Pelikan's "Hubs" events were the highlight of this past week, with all of the Pelikan-sponsored gatherings taking place from 6-9pm in various locations around the world. In case you missed my quick recap, those of us in Nashville gathered at a local Chinese restaurant for pens, good food, and good company. I enjoy reading the field reports, and will tweet them out as they come in.
- Pelikan Hubs Amsterdam (via Gourmet Pens). Certainly the most star-studded, since it was attended by SBRE Brown, Azizah from Gourmet Pens, Eric Orozco (of FPGeeks fame and now with Anderson Pens), Appelboom Pens, and Michael Ward. Appelboom also supplied prizes for the 19 attendees.
- Pilot Custom 823 Review (via Alt. Haven). A bit of a different take on this pen. I don't find the design "boring," but I would call it classic and highly functional. Regardless of what you think about the aesthetics, it's a great workhorse.
- Are Fountain Pens Eco-Friendly? (via Fountain Pen Economics). Dr. Deans examines an idea that's become generally accepted among the pen community: that writing with a fountain pen is better for the environment because it reduces waste. As you might (or might not) expect, it's not that simple. A very interesting read.
- Tactile Turn Slider and Glider Bolt Action Pen (via Ed Jelley). Ed reviews the newest offering from Tactile Turn, replacing the Mover and the Shaker. I'll probably pass on these until I have the funds to pick up a Zirconium model.
- Kaweco Sport Squeeze Converter (via From the Pen Cup). Mary Collis reviews her new Kaweco Sport Mocha Limited Edition and the updated Kaweco Squeeze Converter, reporting a somewhat positive experience. My only thought would be that if you need to use a syringe to fill the converter easily, why pay for the converter as opposed to just syringe-filling a cartridge? I think Kaweco may need to concede defeat on the "Sport converter" idea and just market it as a cartridge-only pen (or a potential eyedropper, if you're adventurous).
- Franklin-Christoph Urushi Red Ink (via Inkdependence). I love this ink as well. It's currently eyedroppered in my Pocket 20 that I picked up at the D.C. Pen Show, and I find that it's a good substitute for the limited edition Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock ink that was released a few years ago.
- Hobonichi Techo Review (via Pens! Paper! Pencils!). Ian offers his thoughts on the Hobonichi Techo. I'll probably re-up for 2017 as well. I've used mine fairly regularly but as a journal / idea jotter, not as a true planner.
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Deals and Drops
This week: stock up on notebooks and check out some deals on various Japan-only pen models and unique Japanese specialty nibs.
- Pelikan M400 Brown Tortoise (PenChalet). Pen Chalet now has the M400 Brown Tortoise in Stock!
- Franklin-Christoph 2-Pen Leather Case (via Massdrop). You all know I'm a fan of Franklin-Christoph's leather goods.
- Clairefontaine 1951 Clothbound Notebooks (via Massdrop). Pick up a five or 10 pack at a discount to stock up on the most fountain-pen friendly paper around.
- Caran d'Ache Ink 2-pack (via Massdrop). A bit of a discount on what would otherwise be very expensive inks.
- Rhodia Pad 6-Pack (via Massdrop). A chance to stock up on Rhodia for around $9 each, shipping included.
- Pilot 823 Transparent Black Demonstrator (Japan-Only Model) (via Amazon).
- Pilot Custom Heritage 912 with PO (Posting) Nib (Japan-Only Model) (via Amazon).
- Pilot Custom Heritage 912 with FA (Falcon Semi-Flex) Nib (Japan-Only Model) (via Amazon).
- Pilot Custom Heritage 912 with SU (Stub) Nib (Japan-Only Model) (via Amazon)
- Platinum 3776 UEF (Ultra-Extra Fine) Nib (via Amazon).
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In Case You Missed It …
This week I reviewed Akkerman #28 (Hofkwartier Groen), one of my new favorite green inks, and recapped the 2016 Nashville Pelikan Hub. I also introduced some new features to the blog, including a post archive and a tag cloud.
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