31 Jan 2018

my fountain pen wishlist for 2018

Though I'm trying really hard to be good this year and not add too many new pens to my collection, there are a few pens which have caught my eye. Here are five pens which have made their way onto my wishlist.

Parker 51 Vacumatic

This vintage fountain pen has been on my list for a while now. It's tempting to buy one off eBay but this is a pen I'd quite like to inspect quite thoroughly before handing over some hard-earned cash for. Trawling local charity shops and vintage shops has not yielded anything yet and my aim is to attend a fountain pen show this year to track one of these babies down. The holy grail would be one in a true fine nib.

Pilot Elite 95S Burgundy

A pen that isn't readily available here in the UK unfortunately! My only concern with it is that the pen might be a bit short. My hands are a little on the larger side for a female so small pens can be uncomfortable for me. My aim would be to go to the Far East at some point, try the pen out in person and then make up my mind.

Noodler's Ahab

Flex nibs are something that have always scared me but this offering looks like a gentle ease into this new fascination of mine. Whether or not I take the plunge and order one is another question. I'm not quite sure I can justify another new pen at the moment!

Possibly the 2018 Limited Edition TWSBI Eco 

I acquired a turquoise Eco in 2017 and I really love how smooth the extra fine nib is. It really is a pleasure to use and it's tempted me into collecting all of the colour variations, as and when they pop up on the market...

Possibly the 2018 Limited Edition Lamy Safari (colour dependent!)

Every year, I'm pretty sure I say this to myself - that my purchase of the limited edition Lamy Safari depends on the colour of it. Having bought last year's petrol green, I do have a little tinge of regret as the colour isn't one I am particularly fond of. Only time will tell if I make the same mistake again...

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This is my wishlist at the moment. I try and keep a maximum of five or six pens on it. I'm trying to weigh up purging my collection to purchase some of these beauties or just keep them on the wishlist for now. Or until a major life event occurs where I can justify an addition to mark the occasion...

Let's wait and see...

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