Thomas Bates

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Stocking Stuffer Pens

Another pack picked up fron Pen Swap - this was a pack of 8 pens being offered for a very reasonable $35, if I recall correctly. Some of them will be ink test pens, some will eventually be nibgrinding practice. (…)


Montblanc 149

I picked up this pen from Pen Swap, and sent it right over to Mark Bacas for tuning. Since getting it back, it’s been my most favorite daily writer. (…)


Platinum 3776 - Bourgogne

Another purchase from a seller on the Pen Swap subreddit. This is a Platinum 3776, Bourgogne. I purchased this as a sort of test to see how I feel about Platinum’s nibwork. (…)

Platinum 3776 Bourgogne

Visconti Homo Sapiens Broze Age - Midi

New purchase from a seller on the Pen Swap subreddit. This is a Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age - in midi. Considered by many to be the Visconti Flagship pen, and a “grail” pen by many (including me), I’m very pleased to have obtained this. (…)

Visconti Homo Sapiens, Bronze Age, Midi

Visconti Van Gogh - CI Ground by Mark Bacas

I bought this pen a little over a month ago from Anderson Pens in Chicago. Apart from a few vintage pens, and my very first fountain pen (A Lamy Safari), this is the first pen I’ve bought from someone other than Goulet Pens. This Van Gogh is the Self Portrait version, and I love the way it looks. (…)

Visconti Van Gogh