Fountain Pen Review: Schon DSGN Pocket Six

I’ve been eyeballing Schon DSGN pens for a while now. In the past I haven’t been able to get to an east coast pen show, so I haven’t seen them in person and then there haven’t been shows because of the pandemic, but I’ve been keeping an eye on Dromgoole’s. Last week I finally took the plunge and bought a Pocket Six in “Purple Potion” ($135).

Schon DSGN is owned by Ian Schon, a man with a passion for machining pens. He uses a variety of metals and machines them all here in the U.S. His products would be 100% American made save for using Jowo Nibs manufactured in Germany.

The Pocket Six is a wee little pen, designed to be small but act like a full size pen in writing. The pen is a mere 3.5″/19cm when capped, which makes it even tinier than my Kaweco Lilliput, and significantly shorter than Kaweco Sport and the Franklin Christoph Pocket 45. It weighs in at only 15g.

L to R: Vanness Limited Edition Franklin Christoph Pocket 45, Kaweco x Hello Kitty AL Sport, Kaweco Liliput in Fire Blue, Schon DSN Pocket Six

However, when posted it stands up against the bigger guys. The cap is a screw cap, and the back end of the body is threaded so that the cap can screw on for a nice stable fit. Posted, the pen is 5.25″/13.5cm in length. And they didn’t go small on the nib on this one – the “Six” in Pocket Six is because there’s a Jowo #6 nib on this baby.

This pen makes me smile. It’s small even in my small hands, but it writes like a much bigger pen. It took mine a few seconds to start, but after that it was a really pleasant writing experience. The aluminum body is lightweight and warmed up a little in my hand, making it comfortable to hold. Even though it’s a stock nib, I can’t complain. This one writes super smoothly.

Honestly the only slight drawback I see to the Pocket Six is that it’s small enough that it has to be a cartridge only pen. However if you’re handy with a syringe and ink, even that isn’t a problem for those with large ink collections!

I think I’m really going to enjoy this one.

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4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. This pen looks gorgeous. I like small pens that fit my (small) hand, so I think that would be nice to try!

  2. Great little pen. I got one at the last Los Angeles Pen Show held in person whenever that was! Sure do miss them since they’ve been gone.

  3. Laura,

    What's that lovely blue ink?

    I have one of Ian's pens, too, and I like it very much. As you say, it's a smooth writer. I gave one to a friend and she loved it. I'm trying to decide which one I would get for a second pen — you know, as a back-up. Just in case.

    And Ian is lovely. He even let me pick my pen in a virtual visit to his shop.


    1. Ruth – I wish I knew! It’s the cartridge that came in the box with the new pen. You might check out the Monteverde Cartridges – they have one called California Teal and this reminds me of it.

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