We recently began carrying Leonardo Officina Italiana pens, and it’s been very exciting. I use the term “recently” quite loosely, as in between our first shipment (last year) and now time seems to have warped slightly. We were tremendously excited to get our last shipment in, which had some special orders that I know a few people were waiting for, and we weren’t sure what the timeline was going to be, with the situation in Italy.
These unique nibs, made only by Sailor, developed through their exceptional craftsmanship, have taken on mythical status. Along with their legendary writing experience, this is at least in small part due to their scarcity: the labour and time each of these nibs take to produce limits how many can be produced in any given season, and for a while, sale of them was on hold.
I used to be a Pro Gear person before I turned into a 1911 person, but with this newPro Gear Graphite Lighthouse, I think I’m returning home. The main difference between the Pro Gear series and the 1911 series is that the Pro Gear pens have flat ends, whereas the 1911 series have rounded ends—a matter of aesthetics.
TheTWSBI ALR Purplewas released last week and what a beauty. I fluctuate between being slightly behind the ball to being extremely behind the ball and so I’m sorry to say it’s already mostly gone, but we are expecting a new shipment imminently, hopefully by the end of the week.*
One of my recent acquisitions is the Waterman Carene. Actually, I got it a while ago, but since then there have been many exciting new launches (the Lamy Al-Star Vibrant Pink, Sailor's Royal Tangerine, the 45 from Franklin-Christoph), and sometimes you can only handle so much excitement before you need to go home and take a breath.
We recently began stocking the Faber-Castell School Pen, and I think this may very well be my new favourite fountain pen. And for $9, it's okay that I left my first one at a nature hostel out by Algonquin Park a week after I got it, and then promptly had to crack open another.