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Nussbaum Pen Co. The Jon Ross Blue Rings Review

Jon Ross by Nussbaum Pen Company
Jon Ross by Nussbaum Pen Company

Nussbaum Pen Co. Jon Ross Series, Blue Rings

Medium Nib, Ink for hand written review is Stipula Musk Green

I found out about the Nussbaum line of pens last spring while browsing The design caught my eye. I made a mental note and then proceeded to forget about the pens. When I purchased my Lamy 2000, I remembered these pens and decided it was time to try one. I soon discovered there are more models available. After looking at the various models, I kept coming back to the Jon Ross series of pens. The one with the blue marble acrylic accents was calling to me. Continue reading “Nussbaum Pen Co. The Jon Ross Blue Rings Review”

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Iroshizuku Syo-ro Review and Fountain Pen Day/JetPens Giveaway!

Iroshizuku Syo-ro

Iroshizuku Syo-ro and a JetPens giveaway! Happy Fountain Pen Day!

I want to thank JetPens for providing me with a bottle of Iroshizuku Syo-ro for this review and also sponsoring the giveaway for a new bottle of the same ink. Details are at the end of the review. Continue reading “Iroshizuku Syo-ro Review and Fountain Pen Day/JetPens Giveaway!”

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Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen


Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen, Bold Nib

Lamy 2000 Bold Nib

Test ink is Pilot Iroshizuku, Kon-Peki.

There are many reviews of this pen, as well there should be. A design as timeless as this deserves to be scrutinized. I found my example and purchased with my own money a broad nib example via for a very good price considering what these pens go for.


The appearance of this pen is one of a minimalist nature. The brushed Makrolon® not only makes the pen light but gives it a quality feel. The combination with stainless steel just gives that extra high tech oomph. I admit that it is hard to come to terms with the fact that the design is 47 years old as of this writing. A design this old yet still looks futuristic and high tech is an amazing accomplishment.

I have read some reviews that refer to the barrel material as fiberglass. It is actually a poly-carbonate material reinforced with glass fib… okay fiberglass. 😛 The clip is stainless steel and spring loaded. This makes for very easy clipping to clothing/cases. Being a piston filler, I am very happy with how the seam between the piston knob and the barrel just disappears when the piston is fully retracted. There is an ink window that seems to melt into the barrel when the pen is full of ink.

Lamy 2000 nib

Just below the ink window are two metal tabs that protrude slightly from the section. This is the basis of the best slip cap mechanism I have used. It slides into the cap effortlessly and clicks solidly in place. The click is very satisfying. Some people do not like the protruding tabs on the section. The way I hold the pen has my thumb right over one of the tabs but it does not bother me.


The platinum plated 14 karat gold nib is semi hooded. I admit I am not fond of semi-hooded or full-hooded nibs. This one changes that for me. My main issue with hooded nibs is that I have a hard time seeing the nib position. This, in turn, results in improper nib to paper contact. This is not an issue with this pen. There is enough of a view of the nib that it does not matter. Very Nice!

Lamy 2000 Clip

When we move to nib performance, things go a little south. I had read that some people had start-up or skipping issues with this pen. My pen is not immune. It seems the pen has a very small sweet spot making holding the pen at the proper angle very crucial to nib performance. One other issue I noted on my pen was poor tine alignment. That was sorted easy enough. The slight skipping issue should be a non-issue soon. You see, my main reason for getting a bold nib is to stub it.

Lamy 2000

The 2000 is Lamy’s flagship pen and it is always a bit of a let down when their are nib issues. In my case, I am not going to let it be an issue. I did find that the nib is a bit springy. (See the written portion)

Even with the negative, the pen is worth owning. Did I mention that the L2K is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art? Yeah, I like this pen.

Thank you for reading.


The Fountain Pen Sith Lord.

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And the hand written portion of the review:


Posted in fountain pen repair

A Little Pen DIY

A few months ago I came across a new to me Pelikan, the M30. At the time, I did not know the model number but I knew it was a Pelikan and it was a piston filler.  I decided to take a chance and bid on the pen. When it arrived I was pleased with the looks of the pen. Testing the nib dry on some paper gave me an indication that the nib would be smooth. Unfortunately, once I filled the pen with ink, it started to leak.

A bird of in the distance. #pelikan #fountainpen

My first instinct was that the piston seal was the source of the air leak because it did not travel smoothly. The piston knob was very tight for what I know Pelikan to be. I researched online and made a thread on the FPGeeks Forum. Soon I had my answer. The piston is user serviceable if you can find the right sized wrench to remove the piston assembly.

I have several TWSBI wrenches so even if one was small, I figured I could file it down to widen the opening of the wrench. That is exactly what I did. It did not need very much filing to get it to fit. Not even a mm is my guess. Just a few minutes work and I now have a wrench that works with my Pelikan M30.

Modified a #TWSBI wrench to fit a #Pelikan M30 piston mechanism. #fountainpen

I was able to remove the piston assembly and lube the piston seals with some silicone grease I sourced from Anderson Pens. One thing to note about removing the piston assembly, it is loosened by turning clockwise or the direction you would normally turn to tighten a bolt. It’s “righty loosy lefty tighty” for this one.

Pelikan M30 dissasembly

#Pelikan M30 #fountainpen now greased and ready for trial run.

Since I had most of the pen apart, I decided to pull the nib and feed and clean them out. I went at the feed with a tooth brush as it had what looked like purple/red ink all over it. I also went over the nib with a jewelers polishing cloth to bring back its luster.

Decided to take apart the nib and feed. Good thing too, that feed needs some cleaning. #Pelikan M30 #fountainpen #repair

The nib on the #Pelikan M30 is 14K gold so I have gone over it with a polishing cloth. #fountainpen #repair

I worked on the gold filled cap too. It has a few dings but shined up nicely.

The cap got a sunshine cloth once over too #fountainpen #repair

After what was only an hour or two of work, I had a fully functioning Pelikan Piston filler that is just a little older than I am. 🙂

If you are willing to take small risks, use a little elbow grease and choose carefully, you can find some hidden gems.

Thanks for Reading,


Fountain Pen Sith Lord.

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Pelikan M30 complete

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Bamboo Pen by Ken Cavers aka drgoretex

After seeing some very nice examples of this “Bamboo” pen by Ken Cavers, I knew I wanted one. It took me a while to finally decide ti contact the good doctor and place my order. The hardest part of the whole ordering process was deciding what material the pen should be made of. After a few emails back and forth, the order was complete. I thought deciding what material to chose was the hard part. It’s not. Waiting was the hardest part. You see, these pens have become popular and Ken has a long waiting list of orders to fill. Add in the fact that pen making is not Ken’s day job (He is a real doctor) and that equals a 6 month wait list. Fortunately, I did not have to wait that long. It was more like three or four months, I don’t remember exactly now but it was worth the wait.
Bamboo Pen by Ken Cavers
The pen is done in what Ken calls Red and Black acrylic. It has a fiery look to it that is really cool. Being a Fountain Pen Sith Lord, I renamed the pen material, “The Fires of Mustafar”.

Capped the pen is very large. It clocks in at just under 6 inches or 151 mm. Without the cap, it measures 132 mm. You cannot post the cap. I am okay with that as I rarely post my pens. The pen is perfectly sized for my hand without the cap anyway. The section, at the thinnest point measures 10.3 mm and 17.7 mm at the thickest point of the barrel. The slightly hour glass shapped section makes it very comfortable to hold. While there is a step down from the barrel to the section, it is high enough on the section that it is not an issue. (Just a note on measurements, I just bought some calipers so the measurements differ from my written review and this typed review).
Bamboo Pen by Ken Cavers

The two tone, steel, 1.1 mm stub nib has been smoothed by Ken and this is super smooth! I believe it is a JOWO nib.
Bamboo Pen by Ken Cavers

The filling system is cartridge converter and with a little silicone grease this could easily be turned into an eyedropper filler. I am not sure how much ink it could hold but it looks like it can hold a sizable amount. The converter is a bit larger than what I am used to so it holds enough ink for me. Please keep in mind I like to say I have ink ADD. This is taking into account the wet flowing 1.1 mm nib.

Bamboo Pen by Ken Cavers

If you want a custom pen at a good price, don’t hesitate to contact Ken, it will definitely be worth it!

Thank you for reading.


The Fountain Pen Sith Lord.
Bamboo Pen by Ken Cavers

Posted in fountain pen repair, Fountain Pen Review

Wancher Naranja Update and a Thanks!

Just an update and a thank you to Alejandro M. for asking about the number 6 nib fitment in the Wancher Naranja pen. It is an obvious homage to the Delta Dolce Vita. I also want to thank Carl for pointing out that the Bexley 802 has a #6 nib. I have the cracked ice version of the Bexley 802 but never liked how the two tone steel nib did not match the rest of the pens silver colored hardware. A few swaps and one more pen and my Bexeley has a steel nib that matches and my Naranja has a two tone B nib that works way better than the stock nib. Thank you again Carl and Alejandro! I have a 1.1 mm Goulet nib on the way!
Number 6 nib in the Wancher Naranja

Posted in Misc, Stationery/Notebook Reviews

“A Pen Bestiary” by Leigh Reyes

It was some time earlier this year, I logged into twitter and the first post I saw was one by Leigh Reyes. If you have spent any significant amount of time researching fountain pens, and more importantly Nakaya fountain pens, you may have found her blog already, My Life As a Verb. If you have not run into her blog, I highly suggest you visit, you will not regret it!

I do not remember the exact wording but in Leigh’s twitter post, she was asking who would want a Moleskine Postal Notebook  possibly filled with something special. I had no idea how long the post had been up but I immediately replied that it would be an honor to get something like that from her.  Some time later I received this notebook. I asked her permission to post it here.

Thanks again to Leigh Reyes for sending me this great notebook!