Month: September 2015

Montblanc Bohème Fountain Pen Review

Montblanc BohèmeEverybody knows about Mountblanc pens, they are known for how well designed they are. They have had this reputation for years. I decided that I needed to find out if this reputation was deserved. So, I simply went out and bought myself a Montblanc pen. The pen that I bought was the Montblanc Bohème. I spent quite long time writing with the pen, and now, I think I can assure you that this is one of the best writing instruments that I have used in a long time. This is a pen that can make a person’s jaw drop simply due to its’ design, then make a person gaze in shock due to its’ performance.

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When I first used the pen, I was surprised by how the pen felt in my hand. Was this truly how a Mont blanc was supposed to feel like? Yes, yes it was.  I should not have been surprised by the wonderful heft that made me feel as if I was holding something both solid and light. Writing with this pen was like skating on a frozen pool. I only had to lightly press on paper and my thoughts slid out of the nib. What a nib it was.  It was an eighteen-karate gold nib that had been plated with rhodium. This meant that even though the pen was hard, it wrote soft. Again, this is simply one of the wonderful paradoxes that make up the pen. It should be heavy but it feels light. It should slip out of your hand it looks so sleek but it stayed firmly in my grip. When I wrote with this pen, I did not need to pause often and stretch my hands the way I do when I use most pens. For some reason, this pen quickly fit my hand and made writing a joy as opposed to a chore.

Filling the pen was also incredibly simply because it used a cartridge. I can use converters and do like using them, but this cartridge was convenient and simple. Filling the pen did not take a long time at all. I found myself filling and writing quicker than you could say this sentence. So, not only was this writing tool incredibly easy to use, I was also able to use it quickly again when it ran out of ink. Of course, it did take a long time for it to run out of ink, but that hardly seems like a problem at all.

Yes, the Bohème is truly a pen that represents the best part of the Montblanc name. It has a wonderful, flawless design. The grip the pen has is paradoxically wonderful. Again, the pen seems as if it should be too heavy, but yet it was wonderfully light. Writing with it was not a difficult task at all. I found myself spreading my words left and right with an ease that I have not experienced in a long time. This is truly a pen for a pen-lover.

Finding the Best Fountain Pens Under $200

lamy 2000 fountain penFinding a cheap fountain pen can be difficult. They are often very expensive and it can be hard to understand what makes one pen so different from another. Also, once you buy one of the more expensive pens, you don’t want to be a situation where the pen breaks due to shoddy construction. Unfortunately, pens can be cheaply made yet still be sold for astronomical high prices. So, with that in mind, I have tested out a few pens. The good news is that it is possible to find pens that won’t break and will write well.

The Lamy 2000 retails for under 200 dollars. Don’t let this price fool you, this pen feels and writes as if it was worth double that amount. The pen has a beautiful black and silver design. It really is a wonder to look at. Also, the pen comes with a solid 14 karat gold nib. This nib is sturdy and smooth. The pen is also quite comfortable in hand. When I was using it I found myself writing for very long periods of time without taking breaks. In addition, when I was writing the pen stayed on the page without skipping once. This is one the nicest pens I had the opportunity to use. For the current price and more detailed reviews you can head over to the product page here.

The Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen’s name is descriptive. You can retract the point of the pen by clicking a button on the top. The nib is gold and quite durable. The clip is positioned near the top of the pen, closer to the nib, so that may take a while to get accustomed to. Overall, writing with this pen is a pretty smooth experience. It takes very little time to get comfy using this pen. I think that this is definitely a pen to use if you don’t like to fiddle with caps.  The pen retails for 175 dollars.

The Pelikan Tradition 200 Fountain pen has a steel nib that is gold plated.  It also has a very cool window on it so you can view the ink inside the pen. The heft of the pen is nice. You can write with it for a very long time because the pen is so light. It also has a bountiful ink capacity. I used it for a long time before I had to refill it. The nib is sleek and makes writing a breeze.  This pen retails for somewhere between 150 and 200 dollars.

Each pen that I have discussed here is a fantastic writing instrument. If you are looking for a nice retractable pen that writes quite smoothly then I would recommend the Pilot Vanishing Point. The pen is durable and comfortable. If you are looking for a pen that looks astonishing, pleasing to hold, and easy to write with then I would recommend you go with the Lamy 200 Fountain Pen. If you want a light pen, with a very interesting design and excellent ink capacity, then I would recommend you go with the Pelikan Tradition 200 Fountain Pen.

Delta Virtuosa Fountain pen Review

delta virtuosaThe first time I used this pen, I was immediately astonished by how quickly it moved across the page. This surprise came from the fact that when I took the pen out of its’ box, I held up the pen and realized that it had a quite comfortable heft but wondered if that heft might prevent me from being able to scribble as quickly as I wanted to. My doubts were proved wrong in the first minutes of use. This is a fine pen that performs very well under pressure. It produces dark, firm lines without gaps or spaces. There is much to recommend about the Delta Virtuosa Fountain pen.

The Delta Virtuosa Fountain pen has an extraordinary grip. When I hold it, I feel as if my hand is being caressed by the pen.  Writing with the pen is not a chore; instead, it feels as if the pen and my hand are one. There is a flow to this. When I guide the pen along the page, I feel as if I am running my hand through water. Therefore, the experience of writing is quite rapid and easy, not something all of the top fountain pens have on offer.

The pen produces letters without stuttering and making ugly breaks and spacing errors. When I use this pen, I am able to write endlessly without feeling the need to slow down. I write quite lightly; so, it was nice to observe the pen producing nice dense lines even though I was not straining myself to press down incredibly hard on the paper. Also, I have noticed that this pen is quite gentle on the paper that it is used on. I have been able to write on quite fine paper without noticing any scratches or tears. Because this pen is able to do its’ job so well, I am able to focus on what I am writing completely. I do not have to think about whether or not the pen needs more ink. In fact, it is able to write without being re-filled for a very long time.

I have noticed that when I do refill the pen, it does not take very much time at all. All I have to do is draw the ink out with the converter, and then put it back in the pen. The converter suctions ink out very quickly, and I do not spend too much time getting rid of air bubbles. This is great because it means that I have plenty of time to write.

This is quite a pricey pen, and if you don’t have the budget for it, something a little cheaper which you may consider is the Waterman Hemisphere, another excellent pen.

I think that the Delta Virtuosa Pen is an excellent fountain pen. The pen has a comfortable weight in my hand, which means that I do not have to spend time re-adjusting it and turning it around my fingers. It creates solid, deep lines on paper without much effort on my part. Finally, refilling the pen is very easy because the converter is so well-designed. I have had a wonderful time using the pen because of its’ convenient features and excellent design. Comes with the top recommendation of!