Monday, January 3, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 306

Hope your new year is off to a good start! Yesterday's blog post had a little sneak peek of my new Laban '325' fountain pen in the "Flame" colour.  Here are some close up photos of it...

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I purchased the pen from my fellow pen club member Andy with Christmas gift money from my father. I already owned an orange '325' "Sun" fountain pen and loved the design, so I decided to buy the red version from Andy via Craigslist. 

I reviewed (at some length *ahem*) the orange version of this pen in this blog post last summer, so I won't go into details about the features of the pen again. Suffice to say, this new '325' is as beautiful as its cousin...

I love how the off-white/cream colour of the section, cap and barrel end complements the marbled red colour so well....

This '325' has an XF (extra-fine) gold-plated steel nib and it writes as smoothly as the Medium nib on my orange '325'. When I first started collecting fountain pens (over 20 years ago), I was wary about XF nibs as I thought they would all be scratchy compared to their wider-nibbed counterparts. A Sailor 'Sapporo' with an XF nib changed all that. Now, I have several XF-nibbed fountain pens in my collection.

The Mozartkugel candy in my photos is a throwback to a Christmas I spent with my cousins in Vienna in 1992. While there, I purchased the second fountain pen I ever owned--a Pelikan 'P10' school pen--which I still own.

I hope the 2021 holiday season was a happy one for you, and that you were able to spend some time with family (or close friends who are like family) despite this global pandemic. Many thanks to Andy for selling me this gorgeous fountain pen, and to my dear Dad for this lovely Christmas present.

(Photos & review by Maja)

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