying to improve my photography.

Recently I’ve been buying vintage (?) pens from the 1930s and 40s, I just love those flexible nibs. Latest aquisition a lovely black Conway Stewart 93 with a broad filled with traditional blue black Quink, .it’s the most gorgeous writer…….



Lamy 2000, Lamy Vista & Lamy Studio

Lamy 2000, Vista & Studio


I love my blue Lamy Studio with its broad nib and I have good feelings about my  Lamy 2000, good, but for me, not as good as the Studio.

We all know that Waterman are not he company that they were, but the Waterman Carene is one of the most beautifully stylish pens available, a handsome pen.


Waterman Carene

Waterman Carene

Waterman Carene

I have quite a few Sailor and Pilot pens, some with specialist nibs, which add a lot of interest and variety to handwriting, but it’s quite a challenge to get the best out of them.

However, I do have more time these days…. and the Naginata Togi nib from Sailor is maybe the smoothest nib that I’ve ever used.

Sailor Togi Nib

Sailor Togi Nib



Togi Nib

Togi Nib


All the reviews I write are based upon my personal use, and naturally reflect upon my likes and dislikes although I do endeavour to be as objective as possible. It’s as well that we are all different in our tastes otherwise it would be a boring world. The different writing characteristics of the pens and nibs fascinate me, that’s also the case with my dip pens. I love to dip (pun) in to my pen cases at random and just try one of the pens by doing a bit of writing, that does mean however that I seem to do a lot of time cleaning and flushing, but there doesn’t seem to be any way around that.

Nib sizes and widths seem to have changed over the years and it was interesting to read that nearly half the nibs sold in the pre-war years were fine tips, lots of accountants and book-keepers using ledgers those days! I sometimes find that fine nibs on old pens are a bit scratchy, although more flexible, maybe that’s because the pens are old, or maybe that I’ve been unlucky, or it may be that a lot of them were scratchy, I guess that I’ll have to keep investigating. I do find that the fine nibs on Pilots and Sailors are very smooth and my current fad is using the flexible nibs, this is an interesting subject in its own right….Noodlers also do a couple of flexible pens. I aim to write an article on this shortly.

Of my real vintage pens, I like my old Conklin Endura Symetrik, but haven’t researched their model range yet and another more recent one that I’m pretty fond of is my Sheaffer PFM. I’m also doing quite a bit of research on the Parker Duofold, which has an interesting history, both in the USA and the UK, the very good book on the subject by David Shepherd and Dan Zazove is extremely interesting and an invaluable source of information. I have a number of other good books about collecting and repairing pens and also the subject of penmanship, again, fascinating when you get in to it.

Vintage Conklin Nib

Vintage Conklin Nib

The Ultimate Book of Pens by HF Ullmann is also a good read and contains a lot of interesting information.

Ultimate Book of Pens
Ultimate Book of Pens by HF Ullmann

A good book that is helping me is FW Tamblyn’s Home Instructor in Penmanship, quite heavy but good! Using Dip Pens and Calligraphy is my flavour of the month! Actually, it’s flowing script that I’m learning, using flex nibs. This is quite an involved subject in it’s own right, so investigating the different flex nibs is interesting.

This has to be the best book about Fountain Pens ever……..quite amazing research and photography
Lucky Curve, Pro Gear, P61 002


Dip Pens and Ink

Pen History

This subject also interests me and I’m doing the usual research prior to writing about although I have written a brief article  which you can find if you look at the headings at the top of this page

Rhodia and Clairefontaine

Rhodia and Clairefontaine

The Writing Equipment Society

The Writing Equipment Society

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Pen Production

Pen Museum

Birmingham Pen Museum The Pen Room On a recent visit to the UK, I spent a fascinating morning in the Birmingham pen museum, also known as the Pen Room! It’s incredibly interesting to a pen lover and is hard to comprehend the scale of production when it was at its height. I was told, although …

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Conway Stewart Pens

Conway Stewart

Conway Stewart Pens Here are some of my Conway Stewart Fountain Pens, the CS 107 looks a bit incongruous.   A few more of my Conway Stewart Pens……. From the left, the first three peaked top pens from the 1940s are 55 with a Duro nib, then a 47 from Australia, also with a Duro …

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Kenrick Jefferson Fountain Pan

Kenrick Jefferson

Kenrick Jefferson   This an interesting pen. Kenrick Jefferson was a large Office  Supply Company based in West Bromwich in the Midlands of England. It isn’t known for certain who made their pens, but some collectors consider that it may have been Mabie Todd. Their nibs weren’t particularly flexible as they seem to have been …

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Parker 45

Parker 45

Parker 45 Pen The Parker 45 has been around for quite a bit longer than most people realise. They were actually launched in 1960, although I don’t remember seeing them in the early 60s….. those were my Parker 51 years. Apparently they initially launched as a budget fountain pen, partially aimed at school children, although …

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