Pen Review: Musgrave Duets

Pen Review: Musgrave Duets

Review by Tina Koyama Musgrave Pencil Co. of Shelbyville, Tennessee, is one of very few remaining pencil manufacturers in the US. Operating since 1916, it’s still family-owned. As such, I feel an affinity for the company’s history and heritage, though not always its products. For example, the gorgeous Tennessee Red pencils in their cedar box…

Giveaway: Caran D’Ache 849 Claim Your Style Ballpoint Pen

Today we have a very special giveaway for you! You may remember that last April (where does time go?) I reviewed the Caran d’Ache 849 “Claim Your Style” Limited Edition and today we’re giving it away! The limited edition “Claim Your Style” Caran d’Ache 849 ($40)  in vert comes in the same molded enamel clamshell case…

Ballpoint Pen Reviews: Victorian Trading Company Pens (Part 2)

Ballpoint Pen Reviews: Victorian Trading Company Pens (Part 2)

Yesterday, I reviewed the dip pens currently available through Victorian Trading Company, the company where I work. Today, I’ll review the ballpoint pens currently offered. Victorian Trading Company  currently stocks two pen necklaces from 1928 — the Adela Cameo Pen Necklace and the Floral Pearl Seed Pen Necklace (both are currently on sale for $39.95)…

Pen Review: Caran d’Ache 849 “Claim Your Style” Limited Edition

Pen Review: Caran d’Ache 849 “Claim Your Style” Limited Edition

The limited edition “Claim Your Style” Caran d’Ache 849 ($40)  in vert  comes in the same molded enamel clamshell case that most 849s ship in. It makes for an impressive presentation as a gift and the price point on an 849 is such that its a great gateway pen for friends, family and co-workers. The…

Pen Review: Ensso Aria (When A Bic Stic Won’t Do)

Pen Review: Ensso Aria (When A Bic Stic Won’t Do)

Generally speaking, ballpoint pens are a last option for me. As a lefty, oily ballpoint ink often leaves a trail of residue on the heel of my hand and my writing angle can often cause ballpoint roller balls (the ball suspended in the tip that releases ink) to choke up or skip. Left hand writers…

Review and GIVEAWAY: Leuchtturm 1917 Drehgriffel

Do you love ballpoint pens? Then this review and giveaway are for you! Recently we were sent a few Drehgriffel from Leuchtturm (24.95 each) for review. These fun ballpoint pens are made to look sort of like pencils. Drehgriffel is German and loosely translates to “twist stylus.” This pen style is a revival from the…

Ball Point Pen Review: Caran d’Ache Nespresso 3rd Limited Edition

Ever since I discovered fountain pens, my use of ballpoint pens has been minimal. I love my Retro 51’s, and an impressive collection of gel pens and fine liners, but I’m mostly done with ballpoints. When I saw the Caran d’Ache Nespresso (3rd edition, $45.00), I felt a pang of longing though. For starters, it’s…