Stipula Passaporto Crystal Clear Eyedropper Fountain Pen

23 02 2013
Possibly M nib? Not entirely sure. Delicious Pendleton mix ink though.

Possibly M nib? Not entirely sure. Delicious Pendleton mix BlaKWa ink though.

The Stipula Passaporto was just a distant, expensive dream until I stumbled upon it half-priced at the DC Pen Show (at Speerbob’s booth) and couldn’t resist.

It's a bit like a cigar, except you can write with it and it probably won't give you cancer and OKAY IT IS NOTHING LIKE A CIGAR

It’s a bit like a cigar, except you can write with it and it probably won’t give you cancer and OKAY IT IS NOTHING LIKE A CIGAR

The design of the pen combines several of my most favorite things: compact, clear body, fountain pen, made in Italy. The only thing that could make it better is if it could dispense espresso through my skin into my blood stream while I write.

Remember when I would be awake in the daytime and have natural daylight for these pictures? THOSE SURE WERE THE DAYS

Remember when I would be awake in the daytime and have natural daylight for these pictures? THOSE SURE WERE THE DAYS

The body is a sturdy sort of resin something or other, and seems to hold up well in spite of making numerous unprotected trips in my pocket. It can be filled with standard short cartridges, or as an eyedropper pen with bottled ink. It even comes with its own glass eyedropper. The cap screws on to close, and presses onto the back to post. When closed, the pen is Fort Knox secure. This is not a pen that will unscrew in your pocket. The cap, when posted firmly, is pretty secure (though can be knocked loose), and makes the pen long enough for comfortable long-term writing. And my, is it ever comfy! I LOVE the thicker body barrel for writing.

Chance of humidity: always percent

Chance of humidity: always percent

Now, for a few negatives. This first one drives me crazy—condensation in the cap. Or ink in the cap. Or worse, BOTH. It happens often, and especially when I carry this pen in my jeans pocket. The pen is secure, so I’m not worried about this stuff getting out, it’s just annoying that it’s there at all.

Sure it writes wonderfully NOW...

Sure it writes wonderfully NOW…

The second BIG big negative is that I could not get a steady writing flow going right out of the box. It was crazy frustrating, and I tried everything I could think to do (besides take it back, because I would admit no defeat). At last beaten, I took the pen back to the ballroom, and escorted it (and some cash) over to Pendleton Brown to see if he could do something for it. And he did! It writes wonderfully now, a nice tactile smooth with an ink flow that never fails. And he hooked me up with some of his Waterman BlakWa ink mix, which I am currently in love with.

Little leaf keeps pen | From rolling down the table | Some but not all times

Little leaf keeps pen | From rolling down the table | Some but not all times

You might think, with these two major problems looming over it, that I might not like this pen. But fountain pens are funny things. Maybe it’s their offbeat nature. Maybe it’s a psychological attachment fueled by all the dough you fork over for pens like these. Who knows. But in spite of its problems, I love this little pen. I’m glad I got it, and I enjoy using it.

Unfortunately, I don’t see any clear versions of the Passaporto fountain pen at Speerbob’s, and none of the other colors are for the price I got mine at. If you’re looking for this pen at an unbeatable price, you might have to make the trek to a fountain pen supershow to get a good deal. Or scour the internet. Best of luck in your quest.

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4 responses

23 02 2013
ideaista1

Have you checked out Fountain Pen Revolution, based in India, with loads of eyedropper pens and smooth nibs from the get-go? I suspect you already know about them, but if you don’t — check them out.

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On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 3:31 AM, No Pen Intended wrote:

> ** > No Pen Intended posted: ” Possibly M nib? Not entirely sure. > Delicious Pendleton mix BlaKWa ink though. The Stipula Passaporto > was just a distant, expensive dream until I stumbled upon it half-priced at > th”

27 03 2013
PostMuse

My Passaporto is leaking something awful. I think the barrel is cracked. And it was my one of favorite pens.

A friend linked your blog on my Facebook page and I’m so glad she was looking out for me, because I really enjoy your pen posts!

4 07 2014
ericflores

My Passaporto condenses too. It happens mostly when I wash it before filling it. It is mostly water. I have found ink just a few times. I have found ink in the cap of some other pens, so I assume that the condensation of water and/or ink happens in other pens too – the difference is that now we see it because of the transparent cap.
I had a Lamy Vista (transparent) that I dont remember seeing this problem ever, but I’m not sure if this cap was completely sealed or had some type of vent. I know, for example, that the Pilot Varsity has a vent in the cap, so water would just evaporate and we would never notice this effect.
Eventually, I learned to ignore the condensed water. As long as there is water drops in the cap the relative humidity will stay very high, and this will prevent the ink from evaporating. Not bad, after all.

5 09 2015
zen4wabisabi

I have the Stipula Bon Voyage which I like better, they were made for travel so the ink flows slow unlike other pens, but I been writing for the longest time without refill. I have a Stipula Vedo that writes with much more ink

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