Between my post-election hangover and the fact that I'm not able to make the Ohio Pen Show this weekend, I tended to stay off the internet and am only now getting caught up on my reading. My personal favorites include the last two links, which I learned of via The Cramped and show that for every Anne Trubek out there, analog still has its strong supporters, which is refreshing.
- Newly Re-Released Sailor Four Seasons Inks (via Wonder Pens). The Wonder Pens blog provides a quick review and writing samples of all eight new colors. I thought I'd be able to pick a favorite, but I want them all.
- Pilot Custom Heritage 92 (via Alt.Haven). Junee reviews the Pilot Custom Heritage 92, which is an excellent writer and one of my favorite pens that I constantly recommend (especially in the orange demonstrator version).
- Caran d'Ache Swiss Wood Pencil Review (via The Pen Addict). Brad reviews one of my favorite pencils that has an honored spot in my Dudek Modern Goods Divide. Not cheap (at all), but the point retention is excellent and these things last forever.
- KWZ Honey Review (via The Pen Habit). Matt has put together an incredibly comprehensive review of an ink that I like a lot, KWZ's Honey. It's an understated golden brown that behaves very well on all sorts of paper. I also like the smell.
- Rhodia vs. Clairefontaine A5 Notebooks (via The Finer Point). Jenny compares the Rhodia and Clairefontaine A5 notebooks. Which one comes out on top?
- Lamy 2000 Ballpoint Pen Review (via Ed Jelley). Ed reviews a true unsung hero of the pen world, the Lamy 2000 ballpoint.
- Ohio Pen Show (THIS WEEKEND!). Unfortunately family obligations prevented me from making it to Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio Pen Show. It runs through today, so if you're in the Columbus area don't miss what is probably the largest vintage pen show in the country, if not the world.
- Madrid Pen Show (via Gourmet Pens). The Madrid (Spain) Pen Show will take place from November 18-20, and both Azizah of Gourmet Pens and S.B.R.E. Brown will be in attendance, working at the Iguana Sell table. Three-day shows are relatively rare outside of the U.S., so if you're in Europe and can get there, it should be well worth a visit. I can't wait to see the reviews.
- The Lost Virtue of Cursive (via The New Yorker). A great article on the intangible virtues of handwriting, especially handwritten letters.
- The Revenge of Analog (by David Sax). I'm super excited for this book. Instant purchase.
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- 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. Mike just launched his latest model, the Stationer.
The Latest Issue of Digital Divide Is Out!
This month's Digital Divide should hit subscribers' inboxes this morning. Building on my discussion of notetaking from last month's newsletter, I talk about journaling and how many people allow the unreasonable expectations that have become associated with "the journal" to keep them from ever getting started. If you're interested in getting these newsletters as soon as they're released, please subscribe on the sidebar!
In Case You Missed It …
This week on the blog I reviewed the Uniball Vision Elite, which is rapidly becoming one of my favorite big box store pens. I also reviewed some journals sent to me for review by Portland Leather Goods. Finally, if you missed this week's Deals and Drops post, check it out here. Most of these deals should still be good through the weekend.
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