Stipula Splash Fountain Pen in Bordeaux

This pen review is brought to you by the very kind Ron from Pen Chalet.

Design and Quality

I think this is one of the most unique looking fountain pens I have ever owned! The cap and nib section are a solid colour, barrel is clear (demonstrator) and at the bottom there is a chrome knob which is used to control the piston filler mechanism. 

With regards to the cap there is a chrome top, clip and band towards to bottom (slightly off the bottom). The clip has a little bit of spring and at the end of the clip there is a chrome ball which means that these two things combined, it is easy to clip the pen into a shirt pocket/pen case but you are confident it will stay there. The cap is screwed into place and posted over the chrome knob. It actually makes a strangely satisfying ‘click’ sound when posted….

The nib section is a smooth material if not a little too smooth. I found that over long uses, my grip felt a tad bit loose. Nothing so bad that I couldn’t use this pen but enough that it did become more noticeable over time.

Weight and Dimensions

It is pretty well balanced if not a tad bit heavy towards the back but at no stage did it ever become uncomfortable to hold when using for long periods of time. I found that for the most comfortable writing experience for me, I had to post the cap. When the cap is not posted, the Stipula is just a tad bit to small to be comfortable on its own.

  • Closed it comes in at 12.7cm in length. 
  • Posted it comes in at 13.9cm in length.

Filling System

Its uses a piston filler system which is a smart move given the demonstrator barrel. It has created something of a challenge for me as now I must find a ink to match the cap colour! Closest match so far has been ‘Sailor Jentle Ink Oku-Yama’.

Nib and Performance

Based on the looks of this pen alone, they couldn’t have just went for any old/standard nib…. which they haven’t. What you get with the Stipula Splash is a stainless steel flexible nib. This pretty much means you can lay down various line widths. I found this to be the case and I was able to achieve a fairly good range of various line widths. Like any flex nib there is a point were it will rail-road (Its way of saying you have pushed it too far).

I did find that if the Stipula wasn’t used for a few days, it did suffer from skipping. Priming the feed sorted this out very quickly and once it got going, it didn’t skip a beat.

The Cost and is it worth it?

You can pick a Stipula Splash from Pen Chalet for rough $70-$80 and overall I have really enjoyed using mine. It is a really unique looking fountain pen that offers a pretty decent flexible nib.

Cursive Logic

Is cursive handwriting becoming a lost art in this ever evolving digital age?

I was contacted by Linda regarding her Kickstarter project ‘Cursive Logic’ which I found to be great timing as my wife and I had been talking about our young daughter one day learning cursive writing. This will be something that we will have to teach her as I don’t think it is something schools here in the UK will teach in-depth in the future due to the introduction of the digital age and increased use of the computer for every need. For example, the introduction of iPads into the school curriculum have reduced the need for pen and paper. 

Linda was very kind to send me a Cursive Logic book and it actually reminded me of my time at school learning cursive writing. I am very proud of the fact that I write cursive and I find it sad that it appears to be a dying art and everyone seems to have already accepted its death even though there is still a lot of people writing cursive. This is where this wonderful Kickstarter project comes in. We need to back this as it is a wonderful guide that does such a good job at demonstrating and explaining the various stages of writing. Starting with learning to write individual letters that later become completed words, the cursive writing that follows has a wonderful flow to them. The use of colour for each style of letter (oval, loop and swing) applied with the ability to trace the letters then practice each letter is a wonderful idea. Later, combining the individual letters to practice words and writing their own name aids in the final understanding and full use of cursive writing. Studying this book also made me realise I had been actually writing my ‘z’ incorrectly and now I am working to correct it!

The best compliment I can give this book is the following, my wife and I will be using it to teach my daughter cursive writing which this book has given a great step by step guide for us ‘teachers’!