Here are this week's links! Hope you enjoy. Some interesting and timely reads this week!
- The Lure of the Limited Edition. Jenny over at the Finer Point provides her thoughts on the exploding trend of stationery companies offering limited edition products, and the sense of "urgency" you tend to feel when these products come out. I agree with a lot in this piece, and recently have become much more selective about what I buy. You can find more of my thoughts on the subject in a post I did a while back on limited edition inks.
- 10th Anniversary Traveler's Notebook "Mini Size". Ana over at the Well-Appointed Desk takes a look at Midori's new limited edition Traveler's Notebook, which has to be a pure collector's item because it's well, tiny. It's cool that Midori did this, I guess, but I'd have a hard time justifying dropping $38 on something I couldn't use at all unless I was a hardcore Traveler's Notebook fan/collector.
- Delta Dolcevita Oversize. Matt from the Pen Habit reviews the Delta Dolcevita Oversize fountain pen. I have a variant on this pen (the clear Italian Technology demonstrator, which is a button filler). It's a huge pen, but man is it a nice writer.
- Fantastic Nibs and Where to Find Them. Susan Pigott, writing over at the Pen Addict, wrote this excellent piece on what she considers to be the best writing fountain pen nibs out of the box.
- William Hannah Notebook. Finally, a super nice-looking leather notebook that uses the Circa/Arc disc system. From Ian over at Pens! Paper! Pencils!
Sales, Giveaways and Cool Products
- Massdrop is running some decent group buys on ink. Currently, you can order 5 of the 30ml "mini" bottles of Diamine Ink for just under $28; Two of the Diamine 150th Anniversary Inks for just under $28; and five bottles of De Atramentis for around $53. (I've added shipping to all prices.) If you want to stock up on ink, and don't mind waiting for a bit for your order to be fulfilled, you can save yourself a few bucks off retail.
- Massdrop is offering the Diplomat Aero, a highly underrated pen that I tried for the first time in Atlanta, for $125. A couple people bought Diplomat pens at the show, and raved about how well the nibs wrote. Having seen this pen in person, the matte black version is very nice looking.
- Want the large 350ml bottle of Pilot Blue Black Ink? Get it from Amazon here. You can find this bottle for cheaper on eBay (or Engeika), but you'll probably have to pay for shipping and it won't get here tomorrow.
- Don't miss out on Sailor Yama Dori, and Kiwa Guro Pigmented Black. One seller also has Pilot Iroshizuku Kon Peki.
- The Lamy Safari Dark Lilac Limited Edition is out. The pen is available from most retailers, but the limited edition ink is incredibly hard to find.
- Vanness looks like they are restocked on Bung Box inks (with the exception of Cherry Blossom).
- Don't miss the new Sailor Special Edition Slate Blue from Anderson Pens. Pre-order now, arrival expected in September 2016. Personally, I really like this color.
- If you want to get in on the Hobonichi Techo, and still have most of the year to use it, you can order the book off Amazon and it's Prime Eligible. No need to wait for it to arrive from Japan.
Welcome to Two New Sponsors: Anderson Pens and Vanness Pens
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Digital Divide and BottledUp.ink
Issue No. 3 of "Digital Divide" is live! Thanks to everyone who subscribes, and I'm overwhelmed with the support I've received. For those of you who are new to the site, Digital Divide is my monthly newsletter devoted to discussing the divide between the "digital" and "analog" parts of our lives, the benefits of making time for analog tools and workflows, and why people draw the line where they do. Issue 3 offers my thoughts on the current "handwriting debate", and provides links to some resources and articles of interest.
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