I love it when a pen has so much personality. What makes a pen have a lot of personality for me is the culmination of all its characteristics. This includes form, fit, function, style, material, weight, comfort, overall aesthetics, and most importantly, how it writes. As for the material, style, and aesthetics, I recently talked about how anodized pens that make it look like a rainbow finish are trendy right now. Another current trend is the use of Abalone and Mother of Pearl in pens. As an example, you may recall my review of the Conklin Endura Abalone Shell Gunmetal Collection (see it here). There’s such a unique life that these pens take on with so much potential to shine (literally and figuratively). That’s why the Laban Abalone Pen Collection is so special.
First of all, the Laban Abalone Pen Collection is available in both chrome trim and gunmetal trim. As mine is the chrome trim, I find that it highlights the shiny nature of the Abalone Shell. But I also like how the gunmetal trim contrasts this bold pen’s personality. Whichever trim you prefer, the cap and barrel are made from a natural abalone from New Zealand. Due to the pearlescent and shimmery nature of the abalone, I feel like there are so many colors of ink (for the fountain pen) that would match or contrast its colors. And while I’m not a fan of shimmering ink at all, it would look kind of cool coming out of this pen. Yet I chose to fill mine with Private Reserve’s Infinity Violet ink. In fact, most shades of purple would look great in this fountain pen.
Secondly, the Laban Abalone Pen Collection is also available in both fountain pen and rollerball. The fountain pen is equipped with a high-quality, smooth steel nib. You can choose from: extra fine, fine, medium, and broad nib sizes. This fountain pen also uses an international size cartridge/converter filling system for convenience. The rollerball uses Schmidt 888 or 5888 rollerball refills.
Finally, the size, shape, and weight of the Abalone Collection are very distinct. This is a larger pen overall. The barrel’s diameter is 12.2mm, while the length of the pen (capped) is 144mm. After posting the cap on the barrel, the length becomes 180mm. And it’s heavier at 60 grams due to all the solid metal that comprises this pen. Another important feature is the clip. A spring loaded clip like this is special. It creates plenty of tension and keeps your pen secure wherever you’re storing it.
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