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Monthly Archives September 2019

Lamy Rollerball and Ballpoint Refill Finder

Lamy Safari Rollerball

Have a Lamy pen but confused about the refill you need to fit it? It’s very easy to know which refill you need because Lamy makes so few refills!

Even so, Lamy doesn’t exactly do a good job of explaining what you need, and it’s certainly not written anywhere on the pen. In fact, most people don’t even know the name of their pen! This guide is designed to solve all your Lamy refill problems.

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How To Swap Lamy Fountain Pen Nibs

Lamy Nib

In case you didn’t know it, one of the best features of Lamy fountain pens (aside from the Lamy 2000) is that they use a modular nib system. That’s right — you can pull the nib off your Lamy Al-Star and put it on your Safari. Or you can take the gold nib from your Scala and put it on your Vista.

Swapping your Lamy nib is an incredibly easy process once you get the hang of it. Here are a few ways to change those nibs…

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Favorite Pen Cases of 2019

Choosing a pen case largely comes down to personal preference. The quality of pen cases sold by reputable manufacturer and quality vendors is generally quite high and while prices vary wildly, almost everything we’d landed on in the past few years has been pretty OK. What really makes the difference and sets some pen cases apart from the rest is design, features, and value.

Here are some of our favorite pen cases sold today…

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Platinum Fountain Pen Buying Guide

Platinum 3776 Century

Platinum is one of Japan’s “Big Three” pen companies, but it doesn’t seem to get the same level of attention as the other two, at least in the United States. Despite that, Platinum makes some of our favorite fountain pens.

If you are considering buying a Platinum fountain pen which should you lean towards? Which are sure-fire hits that no one can deny is a great pen? Read on to find out.

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Ink Types Guide

Pelikan 4001 Ink

When you start to dig into pens just a little bit you’ll see that they are separated ink a few major varieties based on the type of ink they use. These categories are blurry and ultimately not very well defined, but it’s helpful to know the basics about them so you have some idea of what you are buying. This guide will run through the major types of inks in order to help you get a better understanding of the major types of pens, how they write, why you might prefer one over the others, and the best uses for each.

Don’t miss our Pen Refills Guide so you can learn about the types of refills these inks go into.

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