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Narwhal Fountain Pen Review

As some of you know, I am a bit of a pen addict, and fountain pens have always been some of my favorites. While I’m not a collector of large numbers of expensive fountain pens, I do have several fountain pens, some newer and some decades old, that I enjoy and use often.

I like to write in my journals with them, and I love the variety of ink colors I can use in them.  Plus, fountain pens just make writing more enjoyable, whether you’re writing snail mail or just a to-do list.  Simple handwriting always seems to look better when written with a fountain pen. And, if you like to draw, as I do, a fountain pen is a perfect tool for that, too!

Recently, Goldspot Pens provided me with the Narwhal piston fill fountain pen, in return for my honest review.  Spoiler:  I love this pen!  Read on.

Narwhal fountain pen review

At $45, the Narwhal isn’t considered to be an expensive fountain pen.  (While I understand that expensive is a relative term, there are fountain pens that cost much more than this!)  I wasn’t sure what to expect, before I received it.

Immediately, I was wowed by the beauty of the pen.  I received the “Merman Green,” and it is gorgeous. The acrylic body has a swirled design that is translucent and stunning. The Narwhal is also available in several other colors, including a beautiful purple.

The pen arrived in a very nice, cushioned box that made a lovely presentation.   A little wrench was included in the box, which I learned is used to disassemble the pen for cleaning. I haven’t done that yet, but I watched a quick video, and it looks simple.

Narwhal fountain pen review

Narwhal fountain pen review

The Narwhal feels solid, and it’s beautifully made.  The barrel feels nice and not too slim, so it feels really comfortable to write with. The nib is engraved and pretty, and even more importantly, it writes so smoothly.

Engraved Narwhal foutain pen nib

See the narwhal engraved on the nib? I love the quality finishes on this pen.

My Narwhal has a medium point nib, and as I said, it’s smooth – very smooth – so it’s very satisfying to write with.  It’s a lovely stainless steel nib. There isn’t a hint of scratchiness.

Both writing and drawing are a pleasure with the Narwhal.   Because it writes so smoothly, quick sketches are just as easy to do as more detailed drawings, with this pen.

This is a piston fill fountain pen, and it’s the first fountain pen I have that fills this way.  The fountain pens I already have in my collection have converters or cartridges, so this style is new to me.  I can now say it’s one of my favorite styles because it’s so easy to fill, and it holds quite a lot of ink.

Typically, I write with the cap posted to the end of the pen, but for me, this one feels better unposted. Either way, though, for me works well, but you might think it feels a little unbalanced when writing with it posted.

I inked up the pen with both J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche ink and Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black. Both inks performed beautifully in this pen.  (Of course, I prefer the Bleu Pervenche with it, because in a pen named “Narwhal,” how could I not prefer the color that reminds me of the ocean?)

The Narwhal is a really nice quality fountain pen that feels more expensive than it is.  It would make a perfect gift for any pen lover.

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  1. Oh, how lovely. Scarlet loves nice pens. So does Cassidy. And I love the name Narwhal. I almost expected the pen to be shaped like a narwhal! It's still stunning.

    1. Haha, well, there is a teeny tiny narwhal on the nib! It really is pretty, and it's the first fountain pen I've had that writes this smoothly.

  2. I have not seen one of these in years. I had to learn to wright with on in school. Not like the pencils they use today lol

    1. I used to use a fountain pen when I was young, too, Anita. My love for them resurfaced some years ago. But, I learned to write with a pencil! I think it would have been much more fun to learn to write with a fountain pen, though. 🙂

  3. Oh, WOW! Look at that. Looks nice!! I've never used one so on my way over to read your post on fountain pen basics.

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