Various Links From Pelikan To Marlen To Hobonichi


Pens dominated this week, but there were a few other things worth mentioning…


  1. The Marlen isn’t bad for a modern steel-nibbed pen. Eventually sold mine along as I prefer no pressure at all and the nib was too narrow unless I flexed it.

    Smooth steel nib, piston filler, good length and width if you prefer to hold your pens back on the section. I’m spoiled by higher-end 14kt nibs, but the ballpoint generation should love the Aleph.


    • Thanks for the feedback. No pressure is my preference, too. With flex, some pressure is needed to produce wider lines and nothing can beat a vintage nib for that characteristic. For real writing, I’ll take a smooth stub nib any day. For fun expressive writing, my Waterman Ideal nibs are the best. When used for non-flex writing, they work beautifully with an extremely light touch. Hard to come by, though worth the effort and cost.

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  2. Thank you for the mention!
    I have similar feelings about the Marlen: interesting idea, I think it’ll appeal to a lot of people who haven’t been spoiled by wet noodles… (or who don’t like wet noodles). I do like the clear feed though…


  3. nice to find a pen and ink zealot


  4. Reblogged this on Martha Keim-St. Louis' blog and commented:
    ink and pen everywhere.


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