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!
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.
Thanks to German manufacturer Kaweco, fountain fans can now get that same elusive smoothness in a tool the size of a Fisher Space Pen. Meet the Liliput, a pocket pen so outstanding that it just may change the way you look at writing.
In the crowded world of pens, it’s always nice to see something new. So when we stumbled across the Pico from Lamy, we knew we had to give it a try. Designed by Franco Clivio, this little German marvel features an interesting actuation, transforming from a simply cylinder to a full sized ballpoint with the press of a button. Lamy was kind enough to send one our way for testing, so read on to see how it stacks up.
If you only own one product from Fisher, odds are it’s a version of their iconic Bullet Space Pen. We’ve carried one for the last few months and have generally enjoyed the device. But, after perusing the company’s catalog, a different model caught our eye – The Fisher Backpacker. After a brief discussion, Fisher was kind enough to provide us with a shiny silver model for the purposes of this review. It offers all of the write-anywhere capability Space Pens are known for, with a slightly different spin on design.
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.