Monday, June 24, 2024

Fountain Pen Review: Scriveiner Luxury EDC Stunning Matt Green Pocket Fountain Pen

I had fun doing my previous review of an amazing pocket fountain pen, so I'm doing a new review of another amazing pocket fountain pen! 

Many people include a pocket fountain pen in their everyday carry (EDC). Pocket fountain pens are popular because they combine the benefits of regular fountain pens with the added advantages of portability, durability, and convenience. Pocket fountain pens are small and lightweight, compact and portable, and practical and convenient. They don't take up too much space, fit easily in small pockets, and come in different materials, colors, and designs. Using a well-crafted pocket fountain can elevate the simple act of writing into a more thoughtful and enjoyable experience. 

I have tried several pocket fountain pens, and they are fun and cool to use. I like including pocket fountain pens in my EDC because they easily fit pen cases and the smaller pockets in my bags. Several months ago, I received a couple of pens from Scriveiner London to try and review, and I chose this EDC pocket fountain pen in matte green as my first review for this award-winning brand from London. The Scriveiner Luxury EDC pocket pen is a pocket-sized fountain pen designed as an EDC. It's made from aluminum and comes in different finishes, including matte black, red, and blue. This pocket fountain pen uses a fine or medium Schmidt nib and comes with ink cartridges and a converter for use with bottled ink.

Scriveiner's presentation box and a smaller box for ink cartridges.
The Stunning Matt Green pocket fountain pen is beautifully presented in the Scriveiner box. A hidden compartment underneath the pen tray contains papers and ink cartridges.
Aside from the pen and converter, the box also contains a guide, two spare cartridges (one black, one blue) in an envelope under the pen tray, and a warranty Card.

Scriveiner pens are produced by Scriveiner London, founded by entrepreneurs Yanning Li and her husband Justin Lowes. The couple identified a gap in the market for a British brand of high-quality pens and journals sold at affordable prices. They launched Scriveiner London in the United Kingdom in 2019 and introduced the 'Classic' pen range, an identifiably elegant British product. The Classic pen range was later followed by the 'EDC' line, a series of pocket pens available in different materials and colors.

In April 2023, Scriveiner London became the recipient of the first-ever King's Award for Enterprise: International Trade. The prestigious award recognizes the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of affordable luxury stationery. The brand won the award for its outstanding success in global expansion, having grown international sales by more than 600% over the previous three years.

The Scriveiner EDC pocket pen is made from aluminum and anodized with a matt green scratch-resistant finish with a silver chrome accent. The aluminum barrel has threads at both ends, so the pen can be posted securely. When capped, this pocket pen slips easily into pockets. When posted, it becomes a full-sized pen. While this pen is postable, I can still write comfortably without the cap being posted.

This pocket pen is made from aluminum and is scratch-resistant. This allows the pen to be put inside pockets with the usual 'pocket' contents—coins, keys, perhaps a knife—and still look like new. 
When the cap is posted, this pocket pen becomes a full-sized pen at five inches.

Here are some useful measurements and specifications of the Scriveiner Luxury EDC Stunning Matt Green Pocket Pen:
  • Length, capped: 4.7 in | 11.9 cm
  • Length, uncapped: 4.5 in | 11.4 cm
  • Length, posted: 5.0 in | 12.7 cm
  • Weight, whole pen: 29 g | 1.0 oz
  • Body material: Anodized aluminum
  • Cap: Aluminum, screw on, postable
  • Clip material: Stainless steel
  • Nib: #5 Schmidt available in F, M, or B
  • Filling mechanism: Converter or ink cartridge
Scriveiner pocket pen's barrel, ink converter, section, and cap.

The compact design of pocket pens makes them convenient to use, but their small size could present challenges in their ink capacity. The Scriveiner EDC pocket fountain pen uses short international cartridges or a converter for filling ink from a bottle. Scriveiner's ink converters are threaded, to be screwed onto the section. This prevents the converter from being accidentally misplaced and avoids messy ink spills.

The Scriveiner EDC pocket fountain pen has a clip! Most pocket pens are clipless, but this pen sports a durable and well-designed clip.
The EDC pen's cap ring is imprinted with the Scriveiner logos. 
The cap's finial is flat and carries the stylized 'S' Scriveiner logo.
Scriveiner London is using German-made Schmidt nibs in their Classic and EDC fountain pens for smooth and effortless writing. This Stunning Matt Green EDC pen has a medium Schmidt nib that wrote smoothly out of the box.

The capped Scriveiner EDC is longer than the Kaweco Sport, Atelier F F2, and Wancai Mini, measuring 4.7 inches. When the cap is posted, it easily becomes a full-sized pen at 4.9 inches. Because of its longer barrel, the Scriveiner pocket pen is still comfortable to use even if the cap is not posted.

The EDC with my pocket pens, including a Kaweco Sport, Atelier F F2, and Majohn Wancai Mini. When they are capped, the Scriveiner EDC pocket fountain pen is longer than these pocket pens...
...but appears almost the same length as a Kaweco Sport. The Scriveiner EDC pocket fountain pen has a longer barrel, which makes writing still comfortable even without the cap posted.

To test how the Scriveiner EDC pocket fountain pen writes, I filled it with matching green ink, Robert Oster Eucalyptus Leaf. Filling the pen with ink was easy to do using the converter included in the box. The medium Schmidt nib wrote smoothly, and I had no discomfort or fatigue writing this piece. The Scriveiner EDC pen is lightweight and easy to use and I'm very happy that I can use this pen for regular writing. 

The medium Schmidt nib wrote smoothly! And I love that the pen and ink matched.

I am very happy with the Scriveiner EDC pocket fountain pen and I am recommending it to anyone who wants to know this award-winning brand and explore its unique designs. This is a beautiful pocket fountain pen and I'm glad to have it in my collection. Get one for your collection.

Rants of The Archer thanks Scriveiner London for providing the Matte Green EDC pocket fountain pen in this review. The EDC and Classic pens are available in Scriveiner's online store ( 

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Fountain Pen Review: Atelier F F2 Titanium Gr. 5 Teal and Light Gold

In March 2023, I wrote about a new and upcoming pen brand in the Philippines, f-inks. After more than a year, the brand has created F1 pens in various designs using Titanium and stainless steel. With the success of the first pen design, the creator behind f-inks (now Atelier F) introduced a new and unique pen—a pocket fountain pen made from Grade 5 Titanium with a #6 JoWo nib and an ink cartridge designed specifically for it.

Pocket pens have several advantages that make them useful for everyday carry. They are portable and their compact size is designed to fit comfortably in pockets or small bags. While pocket pens offer portability, they have some downsides, too. They have limited ink capacity due to their compact size, they can be easily misplaced and could be prone to ink leaks. These challenges have been addressed in the F2 pocket fountain pen.  

Atelier F's presentation box is crafted from wood and features an elegant floral design, along with the ink drop and stylized "F" logo. 
The F2 Titanium fountain pen in the presentation box alongside an extra ink converter made by Atelier F and an international short cartridge.
The F2's Certificate of Authenticity. Atelier F  now includes a Certificate for each of the pens that they sold.

I've had the chance to review numerous fountain pens, and I am truly impressed by the innovative designs created by individuals. One of these remarkable individuals is Francesco, the brains behind Atelier F. He has a unique approach to pen design, resulting in exceptional and well-crafted pens. In one of our conversations, Francesco e mentioned that his fountain pen design incorporates elements from some of his favorite pens. He named his pens the "F" pen, inspired by his name and the qualities he aims to achieve in his products: friendly, fine, flawless, fantastic, fabulous, and fair. I think he should also include functional, fascinating, fearless, and futuristic on that list!

The F2 fountain pen is sturdy but lightweight. Don't let the size fool you!  

Here's another brilliant idea from Francesco. Atelier F produced the F2 using Titanium Grade 5, the most widely used titanium alloy. This material has a very high strength, scratch- and crack-resistant up to 300°C, with outstanding corrosion resistance. Titanium Grade 5 is the perfect material for the F2. I tried keeping it in my pocket with keys and some loose change. I also added it to my carry-all pen pouch that has sharp tools—clips, scissors, a metal ruler, a craft knife, and tweezers—it did not get any scratches and still looked shiny and new every time I used it.

If you think this pocket pen is short, you are right that it is. However, this pen transforms into a full pen when the cap is posted. The F2 pen measures 3.9 inches only while capped, but becomes a long pen at 5.9 inches when posted. It weighs 35 grams only, a light pen that is very comfortable to use.

Here are some useful measurements and specifications of the F2 Titanium:
  • Length, capped: 3.9 in | 9.9 cm
  • Length, uncapped: 3.6 in | 9.1 cm
  • Weight, whole pen: 35 g | 1.2 oz
  • Body material: Titanium
  • Cap: Titanium, screw on, need to post
  • Clip material: No clip
  • Nib: #6 JoWo available in F, M, B, or elastic EF or F
  • Filling mechanism: Proprietary ink converter from Atelier F
  • Accessories: Pen syringe, Leather pen sleeve

The F2's cap, section, ink cartridge, and barrel. The ink cartridge was specially made to fully fit the F2's short barrel and has three times the capacity of short international ink cartridges. 

The compact design of pocket pens makes them very convenient, but their small size also presents some challenges. For instance, their size might not provide the most comfortable grip for extended writing sessions. Additionally, their ink capacity is greatly affected by their small size, and it can be tricky to fit a decent amount of ink into a small pen, leading to pens running out of ink faster. Most pocket pens use short international cartridges that hold around 0.7ml of ink. However, Atelier F addressed this design challenge by creating its own ink cartridge for the F2 fountain pen. When you purchase an F2 pen, it comes with two of these cartridges, each capable of holding three times the amount of ink found in short international cartridges.

The F2's ink cartridge fits perfectly inside the pen's short barrel. This design avoids the common problem of accidentally misplacing ink cartridges in wider pen barrels.
The F2's cap top bears Atelier F's logo of ink drop and the stylized "F".
Francesco uses #6 JoWo nibs in Atelier F pens, including the F2. The F2 is the first pocket pen I have seen with a #6 nib as most only carry the smaller #5 nibs.

At less than 4 inches, the F2 fountain pen is a compact pocket pen that is almost the same length as a Kaweco Sport, but longer than the tiny Majohn Wancai Mini. When the F2's cap is posted, it is longer than the Sport and is the same length as a capped TWSBI ECO or Lamy Safari.

The F2 and two other pocket pens that I have, the Kaweco Sport and Majohn Wancai Mini. The F2 is almost the same length as the Sport when they are capped...
...but becomes a full-length fountain pen once the cap is posted.
The F2 is a full-length standard-sized fountain pen like the TWSBI ECO or Lamy Safari when it is  uncapped and posted.
It's even longer than these two pens without their caps!
The F2 fountain pen with its older sibling, the F1 SS pen I reviewed last year. 

To test how the F2 fountain pen writes, I filled it with one of my favorite wet blue inks, J. Herbin Éclat de Saphir. The medium nib wrote smoothly, and I had no discomfort or fatigue writing this piece. The F2 pen is lightweight and easy to use. I'm happy that I can use this pen for regular writing. The F2, like its Atelier F pen sibling F1 SS316, is such a unique and remarkable pen that I am proud to have in my collection.

The medium JoWo nib in the F2 fountain pen wrote so smoothly! 

I am happy with the F2 Titanium pocket pen! The design is amazing and people are always curious about this pen. It's a well-designed pen that's sturdy, lightweight, and easy to carry around. The F2 is meant for long-term use and I definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to explore and know this brand. I'm excited to try and see Francesco's new designs in the coming months! Get one for your collection!

Rants of The Archer thanks Francesco and Atelier F for providing the F2 Titanium fountain pen for review purposes. Atelier F fountain pens are available for purchase from Atelier F or from Kailash Ramchandani's PenGrafik.

To learn more about these beautiful and well-crafted pens, follow Atelier F on Instagram (

Monday, June 3, 2024

Fountain Pen Review: 2024 Lamy Safari Special Edition Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry

2024 Lamy Safari Special Edition Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry

In the latter part of 2023, people started talking about the special edition Lamy Safaris for 2024. Some hoped for colored clear Safaris, and others wished for more pens in textured matte finish. In early January, photos of the two Lamy Safari pens for 2024 began showing up. There were mixed reactions to the new pens. Some did not believe the pens were real, others thought they were fake, and many did not like the design. Even I thought they looked like Safari frankenpens!

When Lamy formally announced the release of the two new Safaris, the pens became mostly anticipated, and everyone—including me—waited to get their hands on Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry, the 2024 Special Edition Lamy Safari pens.

Lamy Philippines promptly sent the fountain pens as soon as they received their stocks. Upon receiving the 2024 Safaris, I realized that they are beautiful and unique. It would be a huge loss not to include them in my collection. The two new fountain pens introduced this year have some unique features for the first time, such as different grip section colors, matching cap finials and section colors, matching inks, and labeled boxes!

Lamy Safari Pink Cliff in its pink-themed Lamy box.
Lamy Safari Violet Blackberry in the violet-themed Lamy box. Both fountain pens come with a Z28 Lamy ink converter and a T10 ink cartridge.

Lamy released the 2024 Special Edition Safari pair in packaging similar to that of previous years, such as Dark Lilac (2016), Petrol (2017), All Black (2018), Pastel (2019), Candy (2020), Origin (2021), and Strawberry and Cream (2022). The old, bulky plastic pen boxes are no longer used. Lamy now uses laminated cardboard boxes with the year's color theme, or a combination of gray and the pens' colors. The laminated pen box is enclosed in a plain white sleeve. This year, Lamy has added a small detail to the boxes that I really like — the boxes of the 2024 Safari pens are labeled with the pens' color models!

The 2024 Lamy Safari pen boxes are labeled! Neat! This helps a lot in organizing boxes and pens.

The Lamy Safari Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry are available as fountain pens, rollerball pens, and ballpoint pens. The fountain pens have the following measurements and specifications:
  • Colors: Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry
  • Material: ABS plastic
  • Length, capped: 5.5 in | 14.6 cm
  • Length, uncapped: 5 in | 13.2 cm
  • Length, cap posted: 6.5 in | 16.5 cm
  • Full pen weight: 15 g | 0.53 oz
  • Cap: Snap-on, postable
  • Clip material: Stainless steel
  • Nib: Interchangeable nibs in Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, Kanji, or italics (1.1, 1.5, 1.9mm)
  • Filling mechanism: Lamy T10 Giant ink cartridge or Lamy Z27 or Z28 ink converter
For the first time, the Special Edition Lamy Safari pens have different colors for the grip sections. Both sections have a textured matte finish.

The Lamy Safari is often considered a beginner or student fountain pen. The 2024 Special Edition includes two pens with different finishes. The Pink Cliff pen has a textured matte finish on the cap, section, and barrel, similar to the pens from 2020 (Violet, Aquamarine, and Mango), 2021 (Terra Red and Savannah Green), and 2022 (Strawberry and Cream). On the other hand, the Violet Blackberry pen has a glossy finish on the cap and barrel and a textured matte finish on the section. These pens are made from sturdy ABS plastic, which is the same material used in Lego blocks, keyboard keycaps, refrigerator walls, and the filament commonly used in 3D printers. The Lamy Safari was first introduced in the 1980 Frankfurt exhibition (read more in Lamy's Company History) and has been in regular production since then. Despite some fountain pen enthusiasts' low regard for this plastic pen, many fans around the world collect the Safari and its aluminum cousin, Lamy AL-star.

Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry come with matching black nibs and spring-loaded, oversized clips. These pens are reliable, sturdy, and durable workhorses. They feature ergonomically shaped sections or grip areas to ensure comfortable writing over long periods. In addition, the Lamy Safari's unique ink window allows you to see how much ink is left in the cartridge or converter.

Lamy Safari's iconic spring-loaded clips. This year's pens have black clips. Lamy has not released a special edition pen with a chrome clip since 2020.

The Safari's triangular section is ergonomically designed to make writing easier — it helps users get a firm and secure grip on the pen. An anti-slipping brake near the end of the section prevents a user’s fingers from slipping onto the nib while writing. Some people find the section's design uncomfortable, but I find it very helpful. 

Lamy Safari fountain pens are fitted with sturdy, long-lasting stainless nibs. These nibs are interchangeable for the Safari and for other Lamy fountain pens, which are very useful. A Safari fountain pen has the same feed and nib as those on the Vista, Al-Star, Joy, Nexx, and Studio.

Lamy Safari fountain pens are filled with ink using a converter or a T10 ink cartridge. The proprietary piston-operated Z28 converters are used to fill Lamy fountain pens with ink from a bottle and included in the box.

The medium nibs on the Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry wrote smoothly out of the box, and they are perfect for my thin-stick handwriting. 

I have been collecting Lamy Safari fountain pens for several years. Most special edition pens have the standard black textured matte cross finials, while the more unique ones have shiny dot-button finials (like the 2009 Pink and Creme Orange editions) or cross finials in the same colors as the pens (Aquamarine (2011), Green (2012), Pastel Collection (2019), and Candy (2020)). Some pens have finials that match the clip colors (Flame (2004), Blue and Red, a.k.a. the Superman Safari (2006), and Red Safari for China (2012)). However, the two pens for 2024 not only have different color sections, but their finials also match their grip sections.

The finials of Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry match the pens' sections.
Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry have matching colors for their sections and finials.
Lamy Pink Cliff has a textured matte blue-gray finish for the barrel and cap, with a matte pink for the section and cap finial. The nib and clip are black.
Lamy Violet Blackberry has a shiny dark purple finish for the barrel and cap and a light purple in matte finish for its section and cap finial. The nib and clip are black.
Pink and purple/violet Lamy Safaris and Al-stars, left to right: Powder Rose (2019), Light Rose (2023), Pink (2009), Vibrant Pink (2018), Black Purple (2009), Lilac (2023), Violet (2020), Dark Lilac (2016), Violet Blackberry (2024), Pink Cliff (2024), and Silver Blue (1997).

In previous years, Lamy has released inks to match their fountain pens. For most years, Lamy releases an ink to match a Safari and another one for the year's Al-star. This year, Lamy did something different by launching two matching ink colors for the Safari fountain pens for the first time. The Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry fountain pens have matching inks with the same names.

Pink Cliff—despite its name, this ink is actually a deep navy blue ink with medium shading. It has no shimmer but exhibits some copper sheen. Pink Cliff is not a heavily saturated ink, and I like how it wrote with the medium nib on my Pink Cliff. 

Pink Cliff ink to match Pink Cliff Safari. This ink is available in a T52 50ml bottle or a 5-pack T10 cartridges.
Pink Cliff is a deep navy blue ink with medium shading and no shimmer, but has some copper sheen.

Violet Blackberry is one of Lamy's two new inks for 2024. It is a deep purple-black ink with some shading. Similar to Pink Cliff, this ink does not contain any shimmer, but it dries with a beautiful gold sheen. It is not highly saturated and has a slightly wet flow, which provides a smooth writing experience with the medium nib in my Violet Blackberry pen.

Violet Blackberry ink and pen. This ink is also available in 50ml bottles and 5-pack T10 cartridges.
Violet Blackberry is a deep purple ink with some shading and a beautiful gold sheen.
Lamy inks through the years. 
Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry with beautiful copper and gold sheen.

This is my first fountain pen review in more than a year. I missed blogging and reviewing, but I couldn't do it for a long time while attending classes. In February, I underwent a scary medical procedure, and the love and care that my family and friends provided helped immensely in my healing and recovery. I am forever thankful to them, and I dedicate this comeback review to them. In my search for text to use in my writing sample, I focused on gratitude and came across this perfectly wonderful story of the two branches of gratitude.

What's good about the 2024 matching Lamy Safari and fountain pen inks? I didn't have to look hard for inks that would match the Safari fountain pens. The two Safaris wrote smoothly, without the nibs needing tuning or modifications. The Safaris are comfortable pens to use because they are made from lightweight material. I have not inked a Safari in a long time, and I'm glad I'm using them again. 

The two branches of gratitude—a beautiful story.

Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry pens are special edition pens for 2024. When stocks run out, Lamy will likely not produce them again. But these pens are still widely available, so you can still get them for your collection!

Rants of the Archer thanks Times Trading and Lamy Philippines for providing the Lamy Safari Pink Cliff and Violet Blackberry fountain pens and inks for review purposes. Lamy Safari pens are widely available from reputable pen sellers worldwide. For a global search of Lamy sellers worldwide, follow this link. In the Philippines, Lamy pens, inks, and accessories are available from Times Trading Company, Lamy Philippines, the Lamy Concept Store in Makati, National Bookstore outlets, Scribe, and Everything Calligraphy.

For inquiries, visit the Lamy Philippines website (, email them at, or visit their Facebook page: