Here's some reading for this unseasonably warm Sunday (at least here), including a Pen World blogger profile that includes yours truly! Also, a new issue of Digital Divide is out, in which I discuss my thoughts on the Apple Watch and why I ultimately decided to sell it.
- Lamy Al-Star Pacific Giveaway (via The Pen Habit). Matt is giving away a couple of Lamy AL-Star Pacific Special Editions, in conjunction with the folks at Goulet Pens. Act quick!
- Pelikan Class Photo 2017 (via Analog(ue) Obsessed). What a spectacular collection! (and another great name change for the blog, formerly TooManyInks.)
- How to Impress Your Date with Pencils (via CW Pencils). For those of you looking for unique Valentine's Day ideas.
- Best Pencils for Musicians (via CW Pencils). Another great piece on the CW Pencils blog. (Personally, I prefer the Blackwing MX for marking sheet music and guitar tab.)
- Pen Buying Flowchart (via Well-Appointed Desk). Nothing more needs to be said here.
- Culling the Herd, Part I (via Alt.Haven). Junee talks about how she selects which pens to keep and which to let go. I'm constantly going through something similar, given the volume of stuff which passes through my hands.
- Champagne Supernova (via Nib & Muck). Another great review of the Namisu Nova pen, from a very entertaining blog that everyone should add to their feed. (If you're into tea, check out the companion site The Tea Witch.)
- Ink Miser Inkwells (via Well-Appointed Desk). An interesting solution to oddly shaped ink bottles, especially for those of us who like to write with pens with big nibs, which can be a pain to fill once the ink level in the bottle gets low.
- Pause! We Can Go Back! (via New York Review of Books). The NYRB reviews The Revenge of Analog, by David Sax. Thanks to Leigh Reyes for passing this article along to me.
- Pen World Profile (courtesy of Pen World Magazine). Thanks to John Martinson for writing an excellent profile on the current state of the pen and stationery blogosphere for Pen World Magazine. (and thanks to Nicky and the team at Pen World for allowing me to republish this article here!)
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Please take a moment to visit these fine folks who help keep this blog going! It's next to impossible to keep up a steady stream of fresh review content without some form of blog sponsorship. I'm grateful to everyone who's helped me out along the way.
- Pen Chalet. Pen Chalet has a wide variety of available pens and offers unbeatable value on pens, inks, pen cases, etc.
- Anderson Pens. In addition to having the largest offering of bottled ink in the world, Anderson Pens is an authorized retailer of a wide range of brands, including Aurora and Faber-Castell. Check out the sponsor profile I published here.
- Huckberry. Huckberry is one of my favorite stores offering a curated selection of goods, including many with a heavy analog flavor. You can grab limited deals and discounts on notebooks, pens, and other stationery and EDC-related items.
- Say Nice Things Stationery. SNT is a new UK-based notebook company that makes some really nice, reasonably priced journals and notebooks. Check out my review of some of their offerings here.
- Tom Barrington Leather Goods. Tom Barrington manufactures high-quality leather goods, including pen cases in stingray and ostrich leather. (Review of their leather two-pen sleeve here.)
- 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. Mike recently launched his latest model, the Stationer.
Subscribe to Digital Divide
A new issue of Digital Divide is out, and should have hit subscribers' inboxes by now. This month I discuss my thoughts on the Apple Watch, "smartwatches" in general, and why I finally decided they weren't for me. Be sure to subscribe on the sidebar so you don't miss future issues!
In Case You Missed It …
This week on the blog I reviewed Pacific & West Discbound Notebooks in wood and brass, and I also reviewed a favorite fountain pen, the Pilot Custom 74. For this week's deals and drops, I highlighted some special edition pens and inks that continue to stick around, even though they have officially been discontinued.
Happy Sunday, and as always, thanks for reading!
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