Review: Faber-Castell Essentio Fountain Pen

I thought I was done with fountain pens. But like Michael Corleone said… Well, you know. I blame the German gents at Faber-Castell, who offered to send over one of their new Essentio models. Priced in the sub-$50 tier formerly occupied by the Loom, this blue metal beauty was too much to resist. Great looks and affordability? Heiliger strohsack!

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Review: Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen

I ask, for the second review in a row, “What the heck is this?” I work on a construction site, probably one of the least fountain pen-friendly environments out there. And yet, here I am with the Faber-Castell Loom, one of the most well-regarded fountain pens in the sub-$50 range. This, along with the TWSBI Eco, is considered to be among the best writers for bottled-ink beginners. Let’s see if this steel-tipped Bavarian can stand in the world of steel-toed boots.

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Review: Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

In our world of texting, email, and digital tech, fountain pens are something of an anachronism. These large, gravity-fed writing instruments are known to leak, dry out, or otherwise fail despite their typically stratospheric price tags. And yet, there’s a huge community dedicated to the collection and use of fountain pens. We at Journeywind Junk decided to see what all the fuss was about. Armed with a charcoal black Lamy Safari, we set out to determine if this classical tool is truly suited to the modern age.