The Stipula Passaporto.

The Stipula Passaporto presses the same buttons tail-wagging puppies and wide-eyed kittens do.

Stipula Passporto with eyedropper

Stipula Passaporto with eyedropper

It’s barely longer than my longest finger. The Passaporto, as it name more than merely implies, is for travel. It comes with a cartridge and an eyedropper, because you can use it either way.

The Stipula leaf

The Stipula leaf

The threads feel tight and secure, which makes you feel confident about using it as an eyedropper. The worst way to begin a trip is to smear ink on your passport. (Yes, I’ve managed that feat.) The band is chromium, and the leaf is sterling silver. According to the Pengallery write-up, the leaf acts as a roll stopper.

Cap, section, barrel

Cap, section, barrel

I chose the fine nib because fountain pen ink feathers like mad on any kind of paper approved by bureacratic procurement departments, just like the kind that approves the paper used for immigration and customs forms. A fine nib can help minimize feathering. It can also let you fit letters into those tiny form boxes.

Stipula Passporto with Private Reserve Purple Haze

Stipula Passaporto with Private Reserve Purple Haze

For such a small pen, it can hold a lot of ink.

Writing sample

Writing sample

Private Reserve’s Purple Haze is a light bluish-violet. It was the closest ink I had to sky blue. I’m flying off to Boracay tomorrow, and the Passaporto is coming along, because that’s what its cute, travel-friendly self is meant to do.


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