1. I’ll have to pick up one of these for my 9 yr old! Between this and the Pilot Kakuno, do you have a preference for the little guys?

    Seeing a blog post alert for you is fast becoming a highlight in my day! Love reading the updates and seeing what a thoughtful and idyllic childhood you are providing Caleb! Animals to love, parents close at hand, a few quality toys to cherish, and lots of fresh air and outdoor exploration… doesn’t get more amazing than that ๐Ÿ™‚ If or when you want you add another quality toy to the mix, I highly recommend the plasma car (often seen in play gyms). It literally is great for kids from 3-99 (though my 1.5 yr old is already enjoying it as a push car). We’ve had ours for 10 years and it is always a hit with kids and adults… and your shop has the perfect floors for them!

    • wonderpens

      I think I would go for the F-C School Pen! Unless your young writer has a preference for a specific colour, as the Kakuno caps come in the pink, yellow, lime green, blue etc. The Kakuno, and also the Metropolitan, are both terrific pens, but I just really like both the nib and also the body on the School Pen – the body seems a bit more classic.

      And thanks so much for your kind words and for following along with the blog! I really enjoy writing it, even though it has sort of changed from when we opened the shop (new products, news, etc.) to behind the scenes and thoughts. I feel a little bit as though parenting is always a challenge, but Caleb’s childhood has turned out so vastly different from my own, or what I would’ve imagined for him before we opened the shop, so we are always figuring things out as we go… and keeping our fingers crossed that he’ll turn out okay ๐Ÿ™‚

      I will have to keep a lookout for the plasma car! Thanks so much for the recommendation. Caleb just loves anything with wheels and that moves, and that sounds just perfect for him. I suppose everyone else will just have to look out, haha!

  2. Beth Martin

    Wow! These sound really good! And I can’t find any other retailers that stock them! Any idea when you will have them back in stock? Thank you so much for the thorough review – hope to visit your shop sometime, it sounds like a very pleasant place.

    • wonderpens

      I’m not sure when they’ll be back in stock, they sure flew off the shelves quick! I’m hoping in the next 2-3 weeks, but there’s no firm timeline yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Elaine

    I was intrigued to see that the cartridge ink in the package is ‘erasable’ – I thought WHAT?! – will have to investigate! Have you tried that ink? Do you really erase it?

    • wonderpens

      I didn’t think twice about it as that’s not a feature I normally use! I think this is along the lines of the Lamy Blue and some other standard blue inks that are erasable with the “eraser pen” – like this Lamy Ink Eraser pen here: https://www.wonderpens.ca/Lamy_Ink_Eraser_p/lamyie.htm

      The chemical on it erases Lamy Blue, but not usually any other inks. I will have to do a few experiments and update!

    • wonderpens

      That’s so funny that you ask that because I LOVE eyedroppering pens, and this pen would be just perfect if you could – but there are holes at the back of the barrel. You might be able to epoxy it, and who knows maybe I will try since I can’t resist a barrel full of ink – I will let you know if I ever do!

      And thanks so much for the compliment! Although really, I feel like most days he is eating cheese for dinner and going to family events with yogurt on his shirt… haha!

  4. Beth Martin

    I purchased two of these, and am very impressed. The pen is so pleasant to hold and to write with. Very nice nib – thank you, again, Liz , for the writing sample – that clinched it for me. I am a lefty overwriter and am suspicious of triangle grips, but this one is subtle and soft rubber (or feels that way at least), and is perfectly comfortable for me. I love the feel of the barrel – I too would recommend over the Pilot Kakuno – seems to have better weight and balance.
    I was so happy with your shop’s customer service – awesome! I will definitely be ordering more in the future. Thanks again!!

    • wonderpens

      I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying the pens! It’s sometimes a bit tricky to purchase online, but I’m glad the writing sample helped, and I know what you mean about the grip on this pen being a bit less rigid. Thanks so much for the order, and hope the pens bring you many happy words! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Mike

    I just picked up this pen and i really enjoy writing with it as a first foutian pen it is great i only wish i could find more information on it even faber castells website has nothing on it

    • wonderpens

      So glad to hear you are enjoying the pen! It is a fabulous writer.

      It’s something that was only recently brought into Canada by our distributor – perhaps more information will come soon.

  6. Tess

    Hi! I bought this pen in store while visiting Toronto with my family! It wasnโ€™t on my list of pens to try but I really liked how it wrote, however Iโ€™m having some issues with flow in mine ๐Ÿ™ do you have any suggestions? Itโ€™s writing so dry that pigmentation of any ink I put in it isnโ€™t coming out, and itโ€™s skipping a lot.

    • wonderpens

      I’m so sorry to hear of your flow issues!

      I would first suggest flushing it out really well with some water, perhaps with a little dish soap diluted in. Sometimes there’s residue from the factory machining the feeds, or maybe dried ink that’s causing some flow problems.

      Secondly, I’d suggest pressing lightly down on the nib, just enough to let the tines come apart a millimetre, in case the tines are too close together. If you have some brass sheets, running that through the tines to help separate them just a bit might help as well. Hope that helps!

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