Whew. I'm glad for the long holiday weekend here in the States because I need a break (already, despite that it's only been a month since I was on vacation). As usual, I'll likely spend it messing around on the internet reading about pens, but I also think "Finding Dory" has been placed on my agenda. Here are a few good reads to occupy your time between drinks by the grill or the pool:
- Barack Obama, Night Owl.... And closet pen addict? He's apparently a paper junkie, and I love the thought of him staying up until the early hours scrawling out speeches in longhand on a legal pad. (NYTimes via Daring Fireball).
- Beginner's Guide to Pencils. CW Pencil Enterprise posted this installment in their "pencil education" series, discussing the differences between the various grades of graphite available.
- Zen and the Art of Fountain Pen Maintenance. Susan Pigott writing over at the Pen Addict has this mega-piece on cleaning fountain pens. It's very helpful, especially if you're just getting into this obsession and you want to know how to care for your pens.
- Lamy 2000 Multipen Review. Alt. Haven reviews the Lamy 2000 Multipen, which is definitely on my short list at the moment.
- Two New Reporter-Style Notebooks. Johnny Gamber over at Pencil Revolution reviews the two new reporter-style "pocket" notebooks out now, from Field Notes and Write Notepads. I have one of the Write Notepads pocket ledgers, which I'm liking a lot.
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- Pen Chalet. Check out Pen Chalet's ongoing Independence Day sale, and grab 10% off by using the coupon code FREEDOM.
- Pen Boutique. Another favorite source of pens and ink, especially limited edition Montblanc inks.
- Anderson Pens. The Anderson Pens online store has a massive selection of inks, 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! Word has it that they will be stocking De Atramentis inks soon.
- Fresh Stock Japan. A new entry to the stationery scene, Fresh Stock Japan focuses on importing Japanese goods from brands that can be difficult to find in the United States, such as Craft Design Technologies and Midori.
- 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.
- Dudek Modern Goods. If you haven't already, you should head on over to Dudek Modern Goods and check out his handmade wooden pen holders and pen rests.
Deals and Drops
- Levenger Bomber Jacket Briefolio for $99.00 (via Massdrop).
- Diamine Music or Flowers Ink Set for $69 (via Massdrop). I committed to the "Music" set at the lowest price. I've had my eye on this set for years, and I prefer the more muted, darker colors of "Music" as opposed to the brighter "Flowers."
- 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, Miruai, and Oku-Yama.
- 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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In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog I wrote a piece on how I'm choosing which pens to keep inked, and my new "system" for ensuring that my favorite fountain pens are always kept inked up for my daily carry. I also reviewed the Tactile Turn Gist Fountain Pen, which I've been carrying for the past month or so.
As always, thanks for reading!
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