I’ve mostly been using the shop tester pens, but after seven weeks of it, I had to ink up a few favourites again.

With considerable restraint, I only inked up three.

TWSBI ECO White RoseGold Fine - Rohrer and Klingner Sepia
Platinum 3776 Celluloid Calico Broad - Sailor Yonaga
Pilot Custom 74 Black Soft Medium - J. Herbin Vert de gris

Sailor Yonaga in my Platinum 3776 Calico. Yonaga is a rich, deep blue with a sheen. Smooth and wet and reliable.

The Platinum 3776 Celluloid Calico is a real beauty. I once wrote a blog post on my favourite three, which included this one. It’s a vintage, timeless look, and the material is so lovely to hold, and also comes in a Tortoiseshell finish. It’s only available as a special order from our shop, but these ones do come in much more quickly (1-2 weeks) than other Japanese pens we special order.

J. Herbin Vert de gris in a Pilot Custom 74 Black Soft Medium. I’m not normally a teal person, but this Vert de gris colour has been in more than a few pens of mine.

The Pilot Custom 74 with the soft medium nib is a desert island pen for me. The nib on it is just amazing. I occasionally chase down beautiful pens, but it always comes down to the nib. It’s soft and responsive and wet but still in control and every ink I’ve ever tried in it has worked beautifully.

Rohrer and Klingner Sepia in a TWSBI ECO White RoseGold

Great news! We’re expecting another shipment of the ECO White RoseGold soon, and so we’ve opened up a pre-order. This is not the last batch of the ECO White RoseGold, in case you’re still thinking about it and don’t want to decide now.

Manufacturing and shipping delays have wreaked havoc with normal timelines and expectations of all companies, so it’s an unexpected delight to be hearing news of the imminent arrival of this special edition, which sold out so quickly the first time around. There is no news yet about the 580 RoseGold, but we are expecting another shipment eventually. You can always email us orders@wonderpens.ca if you would like to receive an in-stock notification for when we get those pens back in.


There is something refreshing and fun and full of potential in inking up a few new pens. The ritual of picking out a few pens and some matching inks, filling them up and wiping them off, is a very analogue and slow ritual, like hand grinding beans for a cup of coffee, or popping popcorn on the stove for a movie night.

It’s been a lot of fun to read your entries in our giveaway. It’s been lovely to see how so many of you are keeping busy but also keeping in good spirits, and finding inspiration in all sorts of places, baking or cooking, or digging out tools or things you haven’t used in a while. We are all just doing what we can to truck along i


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Bob said:

Thanks I’m checking your link, right now :)


Bob said:

Loved the review…. Plus that ink is really lovely…


Bob said:

Question: Is Blue Upon The Plains of Abraham is quick drying ink like Kung Te-Cheng or is it never drying ink like Black Swan / Golden Brown etc :)


Anonymous said:

Hah! It’s a gamble everyday! ?

No, the nibs between the two pens are different—the Pilot Customs (74, 92) are more like standard nibs. They’re a bit bouncy, especially the soft ones, and are good for standard writing. The Falcon has a different shape, and it’s designed to give you a slight bit of flex or variation. It’s not the same as a vintage flex pen, but in terms of modern gold nib pens that are softer, this is a great option. I did a blog post with some writing samples here. I love my Falcon, and it’s a lot of fun to play with. I know a lot of artists or people who sketch with it especially. For everyday writing, I tend to gravitate towards my 92 or 74, but they are both lovely!


Bob said:

Glad to see you found a new topic to write about :)
That vert de gris looks delightful. Are the nibs of Pilot Custom and Falcon identical?

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