There was a lot of new content this week from many different sources, including some reviews of inks I've been meaning to try (Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot) and limited edition pens that I'd never seen before (Jim Gaston exclusives from Bexley). This coming week might be a little thin on the blog, given the Thanksgiving Holiday in the U.S. and the unpredictable nature of family obligations, but you never know!
- Aurora Optima Monviso (via the Pencilcase Blog). Aurora has been getting a lot of love lately, including a lot of new limited editions like this Monviso. I love the look of this material.
- Thoughts on Winter Ink Shipping (via Wonder Pens). Just a friendly reminder to get your ink orders in if there's a color you don't think you can make it through the winter without. (Short version: freezing temperatures + shipping ink = not good.)
- Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen Review (via the Pencilcase Blog). This relatively inexpensive Faber-Castell fountain pen sports the same nib found in more expensive pens like the e-Motion or the Ondoro. I'm trying to do my part to bring these excellent pens more attention.
- Makers South Leather Notebook Cover and Pen Sleeve (via The Clicky Post). Mike reviews a really nice-looking custom leather notebook cover and pen sleeve from Makers South, plus there's a giveaway! Don't miss this one.
- Robert Oster Signature Astorquiza Rot (via The Pen Addict). Susan Pigott reviews Astorquiza Rot, which is one of the Robert Oster inks I'm looking forward to trying out. I love deep red inks for pretty much any kind of writing.
- Pelikan Prices to Rise Post-Brexit (via Pelikan's Perch). Can't say I'm surprised at this one. Prices on Pelikan pens from UK dealers have been very attractive for those of us in the U.S. since the Brexit vote has hurt the pound's exchange rate.
- Lamy 2000 Taxus Ballpoint (via From The Pen Cup). Mary's been on a tear lately. The Lamy 2000 Taxus is the standard Lamy 2000 ballpoint pen made from black wood instead of Makrolon.
- Bexley Gaston Exclusive Reviews (via Pen Habit and My Coffeepot). Here are a couple reviews of a really cool limited edition series, made exclusively for the late Jim Gaston, a noted Arkansas fountain pen collector. They are Bexley pens, but feature 14k Waterman Ideal nibs from the 1990s-era Man 100 pen. I have two Man 100 pens in my collection and the nibs are outstanding. Unsurprisingly, these specific pens have since sold out at Vanness Pens, but there are still some other Jim Gaston pens available.
- TWSBI Eco Lime Green Review (via the Well-Appointed Desk). Ana reviews the new limited edition TWSBI Eco in a very bright lime green. And when I say this thing looks bright, it's bright!
- Sailor Rikyu-Cha (via Inkdependence). Mike reviews another entry in Sailor's recent re-release of the remaining "Four Seasons" colors, which I have yet to get my hands on. At some point I need to add to my accumulation of Sailor's entire line of ink. Rikyu-Cha is a brown-green that looks like it would be right up my alley.
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Please take a moment to visit these fine folks, who help keep this blog going! It's next to impossible to keep up a steady stream of fresh review content without some form of blog sponsorship. I'm grateful to everyone who's helped me out along the way.
- Notedian. Many thanks to Notedian for sponsoring the blog this week. Notedian is a relatively new online retailer specializing in fountain pens, inks, and fountain pen-friendly notebooks and planners.
- 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 a wide range of brands, including Aurora and Faber-Castell. Check out the recent sponsor profile I published here.
- Huckberry. As I mentioned Friday, I'm excited to now be a Huckberry affiliate, since Huckberry is one of my favorite stores offering a curated selection of goods.
- KustomHaus. KustomHaus is your source for custom stamps, sealing wax, and related supplies. (Review of their wax seal stamps here.)
- Tom Barrington Leather Goods. Tom Barrington manufactures high-quality leather goods, including pen cases in stingray and ostrich leather. (Review of their leather two-pen sleeve here.)
- 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.
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In Case You Missed It...
This week on the blog there was a lot of activity, between people launching Kickstarter projects and otherwise getting geared up for the Holiday shopping season. I reviewed the Faber-Castell e-Motion fountain pen, and also released my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.
Enjoy, and as always, thanks for reading!
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