Month: February 2014

Waterman Hemisphere Review – Fountain Pen for the Masses?

watermanhemisphereThe Waterman Hemisphere is an affordable and durable fountain pen perfect for professional writers. It has a slim and stylish body and the metallic color of the pen gives it a nice shiny finish. The nib has a medium sized width that tapers to the end and allows a good flow of ink during writing. The pen has a slightly bulky body that makes it difficult to hold during fast writing; however the overall weight of the pen is acceptable.

Look of the Hemisphere:

The Waterman Hemisphere Fountain Pen comes in a variety of colors, but personally the one I think of as the most classy is the gray metallic. It has a body made up of stainless steel that is metallic in color and makes it easy to stand out among other pens. The nib is firm and strong but is slightly longer than the other traditional fountain pens, so it may break during fast writing.

The overall length of the body is 6.9 inches and the width is 2.7 inches. It has a steel rim around the cap and the body. The Pen is thick in the middle, which makes the grip on the pen difficult to bear for longer periods. The body of the pen tapers at the end. The other editions of the pen are available with a cap that has straight lines embossed throughout its circumference. I personally did not like this pattern, but it depends on every one’s taste.


Overall, the Waterman Hemisphere Fountain Pen worked excellently. The pen works great for italic writings and as compared to other bulkier pens, in fact, it’s quite easy to write in slant curved italics.

waterman pens logoThe body is made up of metal which is not a problem even for sweaty hands. The smooth body of the pen allows a good control over the pen. The pen is flexible and works fine with medium rate writers. There is less friction between the pen and the paper; however, I recommend you use it on a good quality paper to increase the life of the nib. Even when your pen has malfunctioned or has broken due to natural causes, there is nothing to worry about, because the pen comes with a Waterman Life-time Warranty. The Waterman service is satisfying and they answer almost all your queries to the use of the pen.

Maintaining the pen is very important for its longevity. Always get the pen refilled with the recommended ink company and clean your pen’s cartridge every week. When holding the pen, apply less weight on the nib which helps the ink to flow while writing.

Waterman Hemisphere Price:

Varies across sellers, but can be available for as low as $54.99. The pen comes in a beautiful gift box with a cap, a body, and an ink cartridge. Make sure you have received your copy of the receipt and warranty card when receiving the package.

Parker Vector Fountain Pen Review

parker vector fountain penA pen has always been a symbol of strength and civilization among the human race. With the help of this miraculous weapon called “pen” human beings have conquered. One of the greatest tools known to mankind is the pen, and this is up there with the best of them.

There are many companies and brands around the world that are famous for producing top quality pens. But “The Parker Pen Company” has always been considered different from all of them. Producing top quality Parker vector fountain pen, The Parker Pen Company has always satisfied millions of people around the world with its high quality work.

What is a parker vector fountain pen?

The Parker vector fountain pen is a top quality pen produced by The Parker Pen Company. First introduced in 1981, the simple and soft design of first ever Parker vector fountain pen gained huge success at that time and has ever since maintained its high level of quality up till now.

There are four main models of Parker vector fountain pen available in the market with hundreds of different designs and attractive colors. Whether you are looking for a fabulous gift or preparing for the first day in college, the Parker vector fountain pen is available to make your life special with plastic and steel models.

Features of parker vector fountain pen.

The pen is reviewed at over a 4/5 on Amazon, so you won’t go far wrong. Let’s take a more in depth look at some of its features.

Before purchasing anything, every person will take a moment to look at the features of that object. Some of the features of Parker vector fountain pen are mentioned below that will help you decide whether the Parker vector fountain pen is right for you or not!

  • Parker vector fountain pens are available in plastic and steel materials with fabulous designs and attractive colors.
  • Parker vector fountain pens are available with sleek and stylish bodies with cap on and off opening procedure, which provides it an elegant yet simple look.
  • Each Parker vector fountain pen is available with a complete two years warranty. The Parker vector fountain pen will be replaced or repaired by the company, free of any cost, if any manufacturing defect is found.
  • Special effort is made on the nibs of the Parker vector fountain pen during the manufacturing procedure. The nibs are made from finest quality stainless steel, which makes the writing experience more easy and comfortable.
  • Parker vector fountain pens have dual feature of ink refilling. They can be used with ink cartridges or can be converted to ink bottle refill very easily.

Reviews of the Parker vector fountain pen

Some of the mixed reviews of different people about Parker vector fountain pen are mentioned below. Through these reviews we can easily determine the strengths and weaknesses of Parker vector fountain pen.

“This Parker pen is cheap and slim which makes it easily accessible to the common man.”

“Ink cartridges that come with Parker vector fountain pen can fit very easily and comfortably in the pen”

“The writing with Parker vector fountain pen is very smooth but the metal section of its body can be a little slippery”

“The nibs of Parker vector fountain pen are easy to clean”

I would definitely recommend this pen to anyone who wishes to enjoy his writing experience to its fullest extent.

Waterman Carène Fountain Pen Review by Best Fountain Pens HQ

waterman careneThe Waterman Carène is a pen that cannot be fully appreciated until one gets his hands on it. It is a slim and graceful piece of writing instrument that offers an easy grip and a smooth flow of words. Available in several colors and designs, the Waterman Carène fountain pen is a premium product manufactured by one of the first generation fountain pen companies that boast more than a century of experience in this field. Prestige in every way, shape and form.

Waterman has taken great care to create a product that is excellent in every aspect. There are no gaps or clearances between different parts of the pen which translate into a firm hold. The user is spared the annoyance of having to do with unsightly disparities in the making of the pen. Another plus point of the Carène is its cap closure system that enables the top to slide smoothly into the body with a soft tick. The capped pen gives the impression of an elegant piece of solid rock.

I am an avid Waterman user. Having previously used the Hemisphere and the Phileas, I sought another high-quality pen manufactured by the same esteemed company. The Waterman Carène fountain pen proved to be just the thing I was looking for.

The appearance of the pen

I selected a Blue edition of the pen having a vermeil top. The trim is golden. There is a black button at the top of the cap which is made of gold-plated metal. The cap is further adorned by silver bands hammered into the plated metal. There is a clip for pocketing purpose which also shows the typical Waterman logo. At first glance, the pen looks like a reminiscent of the glorious past.

Size and Design

Since the Waterman Carène is principally made of metal, it is weightier than other pens of the same size. However, at the time of writing, the pen does not offer any extra resistance. The pen, along with a complete ink load poses around 35 grams of weight. With the cap on, it is 5 ¾ in length. The cap can be tightly secured with a push, and snapped off with the modicum of strength. The nib is firmly set and offers a smooth writing tip.

Performance of the Waterman Carene

The 18K gold nib is firmly set into the writing point and lays a mark which is around half a millimeter wide. This width is notably narrower than the mark produced by the majority of fine nib fountain pens. Some of us may find the nib to tightly set for comfort, however, once you get used to it you will find out that it is best suited for taking notes or writing things down at length. The mark put down by the nib is wet enough but does not smear the note.

Filling the pen

The Waterman Carène can be refilled with the help of a cartridge or a convertor. Filling can be easily carried out with the help of a hole at the back of the nib. Sink the hole in the ink and use the piston for filling.


The Waterman Carène fountain pen provides a great writing experience while simultaneously satisfying one’s aesthetic sense. I will recommend it to anyone who is serious about writing.


Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review

lamy 2000 fountain penMany Fountain pens have recently become more of a statement of status than a tool for writing. A reminiscent article of the past, fountain pens giving an air of old-world sophistication and splendor. The Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen is one of these writing tools that give you a blast from the past feeling. Even though it isn’t a 1945’s hand-made pen, the Lamy 2000 is still as special.

Taking it from the top, the Lamy 2000 is very appealing even at first sight. The first impression of this unique tool can only be described by the words, ‘powerful’, ‘unique’ and ‘professional’. The Lamy 2000 is not a modern-day tacky and flimsy little contraption. The pen is not covered with a series of flashy emblems and symbols. Instead that it consists of a simple yet sleek body curving smoothly without any sudden or rough dips in the design. The cap also continues this smooth curve without even as much as a hitch in the design. The matte black Makrolon material that is used to make this beautiful tool is scratch-proof to some extent and doesn’t get smudged with fingerprints, giving it a fresh and clean look always. This Makrolon body is complemented with stainless steel accents giving the pen a calm and quiet look on the whole.

The ears of the pen’s cap are a very satisfactory part of the pen and can be pressed from the top to disappear into the cap providing a sufficient space for any material to be inserted underneath meaning that the clip can be retracted to clip it on to your clothing or any file as well. The pen can be carried prominently yet quietly in your coat’s front pocket, in your shirt or in a professional pen-case.
The inking system for the Lamy 2000 consists of a piston filler with flawless construction. The perfection is complete to the point where you can’t even see the seam where the barrel connects to the upper body of the pen. It pulls ink smoothly and with ease even at the first use.

The nib of the pen consists of a 14k gold plated hooded nib that is half-hidden inside the pen making it seem very attractive to people who like a certain minimalist feel to their pens.
The pen gives mostly smooth strokes and is a pleasure to write with.

Top Features of the Lamy 2000:

  • The pen is skillfully made and very beautiful to carry.
  • It is a practical yet statement pen give it a quietly professional appeal.
  • The body is scratch-proof and smudge resistant to quite some extent.
  • If you are successful in acquiring an acceptable piece, it can be a pleasure to write with.
  • The piston filler and hooded nib give it a beautiful appearance both inside as well as outside.
  • The body is tough and warms up to the hand’s heat make it comfortable to write with. The smooth design is neither too big nor too small and is a ‘just perfect’ fit for most hand sizes.

It is true that most people have a specific and particular set of requirements when it comes to choosing the pen that best matches their personality. But this pen can prove to be an excellent companion for most!