I hope everyone's been busy with their pens and paper for the first week of InCoWriMo! Some giveaway entries are already starting to trickle in. More details below.
- C.W. Pencil Enterprise. In case you haven't been following along, the team from C.W. Pencil Enterprise has been in Germany and Switzerland, working hard to bring back more unique stationery items to the U.S. My favorite piece was Caroline's write-up of her visit to the Caran D'Ache factory, where they make everything in-house except the "ball" for the ballpoint pens.
- Ed Jelley reviews the Lamy Studio. Ed takes a look at Lamy's other $100-150 14K nib offering. He likes the nib, but is underwhelmed by the body of the pen, and wishes the 14K nib was available as an after-market purchase. If I remember correctly, at one point the 14K nib was sold separately, along with extra Lamy 2000 nib units, but Lamy no longer offers this option. Read about my own take on the Lamy Studio here.
- Pens! Paper! Pencils! Ian discusses his journalling habit, which is fairly similar to mine in that we use the Hobonichi Techo as a habit log and running list of "good things that happened today". I occasionally will use my Techo to note big events, etc., but I'm terrible at keeping a paper planner, and find that maintaining an actual calendar of appointments is one of the things my phone does better than analog tools.
- RelayCon Atlanta 2016. If you haven't made your way over to the latest Pen Addict Kickstarter, you should do so! In exchange for your help sending Brad and Myke to the Atlanta Pen Show again, you can elect to receive some (orange) Nock Co. pocket notebooks. Also, if you're thinking of attending the Atlanta Pen Show, book your room now. This looks to be a popular event.
- Marco Arment casts aside the Apple Watch in favor of an analog tool. Well, not so much, but this popular tech podcaster/journalist wrote a piece about rediscovering the joys of wearing the automatic watch as a functional piece of art. I enjoyed this piece, and it inspired me to set aside my own Apple Watch for the weekend.
Details of this Month's InCoWriMo Giveaway!
The Giveaway. In honor of InCoWriMo 2016, I'm giving away three prizes to three lucky winners: this Lamy Safari (Charcoal Black, Medium Nib), a handful of Bung Box Ink Samples, and a sample set of the complete Palomino Blackwing Pencil line, limited editions included!
The Rules. This month, the giveaway is going to be limited to those individuals who sign up for my newsletter OR write to me for InCoWriMo. Newsletter sign-ups will receive one giveaway entry, but letters will count as five giveaway entries. If you do both, you will receive six entries total. Write to: The Gentleman Stationer, P.O. Box 681294, Franklin, Tennessee 37068. In the past, I've received some awesome-looking letters--you all know how to use your pens and ink!--and I'll try to post any exceptional-looking correspondence on the site (with any identifying information removed, of course).
On March 1, I will select a a winner. If you already have signed up for my newsletter, you will automatically be entered into the giveaway, but if you're not, this is a good month to sign up. Until now, my newsletter has been a weekly collection of my posts and musings delivered to your inbox, but for the past six months or so I've been working on something a little different, and my goal is to deliver it at the end of February or in early March. Stay tuned!
This Week's Sweet Deals
Many of you already have taken advantage of some crazy deals that have been floating around out there on Pilot and Platinum pens. For example, you can find the Platinum Chartres Blue Demonstrator fountain pen for as low as $69, and the Pilot Custom 74 Clear Demonstrator for as low as $74. If I thought these deals would last, I'd move these pens to my list of best pens around $75, but I'm pretty sure this is a vendor trying to clear out some overstock, as the pricing only applies to certain models. I've personally done a little too much shopping this week, picking up not only the Chartres Blue demonstrator, but also the Bourgogne demonstrator, and a Pilot Custom Heritage piston filler in orange. If you're into the Platinum Limited Edition Series, Pen Chalet has a ridiculous deal right now on the "Sai" model, for as low as $121 for Pen Addict Podcast listeners.
In Case You Missed It...
This week on the blog I reviewed the Newton Shinobi, a custom pen by Shawn Newton of Newton Pens, and published this list of 25 Resources to Jump-Start Your Pen Addiction, which I hope you'll share with other actual and potential stationery enthusiasts. I will try to add to it in the future in the hope that I've created something people will actually use to get into pens (or further into pens).
As always, thanks for reading, and happy Sunday!
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