Top 7 Power Pens

What’s a power pen? It’s a pen that makes a statement. These are big, heavy, eye-catching pens.

Brian picked out his favorite power pens and offered a quick explanation for each. Here they are (in random order):

  • Monteverde Regatta Sport – Rose Gold (Limited Edition)
  • Monteverde Invincia Deluxe – Chrome
  • Sheaffer 300 – Brushed Chrome with Gold Trim
  • Conklin All American – Tortoiseshell
  • Edison Beaumont – Bedrock Flake
  • Pilot Vanishing Point – Raden  (Water Surface with Rhodium Trim)
  • Jinhao 159
  • Monteverde Regatta Sport – Rose Gold (Limited Edition)
    Monteverde Invincia Deluxe – Chrome
    Sheaffer 300 Brushed Chrome with Gold Trim
    Conklin All American
    Edison Beaumont – Bedrock Flake

    Pilot Vanishing Point – Raden Water Surface with Rhodium Trim
    Jinhao 159 – Black
    Write On,
    The Goulet Pen Company Team
    2017-10-11T14:05:27+00:00 March 31st, 2015|Shopping Guides, Top 10 Lists|136 Comments
    • La Lynne

      Ha, liked this a lot! Might want to check that Jinhao link, though. Was intrigued enough by the video to want to click & something has gone wrong there. πŸ™‚

      • Madigan

        Thanks for the heads up, Donalda! We fixed it. πŸ™‚

    • donalda_bint

      Ha, liked this a lot! Might want to check that Jinhao link, though. Was intrigued enough by the video to want to click & something has gone wrong there. πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Thanks for the heads up, Donalda! We fixed it. πŸ™‚

    • Mitchell

      While I agree that the Regatta says, “Wow, look at that pen!”, if you actually do, it looks cheap. The finishes are not done very well, the shinny “Rose Gold” looks more like a gold tinted lacquer than a true gold plating. I would probably have put in a Lamy 2000 Stainless or a Platinum Kanazawa Maki-e instead. The quality on the 2000 is incredible and the brushed stainless will be noticed. For the Platinum, what says, “Boom, look at me!”, more than having a work of art on your pen?

      • Tom Johnson

        Oh yes, the stainless Lamy 2000! I think if I were still working I’d get one of these for the office. I love both of my two VP’s, they are EDC for me.

      • Madigan

        You made some great points! We considered the 2000 but it didn’t make the short list. Both that and the Maki-e would have made excellent additions. πŸ™‚

    • Mitchell

      While I agree that the Regatta says, "Wow, look at that pen!", if you actually do, it looks cheap. The finishes are not done very well, the shinny "Rose Gold" looks more like a gold tinted lacquer than a true gold plating. I would probably have put in a Lamy 2000 Stainless or a Platinum Kanazawa Maki-e instead. The quality on the 2000 is incredible and the brushed stainless will be noticed. For the Platinum, what says, "Boom, look at me!", more than having a work of art on your pen?

    • Good list! I know you don’t retail them, but I’d add “basically any Visconti, ever.” My Homo Sapiens gets a lot of attention when it makes the rotation…and that’s about as understated a pen as they’ve ever made.

      • Kathy

        I agree with you about the Viscontis. I just bought two of them from a brick and mortar store outside LA. I’d never tried them, or really paid much attention to them. They are absolutely gorgeous pieces of art….and they are great writers. Wish Goulet would carry them!

      • Madigan

        Hey Steve B! Brian stuck to pens we carry, but a Visconti would be a great power pen as well! πŸ™‚

    • Good list! I know you don't retail them, but I'd add "basically any Visconti, ever." My Homo Sapiens gets a lot of attention when it makes the rotation…and that's about as understated a pen as they've ever made.

    • Hugh Resnick

      Conklin All-American “I’ve seen some things that a pen ain’t supposed to see.”

      Great feature, BTW.

      • Madigan

        Glad you enjoyed it, Hugh! πŸ™‚

    • Hugh Resnick

      Conklin All-American "I've seen some things that a pen ain't supposed to see."

      Great feature, BTW.

    • Matthew Liebson

      The Edison Beaumont is neither big nor heavy. But it is a wonderful pen just the same!

      • Madigan

        Hi Matthew! Glad you enjoy the Beaumont… We’re big fans around here. πŸ™‚

    • Matthew Liebson

      The Edison Beaumont is neither big nor heavy. But it is a wonderful pen just the same!

    • Tom Johnson

      Oh yes, the stainless Lamy 2000! I think if I were still working I'd get one of these for the office. I love both of my two VP's, they are EDC for me.

    • Tom Johnson

      Brian, this is a great selection and description. All of these look impressive, and your descriptives are right on. What a range in price too! Something for everyone.

      • Madigan

        Thanks Tom!!

    • Tom Johnson

      Brian, this is a great selection and description. All of these look impressive, and your descriptives are right on. What a range in price too! Something for everyone.

    • Christoph Zeiler

      The Power Pen in the Edison line surely is the Collier, and if you like it flashy: persimmon swirl! Come to think of it: gotta ink up my Colliers πŸ™‚

      • Madigan

        Hi Christoph! There was some debate around here as to which Edison was the most powerful. πŸ™‚

    • Christoph Zeiler

      The Power Pen in the Edison line surely is the Collier, and if you like it flashy: persimmon swirl! Come to think of it: gotta ink up my Colliers πŸ™‚

    • Mike Winn

      There is a little “creative
      ambiguity” in the “top power pens” “here at Goulet Pens”. Does it mean
      from the perspective of Goulet Pens or limited to those for sale at
      Goulet Pens? Power pens from whatever venue–and leaving out special
      editions–I think one might argue that any one of these twelve would
      “out-impress” any one of the seven touted (in alphabetical order):
      Conway Stewart Churchill, Danitrio Denshoi, Danitrio Mikado, Delta Dolce
      Vita Oversize, Montblanc 149, Omas Ogiva Guilloche, Omas Paragon,
      Pelikan M1000, Sailor 1911, Sailor King of Pen, Visconti Van Gogh Max.
      But if you mean “power pens that I can afford”, the Jinhao 159 that I
      bought from you leads the parade for impressiveness per dollar.

      Topics like this always stir the pot. Keep it up. They’re lots of fun!

      • Madigan

        Hi Mike! Brian stuck to pens we carry since we know the most about them. Glad you are enjoying the Jinhao! πŸ™‚

    • Mike Winn

      There is a little "creative
      ambiguity" in the "top power pens" "here at Goulet Pens". Does it mean
      from the perspective of Goulet Pens or limited to those for sale at
      Goulet Pens? Power pens from whatever venue–and leaving out special
      editions–I think one might argue that any one of these twelve would
      "out-impress" any one of the seven touted (in alphabetical order):
      Conway Stewart Churchill, Danitrio Denshoi, Danitrio Mikado, Delta Dolce
      Vita Oversize, Montblanc 149, Omas Ogiva Guilloche, Omas Paragon,
      Pelikan M1000, Sailor 1911, Sailor King of Pen, Visconti Van Gogh Max.
      But if you mean "power pens that I can afford", the Jinhao 159 that I
      bought from you leads the parade for impressiveness per dollar.

      Topics like this always stir the pot. Keep it up. They're lots of fun!

    • Rob

      Here’s my list of power pens.

      Montblanc 149 or Montblanc Solitaire 146
      Pelikan M1000
      Conway Stewart Churchill
      Edison Collier
      Franklin Christoph 1901
      Sailor King of Pen
      Pilot Custom 823
      Omas Ogiva in Arco Finish
      Aurora 88 w/ Gold Cap
      Visconti Wall Street
      Parker Duofold
      Delta Dolce Vita Oversize

      • Bill Wright

        Well, we know to discount this list from its inception…

        • Rob

          and why is that

      • Madigan

        Hi Rob! Great list!! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • Rob

      Here's my list of power pens.

      Montblanc 149 or Montblanc Solitaire 146
      Pelikan M1000
      Conway Stewart Churchill
      Edison Collier
      Franklin Christoph 1901
      Sailor King of Pen
      Pilot Custom 823
      Omas Ogiva in Arco Finish
      Aurora 88 w/ Gold Cap
      Visconti Wall Street
      Parker Duofold

      Delta Dolce Vita Oversize

    • David Thompson

      No Lamy Studio in Palladium or Bright Platinum? πŸ˜‰

      Loved the video… the right mix of tongue in cheek and seriousness. Really… seriously! πŸ˜‰

      • Madigan

        Hi David! Glad you enjoyed it. I had to look up that Lamy Studio- Wowie wow wow!!

        • David Thompson

          Hi Madigan… you should also check out the Lamy 2K in chrome! Heh, heh, heh… πŸ™‚

    • David Thompson

      No Lamy Studio in Palladium or Bright Platinum? πŸ˜‰

      Loved the video… the right mix of tongue in cheek and seriousness. Really… seriously! πŸ˜‰

    • Anonymous

      Hahaha..ha No, not really. Where are the Deltas, Montblanc, Pelikan, … You know, poems that are power pens and actually good writers?! Have yet to write witha Jinhao that was consistent, Monteverde…seriously bad QC issues, inconsistent writers. Parker, Aurora, ….? Jinhao….seriously?

      • Anonymous

        Poems…love autocorrect.

    • Otter

      That was a fun list. I might’ve put the Pilot Metal Falcon on there, but all the rest are good choices. Two in particular, the Edison Beaumont Bedrock Flake and the Vanishing Point Raden are on my “must have” list! (I may have to forgo several months of orders to afford the latter, however! *LOL*) May I suggest a “Mighty Mini” list as well? For pens which are impressive even if they aren’t big and heavy! And I’ll bet the Stargazer I just ordered could go on that one! πŸ˜‰

      • Madigan

        Hey Otter! A mighty mini!?! I love it. A Stargazer could make the list… or the E95s! πŸ™‚

        • Tom Johnson

          Ohhh, the Pilot E95S may not be large, bold, but it is so supremely elegant that I think it would get a lot of attention for it timeless classic look. The burgundy/ivory would be my choice. Ditto the Pilot Metal Falcon.

      • I debated about the Metal Falcon, that certainly could have been on here too

    • Otter

      That was a fun list. I might've put the Pilot Metal Falcon on there, but all the rest are good choices. Two in particular, the Edison Beaumont Bedrock Flake and the Vanishing Point Raden are on my "must have" list! (I may have to forgo several months of orders to afford the latter, however! *LOL*) May I suggest a "Mighty Mini" list as well? For pens which are impressive even if they aren't big and heavy! And I'll bet the Stargazer I just ordered could go on that one! πŸ˜‰

    • Kathy

      Fun video! Please do more of these. I have to agree with Mitchell; I think the Monteverde Regatta looks cheap. I fantasize about the Dolce Vita Oversize, and wish you would carry it. It’s gorgeous and writes like a dream. Very comfortable pen with just enough bling. The Lamy 2000 should be on the list; what a classic, sleek pen. When/if you start carrying the Waterman Carene, please add it to the list, too. I strongly dislike the MB image the company has cultivated, but I’ve bought two used MBs. I love them. Not overly fond of the precious black plastic, but they are nice looking pens and they have incredible nibs.

      Please consider doing more of these videos….perhaps on power inks, maybe Rachel’s favorite pens or inks, or maybe looking at which pens men or women buy most. All sorts of options! πŸ˜„

      • Tom Johnson

        Maybe Power Notebooks too! Would love to see Brian’s choice of Power Inks. Thanks Kathy! I’m like you, marketing hype just rolls off me, not impressed with hype. I too found this video to be a lot of fun and informative.

        • Kathy

          Power notebooks–great idea, Tom! One does not have to be in the rodent race to get into this concept. And to those who questioned if some us of understood that Brian was talking about only things he sells, the answer is, “Of course!” But I can’t resist a little plug for brands I wish he would carry. The vast majority of my fountain pen related purchases are from Brian and Rachel. But I assume they want feedback on other brands or products πŸ˜„

          • Madigan

            Hey Kathy & Tom! Brian had a lot of fun with this one! I love the idea of power inks or power notebooks… what would make your lists?

            • Kathy

              For power notebooks, I pick any of the top wire bound Clairefontaine or Rhodia pads. I use these in my Levenger portfolio, and they work great. Even without another cover, they look good. Much better than the typical office yellow legal tablet. I like the French ruled notebook, too. Makes me pay attention to my writing! For inks, Waterman Serenity Blue is a great standby. I avoid black inks. As an attorney I like to see (quickly) which copy of a document is the original, and that is easier with a non-black ink. Diamine Midnight is very good…really most any of the Diamine or Private Reserve blue inks work for me. For notes on documents, I like Diamine Carnival or Wild Strawberry. Now my favorite ink, which certainly is not a power ink, is the old Sheaffer Peacock Blue. How I wish I could find a close alternative! Any suggestions?

            • Tom Johnson

              Kathy and I think alike. The Clairefontaine side wire bound notebook in French Rule is awesome, I choose the Classic Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook – 8.25 x 11.75, French-Ruled . Wish I had these 20 years ago. For a pocket notebook I pick the Basic Clairefontaine Life. Unplugged Staplebound Duo – 3.5 x 5.5, …
              For a hard bound notebook, I would go with either Leuchtturm1917, Quo Vadis Habana, and Rhodia Webnotebook (hard to choose).
              For a power ink, I pick Noodler’s El Lawrence; also Black Swan in Australian Roses. Lexington Gray has a lot of panache for me, understated serious.

            • Madigan

              French-Ruled paper is a popular choice then! I would definitely agree with the hard bound notebooks you’ve suggested. I love the Quo Vadis especially. I love the idea of Lexington Gray as understated power. πŸ™‚

            • Madigan

              These are fantastic choices! I have a little collection of top bound Rhodia pads that are my #1 go to for writing out ideas. Wild Strawberry is one of my favorite inks as well. As to Sheaffer Peacock… that’s a tough one! Trying to match inks is always difficult. What about Diamine Beau Blue, J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche , or Private Reserve Daphne Blue?

            • Kathy

              Great selections. Samples will be in my next order! Thanks, Madigan!

        • haha…BSB? πŸ˜‰

      • yeah, I’ll surely do more non-educational vids like these πŸ˜‰

    • Kathy

      Fun video! Please do more of these. I have to agree with Mitchell; I think the Monteverde Regatta looks cheap. I fantasize about the Dolce Vita Oversize, and wish you would carry it. It's gorgeous and writes like a dream. Very comfortable pen with just enough bling. The Lamy 2000 should be on the list; what a classic, sleek pen. When/if you start carrying the Waterman Carene, please add it to the list, too. I strongly dislike the MB image the company has cultivated, but I've bought two used MBs. I love them. Not overly fond of the precious black plastic, but they are nice looking pens and they have incredible nibs.

      Please consider doing more of these videos….perhaps on power inks, maybe Rachel's favorite pens or inks, or maybe looking at which pens men or women buy most. All sorts of options! πŸ˜„

    • Kathy

      I agree with you about the Viscontis. I just bought two of them from a brick and mortar store outside LA. I'd never tried them, or really paid much attention to them. They are absolutely gorgeous pieces of art….and they are great writers. Wish Goulet would carry them!

    • Starchix

      What a fun video. You obviously had a good time doing it, Brian — with tongue placed firmly in cheek, but also a lot of thought behind everything. Honestly, none of these pens appeals to me at all. I am not into ‘power’ as such, or at least not as related to fountain pens. I’m into fountain pens for entirely different reasons! But I love the concept and I loved seeing your choices. I think some of the commenters obviously didn’t get that you were reviewing pens THAT GOULET CARRIES, not pens in general. Of course someone has to bring up Montblancs — give me a break. And Viscontis. Of course there is a whole world of fancy-shmancy expensive pens out there, including collector pens. And that’s fine. Not everyone wants the same thing in a pen. But I thought this was a well-balanced list, and obviously personal. What else would we expect (or want) from ‘our’ Brian and ‘our’ Goulet Pens!? Thanks for my morning grins!

      • Madigan

        Hi Starchix! I’m so glad you enjoyed the video despite the choices not being exactly what you look for in a pen. Brian definitely enjoyed making this video so I think we’ll see a few more like it. πŸ™‚

    • Starchix

      What a fun video. You obviously had a good time doing it, Brian — with tongue placed firmly in cheek, but also a lot of thought behind everything. Honestly, none of these pens appeals to me at all. I am not into 'power' as such, or at least not as related to fountain pens. I'm into fountain pens for entirely different reasons! But I love the concept and I loved seeing your choices. I think some of the commenters obviously didn't get that you were reviewing pens THAT GOULET CARRIES, not pens in general. Of course someone has to bring up Montblancs — give me a break. And Viscontis. Of course there is a whole world of fancy-shmancy expensive pens out there, including collector pens. And that's fine. Not everyone wants the same thing in a pen. But I thought this was a well-balanced list, and obviously personal. What else would we expect (or want) from 'our' Brian and 'our' Goulet Pens!? Thanks for my morning grins!

    • Mythopoet

      My power pen is my Sheaffer Ferrari. I love its vibrant red color, its weight and the smoothness of its writing. By far my favorite pen so far.

      • Madigan

        Hi Mythopoet! That pen is a lot of fun! I did a Monday Matchup with it and loved how it wrote. πŸ™‚

    • Mythopoet

      My power pen is my Sheaffer Ferrari. I love its vibrant red color, its weight and the smoothness of its writing. By far my favorite pen so far.

    • Tom Johnson

      Maybe Power Notebooks too! Would love to see Brian's choice of Power Inks. Thanks Kathy! I'm like you, marketing hype just rolls off me, not impressed with hype. I too found this video to be a lot of fun and informative.

    • Bill Wright

      Well, we know to discount this list from its inception…

    • Amit Y.

      I’m afraid I disagree about the Monteverde – for me, they do not qualify as power pens mostly because of the quality of performence: it’s not a power pen if you’re forced to unscrew them in the middle of a meeting to check on the ink level, because the pen skips, or having to replace a writing pad because the nib is scratchy…

      Two thumbs up for the suggestion to add the Collier – it is, really, magnificent.
      From Brian’s list – the Conklin All American is fatastic, as well as the VP.

      • Madigan

        Hi Amit! That’s totally cool. I’m sorry you were having trouble with your Monteverde. What a bummer! I’m glad you enjoyed some of the other suggestions though. πŸ™‚

      • Yeah dang, that shouldn’t be the case with the MV. if you got it from us email us and we’ll help you out, if not check out Yafa.com, they’re Monteverde’s distributor and they will stand by their stuff.

    • Amit Y.

      I'm afraid I disagree about the Monteverde – for me, they do not qualify as power pens mostly because of the quality of performence: it's not a power pen if you're forced to unscrew them in the middle of a meeting to check on the ink level, because the pen skips, or having to replace a writing pad because the nib is scratchy…

      Two thumbs up for the suggestion to add the Collier – it is, really, magnificent.
      From Brian's list – the Conklin All American is fatastic, as well as the VP.

    • Breck7348

      Brian, I can see you had fun, fun, fun. I also realize you only chose pens that you carry. Otherwise there’d have to be a Montblanc in there somewhere. As for me, any fountain pen I pull out in front of people who’ve NEVER seen one (surprisingly alot!) is a power pen. Let’s face it, fountain pens a priori are still very rare today.

      • Madigan

        Hey there Breck! Yeah, Brian stuck to pens we actually carry. The list would have had to be a lot longer if we included all the possible power pens. πŸ™‚

      • so true! I carry around Pilot Metropolitans and people’s minds are blown that I’d spend $15 on a single pen… πŸ˜‰

    • Breck7348

      Brian, I can see you had fun, fun, fun. I also realize you only chose pens that you carry. Otherwise there'd have to be a Montblanc in there somewhere. As for me, any fountain pen I pull out in front of people who've NEVER seen one (surprisingly alot!) is a power pen. Let's face it, fountain pens a priori are still very rare today.

    • i am very excited about the Jinhao 159…now in Yellow and Orange!

      • Madigan

        Hi Tadaahhh! I know!! The new colors are super fun. πŸ™‚

    • tadaahhh

      i am very excited about the Jinhao 159…now in Yellow and Orange!

    • Ahmas

      I have a Pilot Vanishing Point and you’re absolutely correct; it excels at convenience; I keep near my note pad and one click and I’m writing! A friend of mine doesn’t like what he calls the ‘upside down’ clip but that never bothered me! The uniqueness of this pen cannot be disputed! It is one of the great innovations in writing. I liken it to how the IBM Selectric changed the typewriter; the Vanishing Point does the same for fountain pens!

      • absolutely, what a practical pen! Love the VP.

    • Ahmas

      Although it’s not a contemporary instrument, the Parker 75 reeks of class, elegance and power! Place it in a line up of any pens you have the 75 stands out and is immediately recognizable! It’s solidness in the hand coupled with a powerfully smooth nib make it a classic for all times in my opinion! It is definitely a pen you sign important and historic papers with (my apologies to Mrs. Garvey for ending with a preposition)!

      • oh yeah, definitely. A power pen from another era πŸ˜‰

    • Kathy

      Power notebooks–great idea, Tom! One does not have to be in the rodent race to get into this concept. And to those who questioned if some us of understood that Brian was talking about only things he sells, the answer is, "Of course!" But I can't resist a little plug for brands I wish he would carry. The vast majority of my fountain pen related purchases are from Brian and Rachel. But I assume they want feedback on other brands or products πŸ˜„

    • Jan Scott

      Thanks for a fascinating video. Brian better look over his shoulder as the video maestro. πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      You made some great points! We considered the 2000 but it didn't make the short list. Both that and the Maki-e would have made excellent additions. πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Hey Steve B! Brian stuck to pens we carry, but a Visconti would be a great power pen as well! πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Glad you enjoyed it, Hugh! πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Hi Matthew! Glad you enjoy the Beaumont… We're big fans around here. πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Thanks Tom!!

    • Madigan

      Hi Christoph! There was some debate around here as to which Edison was the most powerful. πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Hi Mike! Brian stuck to pens we carry since we know the most about them. Glad you are enjoying the Jinhao! πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Hi Rob! Great list!! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Hi David! Glad you enjoyed it. I had to look up that Lamy Studio- Wowie wow wow!!

    • Madigan

      Hey Otter! A mighty mini!?! I love it. A Stargazer could make the list… or the E95s! πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Hey Kathy & Tom! Brian had a lot of fun with this one! I love the idea of power inks or power notebooks… what would make your lists?

    • David Thompson

      Hi Madigan… you should also check out the Lamy 2K in chrome! Heh, heh, heh… πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Hi Starchix! I'm so glad you enjoyed the video despite the choices not being exactly what you look for in a pen. Brian definitely enjoyed making this video so I think we'll see a few more like it. πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Hi Mythopoet! That pen is a lot of fun! I did a Monday Matchup with it and loved how it wrote. πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Hi Amit! That's totally cool. I'm sorry you were having trouble with your Monteverde. What a bummer! I'm glad you enjoyed some of the other suggestions though. πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Hey there Breck! Yeah, Brian stuck to pens we actually carry. The list would have had to be a lot longer if we included all the possible power pens. πŸ™‚

    • Madigan

      Hi Tadaahhh! I know!! The new colors are super fun. πŸ™‚

    • tadaahhh

      i couldn't decide. so i had to order both!

    • Tom Johnson

      Ohhh, the Pilot E95S may not be large, bold, but it is so supremely elegant that I think it would get a lot of attention for it timeless classic look. The burgundy/ivory would be my choice. Ditto the Pilot Metal Falcon.

    • Tom Johnson

      No one has yet commented on Drew’s fabulous drawing! I’ve seen it before somewhere in the distant past, great to see it again. I regret that I did not discover Goulet Pens sooner – I might have a DB drawing on one of my packing lists if I had!! Thanks Brian for including this, a perfect lead in to the video.

      • haha, yeah we revived that Drewdle for this vid, seemed just too appropriate to pass up!

    • Tom Johnson

      No one has yet commented on Drew's fabulous drawing! I've seen it before somewhere in the distant past, great to see it again. I regret that I did not discover Goulet Pens sooner – I might have a DB drawing on one of my packing lists if I had!! Thanks Brian for including this, a perfect lead in to the video.

    • Kathy

      For power notebooks, I pick any of the top wire bound Clairefontaine or Rhodia pads. I use these in my Levenger portfolio, and they work great. Even without another cover, they look good. Much better than the typical office yellow legal tablet. I like the French ruled notebook, too. Makes me pay attention to my writing! For inks, Waterman Serenity Blue is a great standby. I avoid black inks. As an attorney I like to see (quickly) which copy of a document is the original, and that is easier with a non-black ink. Diamine Midnight is very good…really most any of the Diamine or Private Reserve blue inks work for me. For notes on documents, I like Diamine Carnival or Wild Strawberry. Now my favorite ink, which certainly is not a power ink, is the old Sheaffer Peacock Blue. How I wish I could find a close alternative! Any suggestions?

    • haha, yeah we revived that Drewdle for this vid, seemed just too appropriate to pass up!

    • oh yeah, definitely. A power pen from another era πŸ˜‰

    • absolutely, what a practical pen! Love the VP.

    • haha…hey it's $12.50. Can't really go wrong.

    • so true! I carry around Pilot Metropolitans and people's minds are blown that I'd spend $15 on a single pen… πŸ˜‰

    • Yeah dang, that shouldn't be the case with the MV. if you got it from us email us and we'll help you out, if not check out Yafa.com, they're Monteverde's distributor and they will stand by their stuff.

    • yeah, I'll surely do more non-educational vids like these πŸ˜‰

    • haha…BSB? πŸ˜‰

    • I debated about the Metal Falcon, that certainly could have been on here too

    • David

      I’ve been tempted by the Conklin All American (or should I say “teased”). When are you going to get non-defective All American pens in stock (the pens that Don’t say β€œToledo, Hoio”)?

      • Madigan

        We’re not sure yet… it’s a shipment by shipment type of thing. So far they’ve all be Hoio!

        • David

          Thank you Madigan for the reply. These non-defective Conklin All American pens are a seemingly never-ending problem. Too bad, since I’ve been ready to buy from the outset. So much for that… But do keep us informed should this situation ever change.

          Regards, David

    • David

      I've been tempted by the Conklin All American (or should I say "teased"). When are you going to get non-defective All American pens in stock (the pens that Don't say β€œToledo, Hoio”)?

    • Tom Johnson

      Kathy and I think alike. The Clairefontaine side wire bound notebook in French Rule is awesome, I choose the Classic Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook – 8.25 x 11.75, French-Ruled . Wish I had these 20 years ago. For a pocket notebook I pick the Basic Clairefontaine Life. Unplugged Staplebound Duo – 3.5 x 5.5, …
      For a hard bound notebook, I would go with either Leuchtturm1917, Quo Vadis Habana, and Rhodia Webnotebook (hard to choose).
      For a power ink, I pick Noodler's El Lawrence; also Black Swan in Australian Roses. Lexington Gray has a lot of panache for me, understated serious.

    • Madigan

      These are fantastic choices! I have a little collection of top bound Rhodia pads that are my #1 go to for writing out ideas. Wild Strawberry is one of my favorite inks as well. As to Sheaffer Peacock… that's a tough one! Trying to match inks is always difficult. What about Diamine Beau Blue, J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche , or Private Reserve Daphne Blue?

    • Peter Buergin-Witt

      So much fun watching this… too bad my favorite pens are all very ‘quiet’ (LAMY CP1, 2000, etc.) How about the TWSBI 580 or Vac700 for a statement of ‘transparency’ (like: what you see [in ink] is what you get)?

      • Madigan

        Hi Peter! Vac700 would be a great addition! We debated about that one…

    • Peter Buergin-Witt

      So much fun watching this… too bad my favorite pens are all very 'quiet' (LAMY CP1, 2000, etc.) How about the TWSBI 580 or Vac700 for a statement of 'transparency' (like: what you see [in ink] is what you get)?

    • Madigan

      French-Ruled paper is a popular choice then! I would definitely agree with the hard bound notebooks you've suggested. I love the Quo Vadis especially. I love the idea of Lexington Gray as understated power. πŸ™‚

    • Kathy

      Great selections. Samples will be in my next order! Thanks, Madigan!

    • Madigan

      We're not sure yet… it's a shipment by shipment type of thing. So far they've all be Hoio!

    • Madigan

      Hi Peter! Vac700 would be a great addition! We debated about that one…

    • David

      Thank you Madigan for the reply. These non-defective Conklin All American pens are a seemingly never-ending problem. Too bad, since I've been ready to buy from the outset. So much for that… But do keep us informed should this situation ever change.

      Regards, David

    • Clifford Hughes

      I actually like the choices you made. But the whole idea of power pens seems strange. What kind of person is impressed by them? I suppose the ultimate masculine power statement is the MB149 which I find as boring as a politician in a grey suit and shiny shoes. But here goes – what about the Caran d’Ache Caelograph Zenith at over 100,000 USD, or the OMAS William Shakespeare in silver and oak with antique copper trim (it comes packaged in a miniature writing desk), the Panthere de Cartier (the price of which can only be learned when you book an appointment with a Cartier ‘ambassador’ to view the pen). Then there’s the mythical matching pair that vanished in 1917 with the execution of Tsar Nicholas and his family – I mean, of course, the Faberge Imperial Russian Eagle in gold filigree and blue enamel, studded with sapphires rubies and diamonds. If they ever turn up they will be worth more than the USA’s national debt. That should impress someone. But I wonder if any of these pens could actually write better than my Pilot Lucina or Lamy Safari…

    • Clifford Hughes

      I actually like the choices you made. But the whole idea of power pens seems distasteful. What kind of person is impressed by them? I suppose the ultimate masculine power statement is the MB149 which I find as boring as a politician in a grey suit and shiny shoes. But here goes – what about the Caran d'Ache Caelograph Sirius at over 100,000 USD, or the OMAS William Shakespeare in silver and oak with antique copper trim, the Panthere de Cartier (the price of which can only be learned when you book an appointment with a Cartier 'ambassador' to view the pen). Then there's the mythical matching pair that vanished in 1917 with the execution of Tsar Nicholas and his family – I mean, of course, the Faberge Imperial Russian Eagle in gold filigree and blue enamel, studded with sapphires rubies and diamonds. If they ever turn up they will be worth more than the USA's national debt. That should impress someone. But I wonder if any of these pens could actually write better than my Pilot Lucina or Lamy Safari…

    • Clifford Hughes

      Sssssh! Then there’s the mysterious Homage to Bast jet and alabaster swirl with retractable nib (housed in its own sarcophagus) that was looted from the grave of Tut Ankh Amun in 1912. It’s existence is only known to a privileged few. By a strange coincidence I have it right here, if anyone’s interested.

    • Clifford Hughes

      Then there's the mysterious homage to Bast jet and alabaster swirl with retractable nib that was looted from the grave of Tut Ankh Amun in 1912. By a strange coincidence I have it right here, if anyone's interested.

    • Rob

      and why is that

    • Monty Martins

      The Montblanc 149 and Conway Stewart Churchill should be in this list.