Teri at Peyton Street Pens has been generous enough to send us lots of pens and paper for review and giveaway. We’ll be sharing them all in the next few weeks, but today I’ll talk about the Miwok 2.
Teri actually designed this particular pen which is super fun! It’s called Tortuga, so named for the tortoise-shell look of the acrylic used in the body. The pen comes with a standard cartridge/converter filling system, but if you’ve got silicon grease and an eyedropper, you can also fill it that way (remember to great the nib section as well!). Teri uses Jowo #6 nibs in this model, either in steel or gold, and nibs are available in extra fine, fine, medium, broad or 1.1mm or 1.5mm stub.
This pen feels a bit chonky in the hand, but in terms of measurements it’s not that far off from a lot of others. Capped it comes in at 5.5″, and uncapped at about 5.25″. The cap is a screw on cap and does post (friction posting), but given that the cap is wider than the body, I find it makes the pen too long and unwieldy. While a large pen, this one weighs in at only 23g. Gotta love those acrylics.
For comparison, I pulled out a TWSBI Eco since that’s a pen many people have in their collections. I also pulled out my Townsend from Shawn Newton and my Charleston from Carolina Pen Co. Frankly, they’re all about the same length even though the widths differ between the pens.
Which brings me to how I feel about this pen. I actually really enjoyed writing with it! It’s lightweight, and while it’s a bit big for my hand, it wrote nicely. The body is super smooth and the section is nice to hold in your hand. While it’s big, it’s not heavy which is a huge plus. The nib was very nice, and had a little bit of spring and feedback which I found really pleasant. I compared this pen to two other acrylic pens I own that are also hand-crafted by smaller artisans. While the Townsend and the Charleston are a bit more polished (and the acrylic blanks are often also made by the artisans), I was impressed with the quality of the Tortuga for what is a more budget-friendly price. Honestly, if you love the look of acrylics but aren’t ready to make a more expensive purchase, this is good starting point to get into hand-crafted pens.
The standard acrylic Miwok 2 retails for $72 and the premium versions retail for $87. The Tortuga pictured is made of premium acrylic, and has a gold nib in fine.
Remember I said GIVEAWAY? That’s right. Teri has generously offered this pen up for giveaway! This pen has been used briefly for this review, but will be sent to you in like new condition.
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