Since I'm travelling this weekend, I thought this might be a good opportunity to do something that I've wanted to do for a while: dip into the "archives" from the past few years and highlight a few posts that most readers (other than the small handful that've been with me from the beginning) have never seen. Without further ado, I give you five blog posts from the early days--"from the vault", so to speak.
- The Montblanc 146. The first major pen review that I wrote. I still love my 146. Posted, this pen's the perfect size for my hand, and the Richard Binder .6mm stub nib is one of my favorite daily writers. Overall, I have to dock the pen several points because the nib was so severely baby's-bottomed that it required three rounds of nib work, but I bought it secondhand (and therefore well below Montblanc retail), so I don't feel too bad about it.
- In Praise of the Original Field Notes. The Field Notes "colors" craze has drawn a lot of attention away from what should be the focal point of the Field Notes line: the original craft-paper Field Notes. I need to get back to using these regularly.
- Pilot Razor Point II. Probably my favorite non-fountain pen writing instrument. Like many people who use fountain pens as daily writers, I think the porous-point or felt-tipped pen offers an enjoyable writing experience and the closest thing to a fountain pen in terms of expressiveness. They are also really inexpensive.
- Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black Edition. My all-time favorite, one-pen-on-a-desert-island-for-the-rest-of-my-life pen. It's also pricey, but like most Sailors that I've purchased, worth every penny.
- A Modern Classic: the Parker Sonnet. I still love the Parker Sonnet, and even more so after reading the Pen Addict's recent review on the Parker Sonnet "Great Expectations" series "Subtle Big Red" Edition. Though I agree the new pens are priced higher than they probably should be, Sonnets are widely available on the secondhand market at pen shows. Though they sometimes need a quick nib tune, they usually make exceptional writers.
Sunday Reading might be more like Monday Reading this week, but things should otherwise be back on track. Enjoy!
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