One pen has really endured and stood out as my most consistent everyday pen: the TWSBI 580AL.… More TWSBI 580AL – My long-term everyday pen
We’ve all been there. You’re in a conference room, and there are people all around the table with laptops in front of them and eyes on the screen. If you ask them a question, there might be a 50/50 chance that they look up and say “hmmm?” Meetings are expensive propositions for any business. You… More This meeting is the only thing I’m engaged with right now.
The best deal in quality writing instruments going today is, without a doubt, the Jinhao X450. This pen, for only 99 cents shipped from China to the US, should prove to be a gateway drug into the good shit for anyone with good taste and frugal spending habits.
Fountain pens are brutal on paper. Moleskines are among the first to fall, paper failing in some disgusting combination of feathering, shadowing, and bleeding through when subjected to the abuse of a fountain pen. When the William Hannah Limited fan page on Facebook led a status update with the following, I expected them to fail:… More William Hannah: paper tough enough for fountain pens?
Fountain pens. Always. Especially pilot 823 for signing and Lamy 2000 for novels. RT @FMorrison42: rollerball or fountain? — Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 17, 2015 This single tweet has been my undoing.
In a recent blog, I shined a little bit of a light on something that I found both curious and validating. No, I’m not mad for wanting to try writing a serious literary work with a fountain pen. Neil Gaiman does it all the time. But that seed took root and bore sweet fruit.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering how to get better performance out of your cheap Chinese fountain pens. I spent a few bucks and got my hands filthy with Hero blue-black ink so that you won’t have to.
Yup. His tastes are a bit more expensive than my own, though both pens are fantastic and I’d write with either/both if I could stomach spending that much on a pen.
I didn’t want to call out any particular pen today, though my image shows a Jinhao 699. The problem I’ve been observing spans multiple value brands from China, including Jinhao and Baoer. There are some nibs out there that should be avoided. Let me explain.
Next to a common (and relatively spendy) Lamy Safari, the Jinhao 159 is a beast of a fountain pen. Total cost: $3.59 on eBay.