When I was first dipping my toe into the fountain pen pool, I watched (all right, I still watch) fountain pen reviews on YouTube. I bought several pens based on reviews; in fact, I bought all three of the following pens based on reviews.
Most of the time, these reviews are Very Serious. I am not Very Serious. So here is my Not Very Serious review of three pens in my collection.
They are all classified as pocket pens, which means you can carry them around in your pocket because they are wee.
Here they are.
From left to right:
As you can see, the Pilot is the biggest of the three, and it's only 4-5/8 inches long. The Kaweco is 4-1/8 inches long, and that darling little brass cigarette of a pen is only 3-1/2 inches long.
"Oh my God!" I hear you cry. "How can you possibly write comfortably with something so small?"
Well, I'll tell you. You take the cap off, and then you put the cap on the other end - I mean, you "post" it, to use Fountain Pen Lingo.
Voila! The Pilot is now 5-3/4 inches. while the Kaweco and Pocket Six are 5-1/4 inches (more or less).
I don't really have a favorite - I really like all of them for different reasons.
The Pilot, for example - how Deco is that? Or is it more Mid-Century Modern? Never mind. It's classy. I love the burgundy body and the silver cap with gold accents. The fine nib writes very nicely, too. It was one of those things that I immediately wanted. A lot. So I got it! I am careful with it because it is light and elegant and I do not want to fuck it up. (It's also a bit spendy, which is another reason why I want to take care of it.)
The Kaweco is so cute, isn't it? It's plastic and inexpensive, but it writes like a dream. The cap screws on, so you don't have to worry about it coming undone in your pocket or purse - unless you're like me and you forget to screw the cap on and it comes off and you get ink on your hands. I got this one because I was buying more swag from Galen Leather and this pen is a pretty cognac color and has Galen Leather stamped on it and Galen Leather can have all my money so why not.
Finally, take a look at that minimalist, solid brass, Pocket Six! This is a substantive fella for its tiny size. The reason it's called the Pocket Six is that it sports a Number 6 nib. Apparently pocket pens typically have a smaller, Number 5 nib, so it's the bigger, badder nib that differentiates this one from its compadres. (I had no idea that nibs come in different sizes!) It is made by the Schon Dsgn founder and owner, Ian Schon, in his Philadelphia studio. So - locally made, by an actual person, and beautifully engineered? It was like an order. While it's the smallest of the three, it's also the most expensive, but I did not care. It will last a lifetime.
So there you go. If you didn't have to consider price, which one strikes your fancy?