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  1. Just wanted to give a good review for Chatterly Luxuries. I worked with Bryant and he went well out of the way to answerer questions, make recommendations, and provide outstanding service. He noticed a problem with the first pen I was getting while checking it & contacted me to let me know. He upgraded the shipping and did everything possible to make sure I was perfectly happy with the purchase. I highly recommend them for your next pen. (P.S.: I am not affiliated with Chatterly in any way, just a happy customer writing a positive review)
  2. I'll be travelling to London and Edinburgh in about a month with my husband, and while I saw this thread on London pen shops (or the lack thereof), I was also wondering if there were any cute little pen/stationery shops to visit in Edinburgh (there's this thread, but it is a bit old, so I'm starting this one). Google says The Pen Shop in Edinburgh is closed, so... any suggestions? I'm not that well to do, so it doesn't have to be high end pens or stationery, but a neat souvenir and/or a nice deal would be great I'm also making a stop at the Isle of Skye, but that being a less urban place, I am assuming there wouldn't be a lot of pen/stationery stuff there (maybe antique shops?). If there is, I'd be keen to hear it!
  3. does anyone have any information for the best shops to go and buy fountain pens and inks in the city of Manila, Philippines? i will be traveling there next month and wondering if there are any fountain pen shops there to visit. thanks in advance for the help. -rudy-
  4. mislav

    Enrico Lena's Shop

    Does anyone knows web page or email of Enrico Lenas pen shop in Trieste, Italy? It is small, only pens shop on Piazza della Borsa in Trieste. Thank you!
  5. I split my time between Toronto and Washington DC and am looking for pen shop recommendations. I have purchased off ebay, amazon and Laywine's in Toronto but would like to broaden my perspective. Missed the DC pen show but think that may have been the place to look - thoughts?
  6. The Blue Knight

    Dex Compact Fountain Pen Review

    IntroI have lately been looking to add a few low cost everyday pens to my collection so when I saw the UK high street and online retailer "The Pen Shop" had launched a new range of low cost fountain pens I jumped at the opportunity to add something new to my collection. The new youth orientated pens are under the Brand Dex as a division of their existing Kingsley own brand pens. I’m not really sure what to think of the name Dex as a pen brand, but hey, I may be too old to appreciate it’s name appeal, perhaps they were trying to associate the name with the once popular 90's Dexter’s Laboratory cartoon. The range consist of two different pen styles, both in ink roller and fountain pen variants in various finishes (see here) they do appear to have done a good job with a number eye catching designs.I ended up going for the Compact pen in blue as it caught my eye in the store. Here are my thoughts after two weeks of use. Design Materials and aesthetics 7/10The pen has a modern, distinctive design with chrome accent opaque body and an ink window with a contoured rubber grip section. The pen is a little on the light side as all the components bar the clip and nib are made of plastic. Overall an interesting, unique design. Construction Quality 6/10 The quality of the materials used in the pen are reasonable at the price point, however the plastics do feel low cost and the pen overall feels relatively cheap. Ergonomics 6/10 For a compact fountain pen the ergonomics are quite good and the pen fits fine into smaller hands unposted however, it probably will be too short for larger hands unposted. However, if the pen is posted it becomes a similar size to a posted Safari. The grip section of the pen is fairly comfortable, however, I do think the positioning of the finger placements recesses are a little strange as they seem to be placed too widely apart for a comfortable grip. Nib performance 8/10 I was pleasantly surprised with the nib having only paid about £13 for the pen I wasn't expecting much from its “iridium point” nib. However, I found the nib to be one of the highlights of the pen as it delivers a firm, smooth, Medium line with a little bit of reassuring feedback. The nib isn't quite as smooth as my Parker Frontier nib however the nib is excellent for a sub £15 pen. Filling Mechanism, 6/10 The pen is a compact pen so is relegated to using only small international cartridges out of the box. However, I have successfully managed to convert mine into an eye-dropper pen with a touch of petroleum Jelly which has meant the ink capacity has been effectively tripled to approximately 3ml. The ink window is especially useful when the pen has been converted as it allows for a clear indication of the remaining ink. Cost and Value 7/10 Bought for £13 The pen isn't bad value, however it does feel a little on the cheap side and perhaps a price of just under the £10 may have been a bit more reasonable price. Final Thoughts Overall score 40/60 The Good Smooth nib.Compact Design.Can be converted to an eye dropper. The Bad Feels a little on the cheap side.Cartridge only out of the box.
  7. I have a conference at the convention center in Hartford, Connecticut at the beginning of August. Does anyone know of any must-visit pen shops/stores, stationery stores, office supply stores (of course, not Staples, Office Max, Office Depot type stores as I have these at home), or any gift shops/stores (selling pens/paper) in Hartford? Thanks! : )
  8. penandpapercompany

    Hello From Wales!

    Hi Folks, Thanks to Gourmet Pens for introducing us to this great forum Here's a little bit about The Pen and Paper Stationery Company. We are the largest independent stationery store based in the heart of Cardiff city centre, Wales, UK. We take great pride in offering excellent customer service. Our friendly sales team have extensive product knowledge and are on hand to help answer any questions you might have regarding our products. We have been supplying a wide range of art supplies, stationery, greeting cards and quality pens since 1996. We sell affordable quality brands including Parker, Lamy, Waterman, Winsor Newton, Moleskine and much more. We also stock technical drawing and architectural art products. Visit us in-store or shop online at http://www.penandpaper.co.uk enjoy free UK delivery on pen orders over £10. Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to hear about our special offers and events. Buy with confidence - Keep checking the website for all our latest news, offers and competitions.
  9. Hello, I was wondering if anyone knew of any pen shops in Virginia? Preferably around the Christiansburg/Blacksburg area. I enjoy shopping online, but I think it would be really great to actually be able to see some pens and maybe sample them prior to purchasing them. Thanks, youNibs
  10. For context, a few words about me first... I grew up writing with fountain pens from kindergarten through graduate school... First using Pelikans then mostly Lamys (For math and engineering)... So I know a thing or two about fountain pens and nibs... I have an ok collection including some Montblancs from that time... Fairly recently I've decided to use fountain pens again at work. So I became first a lurker, then a member here. After much research offline and online - in particular on this forum, I've recently bought a Pelikan M805 in all black. Needless to say that I am totally in love with it!!! That takes us to the topic of this post... Richard Binder I had a very bad prior experience with a very established and reputable store in town, which completely ruined a new Kaweco Elite, that I had bought online and simply wanted to be a bit wetter. They still owe me a replacement after approx 6 months! Decided not to make the same mistake again, I followed the advice read on this forum and ordered the M805 from binderspens. "Binderization" was what attracted me. And indeed, I am so delighted with Richard and Barbara's service that I felt compelled to write this post. First they sent me exactly the pen I had ordered, with a slightly broad M nib due to Binderization. So I contacted them to replace or fix the nib and make it slightly narrower. They both very kindly responded to my many emails asking for advice (e,g., about ink), and prompted me to include writing samples. As a result, they reground a nib to my EXACT specifications, and sent me back not only the nicest pen, but also the best writer I've ever had!! In an age of consumerism and mass online orders, where employees at brick-and-mortar stores often have no idea about fountain pens, Richard and Barbara's services are an island of honesty, kindness and simply good craftsmanship! Thank you! CP





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