Today was a great week for pen and stationery-related reading, and I imagine next week will be even better as the L.A. Pen Show recaps come rolling in. I've been trying to limit it to ten links but just gave up!
- Conklin Durograph (via Hand Over That Pen). Ok, I need to pay more attention to Conklin. After recently having the opportunity to test a Mark Twain Crescent Filler, the Durograph has caught my eye. I can vouch for Conklin's 1.1mm stub nibs being excellent, smooth writers.
- Field Trip to Wonder Pens (via Gourmet Pens). I really need to get back to Toronto. And figure out how to get one of those Superior Leather Pen Rolls.
- KWZ Brown Pink Ink Review (via The Finer Point). Jenny reviews KWZ's "Brown Pink," a unique color that I picked up at last year's Atlanta Pen Show. It's interesting to see how different people have different experiences with inks in different pens - I left this one in a Pelikan M800 for months and never had the clogging issues she discusses. It could be a batch variation, since I believe these inks are handmade.
- New Classic Inks From Platinum (via Inkophile). Supposedly coming end of February. I'm in a lot of trouble, because Platinum inks are great and sooo many of these colors appeal to me. Apparently they all have a "black" hue to them.
- Six Japanese Fountain Pens to Help You Write Really Small (via Ed Jelley). Another great guide from Ed. Extra-fine nibs from Sailor and Pilot are solid recommendations, and if you want to go really small, then check out the UEF ("Ultra-Extra-Fine") nib from Platinum, available in their 3776 series.
- Kaweco Special Dip Pen (via Write To Me Often). A dip pen has been on my list for a while, and I think this Kaweco Special model might be what I end up going with. Zeynep, as always, has a nicely photographed review, plus some tips on prepping dip pen nibs before writing.
- YStudio The Weight of Words Fountain Pen (via Well-Appointed Desk). Ana is the latest to get her hands on one of YStudio's "portable brassing" fountain pens, and I'm starting to feel left out. I love the concept and the look of the underlying brass showing through the matte-black coating, but apparently they're hard to find in the U.S.
- Culling the Herd, Part 2 (via Alt.Haven). More great advice from Junee on selling pens that you may not use as much as you used to.
- Midori Traveler's Notebook 2017 Special Edition (via Wonder Pens). Midori has announced this year's special Traveler's Notebook, which is an Olive Green cover that I'm sure will be gorgeous.
- Montblanc Lucky Orange Ink Review (via Inkdependence). For some reason I haven't yet pulled the trigger on this ink, probably because I'm already drowning in bottles and samples that I've not had a chance to use. This one is still calling to me...
- Why I Love My Lamy 2000 (via Nib & Muck). The Lamy 2000 is one of my most-recommended pens, and this review hits on all the reasons why that's the case. (I might have three of them with various nib grinds...)
- Experiment 10: Organizing Analog Collections (via Inkpothesis). I've been looking for some kind of digital database solution to organize pens, inks, notes, etc., and this article suggests an app that I've downloaded.
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In Case You Missed It …
This week on the blog I reviewed Blackstone Inks, another quality Australian brand, and also talked a bit about my "workhorse" refills and inks that I've been using over the past two (very busy) weeks. Also, don't miss this week's Deals and Drops, unless you're at the L.A. Pen Show, in which case you should spend your money there.
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