Deals & Drops: Vacation Edition

As you might’ve guessed from a lack of new reviews on the blog, I’m on vacation this week. That doesn’t stop me from pen window-shopping, however. There are some great deals to be had this week, some of which are carry-overs from last week, and some of which are new. Look for things to get back to normal around here starting next Wednesday! (Note: Sorry for the bad Kaweco link in last week’s edition. It’s fixed, so please circle back and pay Pen Chalet a visit!).

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  1. New Esterbrooks In-Stock and Shipping! I picked up a Cobalt Blue model that I received before I left town, and these final production pens are every bit as well-made as the prototypes I saw at the D.C. Pen Show. Get yours from your favorite Kenro retailers, including Anderson Pens, Pen Chalet, and Vanness Pens.

  2. Deep Discounts on Aurora (via Vanness Pens). Check out the “Grandpa’s Basement” Section of the Vanness Pens website for some insane prices on the Aurora 88 Minerali limited editions and Optima Flex Pens.

  3. Robert Oster 1980s Colours Inks (via Pen Chalet). I love me some 1980s anything, and I can’t wait to hear the stories behind these colors/ink names.

  4. Pilot “Crossed Lines” 2018 Limited Edition Vanishing Point (via Anderson Pens). It’s caused quite a bit of controversy, but I actually like Pilot’s latest offering. Call me boring.

  5. Conway Stewart Pens (via Vanness Pens). It looks like Vanness has sold through much of their stock of Conway Stewart pens at recent pen shows, but a couple great colors remain in the “Model 100” size, which is my personal favorite. I’d recommend taking a hard look at both the “Nebula” and “Walnut” acrylics.

  6. Pelikan Special Edition M205 (via Pen Chalet). Pen Chalet has the Olivine M205 demonstrator in stock, including as part of a set that comes with the Edelstein Olivine Ink of the Year edition!

  7. Pelikan M800 Stone Garden (via Appelboom). Again, this might be my favorite special edition Pelikan has released in years. Could be this year’s Christmas present to myself?

  8. Pelikan M600 Vibrant Orange (via Pen Chalet). PLEASE do more with the M600 size, Pelikan. Like you did with this pen.

  9. Baron Fig Limited Editions at Vanness (via Vanness Pens). Vanness has a couple of the limited edition Baron Fig Squires and Archers available, including the Mysterium Squire (designed in partnership with Harry Marks) and the Elements Archer pencils (designed in partnership with Caroline Weaver).

  10. Taccia Inks (via Vanness Pens). Taccia’s new line of inks has hit the market, and so far I like the photos I’ve seen of these colors. I initially thought they might be kind of repetitive of colors already out there, but it looks like I’m wrong.

  11. Moonman Pocket Mini Fountain Pen in Pink (via Amazon). Looks like a new color Moonman pocket pen has launched!

  12. Moonman M2 Eyedropper in New Colors (via Amazon). The popular Moonman M2 eyedropper fountain pen is now available with different color sections, including purple, green, pink, and blue. Check out my review of the original here.

  13. Nanami Paper Cafe Note A6 (via Amazon). Nanami Paper has launched a A6 version of their Cafe Note notebook. I have the B6 size, which is great, but A6 should fit Hobonichi Planner covers of the same size.

  14. Taroko Design Enigma A5 Notebook with Tomoe River Paper (via Etsy/Taroko Design). Looking for a well-built, basic A5 Tomoe River notebook with a ton of paper? Check out Taroko Design.

  15. One Star Leather Goods (via One Star Leather/Etsy). Looking for a handmade leather cover for your A5 Notebook? Look no further than Keegan’s offerings at One Star Leather. He made me a cover for my Baron Fig Confidants that I absolutely love.

Deals & Drops: Fall Break Send-off Edition!

I’ll be taking off the next week for Fall break, headed to the beach for some much-needed rest. If I post, it likely won’t be on my regular schedule, so in the meantime, enjoy this week’s Deals & Drops! This week’s edition features a new “Night” edition Kaweco AL Sport, a new special edition M600 from Pelikan, and a bunch of clearances in advance of the holiday shopping season.

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  1. Pilot Custom 823 Smoke (via Pen Chalet). The Custom 823 Smoke has landed stateside, complementing the excellent Custom 823 Amber that’s long been a favorite of mine.

  2. Kaweco AL Sport “Night” Limited Edition (via Pen Chalet). Though previously available from some European retailers, the Kaweco AL Sport “Night” Edition has landed in the U.S.

  3. 3Oysters Ink (via Vanness Pens). Vanness is renowned for their huge selection of unique inks, including yet another new line from South Korea.

  4. Red Diplomat Aero (via Anderson Pens). Diplomat has released a bunch of new pens lately, including this fire-engine red Aero. Though Diplomat uses stock JoWo nibs, they always seem to be well-tuned.

  5. Diplomat Traveller Flame Fountain Pen (via Vanness Pens). “Fireblue” or “flame” finishes have become popular in recent years, and Diplomat recently released their slim “Traveller” model that I saw for the first time in D.C. Now all we need is a flame-kissed Aero….

  6. Falling Sakura Fountain Pens from Yoshi Nakama (via 18111com/Etsy). Yoshi Nakama has some new fountain pens listed for sale, including many in the “Falling Sakura” designs with incredibly intricate roll stoppers.

  7. Pelikan M600 Vibrant Orange (via Appelboom). Pelikan has been killing it with their special edition releases this year, and the follow up to the “Vibrant Green” M600 is no exception. Load this thing up with Edelstein Mandarin and you should be ready to go.

  8. Aurora Clearance (via Vanness Pens). Check out the “Grandpa’s Basement” section of the Vanness Pens website for some great deals on Aurora, including the limited edition Minerali demonstrators and the Optima Flex pens! You won’t see these prices for long.

  9. Pelikan M800 Stone Garden (via Appelboom). This may be the only pen I’ve seen so far that’s made it’s way onto my “Absolute Must-Buy” list this year. The navy blue acrylic matched with the acetate looks outstanding.

  10. Pilot Metallic Vanishing Point (via Pen Chalet). Ron has really dropped the price on these Pilot VPs, leaving you with probably the best opportunity to grab a Vanishing Point that I’ve seen in a long time.

  11. Pilot Vanishing Point Matte Black (via Amazon). This pen was my first Vanishing Point, and one of the original “stealth pens” before the trend took off.

  12. Levenger Truewriters (via Speerbob/eBay). eBay Seller Speerbob has a bunch of Levenger Truewriter pens available in his store. He’s a regular on the pen show circuit, and I’ve long been a fan of Levenger’s stuff. This reminds me I need to review some Truewriter fountain pens I picked up this year.

  13. Waterman Expert Matte Black (via Amazon). To me, the Waterman Expert - and modern Waterman pens in general - is one of those “unsung heroes” of the pen world in that they often get overlooked.

  14. Desk Pens and new acrylics from the PenBBS Store (via PenBBS/Etsy). More fun on the way from PenBBS! Lots of new acrylics, including in a longer capped “desk pen” format.

  15. Conklin Word Gauge Fountain Pens (via Goldspot). Goldspot has the Conklin “Word Gauge” on sale, which is a throwback to the early days of Conklin when their Nozac model had the “word gauge” printed on the side of the barrel.