Due to my travel schedule this weekend, I didn't get these up until this morning, so as expected it's not "Sunday Reading" this week. Enjoy these links! I should be back to a regular schedule soon.
- Another interesting Kickstarter controversy is brewing. Many people have pointed out that the "Sens Pen" by Verge appears identical to the Ajoto Pen that launched a couple years back. Verge's response so far has been that while the pens look similar, the Sens was inspired by a USSR-manufactured ballpoint pen, which they feature on the Kickstarter page. While it's entirely plausible that the creator did start out looking to make a pen inspired by "his grandfather's old pen" (which does look similar to both the Ajoto and the Sens), the design that Verge (or their contract manufacturer) came up with is too close to the Ajoto for me to dismiss it as a coincidence. Apart from the knurling on the knock and the "Verge" branding, the pens appear nearly identical, though the Sens is at a much lower price point. You all can decide for yourselves.
- Books for the Desk Set. Ana over at the Well Appointed Desk published this great list of books on drawing, sketching, and painting. As someone who loves to draw, but has a hard time figuring out how to incorporate it into their day-to-day routine, I really love books like these.
- Noodler's FPN Galileo Manuscript Brown. At one point, I was really intrigued by these special edition inks Noodler's manufactured for the Fountain Pen Network, but I've since become disenchanted with FPN and have more or less moved on from Noodler's. Galileo Manuscript Brown is, however, a nice reddish-brown color if you're a Noodler's fan and/or someone who likes to collect limited edition bottles.
- Papier Plume in New Orleans, Louisiana. What a cool little shop! I happened to be in New Orleans for a couple days recently for a conference, and in the two free hours I had outside of business obligations, I took a jaunt down Royal Street in the French Quarter to visit Papier Plume. I ended up picking up a couple bottles of their house fountain pen ink, and plan on ordering one or more of their gorgeous glass dip pens. I also stepped into Box Paper Scissor in the Garden District, but found that store to have a much more heavily curated "design" focus. They had some cool stuff though.
- Diplomat Aero. The Pen Habit reviews Diplomat, an often-overlooked German brand. I need to check these out in DC, especially if the nibs write as well as Matt says they do. Diplomat, Laban, Staedtler, and others bring lots of pens to the larger pen shows such as DC and LA, but I don't know how much of a crowd they draw.
In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog I reviewed the Stola III, Pelikan's newest entry-level model. While I was out of town, I also published a brief retrospective featuring some of my favorite posts from the early days of this blog.
Pelikan Stola III Giveaway!
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