Review by Laura Cameron
Goldspot is a lovely sponsor of the Well-Appointed Desk and recently they asked if there were any pens we would like to review on loan. YES! I asked to try the Laban 300 Skeleton Fountain Pen in Rose Gold ($207.95).
When the Skeleton first came out I was smitten with the look. There’s something about the modern metalwork over the acrylic resin demonstrator body. It was like the best of all the body types I love!
For all the rose gold detailing, the Laban Skeleton weighs in at only 31g when empty, and I was surprised how light it was compared to what I was expecting. It felt very comfortable in my hand, weighty enough to feel substantial, but light enough that my hand wasn’t fatigued holding it. Lengthwise, the Laban comes in at 5.4″ (136mm) when capped, and 5″ (128mm) when uncapped. The cap does post, but I found that made the pen top heavy, and I preferred to write without posting.
In comparison to some of my other favorite pens, the Laban is slightly smaller than what I consider my “larger” pens:
(L to R: TWSBI ECO Rose Gold, Laban 300 Skeleton in Rose Gold, Platinum 3776 Chartres Blue, Carolina Pen Company Charleston)
You may have noticed I haven’t discussed the nib yet. That is because I feel like the nib is the only weak point of the pen. The Laban Skeleton uses two-toned Bock steel nibs (available F, M, and B), imprinted with the Laban logo. The nib was perfectly serviceable; it wrote smoothly right out of the gate and was of a quality of I expect of Bock nibs. I admit I normally don’t fuss about steel nibs, but in this case, with so much rose gold on the pen, I really think the Skeleton would benefit from a matching nib, even if it made the pen a bit more expensive. What do you think?
Overall, I really like the look and feel of this pen, nib notwithstanding. Other finishes are available (Chrome, Gun Metal) but the Rose Gold has a warm look that I really love and the pen was a smooth writer. Add a Rose Gold nib and this would probably be a buy-it-now for me!
- Paper: Ghost Paper Notebook ($25)
- Pen: Laban 300 Skeleton Fountain Pen in Rose Gold ($207.95)
- Inks: J. Herbin Poussière de Lune($12.95, 30mL)
DISCLAIMER: The Laban 300 Rose Gold included in this review was provided to us on loan by Goldspot for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.