New pen: New Moon.

My number of currently inked fountain pens stands at 17, which is about average for me. But what is a bit unusual at the moment is that three are the same. They are my Delike New Moons.

Delike New Moon fountain pen with fude nib.

I have already written an Early thoughts and a More thoughts post on this model, in March and April this year so there is little more to say. At that time I had bought one, loved it, given it away and bought a replacement. That was my marbled green acrylic version. Since then, I added the marbled blue and then, just recently, the marbled red.

Team photo.

What is so good about these inexpensive pens? Well, the fact that they are inexpensive is one benefit. They are well made, they have screw caps, they have attractive colours (which includes the grip section), three shiny plated metal bling rings on the uncapped pen, plus two more on the cap, they are uncomplicated, comfortable and come with a converter which has a spring coil ink agitator. But what makes them so enjoyable, and versatile, is the fine “bent nib”.

Marbled green acrylic version.

On all four of the Delike New Moons that I have purchased, the nibs have been faultless, out of the box. They all write smoothly, with a good flow and all have that capability of writing four distinct line widths, depending upon how you hold the pen.

Marbled Blue version.

I have never been proud of my handwriting. I am no calligrapher and have not studied or been trained in those skills. On my fountain pen “journey” I have owned countless standard nibs, of fine, medium or broad tips (mostly mediums) which are easy to use, practical and forgiving, but which do little to produce a line which can be distinguished, one pen from the next.

A marriage made in Heaven.

And then this year I discovered the fude nib: a tip which bends upwards giving a flat area to write with. If the pen is held in a conventional way (an under-writer style) this will produce a narrow down stroke and a wide cross stroke and various widths in between. This is the opposite effect of a stub nib. It is how I imagine an “architect grind” nib might be.

Waterman Harmonious Green. Semikolon Grand Voyage journal, 100gsm laid paper.

Flicking back through the pages of my notebooks, for once I like how my writing looks with these pens. I can use them in my lefty, over-writing style which feels the most natural to me, either with the pen laying back in my hand to give a medium line, or held more vertical like a ball point, which then produces a finer line. But I tend to prefer to use the pen in my under-writer style. This slows me down and I form each letter and word more carefully and deliberately. I delight in the line variation such as in the two sides of the capital A.

The capital A is an opportunity for line width variation

As you might have guessed, I now have these three pens inked with a matching ink. The green has Waterman Harmonious Green, from a bottle that I have had since 2015. The newer, blue pen is filled with Diamine Pelham Blue, a very pleasing shade from the generous flow of this nib. My latest New Moon addition, the marbled red one, is now filled with Montblanc William Shakespeare Velvet Red, which is possibly my GOAT red ink.

Matchy matchy.

I expect a lot from my pens. Not only must they look good and feel good. They must write and behave well. They must (most of them) be good value. They must be enjoyable to use – by which I mean that the act of putting pen to paper is a pleasure, but also that the resulting script is expressive, neat, attractive, legible and satisfying. And as if that were not enough, I depend upon my pens for their role in maintaining my mental health, as a source of relaxation and unwinding to counter the stresses and strains of daily life. Writing with pen and paper lifts my spirits.

Diamine Pelham Blue. (Wetters?!)

I realise that this is a lot to ask of a pen, particularly one that you find on Amazon and which costs under £25.00 including shipping. But when you find one (whatever yours might be), buying three of them does not sound so silly after all.

13 thoughts on “New pen: New Moon.

      1. This was a pen sought out after reading your blog. I find it to be a really good every day pen, and has you mentioned it extremely good value.
        Amazon is a good online shop for cheaper pens but when spending more the £50 I personally like to know how the pen feels in my hand

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    1. This was a pen sought out after reading your blog. I find it to be a really good every day pen, and has you mentioned it extremely good value.
      Amazon is a good online shop for cheaper pens but when spending more the £50 I personally like to know how the pen feels in my hand

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    2. Yes, you can find these on Amazon, searching Majohn Newmoon, although on the pen’s cap bend, it reads DELIKE on the front and New Moon on the back. I do not know the details of the relationship between Majohn and Delike.

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  1. Same happened to me and I purchased the colors in the same order as you. Unfortunately, the green has developed a bad case of mold since I loaded it with a different ink. If I could find a bent nib on Amazon in the U.S., I would replace it. It is an excellent nib especially at the price point. In fact, I recommended it today on Instagram. When I only have one pen inked, it’s the one. There is no better recommendation than that.

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      1. Last fill I switched to Stipula Verde Muschiato. Then was dealing with some pen tests and set it aside for weeks. Mold was the result. Yes, I got a lot of use out of it. I will order a replacement via eBay as I don’t want to risk the contamination spreading. The ink will get tossed just to be extra safe. It’s not like I don’t have other inks though Verde Muschiato is rather unique. It’s the second bottle of it I have had problems with so I won’t replace it. Lesson learned.

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    1. I am glad to hear that you are pleased with your Delike pen. The model featured hear is currently for sale on Amazon under the name Majohn Newmoon. I enjoy using these “bent nib” fountain pens

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