Coffee geek alert: the Café au Lait fountain pen
I was poking around my favorite fountain pen site, Classic Fountain Pens Inc. in Los Angeles, and happened to notice a newly arrived limited edition pen. Called the Café au Lait, it's specially made for owner John Mottishaw, aka "The Nibster" by the Bexley Pen company of Columbus, Ohio. The color of an ideal mix between java and milk, it features an 18k gold nib in fine, medium, broad, or stub at $349, just the thing for scribbling your tasting notes.
To note: This is the first of a newly launched Coffee series of limited-edition fountain pens. Only 20 numbered pieces. Get one while you can.
If that's too obvious, how about the Pilot vanishing point fountain pen in matte black at $140?
Oh, and throw in some ink, maybe Sailor's ($12.50) in a suitable warm brown or Pilot-Namiki Iroshizuku ink in wild chestnut ($35).
Santa, are you listening?
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photos: Café au Lait pen. Credit: S. Irene Virbila/Los Angeles Times and Norpro.