What I Bought in 2016: Fountain Pens

Aurora Optima 360 Monviso

I’m going to briefly compare last year. In 2015, I ended the year pretty thrilled at my pen acquisitions, even though I totally blew my budget. I didn’t buy as many, but they were all amazing pens.

This year, I spent a lot less. Actually, dollar-wise, I spent nothing, because I sold some nice pens and some ink this year, and used those funds, plus some birthday money. But number-wise, I ended up buying more pens than I would have thought. And I was surprised by the total.

That’s the thing that nettles me. That I wasn’t paying attention. I went from zero to 19 without noticing it.

But, let’s look at the roster. I’m going to list the pens by brand this year. It’s slightly less painful that way.

Aurora: (1) I bought an Aurora Optima 360 Monviso. This was my big purchase for the year, courtesy of birthday money. It’s a handsome pen, as you can see, up at the top of the page. The only thing is, I chose the factory stub. In retrospect, I should have gotten a standard nib.

Kaweco: (3) I got the AL-Sport in Grey and Light Blue, and a plastic Skyline Sport in Metallic Violet. I love any AL-Sport, and I especially love the Light Blue one. I don’t like the color purple, but I really like the Metallic Violet anyway.

Kaweco Sport fountain pens

Lamy: (8 )

Okay, I always buy the yearly Safari and Al-Star. For the collection. This year that meant the Dark Lilac Safari and the Charged Green Al-Star.

For the same reason I added the new Green Safari. Now the new Green is just like the old Apple Green, which I already own, but the new Green has a black cap medallion. So the Green is for the collection.

I bought two older Safaris (white and yellow) with black clips in the old plastic boxes. Nice, and for the collection.

I bought the special Safari x Line Friends Brown in Red from South Korea. Adorable, and for the collection.

Lamy fountain pens

I also bought a Lamy 2000 with extra-fine nib. It’s a very good extra-fine nib, though more of a special-purpose pen for me, compared to my 2000 with a fine nib.

And my final Lamy, an Lx in Rose Gold. I am on the fence. My 16-year-old daughter, however, loves it. And the nib is super.

Nemosine: (1) I bought the Singularity with stub. It will not win any beauty contests, but it’s inexpensive and good for ink-testing.

Nemosine Singularity

Pelikan: (1) I bought the Pelikan M205 demonstrator in transparent blue. I have a hard time resisting blue pens or demonstrators. Here we have both, in a Pelikan. Resistance was futile.

Pelikan M205 blue

Sheaffer: (4) I bought two fixer-upper PFMs. (You know that eBay whoops thing, when both your snipes win?) I’m going to fix these up, and use them for a bit, but then I think I’m going to sell or trade them. That’s because I also bought a green PFM.

It turns out that the PFM is a pen I want to use every day. So I only need one PFM. And I think I’ll pick the green one; I’ve grown attached.

Then, in November, I stumbled on a Sheaffer Targa in Green Moirรฉ, which I also want to use all the time.

Sheaffer fountain pens

So here I am. I don’t collect Sheaffer pens. Having two Sheaffer pens that I want to use daily is more than enough for me. So, apparently, I’ve reached some sort of enlightenment here. That’s not like me.

Venvstas: (1) I bought a prototype of the Carbon T. I really like it, and the price was reasonable. The nib/feed has started drying out on me, however, so I need to email Lucio Rossi and ask about that. He’s so nice; he’ll get it squared away. I like this pen a lot.

Venvstas Carbon T fountain pen

So there we are. Very nice pens. There are a few things I wish I had done differently, or maybe not done at all. I do wish I had bought fewer pens. But looking at them up there, I guess it’s not really so bad.

The Lamys, okay — that’s bad. Maybe that will cure me. Lamy 2017.

But the rest of them … actually, it doesn’t look that horrible. Still, I think the word for next year will be “mindfulness.”

13 thoughts on “What I Bought in 2016: Fountain Pens

  1. I am feeling a sense of shame… it’s only July, and so far THIS year, in order:

    Platinum 3776 with the 14K music nib, and a bottle of J. Herbin Perle Noire black ink;
    Platinum Plaisir, medium, in gun metal;
    Edison Collier with 1.1mm stub nib, plus a spare stub nib, bold, and medium;
    Sailor 1911L with 18K bold nib;
    Platinum Balance in blue (medium) with a bottle of Sailor Sky High blue ink;
    Platinum Balance in red (fine) with a bottle of J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Rouge Hematite;
    Platinum Balance in green (medium) with a bottle of J. Herbin Vert Pre;
    Platinum Balance in black (fine);
    Platinum Cool, clear demonstrator, fine;
    TWSBI Eco 1.1mm stub, with a bottle of Noodler’s Golden Brown;
    TWSBI Eco bold, with a bottle of J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir;
    TWSBI Eco fine, with a bottle of Sailor Jentle Blue;
    TWSBI Diamond 580AL with a bottle of Sailor Kiwa-Guro (Ultra Black) Nano carbon ink… on my last trip into our favorite Toronto pen shop, my 12-year-old said, “Daddy, to all pens have to have their bottle of ink.” My wife answered, looking me deadpan in the eyes, she said to our daughter, “Yes, dear. And in daddy’s office, they all have their own notebook too.”

    I’ve just read your post, and waves of guilt are splashing over me, because I also ordered a Platinum 3776 Century with 14K medium nib from Amazon last week.

    Is this really an addiction?


    1. I don’t know if it will make you feel better, or worse, but you can find my 2016 ink list here, and my 2015 pen list here, and my 2015 ink list, too. I was so much worse before. So you are still good. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Your wife sounds like a very wise woman, understanding the importance of paper. My husband once picked up a fountain pen from my desk in the kitchen, tried to write with it, and said, “A million pens and not one that works?!” I took that as license to buy a very nice Lamy Safari ballpoint. Pink, so he doesn’t steal it. Win-win.

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  2. Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of somebody else.
    One of my favorite quotes is from Judy Garland. I guess I’ve always been somewhat of a rebel. The world would be boring indeed if everyone were all the same. The ones who stand out to me, are the ones who are themselves. Even if she puts it aside for the time being, the pens/ink will come back in time. I firmly believe that.

    I was at a wedding dress store one day with my daughter. One of the young women who worked there was wearing a particularly cool shawl/poncho. I told her I liked it. She thanked me and said she was a little old fashioned, and liked some of the older designs to wear. I recited that quote for her, and you should’ve seen her face light up! I spoke with her only about 3 minutes, but I bet she never forgets what I told her. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. It seems we all feel a bit tinged with guilt when confronting ourselves with a list of the whole year’s acquisitions. We can but strive for moderation in the New Year and see if that lasts beyond January! Happy New Year to all๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Guess you are not too bad. You did not even lose money, right? Great!

    I spent over 1000โ‚ฌ (Pelikan M200 Clear, M200 Blue, M205 Yellow, M300 Black & M320 Pearl, Pilot Falcon, Pilot E95s, 4 Plumixes, 1 Kakรผno, 10 Petits, 8 Platimum Preppies, 2 Ahabs, a dozen KaWeCo Classic/Skyline Sports, a Sport Luxe, an Art Sport Amber, a vintage Sport V16 (piston filler!), a vintage Geha Steno and 2 beautiful vintage flex) on pens this year, ouch. That shocked me so I sold some of them, gave some to my 2 children (mostly the plastic Sports and Petits) and only keep my most expensive ones. These are now all used as there are “only” 10 left and always inked. I also gave some away to friends who showed interest in fountain pens, these all get used and are loved now.

    Still, next year must be about ink. A much cheaper way t treat myself now and then …

    Have a phantastic New Years Eve tomorrow and a Happy New Year with your loved ones (and pens and ink ๐Ÿ˜‰ all around you!

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    1. That makes me feel better, too! Thank you. And excellent taste. My next post will be about the ink I bought. That is not quite so bad as the pens. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Happy New Year to you, too, and to all reading this.

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  5. <<>>
    Give it to her!! I had considered that pen for a future buy. I’ve never used a Lamy before. But I have talked myself out of it.

    Your Sheaffer pens however and of course the Aurora are on my future wish list…LOL. You have done well this year, that’s for sure. I also like one of those Kaweco pens you bought. It is a sickness I tell ya.

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    1. It is sort of a sickness. I’m thinking I’ve finally cured myself of the Lamy bug. ๐Ÿ™‚ Or Lamy did. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I would give the Lx to her, but she doesn’t actually want to be associated with fountain pens these days. Apparently fountain pens may not signal “cool” to everyone. Hard to figure. ๐Ÿ™‚


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