Back from vacation. Enough said.
- A Philippine Retrospective (via Pen Economics). Dr. Deans has a writeup of the time he spent in the Philippines earlier this year. I especially enjoyed reading about the vibrant pen community that exists there. Makes me want to visit! (Someday....?)
- Akkerman #28 Review (via FPQuest). Ray reviews Akkerman "Hofkwartier Groen" #28, which has become one of my stalwart green inks. I keep this inked up in two pens for editing and jotting notes to myself, especially when I want notes and edits to stand out.
- Jumbo Pencils for Jumbo Children (via C.W. Pencils). I love jumbo pencils, and this article from the C.W. Pencil Enterprises blog serves as an excellent jumping off point. Of the pencils on this list, I'm partial to the Caran d'Ache Blackwood and the Faber-Castell 9000 Jumbo.
- Danitrio Takumi Tsugaru-nuri Kara-nuri Wine Review (via Pen Habit). Matt reviews one of his acquisitions from the 2015 D.C. Pen Show, a gorgeous urushi lacquer Danitrio. I haven't pulled the trigger on one of these yet, and it's certainly not in the cards for this year. BUT, I've already started my list for next year's pen show season!
- Pelikan Hubs 2016 Philadelphia (via Pelikan's Perch). Josh posted a great recap of this year's Philadelphia Hub, which took place AT A WHISKEY BAR. Yes, you heard that right. I know where I'll be in 2017. (Just kidding, Nashville folks.)
- Bookbinder's Snake Ink Collectors Set (via Well-Appointed Desk). I'm so jealous that I couldn't get my hands on one of these. I also need to try out some Bookbinder's inks, stat. Those colors are really vibrant.
- Pelikan M800 and Pelikan M400 (via TooManyPelikans). Check out these awesome posts comparing the Pelikan M800 Brown Tortoise to the new M400 Brown Tortoise Limited Edition.
- Theft at Dromgoole's in Houston, Texas (via Well-Appointed Desk). Not to end my links on a downer, but it's important that they catch this jerk. Hopefully they have already, since they got a pretty clear shot of his face on the camera.
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- Papernery. Papernery offers a curated selection of pens, pencils, and paper (including Field Notes singles!). Gary also runs the blog Notegeist, which you all should visit.
- Pen Chalet. Pen Chalet has a wide variety of available pens and offers unbeatable value on pens, inks, pen cases, etc. See below for some of the great deals and new lines Ron is offering this week.
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- Tom Barrington Leather Goods. Tom Barrington recently sent me one of their Ostrich leather pen sleeves to review, and it's a stunner. I recently reviewed it on the blog (link below).
- 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
There are some great Massdrop offers this week, as well as some other price drops via Pen Chalet and Amazon. Be sure to check these out, as well as my recent new product alert.
- Pilot Vanishing Point (via Amazon). Crazy good deal here on the matte black version, and Prime-eligible. Not sure how long this will last so jump on it quick.
- Jinhao Fountain Pens (via Pen Chalet). If you've been waiting to try out Jinhao fountain pens, but have been turned off by the idea of going through an eBay seller, you should strongly consider buying from PenChalet. Ron stands by his products in the event there's a problem, which will happen from time to time at this price point. These 599A demonstrators are pretty cool for $4.45.
- Nemosine Fountain Pens (via Pen Chalet). I've never used one of these, but I've heard they are a step up in quality from Jinhao. The Singularity gets good reviews.
- Conklin Durograph (via Pen Chalet). Use the Pen Addict podcast promotion code for an even better deal on this pen, if you're interested.
- Parker Urban/IM Premium (via Pen Chalet). Ron has some blowout pricing on these pens, probably in anticipation of Parker's upcoming line refresh.
- Restored Esterbrooks (via Anderson Pens). If you're looking for a restored Esterbrook, buy vintage from those who know what they're talking about.
- Pilot Custom 74 Clear Demonstrator (via Amazon). Available in clear version only with fine or medium nibs.
- Lamy 2000 (via Massdrop). Good price on this pen, if you don't mind waiting for the drop fulfillment.
- Pelikan M800 Burnt Orange (via Massdrop). Crazy good pricing here on a special edition that may not be around much longer.
- Clairefontaine French-Ruled Paper (via Massdrop). Less than a day left on this one, so get in now.
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In Case You Missed It …
This week had a throwback theme. Since I was traveling and enjoying a long-overdue break, I pulled some older pieces from the TGS archive for your enjoyment. Check out these five posts from "The Early Days," as well as My Five Favorite Pencil Posts.
As always, thanks for reading!
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