Without further ado, here are this week's links. There's a lot of excellent reading in here, and some of it consists of longer-form pieces, so I'll let you get to it.
- Vintage Pens for People Who Think Vintage Pens Are Scary. This guest post over at the Pen Addict is one of my favorite pieces to come out this week, and does an excellent job of dispelling some of the myths surrounding vintage pens.
- Pendeavors. A new pen blog by my friend Phil, who sold me my Edison Menlo eyedropper in Tibaldi celluloid. Read the origin story of that pen here.
- Target Markets. A very interesting piece from Dr. Deans on different brands' target markets and how companies (and economists) measure profitability.
- The Modern Office. Ana from the Well-Appointed Desk writes a piece on what looks like my own personal seventh circle of Hell.
- Favorite Five Modern Fountain Pens. Ray over at FPQuest writes about his favorite five modern fountain pens, and I love this post because with the exception of the Pilot Custom 823, I don't own any of these pens.
Deals, Sales, Giveaways, and Who's Got the New Retro 51 tornadoes in Stock!
- The Pilot Kakuno is available for $10. These make great knockaround pens. I have (and regularly use) this gray and orange model. This pink and white model is also available. I haven't seen it before.
- Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki for under $20, Tsuki-Yo for $17, Asa-Gao for $18, and Yu-Yake for $19. These are all favorite colors of mine.
- Pen Chalet has the Platinum Nice Pur Limited Edition fountain pen on sale for $150, before any applicable discount code.
- Vanness has (or had) many of the new Retro 51 editions in stock. Keep your eyes open for restocks. BUT, it looks like there are at least a few of the Joey Feldman Artist Editions still available, with both red clips and black clips.
- PenBoutique also has many of the new Retro 51 models. Between Pen Boutique and Vanness, you should be able to find them all. Also, Pen Boutique and the Clicky Post are giving away a Pelikan Stola III.
- The Anderson Pens Special Edition Sailor 1911 Standard in Slate Blue is available for pre-order. The Andersons are now also authorized dealers of Sailor Bespoke nibs. This is something you need to check out.
- Matt from the Pen Habit has launched his End of Season Three Giveaways. Get in on this now, if for no other reason than it includes the ugliest pen ever made.
- **UPDATE** Many of you have asked where you can purchase the Fountain Pen Day Midori-style notebooks that I picked up at the Atlanta Pen Show. Good news! Cary has now listed them on his blog.
Current Massdrop Offers
I typically include Massdrop offers in my Deals and Sales section, but there are a lot of pen-related drops going on that can offer some savings if, as with all Massdrop deals, you're willing to wait a bit for your order to be fulfilled. (All prices have been adjusted from the Massdrop website to include shipping.)
- Tactile Turn Gist Fountain Pen. If you missed the Kickstarter, here's a chance to grab one or more Tactile Turn Gists for around 25% off the retail price. I just received my Kickstarter pens, and I'm impressed thus far.
- The Italix Parson's Essential Fountain Pen for $58. I don't have one of these, but people rave about their Italic, Stub, and Oblique nibs. Less than 24 hours left to join this one.
- 5-Pack of De Atramentis Standard Inks for $50. Less than 24 hours left on this one as well.
- Massive pack of assorted Pilot Pens for $72. This is a huge package, but if you're into Pilot pens, it might be for you. It includes a pack of Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pens.
- Seiko Five Sports "Fifty Fathoms" Watch. My personal favorite of all these offers, even though it's not pen-related. I don't typically push watches, but I purchased one of these earlier this year because I wanted a waterproof diver-style watch and didn't want to spend a whole lot of money. I'm impressed with the ridiculous accuracy of this thing. A nice looking automatic watch for less than $135 shipped. No brainer.
In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog I reviewed the Woods with a Story Ballpoint pen, a Kickstarter Project by Joel Lockridge of Bourbon Pens. I also revisited the topic of favorite brands, and why certain brands appeal to people more than others.
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