A Writer’s Dozen

The “core” list reflects the pens I’ve collected to write with 90% of the time. Dates reflect production year of the pens.

Core Writing Pens

  • Aurora 88 Diopside Minerali, clear resin with green cellulose, Piston, 18K factory stub nib (#49 of 388; 2017).
  • Danitrio Cumlaude, small version, Brown marble cellulose-acetate, ED, 14K #3776 Coarse & #3776 Newton stub (early 2000s). Custom nib housing holds current style/short tail Platinum nibs by Newton Pens.
  • Edison Huron, Yellowstone acrylic, ED, 18K Kinney CI (2009). Original Bock nib housing before Edison switched fully to JoWo housings.
  • Edison Hakumin Mina, Shiro-tamenuri w/turtle maki-e over ebonite, ED, 18K M nib (2012). JoWo #5 nib and housing.
  • Newton Banana Slug, Ebony and cream acrylic, ED, 14K  Kinney CI (2013). JoWo #6 nib & housing.

Danitrio Cumlaude, Edison Huron, Edison Hakumin Mina, Newton Banana Slug, Newton Shinobi

Goes Everywhere/Notetaking Pens


Fisher Bullet, Pilot Decimo, Platinum Kanazawa-Haku

There are a few pens that were gifts or otherwise have a sentimental connection to a person. These pens get used, too, but mostly for letter writing, grocery lists, or this or that; not for long writing sessions.

Montegrappa Chile Pepper LE, Sheaffer Tuckaway, Pilot Sterling Turtle, Nakaya Chinkin Karakusa Tortoiseshell

It’s not the fountain pens themselves that are the heart of the writing experience. The pen bodies are important vehicles for the nibs—these matter most of all. Taking advantage of custom pens, or pens that allow for interchangeable nibs can provide a writer with more nibs than fountain pens.

last updated 2021-Nov-12