Staedtler Initium Lignum Maple Review

The Staedtler Initium Lignum is a premium fountain pen with a classic design. Eye-catching maple wood, you can feel the elegance when you pick it up. Class. It’s written all over this pen, hold it and you’ll understand.

 Steadtler Initium Lignum fountain pen

  • Wood Body is georgeous
  • Balanced Feel
  • Smooth Nib
  • Classic Styling
  • Branding done well


  • Clip a bit masculine and blocky in design

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Staedtler Initium Lignum Fountain Pen Design

Did you read gorgeous yet? This pen is gorgeous. This is my first wood bodied fountain pen and the maple is to die for. It also comes in plum (my first choice, but Staedtler opted to send maple.)

The extremely light tone of the maple wood is offset against an understated brushed nickel cap and end cap. If it was chrome or nickel, it would be too garish against the light wood, so this was an appropriate and conservative choice. Nicely done.


Steel Nib
Nib Width: 7mm
Nib Length: 17mm

Pull/Screw Cap: Screw
Capped Length: 135mm
Posted Length: 154mm
Uncapped Length: 122mm
Mid-Grip Width: 7mm
Cap Band Width: 11mm

Total Weight: 49g
Cap Weight: 23g

I’m curious how this wood will patina over time. It’s so light I assume it will weather in the sun and from the oils in your skin, changing the color, potentially yellowing the wood slightly over time, much like the chairs in my dining room from the afternoon sun.

Because the grain in maple is so fine, you don’t notice it’s wood upon first glance. It’s more of a vanilla color and as you look more closely you’re blown away by the fine grain and beautiful craftsmanship that went into building this pen.

The company logo is a Mars head looks like a Roman  helmet, the ones with the big plumes attached down the middle. It’s an interesting logo for a pencil and pen company.

I appreciate the light maple finish against the brushed nickel look on the Staedtler Initium Lignum, even the section where you grip the pen is brushed so there’s a bit more grip than a glossy chrome finish would give.

How Does The Nib Perform On Different Papers?

staedtler with cap

Ah the nib. This one is not marked as gold but it still remarkably smooth. Well, all nibs are made with iridium tips, regardless of what type of metal the surrounding nib is made of, but I find the light give of gold lends itself to a softer feel overall.

The Staedtler Initium Lignum writes well and smoothly. I appreciate how it glides across the page with no hangups, no hesitation, no hassle! To give you a frame of reference, I wrote this review after reviewing 10 pens under $10 and frankly, there’s just NO comparison to a more expensive pen like this. The feel of a fountain pen when you’re paying more than $100 is just not in the same league.

The way the parts fit together, the balance of the pen overall, the way the nib and feed work together to bring you writing delight without blobs of ink where you don’t want them or the fountain pen drying out when you’re furiously scratching out your thoughts… the experience is, well… pure pleasure.wood3

I’m not going to say ecstasy, because I’ll save that for my latest Grail pen, but it is indeed pure pleasure using the Staedtler royal blue ink they provided to use with the Initium Lignum.

Using the royal blue, there isn’t any bleed-through to the back of my journal pages and it writes smoothly on almost anything. I didn’t experience any feathering on paper or hard starting, this is a dream to write with.

All-in-all, this is a great everyday carry pen. I, however, would probably go with the Plum wood model because I couldn’t find any information on the finish on this maple, if it’s sealed in anyway and with this light of wood.

I’d be afraid of serious ink staining or yellowing from the oils in my hands over time, but I’m just a worrier, it’s beautiful. There appears to be a matte or semi gloss finish when you take the pen into the light, it’s a bit of a sheen to the wood that makes me think it is sealed.


Who is the Fountain Pen Good For? Is It a Good Overall Value?

wood4 wood5The Staedtler Initium Lignum is a great fountain pen for anyone. It’s on that spectrum of fountain pens where people will have no idea what you paid for it. They’ll know it’s not a $10 cheapie, but it’s an understated, classy pen that isn’t flashy or obnoxious.

The wood body on the pen appears to be a very high grade, thin veneer of wood wrapped around a brass body and it really makes the pen gorgeous. The Staedtler writes smoothly and without issue. You’ll particularly like the nib being smooth and starting every time without hesitation. Great fun!

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