Pen porn Fridays!

In honor of my recent purchase of these very pretty wooden knitting needles I decided to do a post about wooden fountain pens.

Why wood? It expands and contracts, and you have to be careful with it. However, because wood is varied, and many places where you buy wooden fountain pens make them by hand, it’s the best way of purchasing what is guaranteed to be a unique fountain pen. This blog post goes into more detail about why wooden pens can be unique.



Blood wood
I love the metal inlays that have been added to this very classic looking pen. You’ll find the pen here.
Blood wood
Bloodwood, continued
Again, love the lines of this pen.
Bloodwood, continued
Spalted Magnolia
I think this pen is gorgeous, as are all the pens on this site.
Spalted Magnolia
Wood samples
If you want to go with colored woods, this site seems to have a large selection.
Wood samples


Comments (16)

    • Hmmm. Yes and no. Can you get cheaper pens? Absolutely. But in terms of good fountain pens, they aren’t that expensive. $200-300. Again, that might be flying to the moon range for some people, but it isn’t the $18,000 some other pens cost.

  1. Haven’t caught the fountain pen bug, but it’s neat seeing your pics of very pretty pens.

    You’ll have to post about how you like the wood Options. I have a set of metal, and though my cords sometimes pull out of the screw end, I’ve always been able to pop them back in, so on the whole I’m happy with the set. I learned on wood, but not sure I have a compelling need to go back, even though they’re pretty.

    • I’m not thrilled with the wood. I prefer metal — I like my yarn to slide more. But they aren’t bad to work with, and I’ll do other projects with them. I’m just not feeling compelled to go out and buy more.

      I ended up not bringing them to CA with me. I just didn’t want to risk losing them. So I’m working on a sock, instead — one that my mother had half finished. I’m using bamboo, size 2, dpnl. I feel like I’m knitting with oversized toothpicks.

      • Yeah, I never used DPNs smaller than size 5s. I learned magic loop with my first pair of socks, and never looked back.

        Not risking the expensive set to airport security was probably a good idea. Most people seem to get by okay, but you’d hate to be the one in a thousand who gets their stuff confiscated.

    • Hmmm. Yes and no. Can you get cheaper pens? Absolutely. But in terms of good fountain pens, they aren’t that expensive. $200-300. Again, that might be flying to the moon range for some people, but it isn’t the $18,000 some other pens cost.

  2. Haven’t caught the fountain pen bug, but it’s neat seeing your pics of very pretty pens.

    You’ll have to post about how you like the wood Options. I have a set of metal, and though my cords sometimes pull out of the screw end, I’ve always been able to pop them back in, so on the whole I’m happy with the set. I learned on wood, but not sure I have a compelling need to go back, even though they’re pretty.

    • I’m not thrilled with the wood. I prefer metal — I like my yarn to slide more. But they aren’t bad to work with, and I’ll do other projects with them. I’m just not feeling compelled to go out and buy more.

      I ended up not bringing them to CA with me. I just didn’t want to risk losing them. So I’m working on a sock, instead — one that my mother had half finished. I’m using bamboo, size 2, dpnl. I feel like I’m knitting with oversized toothpicks.

      • Yeah, I never used DPNs smaller than size 5s. I learned magic loop with my first pair of socks, and never looked back.

        Not risking the expensive set to airport security was probably a good idea. Most people seem to get by okay, but you’d hate to be the one in a thousand who gets their stuff confiscated.

    • Aren’t they pretty? I’ve been having a lot of fun looking at pens as well as posting about them. Plus, finishing those rewrites as well as the first draft of the third novel in the trilogy so I get to buy a new pen — well — that’s continued to be really inspirational for me.

    • Aren’t they pretty? I’ve been having a lot of fun looking at pens as well as posting about them. Plus, finishing those rewrites as well as the first draft of the third novel in the trilogy so I get to buy a new pen — well — that’s continued to be really inspirational for me.

  3. Thanks

    For stopping by and commenting on your blog! Each pen is truly one of a kind and is created lovingly by the artistry of my hand. I would love to craft one for you or someone special to you. Come back and visit, then drop me a note!

  4. Thanks

    For stopping by and commenting on your blog! Each pen is truly one of a kind and is created lovingly by the artistry of my hand. I would love to craft one for you or someone special to you. Come back and visit, then drop me a note!

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