I’m not sure whether to include these pens in my “Took a Flyer” file or my “Impulse Buy” file. I guess I’ll copy this review and place it in both files. Like I really have files.
Think Pens Couture Fountain Pens: Vacation & Violino
Price: $45.00 each
Filling System: Cartridge/Converter (Standard International)
About the Company & Pens:
Okay, so I’m going to do something a little different with this review and look at two pens instead of just one. Although the two pens have different designs, they employ the same “guts” internally, and they are part of the much larger “Couture” line of pen designs. The problem with Think Pens is that each model has a limited lifespan, so instead of reviewing each pen separately and have them discontinued at some point, I thought it would be better to review them together to represent what the larger Couture line of pens is like.
Think Pens is a sub-brand of the American luxury pen maker Krone. Where Krone-branded pens are typically limited edition and quite expensive, their Think Pens brand was developed as a way to produce collectible, well designed pens that are also reasonably priced. The Vacation and Violino are both part of Think Pens’ Couture lineup. The materials used are pretty basic (likely to keep costs low): acrylic barrels and caps, basic stainless steel nibs and feeds, generic converters (Standard International), nice-but-simple clips, and simple (cheap) furniture/accents.
Otherwise nondescript, Think’s Couture pens stand out because of the bold and attractive acrylics they use. The acrylics are designed in-house at Think/Krone, made in Italy, and turned in Asia (again, to keep costs down).
Fountain pens make up only about 5% of Think’s business (95% is made up of rollerballs), so all their fountain pens use the same #6 medium, stainless steel nibs. The nibs are branded with both Think logos (the name and giant T). They seem really similar to Jowo nibs, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they sourced them from the German nib giant.