Friday, August 7, 2020

Montblanc Writers Edition: Victor Hugo

Montblanc Writers Edition: Victor Hugo


This summer has been full of amazing pen releases, and we are especially happy to have the new Writers Edition series from Montblanc. This Writer's Edition is focused on the famous French writer: Victor Hugo. Hugo is known for being a poet, novelist, and dramatist. He is well known for Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Hugo was heavily influenced by romanticism, and was a huge figure in this literary movement. He was greatly inspired by François-René de Chateaubriand, who was also a well known French writer, politician, and diplomat who founded romanticism in French literature. Hugo was also very involved in politics, and supported Republicanism. His political stance eventually caused him to be exiled from 1855 to 1870. When he returned back to Paris in 1870, he was seen as a hero. Unfortunately, the last years of his life continued to go down hill as he lost both his sons in 1871 and 1873. This caused some of his later works to be more heavy and deep, focusing on themes of religion and death. He died in Paris on May 22nd, 1885. Since then he has remained a literary giant. 


The Victor Hugo collection features two fountain pens, two rollerballs, a ballpoint, mechanical pencil, ink, a pen pouch, and notebook. 

The Limited Edition 1831 is a tribute to his story Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). The design of the pen features a skeleton overlay on the cap and barrel, the cap has an emblem made out of  Mother of Pearl, and also has a cone ring with a special engraving and a single chain link. The nib is a medium Au750 solid gold nib, and is rhodium colored. The body is made out of metal, and it's also a piston filler. It measures at 5.7"L x 0.7" W, and is packaged in a gift box. It is also now available in a rollerball! 

The standard Victor Hugo Fountain pen is inspired by a few different parts of the French architecture. The cap is influenced by the Gothic architecture of the Notre Dame de Paris. The barrel incorporates the Neo-Gothic furniture in Hugo's Hauteville House. The clip structure  is shaped to reflect the Rosace from Notre Dame, and the drop is inspired from the bell. If you look close enough, behind the clip, you'll see the outline of the face of Jean Valjean from Les Miserables. The entire body also portrays the shape of the pillar where Quasimodo is chained to in the square of Notre Dame. The nib comes in a fine or medium, and also features the Au750 gold nib. The body is made from precious resin, and also is a piston filler. This also comes in a ballpoint, rollerball, and mechanical pencil.  
Accessories feature a pen pouch and notebook. The pen pouch holds one pen, and is made from soft black leather, featuring an embossed design of the spires from the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral. The notebook, made in Italy, is black and contains 96/192 lined pages, and is also embossed with the Neo-gothic furniture from Hugo's Hauteville House. 

Last, but not least, there is also a Homage to Victor Hugo ink in the shade brown. The bottle has a front compartment, easy for emptying residue into. This specific shade of brown is inspired by the the gargoyles of Notre Dame. 


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Monday, August 3, 2020

Welcoming Opus 88!

                               OPUS 88


    In a few weeks we will be welcoming Opus 88 fountain pens to our collection! For now we will be selling the "Picnic" and "Demo" Collection. 

The Picnic collection fountain pens are made of acrylic, and features a JoWo #10 nib that is available in Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, 1.4mm Stub. It comes in brown, purple, and green.  It's also a rather light weight pen, weighting about 20.5 grams. 

The Opus 88 Demo is made out of acrylic as well, and features a JoWo #6 nib. It is also available in the same nib sizes as the Picnic -- Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, 1.4mm Stub. The Demo comes in orange, red, clear, grey, and the "2020" color. This is also a very light pen, weighing in at 27 grams. 

Happy Writing! 

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Sailor Compass 1911 -- Coming August 2020

 Sailor Compass 1911 

Sailor has released a new series called "Compass", that is designed after the 1911. It is not only super affordable, but comes in a wide variety of colors! 

It features a transparent resin body with a clear feed and silver trim. They all come with a medium-fine stainless steel nib, and are packaged in a gift box with a color matched converter and 2 black Sailor cartridges (both are proprietary).

The colors it will be available in are: Clear, Red, Pink, Blue, Purple, Green, Olive, Yellow, and orange. They will be available for $39.20, and they are also made in Japan. 


Length Closed: 133 mm
Length Pen Open with Cap off: 115 mm / 4.52 inches
Length Cap Posted 145 mm / 5.71 inches
Diameter: 9.5 mm / 0.38 inches
Barrel Max Diamete 11.5 mm /  .45 inches
Weight: 14 g

There will also be Sailor Compass themed cartridges available in the following colors: Black, Pink, Red Brown, Sky Blue, Blue/Black, and Green. These will come in 2 packs for $1.99

The current ETA for release is August!

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Sailor discontinuation of the Jentle Inks.

Sailor North America  have made the difficult decision to discontinue the Sailor Jentle Ink collection of North America exclusive bottled ink colors that include Epinard, Apricot, Sky High, Ultramarine, Grenade, and Peche. 

First, a little history. These six colors were originally developed by Sailor for the global market, but after Sailor introduced the first batch of their Shikiori “Four Seasons” ink colors, they decided to discontinue these six colors globally. The world was up in arms, especially our North America market that had fallen in love with these six colors. Knowing there was going to be strong demand for these inks, Itoya bought up a one year supply of this ink as a last hurrah, but they quickly sold out of “one year supply” in just one week.

The world didn’t have these six colors for several years.

But due to popular demand, it was brought back in 2016 exclusively for the North American market. Demand was extremely strong when it was  brought back in 2016. People had hoarded bottles and bottles of Apricot, Epinard, Grenade, and the rest. Most people rejoiced! People selling their old scarce bottles on eBay were understandably miffed.

Since 2016, the world has changed. Sailor has introduced over 110 new bottled ink colors since then. So Itoya has  made the very difficult decision to discontinue these six Sailor Jentle ink colors. We think there will be a second hoarding rush when consumers find out. We have a decent inventory of these ink bottles still in stock, so please place your orders while supplies last. Thank you very much for your support of these wonderful ink colors. We’re going to miss them, and we think you will as well.  But get your bottle now to enjoy. 

We also have a quick video on this on our facebook page. 

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Monday, June 22, 2020

House Colors of Harry Potter - Montegrappa Pens

Hogwarts is the name of the latest addition to the Harry Potter: House Colours collection from Montegrappa. Made under the shield of the world-famous school of wizardry and witchcraft, this umbrella model unites the colors of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin – the houses honored in the collection’s initial release.

Striking design uses the school’s coat of arms on Hogwarts’ cap disc and clip, and combines artistic elements from each of its companion models. Once again, hand-formed brass and stainless steel are fused into a writing range crafted to please the most scrupulous alumni. Magical writing is the promise of every Montegrappa pen.

Hogwarts is made in fountain pen, rollerball and ballpoint modes, and supplied in a special, gold-foil embossed school-themed case.

Let's discover,

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Faber-Castell Hexo Series

Faber-Castell's Hexo Series

The new Hexo Series from Faber-Castell has finally arrived after a long time of waiting! We thank everyone who waited patiently for the arrival of these pens. With all the delays due to COVID, it took a bit longer than expected but we are super glad to have them in!

It is available in ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain pen. It comes in black, silver, and rose.

The fountain pen is a cartridge/converter, however you will have to purchase the converter separately. They also have a stainless steel nib, which is incredibly smooth,  that is available in these sizes: M, F, EF, B. They are also post friendly, but don’t seem to have a lot of back-weight!

For all three pens it features a hexagonal barrel, which is an ergonomically shaped grip zone to make writing more comfortable, and is suitable for both right-handed and left-handed users! The caps are also made out of anodized aluminum that features a solid metal clip.

I would say that these would fit into the category of a great starter/economical pen, especially if you prefer a larger/thicker pen vs a slimmer pen, but don't want to spend too much money. It also has a bit more weight on it than pens such as the Lamy, but isn't exactly too heavy either. It's a decent price for those looking for these type of features. Let us know if you have any questions, and we will be happy to assist you!

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Sailor ProGear Slim Mini - North America Exclusive

Sailor ProGear Slim Mini - North America Exclusive - It's Back!

We hope everyone is doing well, and is able to find more positive things during this pandemic, whether it's a new hobby or a hobby that you're able to focus more on! We are still so appreciative of everyone who has been supporting our small business. We've been trying to make sure we can do the best we can with our limited staff! We are excited to announce that Sailor is bringing back the ProGear Slim Mini to North America! It’s been almost 10 years since it has been available here, and it has only been produced in Japan in limited quantities since. How exciting to have them back here!

Also known as the “Sapporo Mini”, this adorable mini pro gear comes in six new and modern colors that feature gold trim and a 14k medium fine (MF)  gold nib.

The colors available are: Mustard Yellow, Slate Green, Stellar Blue, Rose Taupe, Blush Pink, and Taupe.

The Professional Gear Slim Mini is just a smaller version of the Professional Gear Slim. When capped, the Slim Mini is 106 mm in length - or 18 mm shorter than the Slim. However, when posted, it is only 11 mm shorter. It’s a great option because it is easy to carry, since it is compact, but is not too far from the normal size of the slim while posted. 

However, due to its shorter size, this pen is not able to use a standard converter, and therefore does not come with one. It only will take the standard Sailor cartridges. Although, you could use a syringe to refill the cartridges with your preferred ink!

We do only have a limited quantity of these, and they are currently up for pre-order right now! Let us know if you have any questions! also Mustard is on backorder but they are on backorder and we should receive it in a month.

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Montblanc Le Petit Prince and the Planet

 Montblanc Le Petit Prince and the Planet 

Continuing the popular series of Le Petit Prince, Montblanc introduces the third collection of the series: The Planet.  This series is based on the Le Petit Prince written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and is now focused on the planet that the Le Petit Prince comes from.  The color chosen for this series is inspired by the prince's favorite rose on the planet, which he gave all his love to, even though the Rose did not.

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THE MEISTERSTUCK COLLECTION - Classique collection  

The Meisterstuck collection comes in two sizes, the Classique size (145) and the LeGrand size  (146).  They are available in a ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain pen. This series has a burgundy resin finish, and the fountain pens feature a gold base at the barrel.  The clip has a star on it, symbolizing the star that the "narrator" can lookup when he wants to think about the Le Petit Prince.  The fountain pen has a 14k Gold nib and features engravings of the Prince and the star. 

The ballpoint takes the standard Montblanc refills, and the rollerball takes the standard Montblanc rollerball pen refills. 

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The Legrand collection is a larger pen than the classique pen. An important thing to note is that the Legrand fountain pens are piston fill only.  The Legrand rollerball takes the Montblanc Legrand rollerball refill, and the Legrand ballpoint takes the regular ballpoint pen refill.  This fountain pen also features the engravings of the Prince and the stars. 
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The Montblanc Solitaire Duo collection has a metal cap with an engraving of the stars, like the Classique collection.  It also features the 18k gold nib with the engraving of the rose, and can use either cartridge or converter.  The rollerball takes the Montblanc classique refills, and the ballpoint uses the Montblanc ballpoint refills.

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The Solitaire collection of this series is very unique, as they used  European Hornbeam for the body of the pen and also the cap.  European Hornbeam wood is germ, decay, and disease resistant and over time becomes a distinct pen to the writer. The cap features the stars inscribed on the wood, and also features "B612" (the "planet"). The nib is also an 18k nib featuring the beloved rose. The fountain pen comes in the LeGrand sizes, and is a piston filler only. The collection also comes in a LeGrand rollerball and LeGrand ballpoint. 

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The Ink : 

The Montblanc Le Petit Prince is complimented nicely by a rose burgundy ink.  The ink is very similar to the Pilot Iroshizuku Yama -Budo ink.  It matches quite perfectly with the pen.  It comes in both the bottle and cartridges.  

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The Montblanc Le Petit Prince & The Planet Notebook:

The final piece, which makes this collection complete, is the beautiful notebook with B612 engraved and the star.  

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Does a hand sanitizer on our hands damage the pens that we use? Does it discolor?

By Ben L.

Anyone who’s purchased a TWSBI Eco has seen the little tag that comes under the clip warning you not to use alcohol based cleaners. But in these dire times when sanitation is paramount, are you putting your pens at risk by potentially exposing them to hand sanitizer?
The reason TWSBI Ecos have that warning tag is because they’re made of polymethyl methacrylate, which is marketed under brand names like Plexiglass and Perspex, and more widely known as acrylic. This is unique among TWSBI’s offerings, as their other models are made of polycarbonate resin that’s more resistant to solvents. However, acrylic is present in other pens, especially those with bodies made from resin blanks turned on a lathe, as the blanks frequently have acrylic as their primary ingredient.
Acrylic is reactive with a handful of polar solvents such as alcohols, and as a result could potentially be damaged by exposure. Conveniently for us, because knowing the resistance of different plastics to solvents is extremely important for knowing when they’re suitable for industrial applications, companies who sell them publish the results of comprehensive testing of their resistance to different solvents. The analysis I looked at assessed the behavior of acrylic with an extremely wide range of solvents and substances potentially encountered in industrial applications such as jet fuel and ozone. Reactivity was ranked on a four tier scale, from E: “30 days of constant exposure with no damage. Plastic may even tolerate chemical for years.” to N: “Not recommended for continuous use. Immediate damage may occur such as severe crazing, cracking, or permeation losses.”
The vast majority of hand sanitizers are alcohol based, with the active ingredients usually being some combination of isopropyl alcohol and ethanol at a concentration of 60 to 95%. At room temperature, isopropyl alcohol’s reactivity with acrylic was rated as the 2nd highest level, F, meaning that there was “Some effect after 7 days of constant exposure to the reagent. Solvents may cause softening, and swelling.”, and ethanol received the same rating.
What does this mean for you when you’re using hand sanitizer around your pens? Practically nothing. The samples tested by the lab were continuously exposed to a high concentration of each alcohol for several days, and unless you’re using so much hand sanitizer it’s dripping on the page as you write, the time your pens will spend in contact with the solvents is on the order of seconds each time you sanitize your hands before picking them up. Effects of excessive exposure to reactive solvents include discoloration, swelling, puffiness, softening, or cracking, so it’s still wise to avoid excessive contact between the acrylic of an Eco and any harmful solvents, but the impact of getting a reasonable amount of hand sanitizer on a pen isn’t big enough to worry about.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

I know this is not the way we imagined spending Mother's Day this year, and this might be a sensitive time for some. We hope everyone is doing well and healthy. As a small business we have been working hard with a limited staff in our warehouse, and customer service has been working from home. We’ve been doing our best, and are very appreciative of all the business and support we have been receiving.

This pandemic, however, has not stopped the pen world and the releases for this spring. There’s a lot of new pens featuring pastels and bright, lovely colors that remind me of my own mom.

There are a lot of great options for mom’s this year, and down below we will feature a selection of pens, ink, and paper we think your mom will love. I think this would be an excellent way to show your love to your pen-fanatic moms! Or if your mom has expressed interest in pens, this is a great way to introduce her to the pen community! Definitely a fun, personal, and thoughtful gift.

Don’t forget if you sign up for our newsletter (featured at the bottom of our website on the main page) you can get an extra $5.00 off. We are also giving a red or pink Yak leather pen case with any order over $100 featuring white, pink, red, or purple pens and inks. Please also take into consideration that with current events there may be some shipping delays. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We hope to see you in store soon! Please check out our Instagram (we do contests!), Facebook, and Youtube page! And if you feel inclined to, another great way to support us, is by leaving us a review on Google! Thank you for the continued support.
1. Waterman Riviera Series ($94.00 - $120.00)

2. Sailor Fairytale Series ($96.00 - $180.00.)

3. Parker Jotter Pastel ($13.00 - $16.50)

4. Lamy Candy Series or pastel? ($16.00 - $29.60)

5. Aurora Ipsilon Seasons - Spring Primavera & Summer Estate ($79.20 - $120.00)

6. Montblanc Marilyn Monroe ($750.00 - $830.00)

7. Taccia Lipstick Ink ($12.00)

8. Bungubox Mother Pink ($50.40)

9. Monteverde sweet life ink set ($72.00)

10. Oberon Journals ($76.00)

11. Write Amethyst  ($12.00)

12. Waterman Allure ($19-$24)

13. Montblanc Bonheur Weekend ($560 - $830). Get it now.

Visit to find more other interesting gifts and attractive offers everyday.

Take Care!

- Amber J.
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