I recently stumbled across the Nemosine Singularity fountain pen on Amazon and decided I’d take a chance. Its a line of Taiwanese-made pens with German nibs for $15-$30 depending on the reseller, nib and finish. I purchased the red plastic Singularity with the F nib and bought an extra 0.6mm italic nib for $7. The pen came in a simple white cardboard box but included a piston-style cartridge converter and six cartridges. At the price point, few other pens offer these extras. I really was taking a gamble as I’ve never seen one in person nor had I done a lot of research about it but I felt hopeful that the German nib and high-quality reputation of Taiwanese pens would make the Nemosine and pleasant surprise.
It has a lightweight plastic body with chrome trim and clip but its surprisingly quality looking. Its a fairly lightweight pen but a lot nicer looking in person that I thought it would be. The red plastic is fairly opaque making it look a little like resin, enough to fool non-pen geeks into thinking its a much pricier pen than it is.
The real shocker for me is that the nib is silky smooth and beautifully etched with decorative designs. It looks Art Deco and really adds to the experience. Both the Fine nib and the 0.6mm italic nib worked amazingly well. I would compare them both the nibs used in Kaweco Sports and that’s high praise coming from me.
The only issue I had was that the pen leaked on me. I think it was because I swapped out the nib several times to test (with the ink cartridge converter filled) so I may have shimmied it loose. It leaked all over my hands when I uncapped it and the chrome ring that holds the clip to the cap is not air tight so the ink leaked out there as well.
Assuming that the leaking was my fault, I recommend giving one of these pens a try. I especially like that I was able to get a small italic nib which I love to bits. For the next couple weeks though, I will be using the pen at home until I determine if I was the reason it leaked.
As for the name Nemosine, all I could find is a Latin quote “nemo sine vitio est” which translates to “No one is without fault.” Does anyone else have any idea about the brand name?
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