Things have been kinda quiet out there in the stationery blogosphere, with everyone (justifiably) taking some time to enjoy the summer, but that doesn't mean there's no good reading to be found. To the contrary:
- Montblanc Heritage Rouge et Noir Coral Fountain Pen. Susan Pigott (writing for the Pen Addict) reviews the Coral version of Montblanc's new Rouge et Noir special edition. Having tried this model, I agree with Susan that, while gorgeous, the pen is simply too skinny to become a daily writer for me. Kudos to Montblanc for trying something different, though.
- Modern Stationer returns! After a bit of a blogging hiatus, Doug from Modern Stationer is back and has a new piece on what he's using now. (Hint, it involves a lot of simplification and a heavy emphasis on Field Notes.)
- Woodclinched. Andy Welfle (of the Erasable Podcast) wrote a great piece on products that bring him joy, and struggling to eliminate excess clutter. I've been going through this a bit myself lately (if you've been checking out the "Sale" page).
- The Coolest Pencil Sharpener Ever. I want one. Check out the video of this original APSCO (remember them?) sharpener, dating back to the early 1900s. (Via C.W. Pencils).
- The Finer Point "Highly Recommended List". Jenny lists her favorite stationery related things. There are some great ones on here, and not just pens/paper/stationery, but podcasts and blogs as well.
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- Pen Chalet. Pen Chalet is offering a great price right now on the Pelikan M800 in Burnt Orange. Combine with one of the coupon codes floating around out there for unbeatable value. This pen is my current #1 daily writer.
- Pen Boutique. Another favorite source of pens and ink, especially limited edition Montblanc inks.
- Anderson Pens. The Anderson Pens online store has an absolutely massive selection of inks, including brands such as Roher & Klingner and Organics Studio (yes, they're back!), and they recently became authorized dealers for Sailor's Bespoke line.
- Vanness Pens. Vanness is the exclusive U.S. retailer for Sailor's line of Bung Box Inks. They also carry Callifolio Inks from France, KWZ Inks from Poland, and Papier Plume Inks from New Orleans! They recently introduced DeAtramentis ink into their product line.
- Kustom Haus. Kustom Haus specializes in wax seal stamps, so it's the one-stop shop for all your wax seal supplies. This is one aspect of the stationery obsession I haven't personally tried yet, but you know I will eventually.
- Tom Barrington Leather Goods. A big welcome to Tom Barrington Leather Goods, which offers a wide array of pen holders, glasses cases, iPhone and iPad sleeves, watch straps, and other quality leather products. This site looks like a huge rabbit hole for me. Glasses cases? I haven't even scratched the surface of my eyeglasses/sunglasses obsession.
- Dudek Modern Goods. If you haven't already, you should head on over to Dudek Modern Goods and check out Mike's handmade wooden pen holders and pen rests.
Deals and Drops
- Bungbox Ink (2-Pack) (via Massdrop). Decent opportunity to save yourself a couple bucks, if you don't mind waiting a while to get your ink.
- Lihit Lab Bag-in-a-Bag. I've been extremely happy with this Lihit Labs portfolio, which is a steal at the price point. (Check out my review, up on the blog this week.)
- Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano-Black Ink. In a fine or extra-fine nib, this ink is great for Field Notes and Pocket Notebooks, not to mention cheapo copy paper.
- Other colors in Sailor's standard "Jentle" lineup for a bit of a discount, including Yama Dori and Miruai.
- Lamy 2000. Amazon always has a very good price on this pen, and everyone should have one of these in their collection.
- Pilot Custom Heritage 92 in Orange. One of my "Tier One" pens.
- Pilot Custom 74 Clear Demonstrator. Stupid cheap for what this pen is--an excellent Pilot gold nib for just a little more than the price of a TWSBI.
- Tactile Turn Gist (via Huckberry). If you're new to Huckberry, register using this link and you should receive $10 in store credit towards your first order, which you can put towards the purchase of certain models of the Tactile Turn Gist.
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