Introduction to Delta Pens

Delta Italiana Fountain Pen - Matte Brown, Gold Plated Trim, Medium
Delta Italiana Fountain Pen – Marbled brown Italian resin with a matte finish.

Delta Pens is an Italian company that produces innovative writing instruments including fountain pens and ink, ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, fineliner pens and mechanical pencils. It was founded in 1982 by Nino Marino, Ciro Matrone, and Luigi Muscente. The year 2012 marked the company’s 30th anniversary.

Delta Vintage Fountain Pen - Deep Ocean Blue
Delta Vintage Fountain Pen – Deep Ocean Blue

Delta is known for their pens commemorating great events and great personalities and these pens are highly prized by collectors and enthusiasts worldwide.  Their commemorative pens include: a set of three pens to mark the G7 Summit held in Naples in 1994, the official pen of the City of Venice in 1996, a pen for Kofi Annan who was a Secretary-General of the United Nations, a pen for great mathematician John F. Nash and a pen called “Peace”  intended as a gift to the winners of the Ilaria Alpi Award for the best Italian television and journalism investigations devoted to the issues of peace and security.

Delta Vintage Stylus Fountain Pen & Rollerball Pen
Delta Vintage Stylus Fountain Pen & Rollerball Pen

Delta likes to add innovative modern design features to their traditional writing instruments. A capacitive rubber stylus for touch screen tablets and smartphones was recently combined with both a fountain pen and a rollerball pen in the Vintage series. In January 2013 Delta introduced a new patented nib on the “Fusion” fountain pen. It is made from a specially designed combination of gold and steel that enhances the writing experience by making ink more fluid in the vicinity of the tip of the nib. Delta explains that the precious metal plate heats the underlying metal which in turn transfers heat to the ink. The higher temperature makes the ink flow more smoothly and the gold and steel nib construction offers more strength and durability than nibs completely in gold. Just one look at a photo of this nib and you know there is something different about it.

Delta Pens Fusion Fountain Pen Nib
Delta Pens Fusion Fountain Pen Nib

Delta’s flagship pen is the Dolcevita available in Mini, Mid-Size, Oversize and Stout sizes and styles such as Gallery, IT, Lucky and Soiree. What is your favorite Delta Pen? If you’d like to see some of the steps that skilled craftsmen use to create fine Delta writing instruments take a look at Delta’s official company video:

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Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Review

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbooks - Earth Colors in Pocket Size & Large
Leuchtturm1917 Jottbooks – Earth Colors in Pocket Size & Large

Leuchtturm1917 has a collection of slim, light-weight notebooks called Jottbooks. They fit the definition of a cahier according to Google – an exercise book or notebook – except they do not have the visible stitching on the spine that Americans often think of when they hear the word cahier.

The Jottbook is a little different than the typical cahier notebook because it is paginated. In other words, there are 60 numbered pages and a blank index in the front that can be filled in to help you find the contents in your journal later.

The Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook is Paginated
The Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook is Paginated

In the lined Jottbook, each numbered page has rules that go to the edge of the page and they are narrow ruled – about 6mm apart. The color of the lines is a subtle light grey that serves as a light guideline and doesn’t interfere much with the appearance of your writing. The pages have a little extra space at the top where the date can be written if you need it.

The paper is off-white, acid-free and 80 gsm. The manufacturer description says that it is “ink proof” or no bleed, but I would have to say this paper would not be my first choice for fountain pens. There was a bit of feathering with some inks as well as some bleed through. You can take a look at the scanned writing sample and decide for yourself. It definitely does better with some ink than others. I thought it worked fabulously with the mechanical pencil. (I think the ink I described as Violette Pensse in my writing test got mixed with blue and I had forgotten about it – sorry!)

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook - Caramel, Large
Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook – Caramel Large Size with cover stickers and Namiki Falcon Fountain Pen

The Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook is thread-bound which allows the notebook to be opened flat and prevents pages from falling out. If you need to remove a page, 32 of the pages are perforated and can be cleanly removed from the Jottbook.

The cover of the Jottbook is made from a flexible laminated stock that has a slight texture and it is plain except for the brand name Leuchtturm1917 embossed on the bottom of the back cover. The corners are rounded and inside the front cover there are spaces for your name and address. There are also a couple of stickers included with the notebook – one blank and one lined – in case you would like to label it.

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Caramel - Back Cover Close Up
Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Caramel – Back Cover Close Up

From the Leuchtturm1917 website: current cover colors include black, white, caramel, red, pink, lavender, lime, turquoise, cornflower, navy, tobacco and taupe. Sizes include A4 (210 x 297 mm), pocket size 3 5/8″ x 5 7/8″ (90 x 150 mm) and large 5 5/8″ x 8 1/8″ (145 x 210 mm). Paper is available as ruled, squared or plain.

Writer’s Bloc has both the lined pocket size and large Leuchtturm1917 Jottbooks available in sets of 3 earth cover colors which include one black, one white and one caramel. We’ve used Writersblok Bamboo notebooks and Moleskine cahiers in the past, and we are currently enjoying the Jottbook. What is your favorite cahier notebook?

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Writing Test - Front
Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Writing Test – Front
Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Writing Test - Back
Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Writing Test – Back


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