Goldspot Pens Magazine of Pens, Inks and Fine Writing Gifts

The Bulletproof Father's Day Pen Gift Guide 2017

The Bulletproof Father's Day Pen Gift Guide 2017

Dads can sometimes be notoriously difficult to shop for. If yours is anything like mine, he doesn't have much of a wishlist. Whenever he wants some...
Lamy Petrol Bottled Ink Issue

Lamy Petrol Bottled Ink Issue

Sometimes, making a mistake with ink can lead to inky fingers and stained fingers. We made a regretful mistake that involved one of this year's mos...
What to get the Grad - 2017 Pen Gift Guide

What to get the Grad - 2017 Pen Gift Guide

A graduation gift marks the achievement of learning. It gets us ready for the next step while acting as a sentimental memento to honor how far we'v...
The Last of Lilac. Our Grand Re-Opening Giveaway

The Last of Lilac. Our Grand Re-Opening Giveaway

*Snip* There it is. We've officially cut the ribbon on the new version of Goldspot.com. Glad you can join us for the party! To celebrate, we're hos...

NJ Pen Club Pen-B-Q 2016 Wrap Up

Thank you to all who attended our inaugural Goldspot Pens & NJ Pen Club Pen-B-Q cookout and mini-pen show that was held last weekend on Saturday, August 27th. We appreciate everyone who was able to make it and enjoy a sunny, Jersey afternoon with us. Anyone who wasn't able to make it, but wanted to come, this post is for you! We've collected the highlights of our meet up in this convenient,...

Top 5 Beginner Fountain Pens (and Top 3 for the Risk-takers!)

So, you want to try out a fountain pen, or two...

The single most common question we get from intrigued fountain pen newbies is "which is the best, first fountain pen?" -- and this post should help narrow that down for you. 

As you venture into the fountain pen world, you'll soon notice that much of the appeal of these pens is how personal they can be; my idea of a perfect pen might have a fine nib...

It's Not Easy Being Green - the New Lamy AL-Star Charged Green


Lamy introduces the "Charged Green" AL-Star for 2016!!!



Another green? Do we need another green in what seems like a never-ending procession of green Safaris and AL-Stars?

Does Germany have waaay too much green pen "batter" laying around that they need to use before it goes bad?

As many Lamy fans and collectors know in their hearts, the color won't matter much, it's a new Safari / Al-Star, and...

Cast Your Vote for 2015 Pen & Ink of the Year

Today is Election Day 2015, and the first official day open for voting on the Goldspot Pens Readers' Choice Pen of the Year.



Voting is currently open until Fountain Pen Day, Friday at 10am Eastern US Time. At that time, the polls will close and we will release the results later that day.

Our previous winners include : 
  • Edison Glenmont 2014 Limited Edition (2014)
  • Edison Menlo Fountain Pen (2013)
  • Edison...

Lamy Dialog 3 Piano Black Fountain Pen Review



Lamy's Dialog is the top-end of the German-made writing instrument brand that represents the forefront of design and writing technology. The Dialog 3, released back in 2012, is Lamy's first-and-only retractable fountain pen. Originally produced in a matte palladium finish, Lamy expanded the line to include a matte black, and, most recently, the 2015 Piano Black and Piano White finishes.

We're going...

Improve Your Handwriting & Drawing Comfort 5X with the Lamy Scribble

This article was initially distributed in our weekly dip e-mail newsletter, but we decided to share it on our blog.
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I'll tell you a little story about my youth.

When I was in grade school, I would grip my No. 2 pencil so hard while practicing writing and drawing that I developed a big, painful callus on my middle finger that took years to go away once I went to writing with pens.

Fast forward 20...

#WriteitWednesday Your Fave Food

May is National Hamburger Month and the unofficial start of the outdoor grilling season, we decided that this week's #WriteitWednesday should be deliciously fun. This week, write or draw your favorite food! That can be anything from the indulgent - ice cream, dark chocolate truffles, candy bars; to the savory - prime ribeye, lobster, shredded pork shoulder. Go for it. Writing won't cost you any...

How to Spot a Knock-Off Lamy Safari

Yes, they do exist.

Most pen collectors are aware of Mont Blanc counterfeit pieces that exist, and there would be plenty of motivation to knock-off an expensive Mont Blanc pen. Counterfeiting a $30 Lamy Safari, however, takes many by surprise. Consider that almost every fountain pen user usually has at least one Safari and the value of the limited edition colors skyrocket once they become sell out...