Another new series for the blog! This series will look at any new products I have bought and give mini reviews and, in this case, a back story! I decided to write this series as I often like buying and trying new products that come out onto the market and thought this might be useful for others to read!
Back in December, not long before Christmas, I had left my favorite fountain pen on my coffee table after writing some Christmas cards, I went out to do some shopping and didn’t think any more about my pen thinking it would be safe at home. I’d made the fatal mistake of leaving my dog loose in the house (she normally stays in the kitchen when I go out somewhere…), asleep on the sofa. I got home later, not even 2 hours had gone by since I had left to an inky mess on my sofa and a guilty looking dog 😦 it seems that she got bored and decided that my pen looked like a good way to keep herself entertained. To be fair, it wasn’t an expensive pen, it was clear plastic which I loved as you could see how much ink was left in the cartridge, and it was one of the only fountain pens that I had which wrote on pretty much any type of paper without skipping or catching, the ink always flowed nice and my writing looked so much better when I wrote with it. I was pretty devastated.
Roll on to Christmas, I was gifted some money to get myself something nice and I knew what I was going to get – a new fountain pen. I headed into town one day after Christmas and visited WHSmith firstly. I looked at the range of pens in my price range (£20) but couldn’t find anything that I liked or that fit with my criteria – it had to be metal, have a bit of weight about it and have a finish which I wanted (something metallic). I liked the Lamy Safari but it looked a bit plastic for my liking and the color ways that were available were not great, plus just about everyone has one. I did sneak a peek at the Parker pens but the only one in my price range was the Vector which I already own in purple.
I then visited my local Ryman store and found a Parker IM in Esspresso with a sale sticker marking it down from nearly £40 to £20 as it didn’t have a cartridge in the box. I snapped it up as it ticked all the boxes of what I wanted in a fountain pen and grabbed some cartridges at the same time. I got in the car and decided to get it running and try it out but when I opened the box I found that it was a roller ball body and not a fountain pen. I didn’t mind too much but was a bit disappointed that I’d now have to buy a refill for it so I could use it. I ordered some online and decided to have a look at fountain pens online while I was at it. I found a matching fountain pen online for £17 which I ordered!
I was still a bit sad about not having a new pen to use that day, however, when collapsing the packaging down to recycle it, I found the roller ball cartridge in the presentation box that comes with the pen!
So now I have a matching set of Parker IM pens, and I honestly love them both! I’m using a black Parker 0.5mm roller ball refill in the one and in the other I have a blue Quink ink cartridge! Both write really well and have the weight I was looking for, are both really well made and sturdy, and they look good clipped to the pen loop of my Malden! There seem to be no bleed issues or shadowing issues through the cotton cream Filofax inserts that I am using either, so its an all round winner!
The next episode of New Products will be posted on 10th February! xoxox