Thursday, 21 November 2013

Cult Pens mini fountain pen review and give away

I've always loved fountain pens since using them at school, and can't imagine not owning and using any. Since discovering my love of Filofax in 2009, I've found that many of the pen loops are sadly just too slim to accommodate many of them. It's been a while since I did a review for the fabulous Cult Pens, so I got in contact and they suggested I try out their mini fountain pen.



Its sleek barrel is made from anodised aluminium with a matt brushed finish, which matches my MacBook Pro very nicely. As the name suggests, this is a small pen when capped at just 105mm long, but when posted is a nice size at 123mm in length. The slim 9.5mm barrel fits nicely in my Ascot and Malden Filofax pen loops, but doesn't feel too small for me.

As you can see from here, it's fairly comparable in size (when posted) with my Lamy Safari and Muji fountain pens. I did ask my husband to try writing with it, and his feedback is that the length is fine but he does find the barrel on the slim size for him.


The pen has been designed in conjunction with Kaweco (the same company who made this calligraphy set I reviewed before), and I've quickly found that it's become my go-to pen for these reasons:

  • It fits in my Filofax pen loop (a BIG deal which other filo owners will understand)
  • The Kaweco nib writes smoothly and the ink flows immediately each time on the first stroke 
  • Despite being a smaller pen, it has a nice weight and balance to it
  • It's very convenient to pop into your bag or pocket, due to its small dimensions and screw on cap (and yes, I've had a bag full of leaking ink before).
Cult Pens kindly provided me with a Kaweco Sport converter which fits, but to be honest I haven't given it a go yet. It's a weeny little thing that won't hold much ink, so I'd probably just use my blunt tip syringe to refill an empty cartridge with the bottled ink instead.

The main reason this pen is a keeper for me is its smooth nib. I've been through a number of fountain pens in the past that just weren't that nice to write with, either too scratchy or I spent more time trying to get the ink to flow. There's a wide range of nibs available for this pen, ranging from extra fine to extra broad to satisfy anyone's tastes. 

I was given both a fine and medium nib to try out. I tend to prefer a finer nib, especially if I'm using it to write in my Filofax. 

    
So, how does it perform on Filofax paper?
Well, there is a little feathering and some bleed through on the back of the diary inserts.


However, I like the Filofax yellow notepad paper and the ink actually does much better on this with no noticeable feathering or show through. I've found that some of the other fountain pen ink struggles with coloured paper, and seems to just sit on top of it, rather than sinking in. 

I'm a great fan of Getting Things Done and have tried various methods in the past of trying to catch all my thoughts in one place (called ubiquitous capture by the author David Allen). The idea is that you use something that you always have with you (my filo normally lives at home), and I'm finding that a piece of Filofax paper folded up in my wallet seems to be working very well. At the end of the day, I pop it into the front of my filo for processing later. However, I can forget to take a pen, or it'll get caught up with other rubbish in my bag and isn't so easy to find. Looking at the mini fountain pen, I suddenly had a Eureka! moment. 


It's the perfect size to clip in the middle of my wallet, so that it won't get bashed about by my keys etc. and isn't big enough to add much bulk.


I'd like to thank Cult Pens for providing these 2 pens free for me to review, and I'd heartily recommend them as they're reliable, tough and nice to write with.

Thank you for your interest, but this give away is now closed.
I will be having another fountain pen give away shortly! 

102 comments:

  1. Thanks for a great review. I always find it he idea of choosing a fountain pen daunting, as you never know how they are going to write. Hence I've never yet bought one. :) xx

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  2. I carry a very small purse and a small pen like this would be perfect!

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  3. I like the idea of having a small pen in your wallet! I almost always lose where I put my pen if I don't have a bag with me, and I really don't want to do that with fountain pens (I just very recently got into them!), so this is a great idea! I'll give it a try and see if putting it in my wallet works for me.

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  4. Love fountain pens! I just started using them, late bloomer ;) - but I love how they write!

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  5. I suppose it doesn't have any kind of line variation, but the pen looks wonderful and it surely feels nice to hold and especially to write with :D

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  6. I've been wanting to try this for ages, it's adorable!

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  7. Another positive review of this great little pen. If I'm not lucky here, I'll have to ask Santa.

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  8. Nice pen, would be great to get it!

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  9. Thanks for the opportunity! I love my Kaweco Sport, which is short enough to carry but too fat for pen loops. This would be awesome.

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  10. Been coveting a Cult Mini for a while - would be ecstatic to win one!!

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  11. I've only ever had contact with vintage parker fountains, so this would be interesting to try.

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  12. Thank you for the giveaway. The smallness is attractive.

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  13. Thank you for the giveaway! the smallness should fit my small hands perfectly!

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  14. Whoa! This pen looks super cool and looks like it would be super convenient for me to carry around! thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Thanks for the review, this looks like a fun Kaweco!

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  16. Nice to see a review of this pen; I've been curious about it. Not kidding when they call it "Mini"!

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  17. Nice review, I've been looking at one of these or a Kaweco Liliput as they're both small and share the same nibs.

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  18. So difficult picking a fountain pen so I appreciate your review Anita, thank you

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  19. I'm kinda new in Fountain Pens, but I like the fact that's small and practical. This "Mini Fountain Pen" from Cult Pens can be a very useful everyday carry pen! Nice review and thank you for doing so!

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  20. :O A pen I can carry around in my wallet?
    Sounds awesome.

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  21. Nice review of an interesting pen!

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  22. great review ..... love cult pens....

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  23. I just starting getting into fountain pens as well because I love writing Calligraphy. I am in the process of just trying whatever fountain pen is out there, trying to find what works best for me. Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway!

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  24. Pens, Ink, paper...filofax...LoVe! I've been trying to incorporate the right size pen for my FF, and it was made more daunting because I wanted just this: a fountain pen, and a small one. Lovelovelove! Great post !

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  25. A mini fountain pen?! What a great idea. The slim barrel means it'll fit nicely for those of us with smaller than average hands. :)

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  26. I had no idea mini fountain pens existed, they are absolutely great and I love Cult Pens too, their service is fantastic

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  27. Looks great, want to give it a try.

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  28. What a wonderful little pen! This is a fabulous idea!! Thanks so much for introducing us to this.

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  29. What a great pen for a wallet or small bag

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  30. What a lovely pen. Thank you for running the comp and please enter me in the draw. Thank you. x

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  31. Can't go wrong with Kaweco pens, IMHO.

    Dave.

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  32. I'd like to try a small fountain pen, this one looks cool. Please enter me in the contest.

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  33. Very beautiful pen and an awesome review!! Goodluck everyone!

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  34. Yes, I would definitely want to receive this.

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  35. I'm a fan of Kaweco Sports but this looks even nicer!

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  36. Im a pen fanatic, if they write well I am in LOVE. neyabenz(at)gmail.com

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  37. Good review. I had to search high and low for the right Filofax pen that would fit the Malden loop. I use a Pilot Cavalier but wouldn't mind trying this one. Cheers.

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  38. Looks like a great pen! Thank you for both the review and the giveaway!

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  39. This pen looks great! Sign me up!

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  40. I need one of these in my life...

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  41. I'm really intrigued by this pen. I know that the Kaweco nibs are very good.

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  42. Nice! This would fit perfectly into one of my interior purse pockets. Just never know when I'll need to take notes.

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  43. thank you for the great review and the chance to get a Kaweco. =)

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  44. Nice review, nice pen. I like the size. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  45. Have a couple fine points would love this one.

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  46. I love the finish of this pen!

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  47. I've been eyeing these since they were announced and see a number of good reviews. Love Kaweco and the size. Thanks for the review and for the giveaway!

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  48. No better way to put pen to paper than to do so with a fountain pen.

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  49. Great looking pen. Here's hoping. Thanks.

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  50. Thank you for the review and the opportunity!

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  51. A Kaweco would be a nice addition to my collection!

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  52. Cool little pen! I will throw my hat in the ring for it.

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  53. Great review, I just found your blog.

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  54. That looks a super pen, count me in your draw

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  55. This looks like an awesome pen. Please enter me in your drawing.

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  56. Nice pen and a very thorough review. Thanks!

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  57. Thanks for the review and giveaway! What an adorable little pen. X3

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  58. I think my wife would love one of those.

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  59. Thanks Anita!
    I would love to try this pen!

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  60. I'm just getting back into fountain pens and a little pen like this would be ideal to carry.

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  61. Perfect as an easy carry.
    VERY nice pen!

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  62. This pen hasn't been on my radar before, but it looks really nice. Maybe I don't have to buy one to get one :)

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  63. Ooh, that looks great - it would even fit in my pocket if I didn't want to take a bag.

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  64. Many thanks for the opportunity! Looks like an interesting pen!

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  65. I would love to win this. I've been wanting to try a mini fountain pen for a long time. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  66. My Ostrich would be honored to have this pen in the pen loop!

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  67. Thanks for your review, seems like a very good pen !

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  68. I love the size. I carry two small notebooks, one for artsy stuff and the other for the 'creeps, I have GOT to remember to do this' list. I need this pen!

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  69. Wow! Looks good, I hope I can win it!

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