Category: features

Antique, Vintage or Classic – your pen of hemlock or my cup of joy?

Antique, Vintage or Collectable – how best to describe your Fountain Pen? We collectors (hoarders, aficionados, squirrels, gleaners, whatever) of fountain pens are always in a quandary, when it entails describing our prize possessions. How do you classify the Montblanc Rouge et Noir safety BHR (No. 4 long) pen that

 

A Fountain pen, a fountain of joy?

Fountain pens – memories and inks that survived the holocaust! There are times when even hardcore lovers of fountain pens fail to screw our eyes to read the fine print on the nib or even the nearly worn stamp of the manufacturer on the barrel of the pen. We fail

 

Why do pen collectors fail?

Pen Collectors of the world unite – you have nothing to lose but your apathy and a whole new ink to win! The world is full of married men? Nah, if the world is full of anything, it is a strange species called the failed pen collector. Failed, as in

 

The Forbidden City where the Chinese make their fountain pens?

Chinese Fountain Pens – random thoughts about my latest crop Fountain pens made in China never cease to fascinate me. Not the way the solid engineering of German pens, or the fine excellence of Japanese pens or the pukka artistry of British pens, or even the handcrafted brilliance of Indian

 

Cross your heart and give Liberty a Rollerball

Cross X Liberty United Collector’s Edition Gunmetal Gray Rollerball I abhor dot pens and gel pens and roller-ball pens. Lesser mortals all. Naturally, eulogising about them and their ilk is sacrilege, no less. But this one is different. This one is special. This one deserves a salute, even from a