oPENions: The Site
for Fountain Pen Reviews
After a long hiatus, oPENions is back.
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The most common question I'm asked when
someone asks to borrow my pen.
Occasional thoughts about fountain pens
and other writing instruments including rants, reviews, and essays about
pendom and our peculiar obsession.
Kaweco AL Sport
have been eyeing the Kaweco brand for some time now and have been
intrigued by the historical significance of the Kaweco Classic Sport
Collection. I almost bought a Classic Sport just to see what all the
fuss was about, but decided upon the little bit more expensive AL Sport
Kaweco AL Sport (black) has turned into one of my top 5 favorite pens
and one that I take with me every day wherever I go. I purchased a
chrome Kaweco clip with the intention of keeping in my shirt pocket, but
in reality I carry it in my pants pocket with a more expensive pen in my
shirt most days.
I love the coolness of the aluminum body and cap in addition to the
added weight that the AL Sport has over the Classic Sport. The size is
the same as the Classic Sport and is functional enough to be used as an
everyday pen yet still compact enough to not be a burden to carry with
Sailor Marble Ebonite Professional Gear
This is a lovely old school styled pen. Made from
Ebonite, the two most striking things about
it are the swirls of color and
the smell. Read the full review here.
Where to Begin?
New to the world of fountain pens? Why
not check out the Beginner's Guide. Everything
you ever wanted to know about entry level fountain pens and how to avoid
buying the wrong thing.
Like numbers? The
pen review spreadsheet provides a
collection of Likert scale reviews of pens based on all sorts of
characteristics. Add your own numerical review by filling out the
pen review form.
Pen weights and measures provides vital statistics of many popular pens.
Under each of the pen manufacturers'
sections at left are extensive reviews of some of the top pen models.
I will promptly post reviews to the relevant section of the site. Reviews
should be informal and impressionistic. There is no set format. If you wish to include a
picture of the pen reviewed, I will post that as well.
While I have listed a number of popular makes of fountain pens, I will gladly add makes as
Please click on the links to the left to see reviews for different pen manufacturers.
Since the demise of Ikonpen, I make available some of the Ikonzine Reviews that would otherwise vanish into
the ether. The reviews are culled from Google cached copies.
Where to Go from
Pen Q&A section takes on some of the biggest myths
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