- Fountain Pens for Beginners. Jenny from the Finer Point provides her detailed thoughts on the best fountain pens for those just getting her feet wet. I think she nails it on her choices, and many of her thoughts overlap with my own.
- Bootleg Pelikan Blue-Black. A great explanation from Josh over at Pelikan's Perch on why this excellent blue-black ink is no longer available in the U.S.
- Pendomness. My friend Dan Hoizner wrote a piece on finding his "grail" at the Atlanta Pen Show, and being able to snag a great deal on it because it needed a little TLC. Dan knows a lot about pens, so this blog should be fun to watch grow. Add it to your feed!
- Why Aren't Vintage Pens More Popular? Dr. Deans over at Fountain Pen Economics has great piece looking at why you should consider vintage pens, if you haven't already. I'm a huge fan of going vintage to get gold nibs at a steep discount to what you would have to pay on a modern pen. The "risk" associated with vintage pens breaking is also somewhat overstated. Sac-filling pens are fairly easy to restore and/or repair yourself, and I've found pens like the Parker 51 to be near-indestructible once restored to proper working order.
- Ed Jelley's thoughts on the TWSBI Vac Mini. Again, this is a great pen. Mine didn't survive the post-Atlanta Pen Show purge (I upgraded to a Pilot Custom 823!), but if you're looking for a pen with a cool filling system and a high ink capacity at a reasonable cost, the TWSBI Vac Mini is a good option.
Atlanta Pen Show Recaps
Check out the Atlanta Pen Show recaps from Inkdependence, My Pen Needs Ink, Reverenced Writing (Father Kyle Sanders), The Well-Appointed Desk. If you missed my recaps, you can check them out here: Thursday/Friday and Saturday.
Welcome to Our New Sponsors
I'm happy to announce that the blog has several new sponsors! Welcome, and a huge thank you, to PenBoutique, Fresh Stock Japan, and Dudek Modern Goods. Sponsorships such as these will help keep the lights on and new review material coming in, so they are greatly appreciated. If you are interested in helping sponsor the blog via advertising or otherwise, you can contact me here.
Sales, Cool Products, and Giveaways
A few things that caught my eye this week:
- Joey Feldman Limited Edition Retro 51, exclusively available through Vanness Pens. From what I understand, the red clip version is in short supply, and the black clip version will go quickly.
- Anderson Pens Limited Edition Sailor 1911 in Slate Blue. This pen's a real beauty--I saw it live at the Atlanta Pen Show. The Andersons are taking pre-orders now.
- PenChalet has one of the Platinum Sai Demonstrators left for $162. These are becoming increasingly hard to find. If this is something you're looking for, act quickly. PenChalet is also running a giveaway for National Stationery Week and World Stationery Day. Details here.
- PenBoutique is running a Mother's Day Giveaway through May 31 for a Graf von Faber Castell. Enter here.
- Massdrop is offering the Lamy 2000 in Stainless Steel for $209. A sizable discount here on a very nice pen. They are also running a special on three specific colors of Bung Box Ink (L'Amant Purple, Mahogany Brown, and Tears of a Clown Ruby) for $97.99 for all three.
- Amazon has Sailor Yama Dori at a good price.
In Case You Missed It…
This week was pen-show heavy and a little light on review material. But if you haven't already, please check out my review of the Delta Dolcevita Soiree mid-size.
Thanks for reading, and Happy Sunday!
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