We've had gorgeous weather here, and it was a great week to spend outside, whether writing or doing other things. Happy Mother's Day to everyone, enjoy!
- Play Nicely with Unicorns: Say Nice Things Notebook Review (via Nib & Muck). Laura reviews one of the A5 Journals from Say Nice Things. (My own thoughts on these notebooks here.)
- Sailor Professional Gear (via Hand Over That Pen). The trio from Hand Over That Pen is joined this week by their friend Claire, who's a fellow Pro Gear aficionado. MUST. HAVE. THAT. KINGFISHER. PRO. GEAR.
- Experiment 17: The Chicago Pen Show & The Meaning of Pens (via Inkpothesis). I'm so sad that I missed Chicago, not least because I didn't get to meet Jaclyn. As others have put it, this piece nails the fun in attending pen shows.
- Sailor Epinard Review and Giveaway (via SquishyInk). I'm so glad this ink is coming back, especially because now I don't have to actively conserve my last remaining half bottle. This review does a great job of showing off the red sheen that's a characteristic of so many Sailor inks.
- Inktastic: Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion Ink Review (via The Pencilcase Blog). Dries reviews an interesting brown ink from Kyoto TAG, a Japanese specialty brand carried by, among others, Vanness Pens. I've not tried this one, but I picked up Kyo-no-oto No. 2 (Imayou-iro), a bright pink from the same manufacturer that I really like.
- Stationery Shop Map Update (via All Things Stationery). If you ever wonder whether there are any stationery shops in the area where you find yourself traveling, Tessa's Stationery Shop Map is an invaluable resource.
- Who new there was so much crap in my head? (via From The Pen Cup). Mary offers her reflections upon finishing an entire (!?!) Nanami Seven Seas Writer, quite the accomplishment!
- Limited Edition Spotlight (via The Pelikan's Perch). Josh takes a look at some limited edition Pelikan releases from the 1990s and early 2000s, many of which I've never seen before. That Blue Ocean....
- Stolen Fountain Pens - Please Help! (via The Nibsmith). Dan Smith (whom many of you all know from FPGeeks and his new site, the Nibsmith) had some very valuable fountain pens, among other things, stolen from his car in Chicago. While hopefully insurance will cover much of the loss, please alert Dan if you see any of these pens come up for sale in forums, eBay, or otherwise.
- Susan Wirth (via Well-Appointed Desk). To end on a somber note, as many of you have heard already, pen legend Susan Wirth passed away earlier this week following her return from the Chicago Pen Show. This is an immense loss for the community. Apparently there will be a memorial at the DC Pen Show in August, with further details to come. You can read her obituary here (via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).
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- Vanness Pens and Kenro Industries. Vanness Pens carries rare and hard-to-find inks from all over the world, including special editions made by Sailor for Bung Box and Kobe Nagasawa in Japan. Also, Vanness carries a wide array of pens, including standard and special edition offerings from Aurora.
- 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.)
- Pokka Pens. Pokka Pens makes high quality, portable ballpoints that make for a great EDC option. Check out my review here.
In Case You Missed It …
This week on the blog I reviewed one of my favorite fountain pens, the Sailor 1911 Black Luster, as well as the High Voltage TeslaCoil pen from Michael's Fatboy. If you haven't already, check out this week's Deals and Drops, which includes a Mother's Day discount code from PenChalet.
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