It finally feels like Fall! Which means that I can spend the cooler weekend afternoons indulging in some favorite activities like sitting outside in sub-90-degree weather with a pen/pencil, a notebook, and some sort of Oktoberfest beer. Here's what I read this weekend.
- A Recap of My First Pen Show (via The Finer Point). Jenny visits the London Pen Show, her first pen show visit ever! No, I'm not going to type out Writing-Equip-Society-whatever.
- In Praise of Habits (via From the Pen Cup). Mary has this great piece on cultivating good habits and how adopting one makes it easier to introduce others.
- Edison Double Ended Pearl (via MyCoffeePot). I've had one of these on my list of custom pens to order for quite some time. Nice D.C. Pen Show purchase by Gerald!
- Tilburg Pen Show Recap (via GourmetPens). A nice recap of the Tilburg (Netherlands) pen show. I find it interesting how most, if not all, of the European pen shows are single-day events, as opposed to the three-day extravaganzas in the U.S.
- How To Be a Stationery Tourist in London (via C.W. Pencils). This list is now permanently pinned into my Pinboard account. When I make it back to London I'm going to have to hit up some of these.
- Tactile Turn Gist Review (via Pen Habit). A pen that I like a lot but haven't used much recently. Matt's review is a good reminder to get this pen back into my rotation!
- Review: The Lanier Briefcase from Nock Co. (via Nib and Ink). Matthew Morse has written up an excellent review of the Nock Co. Lanier briefcase, which has about 11 days to go before it's Kickstarter project closes. (Further discussion and link below in "Deals and Drops.")
- Ethics, Bias, and FP Reviews (via Pen Economics). Another interesting piece from Dr. Deans on bias in online product reviews. For the record, I will always disclose when a product has been provided to me by a sponsor for review purposes, and I'm not in the business of "selling" positive reviews. This blog has always been a vehicle to express my personal opinion, which I try to keep as objective as possible.
- Myke Hurley YouTube Vlog. Myke launched a YouTube channel, and the first official video has some great footage of Myke's visit to the London Pen Show.
- 4 Benefits of Writing by Hand (via MentalFloss). Can't argue with any of these.
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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. See below for some of the great deals and new lines Ron is offering this week. Use the code COLUMBUS for 10% off.
- 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 recently sent me one of their Ostrich leather pen sleeves to review, and it's a stunner. I recently reviewed it on the blog (link below).
- 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
- Nock Co. Lanier Briefcase (via Kickstarter). The guys at Nock are ever-so-close to reaching the $50,000 mark and unlocking the stretch goal: side-stapled Nock Co. notebooks. If you haven't checked this project out, please do so now. It's not just because Brad and Jeff are friends of mine - Nock makes great pen cases and I fully anticipate this briefcase will be exceptional.
- The Baron Fig 2017 Planner is in stock (via Baron Fig). Get yours now, if you're a paper planner person. I'm a fan of their paper, especially for pencils.
- Matte Black Pilot Vanishing Point (via Amazon). Great deal on the matte black version. Top your order off with some Kon Peki Iroshizuku ink.
- Rotring 600 Mechanical Pencil (via Amazon). I took the Rotring 600 on my trip and enjoyed getting to use it again. When I'm using a mechanical pencil, this stays in my rotation.
- Uni Kuru-Toga Roulette Mechanical Pencil (via Amazon). Another great mechanical pencil option, at a lower price point than the Rotring 600.
- Pelikan M800 Burnt Orange (via Massdrop). Less than 24 hours to go. Last chance to get in on this 2015 Pelikan Special Edition at a great price. If you miss out on this drop, Pen Chalet still has some in stock at good prices.
- 2-Pack of Leuchtturm Whitelines (via Massdrop). The best of both worlds if you're a fan of both Leuchtturm and Whitelines notebooks.
- Staedtler Fineliner Bundle (via Massdrop). Less than a day to get in on this one.
- Lamy Safari Pen/Pencil Bundle (via Massdrop).
- This Is Ground Pen and Pencil Case (via Massdrop). A nice leather pen/pencil case at a bit of a discount. I've never tried any leather goods by This is Ground, but I've heard good things.
- Pelikan Special Editions (via Pen Chalet). In addition to the M800 Burnt Orange, Pen Chalet has the 2016 Classic M205 Special Editions in Aquamarine, Blue Marble, and Transparent Blue. They also have a limited number of the 2015 Classic M205 in Amethyst.
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In Case You Missed It …
This week on the blog I reviewed a pen from a relatively unknown manufacturer, the Otto Hutt Design 06, and also took a look at several inks from the Robert Oster line. As always, thanks for reading! Many thanks to Pen Heaven and Vanness Pens, respectively, for providing these products for review.
As always, thanks for reading!
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