The Family of Fountain Pens

If I were a fountain pen I would be a Platiunum Preppy pen, young, colorful, and fun. If I went to a family reunion– yes, a fountain pen family reunion– who would I see? Pens like the Pelikan Souveran M400 and M405 are dignified, experienced, and always classy; like a beloved grandfather or a smart uncle.  LAMY pens are equally as cool, but on a different level. LAMY pens like the Safari and Studio, would be my ultra-hip, and totally dependable, cousins that I aspired to be like one day.

Perhaps comparing fountain pens to family is a bit of a stretch. However, when you find a fountain pen you really love and want to use all the time, it becomes like an extension of yourself. This entry will consider some characteristics of the brands Pelikan and LAMY, and hopefully after reading it you will have a better idea of which pens are right for you.



Pelikan released its first fountain pen in Germany in 1929, and introduced a revolution in writing: the piston-fill ink system. These pens could hold more ink and write in a smoother, more precise line than any of their competitors. The name Pelikan quickly gained a reputation for meticulous design and brilliant functionality, characteristics that the brand still embodies today. Each Pelikan nib is masterfully handcrafted with steel or gold; the Pelikan symbol and designs can vary between nibs, but each one truly is a work of art. Gold nibs are, of course, softer and will therefore deliver a smoother line, but their steel counterparts also deliver a deep, wet line with little effort. The design of the pen itself has not strayed far from the first pen in 1929. Clean lines and bold, but subtle, colors are hard to improve on, so this classic look has remained with the pen. However, more adventurous pens, including my favorite the Pelikan Souveran M320, are showing off brighter colors and a gorgeous marbled look.  Most of the pens in the Pelikan Souveran line still have the extremely helpful ink window and boast the distinctive pelican pocket clip.

While the fountain pen hasn’t changed much in almost 80 years, the company has. Pelikan now also designs and manufactures other fine writing instruments, like rollerball pens and fineliners, and well as supplies for everyone from kindergarden to college. For now Writer’s Bloc only carries fountain pens, but if you want to see some of their other stuff visit their website Pelikan Home.

Pelikan fountain pens are able to remain classic because their design is timeless and their functionality is unquestionable. They are an investment, yes, but if treated with care and love one of these pens could last centuries, and still look cool.



LAMY pens are the product of creative minds spurred on by the drive towards increasingly contemporary design.  This German company released its first pen, the LAMY 2000, in 1966 and it has remained a favorite of fountain pen users ever since. At that time this pen’s design was unique, it was the first time a pen clip had been made entirely of stainless steel. This was the first step toward many design innovations.

In 1980 the Safari was released. Young students were immediately attracted to the bold, vibrant colors, sleek plastic body, comfortable triangular grip, and uber-cool clip. Even the nib was new and different, it’s black! This design was made even more modern with the aluminum AL-Star, which now comes in a range of great metallic colors. My favorite LAMY pen is the Studio pen. The brushed metal and unique clip makes the pen a small piece of modern art, not to mention it also writes incredibly well. Most of the pens use a cartridge ink system, but all can be used with a converter. Both are easily manageable and hold a lot of ink. LAMY pens have won awards in design, and rightfully so. Check out their other products at their website LAMY-Products.

LAMY fountain pens are great for smart, modern students and business people. They are affordable, high-quality pens that boast contemporary design, but tried and true writing mechanisms.

In a nutshell: Pelikan=Classic and LAMY=Contemporary and both brands produce awesome fountain pens. It’s just a matter of finding the right fit for you. Question: if you were a fountain pen, what would you be? Post your answer, questions, and comments below!

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Le Petit Prince




Le Petit Prince, or as most of you might know it, The Little Prince, is a novella published in 1943 by French aviator Antoine de Saint Exupery. The Little Prince has been translated into over 180 languages and approximately 80 million copies have been sold which makes it one of the world’s 50 best-selling books

The whimsical drawings reproduced in most versions of the book are done by Saint Exupery himself. One drawing gives us a view of The Prince on his house-sized planet, B612, which has three volcanoes (two active, and one dormant) and a rose. We also see him caring for his planet by digging up the baobab trees that are constantly trying to grow there. If the baobab trees become too many the asteroid is in danger of being split into pieces! Before travelling to earth, The Prince visits other asteroids, one of which is inhabited by a sleepless Lamplighter. The Prince shows much empathy for him as this Lamplighter must light and extinguish a lamp once a minute to keep up with his asteriod’s speedy rotation.

A pilot lost in the Sahara Desert meets The Prince when he arrives on earth and creates a portrait of this young extraterrestrial with golden curly hair and princely robes. The Little Prince also meets and tames a fox who explains to The Prince that even though there are many roses, his rose is unique and special, because she is the one that he loves. In another drawing we see The Prince sitting on the ruins of a stone wall with a poisonous yellow snake at the bottom, and in case you haven’t read the book we won’t tell you what happens next! 

Le Petit Prince notepads and planners by Art Deco 7321 are decorated with many of these memorable drawings and are now available at our Writer’s Bloc online store. If you are not yet familiar with it, why not pick up a copy of Le Petit Prince at your local library or bookstore and see for yourself why this book has such enduring popularity.


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Welcome to Writer’s Bloc


Thanks for joining Writer’s Bloc for the launch of our blog! Our obession with all things paper has spurred a lot of research, experimentation, and creative ideas; this blog will be the place to share what we learn and love with you!

Of course we will talk about quaility writing tools, like Clairefontaine paper and LAMY fountain pens, but we will also talk about random, but useful things, like how to make book-covers out of rice paper and how to correctly apply skins to your iPod or Nintendo DS Lite. In blog posts soon to come we will look at how to utilize French-ruled paper and how to mix and create your own fountain pen inks. In addition to many "how-to" postings, we’ll blog about our favorite things, great new stuff we’ve discovered, and well, whatever else we feel like talking about that week.

So please take a look around, leave us a comment or two, and check back often for postings that will be useful and interesting to you. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, send us an e-mail with your ideas or questions and we’ll work on it.


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