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Out of Reach Pens

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A while back, a question was posted to the Facebook group Goulet Nation:

Are there any pens that just are outside our reach but stay in our desired list even as we know we won’t get them?

I’m highly fortunate to be able to purchase most pens I want, but there are definitely some that are outside of my reach. To be honest, even if I won the lottery, I don’t know that I’d buy these pens. I have a hard time imagining spending so much for a single item — big ticket items, like a house or car, excluded.

David Oscarson

David Oscarson makes some truly amazing pens. One of my favorites is the Russian Imperial series, specifically the sky blue and sapphire versions.

David Oscarson Russian Imperial Sky Blue
David Oscarson Russian Imperial Sapphire


Taccia has some truly spectacular urushi art pens. The one I love most is the Miyabi Empress Fossils in the Sky in Sunset Peacock. I adore peacock feathers, and the colors and patterns on this beauty are absolutely fantastic. The Raden Shadow version is beautiful, too, but there’s something about the black, blue, and gold together on the Sunset Peacock that really does it for me.

Taccia Miyabi Empress Fossils in the Sky in Sunset Peacock


The nib on the Namiki pens are my favorite gold nibs; smooth as butter and nice and wet. But that’s only part of my love of the Namiki Yukari Royale Frog. I love all the little details, like how the clip is a gradient from black to gold so it blends in better with the body design. I adore that the frogs are three-dimensional. It’s just an absolutely stunning pen.

Namiki Yukari Royale Frog


Pelikan releases a maki-e version of their M1000 yearly — I think. No surprise that I love the Peacock edition. But, perhaps even more amazing, is the Japanese Umbrella edition. I love the colors, and the bouquet of flowers near the barrel finial is fabulous.

Pelikan M1000 Maki-e Peacock
Pelikan M1000 Maki-e Japanese Umbrellas

So, if you throw price out the window, this is a fairly modest list. But, with price factored in, well, I could cover mortgage payments for almost a year! Unless some magical deal drops into my lap, I won’t be purchasing any of these pens in my lifetime, but that’s OK. They are gorgeous and I can ogle them at pen shows for free.

What pens would you like that are out of your reach? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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One Comment

  1. Brandon

    That Namiki pen has been on me and my fiance’s watch/wish list since we got into fountain pens. She’s a massive frog lover (we have a few pet frogs as well) so it’s right up her alley style wise but the price is way too high. Such an impressive work of art though!

    June 17, 2023

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