At least here in the States, the long holiday weekend means a chance to get caught up on the backlog of newsletters, blog posts, etc. that have been piling up in my inbox and RSS reader.
- 1 Week, 1 Pen/Pencil Mini Series. Jenny at the Finer Point experiments with using a single pen or pencil for a week. I've tried this before and personally didn't have much success. I always ended the week with at least a few more pens/pencils inked up.
- Montblanc 146. Alt. Haven reviews the Montblanc 146 (the "Meisterstuck LeGrand"). One of the pens that I reviewed very early on in my history as a blogger and have been meaning to revisit. It's a true "workhorse pen."
- Caroube de Chypre. A great, photo-intensive review of J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre from Mike over at Inkdependence. He comments on something that I've noticed myself-why has Caroube de Chypre not generated the same sort of hype as Emerald of Chivor? My personal thought is that brown inks in general are a bit of an acquired taste and less popular.
- New Jersey Pen Club BBQ/Goldspot Pens Event. It's great to see pen people getting together offline and hosting their own "mini pen shows". Has anyone else done something like this? Kudos to Goldspot.
- Papier Plume Burgundy Ink. Ray from FPQuest reviews Papier Plume Burgundy, which I've tried and really like. The comparison to Montblanc Bordeaux is on point. Since Papier Plume (a shop in New Orleans) has begun selling their inks through other retailers, I'd expect to see more reviews from the community in the future.
- Air Travel with Fountain Pens. Josh at the Pelikan's Perch has a piece on air travel with fountain pens (more specifically, as you might expect, air travel with Pelikan pens).
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- Papernery. This week I'd like to welcome Papernery to the site. 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.
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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. Look for a review in the coming weeks.
- 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.
Labor Day Sales, Deals and Drops
- The Hobonichi Techo 2017 is available for purchase!
- Karas Kustoms Retrakt Pen (via Massdrop)
- Pilot Custom 823 in Transparent Black (Japan-only Model) (via Amazon).
- Pilot Custom Heritage 92 Colored Demonstrator (Japan-only Model) (via Amazon).
- Rotring 800 Mechanical Pencil (with the retractable pipe). Amazon has the same pricing as the current Massdrop offer and it's Prime-eligible.
- Manhattan Portage Pen Case for $18 (Massdrop Exclusive). This is a very nice looking pen case at an incredibly reasonable price.
- Diplomat Aero Fountain Pen (via Massdrop). The $125 price on this pen is below pen show pricing, and a very good deal on an excellent writer.
- Roher and Klingner Writing Ink 3-Pack (via Massdrop). At approximately $28 (including shipping), this is a good deal. I've joined this drop in the past.
- J. Herbin 1670 Ink. While Massdrop is offering a J. Herbin 1670 Three-Ink Set, you can find similar (or better) pricing buying separately on Amazon without having to wait for Massdrop. Most are Prime-eligible: Rouge Hematite, Emerald of Chivor, Stormy Grey, Ocean Blue. The Massdrop deal would include a discount on Caroube de Chypre (assuming they end up being able to stock the ink).
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In Case You Missed It …
This week on the blog I reviewed the Pilot Dr. Grip Full Black ballpoint pen, and also finally got around to posting pictures and descriptions of all the goodies I purchased at this year's D.C. Pen Show.
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