Fountain Pen Review (and Giveaway): Narwhal Voyage Shanghai

The Narwhal Voyage Shanghai fountain pen ($150 available in Fine, Medium, Broad and Stub nibs) is one of three city themed models release din March of 2022 with a limited edition quantity of 500 of each. The other two models in this release are the New York and New Orleans editions.

The body of the Shanghai is a shimmery, blue-black swirl Diamond Cast resin by McKenzie Pen Works and features a clear ink window. The hardware is silver tone and the nib is a stainless steel. According to various comments on the internet the nib is a standard #6 Bock nib with a narwhal engraved on the nib. Its a screw-in nib so if you plan on swapping it out, the whole unit will have to be replaced, not just the nib.

The pen is described as an oversized piston filler. Having handled it and placed it next to some of my other daily-use pens, I completely agree.

The Narwhal Voyage, has been described as part of the “Nautilus” pen model but I think the Nautilus is distinct with its round “ship’s portal” ink window. The Voyage looks more streamline where the Nautilus looks a little more steampunk.

From left to right: Sailor Pro Gear Slim, Opus 88 Coloro, Narwhal, TWSBI Eco and Pelikan M205
Uncapped and posted when possible, from left to right: Sailor Pro Gear Slim, Opus 88 Coloro, Narwhal, TWSBI Eco and Pelikan M205

The Voyage cannot be posted but the weight and size of the pen means most larger hands should be able to use it comfortably. The grip section on the Narwhal Voyage is also wider than the other pens shown above.

Product Specifications (from vendor):

  • Capped Length: 5.9 in.(149.9mm)
  • Uncapped Length: 5.24 in.(133.1mm)
  • Diameter of Body: 0.54 in.(13.7mm)
  • Diameter of Cap: 0.6 in.(15.2mm)
  • Diameter of Grip: 0.48 in.(12.2mm)
  • Weight: 33g

Comparison weights:

Pen Weights

When compared with other pens, the 33gms weight is definitely on the heavy end. A good deal of the weight is the cap and since the pen cannot be posted when writing, in use, the pen does not feel inordinately heavy nor is it off-balance but it is definitely a bit “too much pen” for me.

The nib is smooth and wet and seems a little wider than what I’d normally consider a Medium. I am not sure if Narwhal is tuning the nibs before shipping out the pens or if I just tested a particularly wet nib.

The Voyage is a large pen with great details and construction so far. I find it too big and too heavy for my little pixie-sized hands but I know that there is a reader out there who would love to take this pen on a voyage. So, we are going to give it away to a lucky reader!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below and tell us what sea adventures you’d most like to experience. (Play along and type in something. It makes reading through entries more interesting for me, okay?) One entry per person.

If you have never entered a giveaway or commented on the site before, your comment must be manually approved by our highly-trained staff of monkeys before it will appear on the site. Our monkeys are underpaid and under-caffeinated so don’t stress if your comment does not appear right away. Give the monkeys some time.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Wednesday. ONE winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules, one for each color (see above). Please include your actual email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 5 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US and APO/AFO only, sorry.

Giveaway is for pen only. There is no original packaging but the pen will be cleaned and protectively wrapped for shipping.


DISCLAIMER: The pen included in this post was generously provided by Narwhal Pens for the purposes of this review and giveaway.

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