Delta Journal Fountain Pens: Quick Look

I’m excited to introduce a new pen model now available at This is a relaunch of the Delta Journal (that is a pen, not a notebook!) which was previously priced much higher with a Fusion nib. Now that it has a stainless steel nib, Delta’s dropped the price on it considerably. It looks a bit like a dressed up Delta Unica, and it’s good as a daily writer, especially at the office if you want something that stands out but isn’t gaudy.

Delta Journal - 4 Colors

The body of the pen is individually turned out of cast acrylic resin which is a durable material that has a lot of depth to it. It’ll come in 4 different colors: Matte Red, Matte Ivory, Matte Blue, and Matte Olive.

Delta Journal - Posted

Holding it in hand, the grip is medium to thick with a slight indent on it. The threads are subtle but present and you’ll probably have at least one finger on them as they are close to the grip. The step is shallow and rounded though, so it’s comfortable even if you hold your fingers right on it. The weight comes in around 22g overall which is very similar to the Lamy Al-Star, so it’s fairly light for its size. It’s also well-balanced whether posted or unposted because it posts low on the body. Overall, it feels really good in hand.

Delta Journal - Nib and Cap

It comes with a #6 size polished Stainless Steel nib. The flow will be fairly wet, similar to other Delta nibs, with a slightly toothy feel. You can get one with a fine or a medium nib, with both being on the broader side.

The Delta Journal comes with a threaded cap that takes just 1 full rotation to uncap, easy to do with just one twist. The clip is strong and functional with a wheel to help move over clothing. Each pen is also individually numbered. Even though it’s not a limited edition, Delta tends to do this with a lot of their higher-end pens.

It has a threaded standard international cartridge/converter, making it very secure when filling up the pen. You can do that by removing the finial without even removing the body if you want. It’ll take the standard international long cartridge, but it tends to stick a little bit in the back. Unfortunately, it cannot be eyedropper converted.

Delta Journal - Environmental

The MSRP price of the Delta Journal is $150, but you can grab one at for $120. That $120 price tag puts it in a nice sweet spot helping fill a gap of pens in the $100-150 price range.

I think this could be a great pen for you if you want a handmade Italian pen that looks nice but isn’t flashy. For more details and up-to-date specs on the Delta Journal, be sure to check it out on Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below!

Write On,
Brian Goulet
2017-10-11T04:19:50+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Pen Reviews|10 Comments
  • Tom Johnson

    Brian, these look like great pens, with a touch of classic. I love the huge capacity of the converter, and also the fact that it screws in. I think this cast & machined acrylic resin is probably the same as used on Edison and many high end pens. The matte finish gives it a nice soft look. At first the Matte Olive was my choice, but the more I look at the Matte Ivory the more it calls to me. Reminds me of lovely marble. All four resins are wonderful. Very good additions to your product line. Wonderful photos, they really show the resin well and all the details. I may have to put one of these on my wish list. Thanks for the Quick Look.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Thanks, Tom! Glad you enjoyed taking a look at them!

  • Kathy

    These are beautiful!!! At first I was disappointed with a matte finish, but as Brian showed each pen…well, I changed my mind! Thank heavens for a screw in converter! Wish more companies did this! I can’t decide between the ivory and the “Christmas pen.” Both are gorgeous. Since they have a #6 nib, is it possible to replace the nib with a Goulet stub nib?

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      I believe it should be possible, Kathy. I’d have to confirm though. 🙂 That screw in converter is pretty awesome! I was with you too. I wasn’t sure about the matte finish at first but it grew on me!

  • Uniotter

    I own a Delta Unica and it’s a lovely pen. Smooth nib with a hint of feedback, but my favorite part is that clip. It works so well when slipping in and out of my pen case. Head’s up for smaller hands, though — if the grip is like the Unica, it is on the thicker side.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Thanks for the feedback, Uniotter! That is super helpful. Hopefully the Journal is a similarly wonderful experience!

  • Pen Arbor

    These colors are too good to choose from! I can’t decide which one, I’m leaning toward the red but the ivory looks good too. I would have picked the olive but I have an olive ripple ebonite pen already, which is very similar to this one. Just curious, does Goulet Pens have any discount codes with the popular pen reviewers? I looked but couldn’t find one.

  • Chad Trent

    Have you had any issues with this pen writing dry and being hard to start writing? I had some Delta ink that I was using and thought maybe it was the ink, but I switched to Iroshizuku which I know works well, but having the same problems. Dry, scratchy, and will stop writing if it stays uncapped for more than maybe 30 seconds without writing with it.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      The Deltas tend to be dry writers as a whole, Chad. You may need to floss the tines though to improve the flow. With a little adjustment, I think you may get it writing right. 🙂

      • Chad Trent

        Thanks. I’ll try that. I have a Dolcevita and it writes nice and wet. Guess this one just needs some tinkering…