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Super5 Ink Rollerball Pen

The Super5 rollerball pen is a cartridge rollerball pen with a plastic body that is very similar to Super5’s more popular fountain pen.

The official name of the pen seems to be the “Super5 iR .7” as per the packaging, but this name isn’t used anywhere on retailer pages. The “iR” stands for “Ink Rollerball” which indicates that the pen uses fountain pen ink and cartridges.

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Ensso Italia Fountain Pen

The Italia is an upcoming fountain pen from boutique pen maker Ensso. It’s a cartridge converter pen with a focus on high-end components and materials. The name is based on the pen’s design which is said to be inspired by a classic Italian aesthetic.

This pen is an active project on Kickstarter. You can back the project there, until August 22, 2019. Prices on the Kickstarter will be discounts by about 40% off of the retail prices (listed below).

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Rotring 400 Fountain Pen

Rotring 400

The Rotring 400 is an interesting but very confusing line of pens from the early 1990s. It’s a clear relative of the Rotring 900, but the 400 is smaller and more affordable. The Rotring 400 was later replaced with the Rotring Espirit, which is easier to fine but generally considered to be less collectible.

The closest surviving relatively of the Rotring 400 is the Rotring Tikky line.

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Kaco Edge Fountain Pen

Kaco Edge Fountain Pen

The Kaco Edge is a fountain pen that was very much inspired by the Lamy 2000, but one with some interesting things about it. First of all, it costs just about 1/10th of the MSRP of the Lamy 2000. Second it uses real Makrolon in the body, just like the Lamy. Lastly, Kaco opted for a Schmidt steel nib, which can’t match the Lamy’s gold nib, but it’s no slouch!

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