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Kaco edge 04

Kaco has been busy. Their new pen is interesting.

Kaco is a Chinese stationery company that put themselves on the fountain pen map with their Sky model.

The Sky set itself apart is a couple of ways.

All in all, the Sky has been well recei...

Moonman 80   f nib 02

First things first. This pen works really well. It's an achievement in terms of design and functionality. The more I use and understand it, the more I appreciate what the Parker 45 accomplished.
What? Parker? But this is a Moonman...
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Ambitious nib 2015 fpn group buy review

Article originally posted in Nov. 2015 on the Fountain Pen Network. The nibs were part of a group buy that took place on the forum.

The Ambitious Nib group buy proved to be a real treasure trove and a great experience personally in trying out d...

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For a moment there, orange was my color of choice. I think I was coming off a sepia phase, but don't rightly recall.
I got myself some Diamine Autumn Oak and took a flier on J. Herbin Orange Indian.

The Autumn Oak was a great success but I c...

Wing sung 626   fountain pen time machine 03

Part of the pleasure of vintage pens is thinking about what it was like to experience the the golden age of fountain pens.
The drawback is it’s an impossible task.

NOS (new old stock) and vintage pens in near-unused condition is a game for f...

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A vintage Aurora 88 has been on my grail list ever since I first encountered pelahale’s landmark video paean to this pen, HeartBreaking Pens of Staggering Genius. Naturally, I set my sights on an original 88 in Nikargenta.
The Aurora 88 is intr...

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I’ve waited some time before writing this review. This has been my go-to pen for about a month now, making lists, jotting notes and annotating life as it goes by. The regular stuff.

The long and short of it is: this is a high-quality writing ...

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Chinese pens continue to impress. It’s clear manufacturers are investing in improving their products to grab market share.
The Wing Sung 618 is an excellent case in point. Bottom line: this is a terrific pen and, at under $8 on Taobao, a great ...

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This was a pen I was prepared to like. At $12, it's a bargain. Its small size, however, will keep it from becoming a personal favorite. But for some folks, this new Delike wood fountain pen can be a real winner.

I love the wood. After my positi...


This is a fun, diminutive-sized writing instrument, with a twist. The nib retracts! It's proving to be a pleasant alternative to the larger pens I've been enjoying lately. I can see it as a take-along pen for notes or general writing duties any ...

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If you'd asked me a year or two ago to have a look at a wood-bodied fountain pen, you'd not have gotten much more than polite interest.
I mean, where do you find wood in vintage pens or among modern makers? Wood, I figured, was for home hobbyis...

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The PenBBS 308 is a pen designed by fountain pen lovers. People who know their stuff. For me, it's an instant classic.

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There was a moment there when mechanical pencils took my fancy.
My interest was peaked partly because of my son. Deep in the math weeds, pencils were his weapon of choice in his studies. It was also partly thanks to a friend from across the pon...


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It doesn't take too long poking around the pocket knife world to discover great swaths of titanium.  

Traditionalists may consider it out of bounds, but titanium is a premium handle material for all kinds of modern folders.  
And for good reas...


This pen really puts it all together:  

Yes, it's another new Chinese fountain pen.  If you like the Wing S 698, you'll appreciate the Caliarts Ego.
The two pens are virtually the same size and weight and use interchangable Pilot 78G-compati...

Traditional folding knives

There's something going on among knife collectors and hobbyists.  Folks are looking back to the roots of the art and finding much to like.  And I don’t mean antiques.  Traditional patterns in folding knives are coming back.
Traditional folding ...