Friday, March 27, 2020

It seems like distant memory....

Dear Pen Family,                                                                                                                              3/27/2020
Our store is still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our support staff is working from home, and although we are shipping with very minimal staff at our warehouse, we have so far been able to keep up with orders. Even I'm in the warehouse packing orders, which brings me back to the days when we were just starting out. Thank you very much for your support during this trying time. We are trying our best to get orders out with our reduced staffing and have so far been able to keep up, but please be patient with us if we fall behind. 
This is a different time, unlike anything we've ever been through. Our home has become an office, a playground for the kids, and a dinner place. Going out to dinner with family and friends, chatting with customers in the store, and celebrating my team's birthdays feels like a distant memory. However, not everything is bad. We cook more, try new recipes, walk outside almost every day, my daughter bakes something new every day, and we have excellent quality time together. I now try to write every day and encourage my kids to use fountain pens in their daily writing. How are you using this "stay at home" time?
Starting today, we'll be putting a surprise gift in every 50th order. If you're the lucky one, be sure to share it on social media and tag us!

Stay positive, be humorous, keep social distancing and WRITE MORE!
Thank you,
PS: The emailer is late by a day as I was packing yesterday and was tired after the day and needed a break!
At key-west Florida, right after that, the quarantine was in effect. Good times!

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Further COVID-19 response.

Dear all,

Amazing! Wow and Thank you! These are the only words I can say for the overwhelming support you have shown after we sent out the email detailing our COVID-19 response. The kind words, offers of support, and orders have been encouraging during these trying times. I could not respond to every reply, but please know that I have read them all and taken them to heart.    
We are still operating in a limited capacity.  Our storefront is closed for now due to the order of the Governor and Howard County government to close non-essential businesses.  We are not taking any engraving orders for now since our engraver is off-site. We have divided our team between working remotely and shipping orders, and only essential personnel are coming to the warehouse to work. We are also not taking any shipments received inside our building and are taking some extreme precautions to minimize the risk. 
I know I always say that we could not have been in business for 15 years without your support, but in times like these, my eyes are filled with tears of joy, thinking that I have such amazing, pen loving customers who will always support us! I know pens are not a top priority right now( Some might look at me with "rolling" eyes :-)), but if you consider pens to gift to someone or for yourself whenever an opportunity arises, it will mean a lot to me and my team. 
Stay positive, be humorous,  maintain the 6 feet distance :-)

Thank you,
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Saturday, March 14, 2020

COVID -19 Response and Store Closure.

Dear All,
Pen Boutique is carefully monitoring all information available regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). First and foremost, we are committed to minimizing the risk of exposure and transmission of this virus to our customers and employees. We will be making some adjustments to our store and online warehouse center procedures. 
We’ve discussed our concerns with team members and some customers, with options up to and including closing the store if needed. The Howard County Government has declared state of emergency and we are closing our store for next 2 weeks. We had great turnaround from our customers on Saturday, and we appreciate that. 
We do, however have the following precautions:
  • Customers coming into the store will have to use hand sanitizer before handling products. We also have the option to wash your hands with soap in the restroom located in our building.
  • Employees will wipe the handles of cabinets and also use disinfectant on the counters. We regularly do this, but we will be even more careful and judicious. 
  • If you have a cold, cough, fever or other symptoms, please avoid coming to the store. We will still be here when you get better, and we are always available at or via phone at (410) 992 3272 (Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm). 
  • For our warehouse and online operations, we will be restricting visitors for the next 2 weeks. We are also arranging for employees who can work remotely. 
  • We are also not having any group meetings, and we will be utilizing a team sharing app to coordinate between our team members remotely. 
  • We’ve posted a notice in front of our store explaining the hand sanitizing policy. 
Again, this is a developing situation, so things may change. We want to be as transparent as possible and are open to suggestions. 
Thank you and stay safe,
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Rickshaw Pen Holders

Hello, everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week! We recently have started selling Rickshaw Pen Holders, which are made in San Francisco. We got a batch late last year, but those sold super quick! We have a ton right now, though!

These pen cases come in a variety of styles and colors. A lot of them feature beautiful and fun artwork such as ink splatters and octopi, which are done by various artists (some being from Instagram!).  They come as solos or enough to fit 6-8 pens!

The material seems super durable, and is completed with a very soft and plush inside to keep your pens comfy, snug, and safe! The bigger pen cases also feature an elastic cord to wrap it all together. These are also machine washable and colorfast!

Check them out online or come in store to feel and see how wonderful and creative these pen holders are!

Content Writing By: Amber J
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Monday, February 10, 2020

Platinum Curidas: Coming Soon

The new retractable fountain pen by Platinum, known as the “Curidas”, will be arriving soon! I know everyone is super excited to see how this pen will write and feel. This will be one of the first retractable fountain pens at a lower price point as well, which is also exciting! Even though the bodies of the pen are familiar, there is still a lot to be excited by!

As we all know, one of the common issues people had with the vanishing point was the clip getting in the way, but with the Curidas they have it so it comes with a tool to take off the clip!

The colors it comes in are Gran Red, Abyss Blue, Urban Green, Graphite Smoke, and Prism Crystal. It has three nib options: extra fine, fine, and medium. It takes Platinum cartridges and either the Platinum Converter 500 or 700. The nib is a new nib featuring a stainless steel nib, which is one of the reasons it’s a bit more affordable. It is removable as well.

The bodies are plastic, but the hardware inside is actually metal. It also features a spring inside to operate the retractable part. It’s said that it’s almost similar to the size of the TWSBI Go spring.

The name of the pen is two words combined. “Curious”, which is English, and the Japanese word, “kuridasu”, meaning “to let out”. And we are definitely curious!

They are up for pre-order on our website, and we also welcome you to stop by our store when they arrive! Keep an eye out on our social media to see when they arrive!

Content Writing By: Amber J

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Conklin Duraflex Elements Collection Pens (Limited Availability!)

The elements that work together to balance the world as stated by Greek philosopher, Heraclitus:

Earth Fire Water

The writing instrument has been designed by Conklin drawing the inspiration from these crucial elements philosophy and introduced the Duraflex Elements writing instrument to characterize the phenomenal features of the universal elements. Check this out.

All of the Conklin Duraflex Elements Fountain Pens are available in Omniflex, Fine, Medium, Stub, Broad and Extra Fine nib size(s). PRE-ORDER NOW by visiting Pen Boutique store.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Pineider La Grande Bellezza Forged Carbon


     We hope everyone has had, and will continue to have, a great holiday and enjoys the last few weeks of 2019. We've been having an exciting time here at Pen Boutique as there have been quite a few new pen releases. As of recently we have gotten in the Pineider La Grande Belleza Forged Carbon! When I first pulled it out of the box I instantly got Gothic Renaissance vibes, and was captivated by the texture and design of the pen.

This pen was made in Florence, Italy and designed by Dante Del Vecchio, who was the founder and CEO of Visconti up until 2016.. It features Pineider's flex nib that is made out of a soft rhodium plated 14k gold nib, and allows the flex to give you that line variation you  may be looking for.  It also has an interesting filling mechanism where you have to push the button to extract the piston knob, turn it to fill the pen, and then push the button again in order to lock it. It also has a soft touch magnetic lock cap system!

For this pen they collaborated with a company called Carbon Dream, who is prominent in Italy and a worldwide manufacturer of materials and detail from composite materials. They represent the peak of luxury and technology, and have worked with big brands such as Ferrari and Bugatti.

Carbon itself is lightweight and resistant, which doesn't make it very malleable. However, forged carbon allows it to be more flexible. When it is heated at a high pressure it begins to form, creating a unique and different pen each time. It's been used in automobiles and things like luxury watches, but has never been used for a pen.

This pen is definitely an eye catcher, and would be a great conversation piece. It's also limited to only 888 pieces!

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Montblanc's New Great Character collection is - Walt Disney -

Montblanc Great Characters: Walt Disney

Something huge that was apart of my childhood, and the childhoods of many other children growing up over the last 96 years was and is Disney. Disney brought out imagination, creativity, and magic to life and it has become a legacy around the world. From their adaptations of well known fairy tales, to the well loved Mickey Mouse, Disney has had a place in our hearts and dreams.

   This month Montblanc released a pen inspired by Walt Disney, as a part of their Great Characters collection. When you wish upon a star, I guess dreams really do come true. This is definitely a sleek, innovative pen that reflects the beloved Mickey Mouse.

Mickey Mouse was originally not a mouse. Originally he began as a rabbit, known as Oswald. Oswald became popular very quickly, and they began making a series of shorts for him. Sadly, the studio ended up taking the rights for Oswald, and Disney and Ub Iwerks, one of the animators who stayed with Disney,  stayed together to create Mortimer the mouse. However, Mortimer did not end up being as popular as Oswald. He ended up changing the mouse’s name to Mickey, who at first was also not gaining any popularity. Then “Steamboat Willie” happened in 1928. It was the first time both music and sound effects were both used at the same time, and it was a hit. A few years later he received a makeover, and has been around since being the adorable mouse that he is.

  Montblanc wanted this pen to be inspired by such a legacy, and it’s color choice for the barrel is actually inspired by “Steamboat Willie”. The design of the pen is also inspired by the famous Monorail system at Disneyworld in Florida.

The barrel and cap are made from black precious resin, and have hidden mickey ears all over the barrel, as well as a 3D resin molding integrated into the barrel. Walt Disney’s signature is also featured on the cap. A very interesting part of this pen is that at the cone there are a set of coordinates engraved to represent where the position of the garage belonging to Walt Disney’s uncle was. This garage is celebrated because it is where his brother created a camera stand.There’s also a yellow accent ring around the thread and barrel, as well as a red ring around the cone to represent Mickey’s iconic outfit.

This special edition pen comes in a fountain pen, rollerball, and ballpoint. There is a limited edition fountain pen as well, that is similar in shape and size, but has blue and black laquer inlays with the Mickey Mouse portrait in scanimation effect. Scanimation, which is also called a “kinegram”, creates a picket fence animation. This effect was invented in the late 1890’s, and then a man named Rufus Butler Seder brought it back to life. This is the first time Montblanc has used this effect.

Alongside the release of these pens are the notebooks and inks. The inks are a bright yellow, which is inspired by the shoes of Mickey Mouse.

I do personally think that the pens look a lot better in person. You really get to see all the fine detail, that can be a lot harder for a camera to capture. It has a good weight to it, and feels decent when writing with it. The only deal breaker for some people, however, is that it sadly does not post. I do really enjoy the texture of the barrel, and it doesn’t seem to be bothersome when writing with it.

This pen is perfect for all of us Disney enthusiasts and collectors, and such a magnificent way to remember and celebrate the truly great character that is Walt Disney.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Fine pens which compliments the Autumn!

Fall is here and it’s starting to finally feel like it!  We here in the pen community love our seasonal themed pens, inks, and stationery. With fall comes a new season and some nostalgia. Today I thought I’d list and go over some fun products that are great for this upcoming season, new and old.

 First, we have the new Pelikan Star Ruby.

  The Pelikan Star Ruby is a special edition pen inspired by the gemstone: star ruby. Star Rubies are found to be rare because it can be difficult to find high-quality ones that fulfill both the vibrant color and the star reflection that it is known for.

They are mined from a variety of places: Sri Lanka, Burma, India, Africa, Cambodia, and the United States. However, India and Africa tend to be where more of the rare ones tend to be found.

The reason they are called “star rubies” is because when the light reflects off of it creates a six ray star. This is a phenomenon known as “asterism”.

I find that in person the glitter is definitely more prominent and the red/burgundy of the pen is a tiny bit brighter as well. It’s a great time for the release of this pen because it definitely suits the current and upcoming seasons/holidays! (It also has a matching ink, which would make a great gift set!)

Next up is the Estie Honeycomb.

       The Estie Honeycomb is a beautifully designed pen. While the name may remind us of summer, the colors that are brought out in this pen make me want me to curl up with a hot cup of tea (with honey, of course),a good book or my journal, and watch the leaves fall.

I love the way this feels in my hand and the way it looks. I personally think the gold trim is such a great accent to the rich and smooth warm golds/yellows blended into this pen.

Lamy Lx -Marron:

The Lamy LX Marron, also a recently released pen, is another great pick for the fall with its rich brown, autumnal tones. When I see this pen I think of chocolate or coffee. At a great price, you can’t go wrong with one of the Lamy LX’s. I, personally think that Lamy has a wide selection for a diverse amount of people, and really enjoy that aspect of their selection.

Now, if you’re like me, you love an ink that’s going to match either one of these pens, or your own fall collection. A couple of great colors, or what I think are great additions for fall, are Diamine’s “Autumn Oak, Pilot Iroshizoku’s “Momiji” (Autumn Leaves), and Monteverde’s Sweet Life “Pumpkin Cake”.

The “Momiji” is a deep red color, however it does lean more towards the pink side of the spectrum, depending on how it’s being used. It is a very saturated red, however, especially when written. It definitely reminds me of red leaves during this time of year!

“Autumn Oak” reminds me of a more fall orange: you know, pumpkins and leaves versus neon orange popsicles or summer. I think it can be dynamic without going overboard, and brings a fun and creative color to your writing palette.

Monteverde’s Sweet Life “Pumpkin Cake” is a rich brown color that, at least to me, has some orange slightly mixed in there. Now that it’s fall it’s kind of wrong to not have a pumpkin ink, right?

We also have some great stationary, too, to match with these pens and inks: The Rhodia Heritage notebooks and the recently added Field Notes Autumn Trilogy.

The Rhodia Heritage notebooks, which are limited edition,  immediately reminded me of the fall, especially the plaid patterned one! I am absolutely obsessed with this pattern and color scheme. For this line they have the Tartan, Checkered, and Escher designs in graph and lined.

We also recently got in the Field Notes 2019 Autumn Trilogy Notebooks! These are Limited Edition Notebooks. The colors they chose were “Warm Red”, “Safety Yellow”, and “Scarlet”. These colors are approximately the same color as the leaf colors of the American Sugar Maple, American Elm, and Scarlet Oak. Each notebook features a realistic debossed leaf from each specific tree. These are simple yet beautiful colors, and something small you can just throw in your bag.

Thanks for reading this week’s blog and I hope you enjoyed the variety of pens, inks, and notebooks we looked at!  Hopefully it’ll start to feel like fall soon!

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Friday, October 11, 2019

The Rhodiactive Hardcover Notebook is Brilliant

Being a full-time student, I have a need for sturdy, dependable notebooks well suited to notetaking. When I sit down at a lecture, I need to be able to quickly pull the relevant notebook out of my bag, open to the first unused page, and denote information about the lecture for future reference.

The hardcover Rhodiactive notebook was designed with these needs in mind. The book-bound construction circumvents the annoying tendency of spiral bound notebooks' spirals to interlock when they're adjacent in a bag. The unusual but surprisingly convenient inclusion of perforated corners makes finding the next unused page exceptionally easy and quick. Finally, the single isolated header line on each page makes the subject and date of the lecture stand out on the page and helps me find old notes when I'm just flipping through looking for a specific header.

Those are concrete reasons why I appreciate my hardcover Rhodiactive notebook. If I was recommending it to a friend and trying to sell its appeal, I'd focus on those points because they represent objective benefits. But my appreciation for the hardcover Rhodiactive goes way beyond the things that just make it a quality stationary product. There are so many little things that set the Rhodiactive apart and make writing in it an absolute joy.

For starters, Rhodia's line ruling is exceptionally wide, with abundant vertical space. This isn't exactly a universally popular trait, as a significant amount of space is wasted if you're used to writing on college or narrow rule paper or just have small handwriting. As someone with relatively large print and a love of ink, I love using the wider rule offered by Rhodia, because I can justify using broad and stub nib pens that put down more ink without compromising legibility.

The author's progress at the time of this writing
The perforated corners are obviously convenient for finding the next unused page and remove the hassle of making sure the integrated bookmark is properly placed every time you put away the notebook, but I find they make using up the notebook exceptionally fun. We all know the satisfaction of putting the used portion of a notebook between thumb and forefinger and appreciating the thickness of the pages we've filled. With the perforated corners, every time you fill a new page you're reminded of the journey that is filling a notebook. You pull off the little tab with its satisfying pop pop pop of tearing perforations and are filled with a profound sense of accomplishment at having gotten one step closer to conquering the 98 sheets of pristine stationary you started with. This is a powerful form of positive reinforcement, and I've found myself taking unnecessary notes on readings for the class I use it in as an excuse to tear off those little tabs.
Although the space for filling out the owner's contact information is something you ideally never need, it gives me a sense of security knowing that if some good Samaritan should find my notebook, they'll have 5 different ways to reach me and return it. I'm in the habit of providing contact information on the inside cover of my notebooks regardless of the provided space, but the included blanks reflect a bottom-up design approach that values convenience of use.

In case I get hit by a bus on campus
While the inclusion of the space for contact information and the metric conversion chart on its reverse are greatly appreciated, the inside cover has some odd elements. The perpetual calendar provided opposite the contact information has such tiny squares for each day that I can't imagine writing much more than a weekday abbreviation in each one. I see the utility of being able to see the day of the week for a given date, but filling it in would be a chore, and on most occasions when you need to see the day of the week on a future date you also need your schedule for the sake of making plans. On the contact information sheet, 'personal email' is spelled 'personnal email', a flagrant typo. The French for 'personal email' is 'email personnel' according to the cross-labeling below the English, which suggests this isn't really a typo so much as lazy translation on the part of some designer at Rhodia's headquarters in La Défense, France. The cross-labeling is oddly inconsistent, with terms like 'capacity' being provided in French with exact cognates like 'volume', but with 'USA Dry Measure Equivalents' receiving no French translation. 

The world map on the inside back cover shows time zones, and is
 interestingly centered on the Pacific Ocean instead of the Atlantic
All told, this is possibly my favorite notebook for the role it fulfills: large, durable, A4 notebook I can throw in my bag without worrying about it. Its French origin leads to some interesting quirks, but the inclusion of the preprinted pages inside the front and back cover improves its utility and definitely helps the Rhodiactive hardcover stand out in a market where competing products can be extremely similar.
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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Montblanc Calligraphy pen series launch and Flex nibs.

Calligraphy  /kəˈliɡrəfē/

“Decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering”


A quick review about Montblanc new Flex nibs !

       What an exciting summer it has been, and how even more exciting that it’s ending with the release of the Meisterstück Calligraphy Pen Collection! However, we all know that the real excitement, or curiosity, is about their new and creative flex nib (made of pure solid 18k gold) inspired by their well known design from the 1950’s. Their flex nib is supposed to create lines of different varieties, from very broad to extra fine (depending on the pressure you use) while maintaining its smooth and feel-good sensation.

     It took a decent amount of time to design and complete this masterpiece of a nib (approximately 3 years between 35 skilled designers and craftsmen/women). The flex nib is offered on the Meisterstück Solitaire Gold Leaf and the classic black/gold Meisterstück 149.  The flex nib has a new symbol from Montblanc and is also engraved on the nib.

     The Meisterstück Solitaire Gold Leaf is wrapped in real gold leaf, which is all hand applied, creating a unique design on each pen. This pen takes a mesmerizing spin on the classic black and gold colors we all well know from Montblanc. It also features a full black PVD  coated clip and three full black PVD rings with the Montblanc brand name embellished on it. It’s also offered as a rollerball and in the calligraphy nib, which is a hand-crafted Au750/18K gold ruthenium-coated nib. The barrel is a black translucent  lacquer topped with a black lacquer cap.

      The idea behind this pen is to bring out the rich history of the art of writing, and to embrace this through the calligraphy nib. Calligraphy is a form of art that has reached all parts of the world, and can have different meanings amongst different cultures. For example, in China, calligraphy is seen as more than just a form of art. It’s a form of self-expression, personality, and success.

   How amazing that art and writing are expressed so differently and uniquely amongst all cultures, yet brings people together all over the world? From first glance at the Solitaire Gold Leaf I thought it looked like there were different continents placed on the pen. Due to the gold leaf being hand applied, it’s like each pen has a new world on it to discover.

What a neat and beautiful contribute to the art and history of calligraphy, as well as a unique take to the classic Montblanc design.


The Montblanc 149 fountain pen is a large fountain ( largest of the Montblanc fountain pens also thicker) and the 146 also known as LeGrand is a size smaller.  The filling mechanism is piston fill.

Below picture the comparison is between the 149 flex, 146 gold leaf flex, Marlyn Monroe Muses and Montblanc Boheme.

 More resource and video: 

 To get in-depth we have also created a video. Check it out.

 By - Amber

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Fisher Space Pen Apollo 11 Astronaut Ballpoint Pen (Special Edition)

Fisher Space Pen Apollo 11 Astronaut Ballpoint Pen (Special Edition)

We meet in an hour of change and challenge, in a decade of hope and fear, in an age of both knowledge and ignorance. The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds." - President John F. Kennedy
When John F. Kennedy challenged America to land a man on the moon and return him safely back to earth by the end of the decade, he kick-started what would be one of the most inspiring and difficult undertakings mankind has ever attempted. Space was a new frontier, filled with hazards and challenges yet unknown. This bold and daring pursuit has inspired millions, and continues to inspire tomorrow's scientists, engineers, and astronauts. Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon truly were a great leap for mankind, as they represented our escape from the confines of the earth in spite of the huge hurdles to space exploration 
These hurdles ranged from the grand questions of propulsion and life support to the more pedestrian considerations of how astronauts would eat or write in space. Finding a writing implement suitable for use in the testing environment of space turned out to be surprisingly difficult. The ballpoint pens available at the time required gravity to maintain consistent inkflow, and had issues with excessive outgassing of ink vapors into the small confined space of a command module. Pencils generated broken tips and fine graphite particulate that would float around in microgravity and present a hazard to both the crew and the sensitive electronics keeping them alive.
The need for a suitable pen was met by Paul Fisher of the Fisher Pen Company. Through a common sense design process, he developed the original Fisher Space Pen: the Anti-Gravity 7 (AG7). Capable of writing perfectly in all manner of challenging conditions encountered in space and on earth, the AG7 was designed expressly with the needs of the Apollo astronauts in mind.
Fisher pitched the AG7 to NASA, and after 18 months of rigorous testing, it went up with the Apollo program’s first manned spaceflight, Apollo 7, on October 11th, 1968. The same AG7 design has been carried by NASA’s manned spaceflights ever since, most notably the Apollo 11 mission that carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon.
This Special Edition Fisher Space Pen AG7 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that brought man to the lunar surface and back for the first time. The pen itself is the same AG7 design used by the crew of Apollo 11, but also features unique engravings celebrating the first moon landing. These include the Apollo Command and Service module that carried the crew across the vast translunar gulf, “Man’s First Moon Landing” with the date, “Jul. 20 1969”, and an “Apollo 11” incorporating the button used to retract the pen’s tip as the second “O” in “Apollo”, along with other small astronomical motifs.
As a genuine Fisher Space Pen of the same variety as those used on the Apollo missions, this pen stands out among those commemorating the first moon landing. While other moon landing themed special editions exist as monuments to the achievements of the Apollo program, the AG7 is part of the story of the moon landings, and was present for the landing itself as much as Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin. Not only is this pen a beautiful tribute to mankind's giant leap and the power of bravery and ingenuity to make possible things once confined to the realm of science fiction, but it's also an opportunity to own a piece of history.

Ben goes in length as to why Fisher Space pens mechanism and why the 50th Year anniversary edition for Moonlanding is even more enticing.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December To Remember Contest!

At Pen Boutique we are running a December to Remember contest and we are giving away a lot of pens as a thank you to our customers who have made this a great year!

The prizes are amazing and you have opportunities to increase your chances to win with ways to do multiple entries. 

Win Prizes by entering into our December to Remember contest.  Improve your chances by opting into different media. Winners will be chosen in random by the app . 
  • 1st prize: Parker Duofold Big Red  Fountain pen - Medium point. ($690 value)
  • 2nd Prize Pelikan M200 Smoky Quartz  Fountain Pen - Fine with matching Edelstein Ink bottle($275 value)
  • 3rd  Prize Cross Century  II Fountain pen 
  • 4th Prize Diplomat Aero fountain pen 
  • 5th Prize  Sheaffer Calligraphy Fountain Pen Set ( 10 of them)

December To Remember - Fountain Pen Blast
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Mont Blanc Le Grand and Nib Selections - A quick view.

Mont Blanc Le Grand
and Nib Selections
Blog by Tony Roman:

  When I first started buying “fine” writing instruments back in the 1980’s, I knew my first purchase would be a Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc had, and still has, a reputation for producing fountain pens of the highest quality, and there is the mystique of owning one. My first pen was a 144, followed by the Diplomat 149 model. I have used both of the models for many years now and they never fail me. So when the owner of Pen Boutique asked me to do a blog on Mont Blanc, I was eager to do so. This blog is on the LeGrand sized Mont Blanc fountain pen. I was lucky enough to be allowed to borrow the entire set of the Mont Blanc nib collection to write about: a total of eight pens, all identical except for the nibs on the pen. The pens range from extra Fine (EF) to Double Broad (BB), plus three special nibs: Oblique Medium, Oblique Broad, and Oblique Double Broad. I felt like a kid in a candy store - all 8 Mont Blancs to fill with ink and test out, wow! I’ll describe my experience with each nib, and I hope this might act as a guide for others thinking about which nib size might be best for them. But don’t go by my analysis alone, given the opportunity to visit the Pen Boutique store in person, please do so and try them all out yourself. So in order of size here we go:

EF: Extra Fine. The Mont Blanc extra fine nib draws a very thin line and is something that is too thin for my taste. But if you write in a very small font size or need to cram in a lot of notes in a small space, this is one to consider. Given that, it is narrow but not scratchy, as some extra fine nibs can be; it is very smooth. I noticed the ink flow is less than some of the other nibs which means you need to write a little bit slower. If you are a fast writer, this might not be your best choice.

F: Fine. I didn’t notice much difference between Extra Fine and Fine, a very subtle size difference and just a bit more ink flow. I think it has very close characteristics with that of the EF nib, i.e. light ink flow and narrow font. Still not my favorite, but that is my personal choice.

M: Medium. Medium is quite different in line thickness and ink flow. It has almost twice as thick of a line width as the fine and the ink flow is abundant. This nib size was much more to my liking and one that I think, if in doubt would be a great first choice. I have several fountain pens and many of them only came in Medium size (or that was all that was available) a such I am use to writing with the Medium nib and it is the yardstick against which I compare all other nibs. I like this nib.

B: Broad. If you are looking for something that makes more of an impression, perhaps signatures or accented notes, I would say the Broad nib is for you. I choose this nib size when ever I need to sign an important document. Since the Broader sized nib results in a thicker line width, it takes up more space on the paper. Something to consider. I also like this nib a lot and my 149 is this size.

BB: Double Broad. I have never tried a double broad Mont Blanc before, and I found this size nib especially pleasing. It draws a wider/fatter line so you can readily see the ink colors as you write. Also the thicker the line the larger the amount of wet text that is under your hand, so for me, a lefty, I had to be careful not to smudge the text as I wrote. The ink flow is wet for this size nib and I liked that, I could write fast and the pen ink flow kept up. Another great signature pen.

OM: Oblique Medium. By ‘oblique’ I mean that the nib is cut at an angle (approximately 15 degrees) rather than squarely cut across the nib. The Mont Blanc Obliques are properly called Left Obliques, because they are cut at the same angle your toes make across your left foot from little toe to big toe looking down at them from above. Depending on how you hold the pen and it’s angle with respect to the paper, this pen either works for you or it doesn’t. As it turns out, for the way I write, these Oblique nibs are perfect for me. I don’t have to think about how to hold the pen, my hand just does, and everything is fine. I found the OM made too thin of a line width for me (narrower than the regular medium (M)) and therefore I did not like it as much as the medium. But I did like how the obliquely cut nib adds character to my lettering, a thick/thin up stroke and down stroke adds a sculpted contour.

OB: Oblique Broad. This is one of my favorite nibs. It has a nice thick line with a more readily apparent thick/thin line variations as I write. The ink flow is abundant, which means I can write at a faster speed, yet very smoothly.

OBB: Oblique Double Broad. The last nib in the main Mont Blanc selection, it has more of the same positive characteristics as the OB. This means more line thickness bigger bolder lines. More ink means darker and larger text. If you like large text sizes and have plenty of paper, maybe you should try this nib. I like it very much and it is up there with the OB in my preferences.

So in conclusion, you can’t go wrong buying quality Mont Blanc pens. Month Blanc allows you to swap nibs for a period of time after your purchase (for no charge) if what you purchased was not to your liking. I suggest, if you live in the area of Pen Boutique (Washington DC, Columbia Maryland) drop in and try all of the nibs out for yourself and you will be amazed how different the nibs feel and the results they produce.

Looking at the photos, the paper used for this test was Tomoe River A4 (letter) size – white loose sheet (sku: TR_RURA4WL) and the ink was a wonderful Cobalt Blue from Graf von Faber-Castell.

Montblanc nib sizes ( Le Grand).

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