Articles Written By: Alan Gill

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Sailor “Spring Under the Stars” maki-e pen

Sailor “Spring Under the Stars” maki-e pen

Japanese artists and master craftsmen are renown world-wide for their skill and artistry.  None more so than the Master Craftsmen that hand-craft the famous Sailor nibs, demand for which is currently exceeding their ability to manufacture and resulting in a waiting time for these hand-crafted masterpieces.  Unlike machines, the Master…

Why Celluloid?

Celluloid is widely hailed as the resin material for pens, but why? Celluloid and hard rubber or ‘ebonite’ were the first plastic materials to be used in pen making. Ebonite is natural latex rubber, which has been mixed with sulphur and heat-treated so that it loses it’s ‘rubbery-ness’ and becomes…
Lamy Safari 2013 Special Edition – Neon Yellow?

Lamy Safari 2013 Special Edition – Neon Yellow?

Originally produced as a school pen, the Lamy Safari fountain pen soon found favour with the grown-ups. It’s spare functionality designed for schoolroom use, which includes the triangular grip section to encourage correct posture, the window in the barrel which allows the user to monitor ink level without dismantling the…
The Sailor Cross Emperor – Amazing!

The Sailor Cross Emperor – Amazing!

To those of us used to a fountain pen and the standard nib, the Sailor Naginata nibs are a revelation, and none more so than the Naginata Cross Emperor. Instead of the standard two prongs or tines, with a slit between as with a normal nib, the writing tip of…
Lamy – is it red?

Lamy – is it red?

Lamy have always been quite reserved on the colour front, tending to stick with blacks and grey metallics in the main. Occasionally they bring out something different and often rather good, but usually only as a ‘limited production’ item, such as the yearly Safari fountain pen in it’s limited production…