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2017 Fountain Pen Wish list

I’ve written about my wish list for 2016 when Maybelline of On Fountain Pens requested that I write a guest post on her blog.

My list has:

  • Pilot Custom 742 with Falcon nib
  • TWSBI Vac Mini
  • OMAS Milord Noir
  • Edison Pearlette
  • Nakaya - A Fox with the Harvest Moon

I’ve purchased 2 out of the 5 on my wishlist, namely the Pilot Custom 742 with Falcon nib and the Nakaya fountain pens. I’ve not gotten around to doing a review of the Pilot Custom 742 because the falcon nib just doesn’t lend itself to daily writing. It’s sole purpose is just to do flex writing on my ink reviews.

Whereas the Nakaya fountain pen was also something of an impulse purchase. I didn’t expect myself to be placing an order for another Nakaya pen so soon after purchasing my first. However the news of the price hike prompted me into action. There is no regrets buying the pen.

Technically I did buy an OMAS fountain pen just not the Noir. I had a chance to handle a Noir but I found I didn’t enjoy the finish. I picked up an Arte Italiana in Liquid Green instead but I sold it in the end because of the slippery grip.

I had decided against buying the TWSBI Vac Mini but picked up a Pilot Custom 823 instead. Also a vacuum filler just not so mini. The only pen I didn’t buy or get something similar is the Edison Pearlette. I’ve not stepped into the realm of custom pen yet but someday I will. Meanwhile I shall be contented with the pens that are already or will be available in 2017.

Update: Apparently I wrote this blog post too early in advance that I've picked up the Edison Pearlette second hand from Leigh Reyes. So, I guess I am 5 for 5?

My wish list for 2017 will be:

Number 5: Pilot pen with Waverly Nib

I’ve been interested in Pilot’s speciality nib selection especially the Waverly nib. The Waverly nib is said to be smooth regardless you are pulling or pushing the nib across the page. It might mean as a lefty, the Waverly nib might be the perfect nib for me. I’m personally not keen on the pen body options for the Waverly nib so here’s hoping that a more interesting pen body comes along.

Number 4: Custom fountain pen

Maybe next year will be the year I’ll put money down on a custom fountain pen. It doesn’t have to be one from Edison, maybe I’ll order one from Shawn Newton or Scriptorium Pens? Who knows, in the world of custom pens the world is my oyster!

Number 3: Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Platino

I have seen and caressed one. It was a great understated and classy pen. The EF nib that came with it was a lovely and almost sensual writing experience. I would love to get one in the Grendilla wood. Plus the wood box it comes in is just on point. Good job on presentation, Graf von Faber-Castell.

Nummber 2: Montblanc 1912

Now this pen might be a lost hope. The Montblanc 1912 is an interesting pen that has a retractable nib but it was launched quite a while back and locating one in a reasonable price might be tough. However, the nib that came with the pen I’ve tried is just a great writer. If I’m able to find it, it would be my first Montblanc pen!

Update: Remember the Singapore Pen Show that happened recently? I've seen the pen sold there so I've placed an order for this pen in EF but I've not picked up or paid for the pen so can I still leave it in the wishlist?

Number 1: Nakaya Negoro “Nuro Kise” Hon Kataji

Another year another Nakaya pen, maybe? This is the next Nakaya pen I am eyeing. It is way more affordable than the one I got this year. The cracked finish has caught my eye from the start when I began browsing the Nakaya website. Maybe I’ll be able to afford one again next year?

Update: Remember the Singapore Pen Show? I've placed a pre-order for this pen but I've not fully paid up for the pen so I guess I can count it as a 2017 pen too?

What pens are on your wish list for next year? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Pen Resolutions 2014

2013 has been my first toe dip into the world of fountain pen. It was first a toe dip then a falling head first into the deep end. I am sure all pen addicts know what I mean.

2013 I have acquired:
- Platinum Preppy - Kaweco ICE Sport Yellow M Nib
- Pilot Iroshizuku Asa Gao
- Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun
- TWSBI Diamond 580 F Nib
- Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku (My current favourite ink)

So for the new year I hope to:
- Use my pens more
- Sign up for Goulet Pens' Ink Drop
- Find more pen pals
- Keep at my Bullet Journal
- Begin reviewing my pens and inks
- Convert more people to the dark side!

Wish list for 2014:
- Ink drop - Noodler's Konrad Flex
- Noodler's 54th Massachusetts (UPDATE: I got a bottle from a fellow Pen Addict!)
- Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses
- Pilot Prera or Metropolitian (I want to try a Japanese nib)
- Field Notes (I have heard so much about them on the Pen Addict Podcast I have to get my hands on them somehow)
- Rhodia anything (They are available in Singapore but not exactly cheap.)