- Pilot Vanishing Point Guilloche (via FPQuest). Ray takes a look at his newest addition, the 2016 limited edition Black Guilloche. It's a beautiful design, but since I'm not a huge Vanishing Point aficionado I may wait to see this one in person.
- The Piccolos of Nakaya (via HighLife). Thanks to Dr. Deans of Pen Economics for alerting me to Karlo's excellent piece on the Nakaya Piccolo.
- Nock Co. Lanier Review (via EdJelley). Ed Jelley reviews a prototype of the Nock Co. Lanier briefcase, currently on Kickstarter. In short, if you're someone who needs to carry a 15-inch laptop and larger accessories such as a camera, this may not be the specific bag for you.
- Field Notes Archival Wooden Box (via OfficeSupplyGeek). Brian takes a look at the Field Notes Archival wooden box. I have a repurposed cedar cigar box that I use, and it looks to be the exact same dimensions. At some point I'd like to do a direct comparison to the actual Field Notes Brand product.
- Tom Barrington Pen Sleeve Giveaway (via PenHabit). Matt at the Pen Habit is giving away a stingray leather pen sleeve from Tom Barrington Leather Goods. Tom Barrington (also a sponsor of this blog) makes high quality leather pen cases and other items like wallets and sunglasses pouches. The giveaway runs through October 22. If you're curious, check out my review of a TBLG Ostrich pen sleeve, which has made its way into my daily carry.
- Pete Denison's Home Espresso Setup. I love posts about people's home gear kits, whether it's pen-related or not. Pete has some nice coffee gear that's not inaccessible to us mere coffee mortals (yeah, Sunbeam).
- Trilogy Zero Fountain Pen Kickstarter. Trilogy Pens is launching a Kickstarter tomorrow for their "Zero" minimalist fountain pen. If you're into minimalist machined metal pens, like the Namisu Nova, this project might be of interest to you. I have a prototype and will be doing a review in the next couple of weeks, while the Kickstarter is pending.
- New Sailor Inks on the Horizon (via Inkdependence). Need I say more?
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- Papernery. Papernery offers a curated selection of pens, pencils, and paper (including Field Notes singles!). Gary also runs the blog Notegeist, which you all should visit.
- Pen Chalet. Pen Chalet has a wide variety of available pens and offers unbeatable value on pens, inks, pen cases, etc.
- Anderson Pens. In addition to having the largest offering of bottled ink in the world, Anderson Pens is an authorized retailer of Sailor's Bespoke line (one of only three worldwide). Check out the recent sponsor profile I published here.
- KustomHaus. KustomHaus is your source for custom stamps, sealing wax, and related supplies. If you sign up for their newsletter you can get 10% off your first order.
- Tom Barrington Leather Goods. Tom Barrington manufactures high-quality leather goods, including pen cases in stingray and ostrich leather.
- Dudek Modern Goods. If you haven't already, you should head on over to Dudek Modern Goods and check out Mike's handmade wooden pen holders and pen rests.
Deals and Drops
- Levenger Five Year Journal (via Amazon). I used this for a couple years, and then dropped off short of the five year mark. I pulled it out again this week and have been enjoying it.
- Hobonichi Techo (via Amazon). The 2017 is out. I'm using one this year and so far I'm really happy with it. I have a couple other options I am considering for 2017, but I likely will end up going with the Hobonichi again.
- Palomino Blackwing 602 (via Amazon). I've been reminded this week how much I love this pencil. The new Blackwing Volumes 344 (Dorothea Lange Edition) uses the 602 core.
- Field Notes Lunacy. The newest Field Notes Colors limited edition is gorgeous.
- Write Notepads "The Royal Blue". This B&O Railroad themed edition from Write Notepads is also a looker.
- Sailor Yama Dori (via Amazon). Nice price here.
- Lamy 2000 Multipen (via Amazon). Probably the only multipen left on the market that still is on my "want list". This is tempting.
- Pilot Matte Black Vanishing Point (via Amazon). Still an amazing price here, and Prime eligible.
- Tree Ring Natural History Fountain Pen (via Massdrop). Cool concept. I see these pop up every once in a while. Tree Ring was at the DC Pen Show a few years ago and people who have tried their pens seem to enjoy them.
- Diamine 150th Anniversary Inks (via Massdrop). Save a few bucks off the excellent Diamine 150th Anniversary inks from Diamine.
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Volume 8 offers my thoughts on notes, notetaking, and why I keep all of my old notebooks. "Digital Divide" is my monthly newsletter devoted to discussing the division between the "digital" and "analog" parts of our lives, the benefits of making time for analog tools and workflows, and why people draw the line where they do. If The Gentleman Stationer is the "What" (as in, "what tools do I use"), Digital Divide is the "How" and the "Why." If you're not sure whether it's something you're interested in, check out some of the back catalog, including Issue No. 6 ("Burnout") and Issue No. 5 ("Cleaning House").
In Case You Missed It …
This week on the blog I took a look at Kustom Haus Wax Seal Stamps, giving my first impressions on a stationery product that I'd never used before. I also reviewed Calepino Notebooks (the graph paper version), and came away very impressed at how this pocket notebook handled fountain pen ink.
As always, thanks for reading!
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