Ovi Tannenbaum
Saturday 9: Santa Baby

Pens A’Poppin’

Yes, friends, the collection continues to expand.


Most of these beauties are from small - even tiny - pen companies. Shall I tell you about them? Why yes, I shall.

So, from left to right in the picture, we have:

  • Narwhal Schuylkill. Given that I live about 100 feet from the Schuylkill River, I had to buy this one. It's quite beautiful, with shades of blue swirling about and very nice chatoyance. (I had no idea what this meant when I started this hobby. And now I do.) It has a Number 6 nib (aka "big") and it writes beautifully.
  • Webson-Gill Prestige. This is my second pen from this company. It's quite handsome - it has a brass cap and ... other end. Finial? Finial. The cap screws on to the end of the barrel for posting, making the pen over seven inches long and a bit top heavy. It writes well, though it tends to need some encouragement to get going.
  • Birmingham Pen Company Mango Sunset. Isn't this one bright and pretty? It's lightweight but solid, and also has a Number 6 nib. I love this pen - it's great for long writing sessions. My only quibble is that it doesn't have a clip, so it tends to roll about when I put it down.
  • Ferris Wheel Press Brush Pen Violette. This just might be my favorite of the bunch. It's meant to echo an artist's brush. It's metal underneath with an enamel coating. It looks quite pink in the picture, but it's really a lovely light lavender. Although it doesn't have a clip, the decorative nut at the end of the cap keeps it from rolling. It's smooth as glass on the page - my handwriting is actually better when I use this pen.
  • Scrikss, Mint Green. This pen is from Turkey! I ordered it through Galen Leather. It's a very nice little pen, but needs a bit of encouragement to get going if I haven't used it in a few days. Once I convince it to behave, it writes quite nicely. The medium nib makes for a slightly thicker line.
  • Aurora Duo Cart. Aurora is an old, established pen manufacturer from Italy. This pen is a re-design of a pen first made in the 1950s. It has a really nice retro feel. I love the dark blue with the gold cap and trim - very elegant. It's a very nice writer, too.
  • Fountain Pen Revolution Himalaya V2, Jade Smoke. You can't really see the pattern in the picture, but trust me, it's cool. It has great chatoyance too. (Once I learn a word, I like to use it.) I got this pen specifically for the ultra-flex nib, which makes you think you're a calligrapher and is quite fun to write with. It's a really wet writer, so you have to allow for some drying time or put up with ink spots on following pages. Also, I can't write very fast because the ink flow can't keep up. But hey, it helps me write carefully, and I love the look.

So there you have it! Which one do you like? Oh, and don't worry - there will be more.