Nibs Blog


New Eboya Shipment in Stock

Eboya Pens of Tokyo produces just a small number of hand-turned ebonite body pens each year - wait times of two to three years for a specific model are common, but users of these unique and beautiful writing instruments tend to feel the wait is more than worth it.

Pelikan Ink of the Year Star Ruby Arriving in March

Arriving in March, Pelikan's Edelstein Ink of the Year for 2019 will be Star Ruby, a burgundy-pink hue unlike anything this manufacturer has offered before. If past years are any indication, there will likely be a matching pen being released later in the year as well.

New Visconti Midnight in Florence Limited Edition Arriving in March

Limited to just 888 numbered pieces worldwide, the Visconti Homo Sapiens Midnight in Florence Limited Edition celebrates Visconti's home in a moody and evocative design inspired by the nocturnal hues of this ancient city.

Sailor Fresca Blue and Royal Tangerine Pens - Now In King of Pen Size

Available exclusively through North American retailers, Sailor's Fresca Blue and Royal Tangerine colors have proven extremely popular since being introduced in the 1911 Full-Size and 1911 Mid-Size pens.

Platinum Century The Prime Platinum Limited Edition Arriving in February

Platinum Pens of Japan, the parent company of Nakaya, celebrates its 100th anniversary with this exceptional limited edition writing instrument, arriving in February 2019.

Pilot-Namiki 100th Anniversary Seven Gods Limited Editions

Arriving in March 2019 and now available for pre-order, the Namiki Yukari Seven Gods pens are the last and perhaps most highly anticipated of all the limited editions created in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Pilot-Namiki.

New Pilot Vanishing Point Stripes Arriving January

Featuring rhodium plating and a textured surface over a brass pen body, the Pilot Vanishing Point Stripes adds a touch of contemporary cool to this classic line. Normally provided with only a Fine or Medium nib, we can make this pen available with your choice of Pilot 18k solid gold rhodium-plated nib unit.

Our Favorite Tiny Pens

Montegrappa Gnomo
The cap screws on to the back of the barrel, turning this pocket-sized travel companion into a nearly-full-sized pen.


Why Demonstrator Pens?

In the early days of fountain pens, the Teens, Twenties, and Thirties, people were curious about how fountain pens worked. The manufacturers were eager to show off their unique filling systems, clip assemblies, and special ways they had of sealing the nib inside the cap. So all of the major manufacturers provided their sales representatives with hard rubber pens that were cut away to reveal the inner workings. This was the origin of the demonstrator pen.