Writing Well on a Budget

By The Economical Penster | Fountain pens don't need to be expensive to be good. This magazine celebrates economical pens, inks, and papers that provide excellent writing experiences without the high price tag.

Pelikan Jazz

I bought this at Mazza Stilografiche when I visited Italy for some work last month. Considering I’d walked into the store and asked if they had any …

Italy

A Review of the Wing Sung 698 clear piston filling fountain pen

Fountain Pens

Pentaloons Fit Your Pens Like a Comfy Pair of Pajamas

My pens work hard for me. So when it’s time to give them a much-needed rest, I let them lounge around my desk in something comfortable. Something …

Clothing

A quick look at the Parker Reflex fountain pen.

I spotted this pen in the window of a shop selling mostly greetings cards and only a few pens, most of which were ball points. It was in a small grey …

Cool Stuff

five months with the stalogy 365 a6 notebook

taking a look November 13, 2017 0<p>I've been using a bullet journal since July 2017. I'm a fairly recent convert, but my planner has changed quite a …

Wing Sung | 698

The joy and pain of ordering pens that come from China is:<p>Joy: They are inexpensive<br>Pain: It takes weeks for them to arrive.<br>Joy: It arrives and you …

Shopping

Live in You MiTu Review

If you know the brand <i>Live in you</i> (里莜), you know a lot about the Chinese domestic pen makers. Even for a fountain pen addict like me who always keep …

Fountain Pens

Notebook Review: Darkstar Collection

Shopping

When Your Grail Pen Is F**king Expensive

I’ve had three grail pens on my list since I began using fountain pens. None of them are cheap, but isn’t that the definition of a grail pen, that …

Money

Review: TWSBI Eco Turquoise EF nib

€35 bought at La Couronne du Comte<p>Since the TWSBI Eco in turquoise was a special edition, I pre-ordered and pre-paid. And while Appelboom and P.W. …

Shopping

Review: Kaweco Perkeo

RE-REVIEW: DINGBATS WILDLIFE A5 NOTEBOOK

Identical on the outside, but it's the inside that matters!Not too long after I reviewed the Dingbats notebook, I was contacted by them about an …

Fountain Pens

Saving a Pen Brand: a Case Study of the Kaweco

<b>Intro</b><p>I love my vintage Kaweco V14S from the 60s. Being a compact pen, it features a resin-casted black body with a blue transparent ink window, a …

China

Jinhao 992 Super-Boring Budget Fountain Pen Review

The Jinhao 992 pen is more or less everywhere these days, and frankly, for good reason. I know there has been some controversy with cracking in the …

Fountain Pens

Handmade Leather Pen Holders

I’m always on the lookout for leatherworking workshops here in the south. It’s always somewhere in Quezon City, and I’ve never had the chance to join …

Crafting

A quick note on Kaweco Perkeo

My one gripe about Kaweco is that almost all models come with stock stainless steel nibs.* Do not get me wrong, I am a proud owner of Lilliput and …

Cotton Candy

Maruman Spiral Note Basic Notebook Review

<i>“Hi Brad,</i><i>I’m a student on a budget and am looking for a notebook with paper that will allow me to use all of my favorite pens and is affordable. Can</i> …

Shopping

Review: Kaweco Perkeo (Fine Nib)

2 Comments<p>Welcome to another one of our pen reviews! This time, we are joined by our second guest reviewer and she is also our first left-handed …

Cotton Candy

Extra Fine fountain pen nibs – Writing robot & handwriting comparison

Fine or Extra Fine? That is the question. We’re frequently asked about the various nib widths of our fountain pens and we fully understand your …

Matched

Reviewing Two Wing Sung Pens (618 & 3008) and a Lecai Giveaway!

Wing Sung fountain pens have a reputation of being well made Chinese piston filling pens with a very affordable price point. Today I’ll be taking a …

Made in China

Ink Review: Five More New Colors From Monteverde

I recently reviewed four inks from Monteverde’s updated ink lineup: Moonstone, Chaorite, Mandarin Orange, and Napa Burgundy. Without exception, all …

Illustration

Jinhao 992 (modified!)

At 99p each on eBay with free shipping, it’s very hard to say no!<p>It’s always interesting to see what the Chinese companies decide to copy: the Wing …

Vintage

Jinhao 993 – ‘The Shark Pen’

If I had to choose my favourite animals, it would be penguins, ducks and sharks. Pelicans might be amongst the mix because I’m a cliché (Pelikan is …

Cool Stuff

monteverde monza / jinhao 992

0<p>I thought this was interesting enough to share.<p>Goulet Pens posted on their Instagram stories recently about the Monteverde Monza, a new, sub-$20 …

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Monami Olika Fountain Pen Review

The Monami Olika is a new budget-friendly Fountain Pen in the Jetpens catalog. These pens are available in 10 colors, and ship with three matching …

Fountain Pens