I seem to be fascinated with pens not readily available to me; thus, I was eager to get a Pilot Pluminix, the mini version of the Pilot Plumix. The Pluminix pens are impossible to find in the US, but I discovered that they can be purchased via Amazon France. You don’t even need to set up a new Amazon account if you have one already. It helps if you can read French, but context counts for a lot. As reviewers have noted, the Pluminix takes standard (short) international cartridges and, of course, has a shorter barrel, but almost everything else looks the same on the Plumix. This means, as also noted, that you can swap some parts between the Pluminix and the Plumix, which is handy if, say, you prefer to use standard international cartridges on your Plumix or Pilot cartridges on your Pluminix. With the latter, though, only the long cartridges work, and the barrel is big enough. The short cartridges have pegs on the side so they do not fit into the section. (I imagine, though, that a knife or nail clippers will easily fix the problem.) In addition, since the sections of the Pluminix and the Plumix take different cartridges, the feeds are slightly different, at least where they meet up with the cartridges.
The Kaweco ART Sport fountain pens are hard to find in the US, but I was thinking that one day I’d pick one up. I was motivated to move the process along when I heard from a retailer that the pen is being discontinued. A few of the colors are still available through Amazon.com and Fontoplumo. The ART Sport is on the higher end of the Sport series: the AC, AL, Chess Print, Classic, Ice, and Luxe. The Luxe is also one of the fancier Sport pens and is still available in the US but not widely. It is black acrylic with a built-in clip, and it actually looks like a cross between a Sport and a Dia 2. I am sorry to see the ART Sports go; they‘re great looking pens.
The focus of this blog is fountain pens. My intention, though, is not necessarily to review pens in the strict sense of the word. The fountain pen community already has many excellent, knowledgeable reviewers, and I greatly appreciate their contributions. Instead, I plan to encourage discussion among fellow enthusiasts, offering commentary where and when I can. I hope you will feel free to join the discussion.