Why Do I Love Esterbrook Fountain Pens?

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Green Esterbrook Transitional J Fountain Pen

When it comes to fountain pens, there are many different types of pens that you can use. You can choose from pens made in particular countries like Japan, Germany or the United States. You can choose from nibs that are fine, broad or flexible. But one of the biggest divides that many new users have a hard time crossing is … Read More

Pen, Paper and Ink – Fountain Pen Basics

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fountain pen ink and paper

When it comes to writing with a fountain pen, you need to consider more than just which pen you’re going to use. A fine writing experience depends on three different things: your pen, your ink and your paper. If one of these items is lacking it can ruin the entire experience. At the same time, if all three compliment each … Read More

What Is Sheen In Fountain Pen Ink?

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It seems that the world of fountain pens has been taken over by sheen. Read any ink review or browse any online fountain pen community and you’ll frequently see sheen mentioned. So what is sheen in fountain pen ink? What does it look like and how does it happen? Do you have to have a special pen, ink or paper? … Read More

Choosing The Best Disposable Fountain Pen

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Best Disposable Fountain Pen Review Pilot Varsity Platinum Preppy

In a world of fountain pens that cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, the term “disposable fountain pen” might seem like an oxymoron. Indeed, they may go against everything that fountain pens seem to stand for… quality, permanence and luxury. Don’t let the term fool you, though. Disposable fountain pens are actually quite capable little pens! Surprisingly, there are … Read More

How To Refill A Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen

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Replacing Pilot Varsity Ink fountain pen

The Pilot Varsity is sold as a disposable fountain pen, but it seems like such a shame to throw one away once you’re done with it. Instead of tossing it in the garbage, what if you could refill it? Good news… you can! In this article I’ll show you how to refill a Pilot Varsity (or Pilot Vpen as they’re … Read More