Pelikan M1000 Fountain Pen

Pelikan M1000 Souveran Fountain Pen

Blog by Tony Roman:

There are very few pens out there that can compare to the “King of Pens,” the Pelikan Model 1000. The flagship of the Pelikan line, it measures approximately 5.74 inches and has an 18K two-tone gold nib with gold trim around the cap and barrel. The barrel is a distinctive shade of iridescent, emerald green topped with black stripes. This elegant design really stands out and gets noticed. Not only is the pen a beauty to look at, it has excellent functional features as well. It has a comfortable grip that glides the nib effortlessly across the page. The barrel is semi-transparent so that you can see the ink level inside. The pen does not require cartridges, as it draws ink directly from the bottle (piston fill) – very ecological with no waste. Can you tell how much I love this pen? There’s more ......

Twenty years ago I was in a terrible car accident that destroyed my car and damaged most of its contents, including my favorite Pelikan fountain pen. I was so distraught about the condition of the pen, thinking it was beyond repair, I was ready to throw it away. However, my wife encouraged me to send it back to Pelikan to see if they could repair it. I had real doubts, but I mailed the pen to Pelikan anyway, along with a letter explaining what had happened. Soon after, to my great surprise and joy, the Pelikan company returned my pen to me in fully restored condition at no charge. To this day, Pelikan’s M1000 fountain pen remains one of my most prized possessions and represents Pelikan’s dedication to customer satisfaction. In today’s world this is a rare commodity. I remain to this day totally delighted with the Pelikan M1000 and the Pelikan company itself. 

  For more information about the Pelikan company and the Souveran model, click below:

  If you would like to experience owning a Pelikan pen, please contact Pen Boutique, where I purchased mine many years ago. Remember, Pelikan has a wide variety of model sizes and colors to choose from. I suggest you browse the Pen Boutique web site to see for yourself. I’m sure you can’t go wrong.

My final thoughts:  

While the price of this pen is higher than some others, it’s worth every penny. It is well designed, very durable, has good balance, and great feel in the hand. The barrel is large, but not heavy, just right. The large nib has a bit of spring to it. This is a special pen, from a classic company, that is very modern and stylish. I think it makes for a very fine writing experience. Available in Black and Green.  

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Parker Duofold Fountain Pen - Black with the Gold.

Blog by Tony Roman:

  ONCE AGAIN I would like the thank Leena and her wonderful staff for suggesting the Parker Duofold. It’s a wonderful pen! I did some quick research on the web and was surprised to see that the Parker Pen company first debuted the Duofold, their flagship pen, back in 1925; and in a few years that pen will celebrate it’s Centennial, a pen that Parker continues to successfully sell.  I chose my very own Duofold in the classic colors of Gloss Black Resin with 18 kt Gold trim, a stunning combination. I wasn’t sure at first if this large pen might be too big for my hand, but thanks to Parker’s many years of ergonomic design and refinements, this pen fits the contours of my hand perfectly! I’m totally delighted with it.

  I thought others might be interested in my first thoughts on it so I am writing this short review. I might be a little old school, but I love to write in general, and this Parker Duofold Fountain pen instills that love even more. This is a large pen, almost 5 ½ inches (140 mm) in length, when capped. But large, doesn’t mean unwieldy. In fact, it felt perfectly balanced, with or without the cap, depending on your personal preference. The pen is packaged in a wonderful large outer box with an inner black patterned clamshell jewel-box, which includes: black ink cartridges, directions, and warranty, all in a cream suede interior. The nib is of the highest quality workmanship, with an Ace of Spade design etched into the 18kt gold and silver metals. The medium nib is flexible and very responsive. Pen Boutique sells several different nib sizes from broad to fine, and specialty nibs can be attained as well (Italics, Stub, and Oblique’s) with a special order.

  I filled my pen, using the included bottle ink converter. It wrote on the first stroke. The ink flow was just right for me, not too wet or too dry. The pen felt perfect and I found I could write with it for a long time without fatigue.

-->   My Final thoughts:  
While the price of this pen is higher than some others, it’s definitely value for money. It is well designed, very durable, has good balance, and great feel in the hand. This is a special pen, a classic that is almost 100 years old, but still very modern and stylish in its own unique way. I imagine it would also make a very special present to a deserving graduate or perhaps for a birthday or other occasion. I would say there is only one other pen that Leena sells that might surpass this pen and that would be the very conservative MontBlanc Diplomat 149 in the same Black and  Gold, but no other pen comes close! I think it makes for a very fine writing experience.

LAMY’s Al-Star Vibrant Pink Fountain pen and Ink bottle.

Blog by Tony Roman:

   LAMY’s new Special Edition AL-star Fountain Pen, in beautiful “Vibrant Pink,” is a great pen! The color is a deep fuchsia shade, quite the stunner. As are all LAMY special editions, this one has an available matching ink available both in a 50 ml bottle (which you would use with the Lamy converter) or with the disposable ink cartridge, both of which are available through the Pen Boutique store or it’s online web site (

 If you are unfamiliar with the company LAMY, is German company out of Heidelberg, and has a long history of producing fine writing instruments (, or since their founding back in1930.

The pen itself is made of lightweight aluminum, with a stylized oversized, chrome clip and a very comfortable, translucent, ergonomic plastic grip. It has a wonderfully responsive polished steel nib (which can be changed-out to match your writing style from fine to broad including specialized Italic 1.1mm and 1.5mm nibs, as available).  As mentioned, it takes the matching LAMY T10 giant ink cartridges or with the LAMY Z28 converter inserted, can be used straight for the large T52 50 milliliter bottle which also contains a built in ink blotter part of  a small roll designed into the bottom of the glass bottle. The LAMY Engineers are world renown for their modern design aesthetic. Click here to learn more

 The pen would make a great beginner’s fountain pen, being very easy to hold and use.  Even experienced pen aficionados, come over to Lamy because of their innovative style and ease of use. Also, the prices are always very affordable! It is a rugged pen as well, and can handle the daily grind of being carried around and possibly dropped. The “Al-star,” is Lamy’s slightly larger (5 ½ inches or 140mm capped) all aluminum version of Lamy’s Safari pen line-up, which are injection-molded plastic and have a sort of cult following.

   Final thoughts, for a few bucks, go and get one, try it, I’m sure you will like it, or someone you know will. Happy Spring!!

The Monteverde Invincia - From the eyes of customer

Blog by Tony Roman:

  Thanks Pen Boutique for my new pen. I’ve just started using my new “Invincia” pen made by Monteverde, as you know an American company based in California, and I’m happy to report that I’m delighted with it, both in form and function.

  I thought others might be interested in my thoughts on it. The pen’s aesthetics struck me as fresh and modern, with a classic look. The pen is packaged in a wonderful old-world outer cardboard box with an inner clamshell jewel-box, and that box includes: a box of ink cartridges, directions, and warranty. As you know, my new pen has an eye-catching, metallic, light-green cap with black trim. The barrel is comprised of glossy, braided carbon fibers under a thick clear coat of plastic – all very smooth to the touch. The nib, also black, is stainless steel and very flexible and responsive to the writer. I chose to purchase separately the specialty 1.1 mm stub nib, which I use all the time, as it adds a flair to my signatures.

  I filled my pen, using the included bottle ink convertor, with a bottle of Monteverde’s own  green ink called Yosemite. The pen wrote on the first stroke after filling; no time was needed for the ink to make its way down to the nib. The ink flow was perfect for me, not too wet or too dry. Also, this pen feels right in my hand, not being too heavy or cheap and lightweight. It does have some added weight from the metal barrel that gives it a feel of quality. The pen feels balanced with the cap posted, and is not too long and awkward, though the pen could also be easily written with without the cap being on the barrel, for slightly smaller hands.

  So my final thoughts:  For the price, this is a very durable, stylish pen, with well built design/manufacturing aspects:  pleasing color, good balance, and great feel in the hand. Would I buy another in the future? Absolutely! Perhaps two in different colors, keeping one and giving one away to a deserving graduate or perhaps for a birthday or other occasion. Disappointments, well, none. It’s not a Mont Blanc of course, but neither is it billed to be. Instead it’s an honest, solid writer for day to day. I think it makes for a fine writing experience.


More details:


  Monteverde is an American company based in Canoga Park, California (buy American). More information is available on the web on their web site: (check it out). It was founded 36 years ago and does brisk trade throughout the world. Monteverde has an extensive web presence online, where all of their models and inks are available for sale.


  The pen comes in a wonderful old world outer cardboard box and inner clamshell jewel box, both in matching dark green. The jewel box has a white satin fabric interior. Included in the box is the pen, and under it, in a pull out section is: a box of cartridge refills (of Monteverde ink) in the standard international size, an international lifetime warranty card (where it is suggested to register online within 14 days of purchase), and a heavy paper instructional sheet on how to refill the pen with the included ink cartridges or from the included ink converter.


  This pen’s aesthetics are new and appealing and catch the eye. The iridescent lime cap and 3D woven carbon fiber barrel are fresh and modern with a classic look.

Physical aspects:


  The pen is about 137mm or 5.4 inches as measured with the cap on from lid edge to barrel edge or about 5.75 inches (or 146 mm) measured from cap edge to tip of the fountain pen nib when the cap is posted on the barrel for normal writing.


  The pen is very slightly heavy in the hand; to me it feels just right (not too heavy and not cheap and light). The weight is mostly in the barrel coming from its metal construction. The pen feels balanced. With the cap posted, it is not too long and awkward, though the pen could be easily written with - without the cap being on the barrel - for slightly smaller hands. I’m 5 foot 7 inches and my hands might be considered smaller than some people, so take that into account.

  Colors (cap):

  The colors of the pen that I bought are a wonderful metallic light green (lime) cap with black trim. The cap and clip are both glossy black with a very nice Monteverde mountain logo outline in white and a gloss black band on the lower cap with white printed “MONTEVERDE USA” on the front aligned under the clip and on the back of the band in white script “invincia.”

Colors (barrel):

The barrel is black trimmed with glossy reflective braided carbon fibers all under a thick clear coat of plastic. All very smooth to the touch. A black end-cap tapers from the barrel. The section (where your fingers naturally grip the pen) is also gloss black paint over metal with a narrowing taper for easy grip.

The nib:

The nib is a stainless steel nib coated with a black/gunmetal coating with a slight sheen (satin luster). On the nib is the Monteverde logo and the words “Monteverde USA” etched into the nib. The nib I purchased was a specialty flexible 1.1mm Stub.

Writing experience:

 I filled my pen, via the included plastic converter, with Monteverde ink. It’s always a good idea to start using a pen with an ink from the same manufacturer, assuming they also make ink and they have a color to suit your taste. I was lucky, Monteverde sells a great looking green ink, called Yosemite Green, which is keeping with their American theme.  I bought the 30ml glass bottle with ITF (an additive to keep the ink flowing within the pen and extends cap-off time, and improved Ink drying time - Ink Treatment Formula). The ink is packaged in the USA (though made in the EU at this time).

  The pen wrote on first stroke, no needing time for the ink to make it’s way down to the nib. The ink flow was perfect for my writing style, not too wet or dry. I like the ink itself, it doesn’t feather, it is nicely saturated and has a fresh color of green (like mountain trees).