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As you may well imagine, there are many wonderful pens, inks, and books available here at Classic Fountain Pens. But what makes a particular pen or ink stand out when you are surrounded by them daily? Read on to find out what the Nibsters love best and why...

 
John
Fountain Pen
Ink
Book
Nakaya Naka-ai Kuro-tamenuri

Platinum Mix Free Ink

Platinum Mix Free Ink

Fountain Pens of Japan by Andreas Lambrou and Masamichi Sunami
 

Fountain Pen: John likes the Nakaya Naka-ai in kuro-tamenuri better without the clip (cigar), but because he likes to carry his pens, the cigar model doesn't fit his lifestyle as much, so he uses the writer version. If he were only having it at his desk, I would like the cigar model. "I love the simplicity of the design as well as the 14K nib, which I have customized to a semi-flexible left oblique. The deep rich color with red peeking out at the edges turns my crank."

Ink: Platinum mix free ink kit. John enjoys mixing colors to get exactly the hue he wants. When Sailor discontinued their Red Brown, he was able to match it pretty closely. Why stick to one color when the entire palate is available?

Book: Fountain Pens of Japan has taught John that there is a big world of fountain pens that he did not know existed. The pictures are beautiful and the history interesting.


Jonella
Fountain Pen
Ink
Book
Pilot Custom 74
Pilot-Namiki Iroshizuku Bottled Ink

Pilot-Namiki Iroshizuku Bottled Ink

Parker "51" Limited Edition
 

Fountain Pen: Pilot Custom 74 in blue with a medium nib. Jonella usually prefers something a little broader, but for everyday writing this medium nib is perfect for her. The blue tint of the cap and barrel disguises the ink that sneaks into the nooks and crannies of all pens just enough to not distract her from what she's writing and the press button converter makes it easy to fill.

Ink: Asiatic Day Flower is bright enough to contrast with other inks without screaming "Look at me!"

Book: Parker "51" by David and Mark Shepherd. Jonella references this book all the time to identify pens coming in for work or trade. It's well organized and easy to use.


Mariana
Fountain Pen
Ink
Book
Bexley Corona in Lemon Meringue

J. Herbin Ink

J. Herbin Ink

Pelikan 175th Anniversary Book

 

Fountain Pen: Bexley Corona in Lemon Meringue.  The black, yellow and white streaks with gold accents reminds Mariana of Mid-Century Modern design, but the pen is still somehow very modern. 

Ink: J. Herbin's Perle Noire is the best black Mariana has used.  "It feels luxurious to write with and has a saturated, velvety finish."

Book: Pelikan: the Brand is a wonderful and entertaining book that focuses on the branding and advertising evolution of one of the most quintessesntial pen brands in the world.  The pages are filled with memorable graphics that Mariana found to be beautiful, exciting and surprising.


     
Michael
Fountain Pen
Ink
Book
Pelikan Silver Screen Limited Edition
Pelikan Edelstein

Pelikan Edelstein

American Cursive Handwriting
 

Fountain Pen: Michael's favorite pen is the Pelikan Silver Screen Limited Edition. It reminds him of the days when the silver screen really looked silver and Hollywood really had “glamour”. He likes that the stars in the barrel decoration look a bit like the stars on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” and the rubies in the stars remind him of the “ruby slippers”, it’s a very big, very important, very cool pen. Michael can picture using it to sign that big contract for the head of the studio. The presentation case is a "wide-screen" spectacle in itself. This pen should be a "must-have" on the desk of anyone who is (or wants to be) an entertainment mogul. It's totally over-the-top and makes no apologies.

Ink: Michael's favorite ink of the moment is perfect with his favorite pen…Pelikan Edelstein Ruby. It reminds him of Technicolor Spectaculars and the glamour of old Hollywood. Signing an important document in this color really appeals to my sense of humor.

Book: Michael's favorite book is American Cursive Handwriting by Michael Sull. "Like many others in today's world of e-communications my cursive handwriting can stand improving. I find this book practical, easy to understand, interesting and informative as well. The history of American Cursive handwriting is quite fascinating. "


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