Merry Christmas

Well, it’s been about six weeks since I went on hiatus and I have to say: life is good. The new job is going superbly, the work is challenging and interesting while my colleagues are friendly and supportive. The new city is growing on me too, especially as I get used to a climate with four seasons rather than two. I’ll make a decision about the blog sometime in the new year, there’s good reasons for and against. For now though, I’m just going to enjoy the break. 

I hope that you’re all getting a bit of a break in the coming week, spending some time with people you love and doing things you enjoy. Merry Christmas and I wish you well for the New Year.


After almost three years of Pen Economics, I’ve decided that it’s time to step back. It’s not because I’ve lost interest in the blog or our wonderful community, but because I’m about to start working a new job in a new city. That’s where my time and my focus need to be. 

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Pelikan Pricing

Over at the Pelikan’s Perch, Dr Danley had an interesting post recently, where he points out that Pelikan prices are unexpectedly falling in the US. You’ve probably seen the post, along with some of the discussion it’s prompted, but I’d recommend having a read if you haven’t already. And if you’re not already subscribed to his blog, you should rectify that while you’re there! Then come back here, as his post has got me thinking. 

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Black Amber

As most of you will know, 2017 was the 50th anniversary of the Lamy 2000, one of the most acclaimed and revered fountain pens ever made. For months leading up to the anniversary, Lamy had been hinting at a special anniversary model and anticipation was huge. When the design (and, perhaps more importantly, the price) was finally announced, virtually all of that anticipation turned into disappointment, which in turn led to weak sales. In today’s post, we have a look at the Black Amber disaster and consider what it tells us about Lamy. 

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Omas Ogiva Maintenance

The Omas Ogiva is an excellent pen. It's a great size, very comfortable in the hand, lightweight, and some Omas nibs can blow your socks off, time and time again. Unfortunately, the demise of Omas means that these pens are not only difficult to acquire but they are difficult to troubleshoot when things go wrong. This is a short post that might help if your Ogiva is leaking or if the piston is stiff/stuck, information which I haven't found elsewhere.

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