Tiffany // Tailored Pen Company Custom Fountain Pen
Churchill Model in “Tiffany Stained Glass”
$200 USD – Tailored Pen Company (https://www.instagram.com/p/CBd46szjCph/ – linking their Instagram since that’s where first I saw and bought the pen!) Website: https://www.tailoredpencompany.com/Tiffany-Stained-Glass
Currently Inked: Sailor Souboku – Pigmented Blue Black ink (pen chalet)
This is my first custom pen! I got it not too long ago, and already writing a review (which is a little on the rare side) because I wanted to give it some fresh thoughts while it’s still fresh in my mind. I’ve been trying to wane off buying too many pens (since I don’t end up reselling them…), which got me worried about how I’m going to have enough content to keep this bloggy going, but really I never stopped buying, and I write up reviews so low I think I have nothing to worry about.
In any case, here we are, a new pen to review and a new new experience too! Thanks for dropping by and hope it’s helpful!
Does this pen look super awesome? Yeah it heckin does!
Well there’s no denying it, the custom pen world is really taking up a lot of my pen browsing time. There are way more companies out there than I deemed possible, and they all do such amazing work. I have not read about a ‘bad’ penmaker with bad reviews yet. There are actually so much out there that it’s starting to get hard to really pin-point what a good fit will be. I keep seeing a new brand or blank that I must get my hands on that I think is better than the last. Then again, isn’t the point of a custom pen that it fits you perfectly?
Anyway, back to the pen. This one uses a blank (the original resin block that the pen is made out of) called “Tiffany Stained Glass”, made in-house by the wonderful Tailored Pen Company. Now, there is no long-winded story about how I decided to get this pen. It was about a 96.7% impulse purchase, part of that percentage being how nice they were to talk to over instagram when I was deciding whether to get it. I actually had my eyes on a different blank at the time, but sometimes you just gotta go with a gut.
The pen features a flush cap to barrel connection, much like the Opus 88 Omar Flora I just reviewed. There’s something about the simple clean-line aesthetic that I really love, so I think from now on if I ever get another custom pen, it will be with this aesthetic. Luckily for me, it also happens to be the cheapest option. The pen blank features swirls of pink, purples, teals, navys and blacks. It’s a mess of beautiful colours all mashed up together and it’s great. The worst part about this is that it is difficult to pick a matching ink. The pen looks so unique among all the other pens in my array that it makes me very happy to see it stand out everytime I catch a glance.
The nib is pretty standard in custom pens, a steel #6 Jowo (huge!) in my choice of nib size. I picked EF of course. The fact that every part of the pen (save for the nib and converter) is made from the same piece of material is very cool. On top of looking nice, it seems like there’s very little waste, which I also appreciate.
I think I’ve said enough (and not enough) about the looks of the pen. It’s beautiful. Period. So last but not least, the packaging. The pen came in a simple carboard pull-out box, nothing fancy, but nothing too cheap and weak either. All good from my perspective. I also like packaging that doesn’t take up a lot of space, and doesn’t have too much extra pow-wow either since I usually just put the box away and rarely pull it out again.
Moment of truth! What’s the point of a beautiful pen I can’t use? Actually I do have a few pens that are beautiful, work great and I still don’t use. -_-
Anyway, this pen does work well! The ink runs very smoothly out of the nib. It took a fraction of a time to get the ink actually flowing properly but once it did it has not stopped. No hard starts or trouble with the nib since. I can’t speak for flushing and re-trying a new ink though, which is what I would normally do for a pen review so I have more to say. But so far so good!
The particular ink I picked does run quite wet, so it did flow out more than I expected. That being said, it also seems like the ink causes the nib not to write as an expected EF. So my only disappointment, which can’t really be called a disappointment if I knew what to expect, is that the EF nib didn’t write as thin as I’d hoped. I thought I had a Jowo nib on the FWI Golden Armour pen I recently reviewed, and that F steel nib writes thinner than this one. I will have to try another ink just to be sure!
The pen fits quite well in my hand. Having used so many metal pens, the lightness in this resin pen was quite a nice change. The length is a little longer than many of my other regular rotation pens I have, but still fits well in my hands. The grip size, which I believe is 10.5mm is quite perfect for my grip. The only micro complaint might be when I fist grip the pen for more control, the barrel runs a tad large so the control drops a bit. It’s not as large as the Omar Flora in terms of gripping, so it’s not so bad.
My favourite thing about this pen is strangely, the way the cap twists off the barrel. When I first uncapped the pen, I was super impressed with how smooth the tines twisted off eachother, with just the right amount of friction. How about that fine detail?? It is equally satisfying every other time I have uncapped the pen.
There are a few things I consider for a pen I can use regularly: How it fits in my hand, how smoothly it can write/draw without much effort, and how thin the nib is (since I like having thinner lines when drawing). This pen has checked 2 out of 3 of those boxes, and the last one I’ve been debating whether I can live with, just so I can keep using this pen. I can always use the pen for note taking in my work notebook since I don’t require the super thin lines for drawing. However the nib does tend to run a little on the broad side depending on what paper I’m using. This is the most confusing thing for me, since it’s clearly an EF nib. So I think my next test is to try a different drier ink to see if the ink was the problem.
ValueI feel like a broken record sometimes when I get to this part, since the pens I have been buying have been around the same range for cost. Between $100-200 for a pen may sound like a crazy thing, so at the end of the day, it’s about how much you enjoy, looking and using the pen. Now this is a custom pen, hand-made and there’s probably only 1 of it’s kind — the other Tiffany Stained Glass has a different pattern afterall! So for $200 USD (which closes in on $300 Canadian for me), it was quite a splurge, but at the end of the day, I’m very happy with it. I’ve jumped on the custom pen world train, and I’m basically ready for the rest of my pen collecting life to only get custom pens. (Probably kidding…still some flagships I haven’t tried yet. coughSailorcough)
So, what’s the conclusion here. A custom pen is expensive, even the most standard model. But they are unique, beautiful, work very well and you would probably only pick up a pattern that truly speaks to you personally. So if you’re going to spend that much money on a custom pen, it’s probably worth it!
- Beautiful and unique pen cap/barrel material
- Writes smoothly out of the box
- Very smooth cap to barrel uncapping experience
- EF nib not quite EF (depends on ink)
- Price can be a bit steep
I want to finish off by mentioning once again that those friendly people over at Tailored Pen Company are very nice and helpful when it comes to customer service. I had some trouble with exchange rate when I was paying for my pen and they were very accommodating. Definitely check out their collection and what they offer. Some of the in-house blanks they’ve been creating are wild and I already want more!
Last but not least, the ink. I’ve been amassing a bunch of dark blue and greys recently with not enough time and pens to try them out. I bought this ink primarily because it is pigmented, which means it’s waterproof. And initially thinking I was getting a Sailor Ink Studio size bottle of 20ml, I didn’t use my eyes and turns out this is a 50ml bottle. I now have pigmented blue-black ink for life.
I wanted an alternate ink to use with my watercolours instead of just black. I also still have my Noodler’s Blue Upon the Plains of Abraham, which remains my favourite non-black bulletproof ink, but this one is a close second! It’s quite significantly more runny than the Noodler’s though, which is also a contributing factor to the nib running a little thick. I can confirm the bullet-proofing does work and works great with watercolours! Will be trying to practice more of these in the near future.
As always, thanks for reading and stay tuned for another!