Why Is Japan Still So Attached to Paper? (via NYTimes). Many thanks to Yagan at Macchiato Man for linking to this article. An interesting read, though of course the NYTimes has to refer to Japan’s print culture as “a bit anachronistic.”
Behind the Scenes: Storage, Travel, and Writing Desks (via UK Fountain Pens). I love good “behind the curtain” posts.
KWZ Ink Honey (via Ink Sharks). Here’s one of the “It” inks from a few years ago that I haven’t heard anything about in a while (or used, for that matter). Maybe I should pull out my bottle and see if it’s as nice as I remember.
Taccia Ink Reviews (via Mountain of Ink). Kelli reviews Taccia’s recently released line of inks, including Midori Green, Ao Blue, Uguisu Olive Green, and more. If these new inks have interested you at all, check out the extensive writing samples of 10 different colors.
Cleo Skribent Red Brown Fountain Pen (via Write To Me Often). I just came across this post from a few weeks ago, and I didn’t realize that Cleo Skribent made ebonite pens. The craftsmanship, I imagine, is excellent.
Pineider Snorkel Filler (via Pen Addict). I picked up one of these this week, and so far it’s worked fairly well, but I’ve not used it with a particularly wide variety of converters. It may be a bit fidgety for some people, and I’m not sure it adds that much utility if you’re already syringe-filling converters.
Yenderings London PM03 Opera Night in Covent Garden (via Gourmet Pens). Azizah shows off a new pen wrap from Yenderings, which I saw in person at the DC Pen Show. These wraps are very high quality, and they sell out quickly.
Mastering the Piece (via Pencil Revolution). This here’s some highly skilled pencil sharpening. And here’s to hoping Henry gets better soon!
Satchel & Page Aviator Brief (via Tools & Toys). I have a thing for briefcases as well - way too much of a thing, actually, and they’re harder to store than pens so I have to exercise much self-control. If I didn’t already have a Filson, this would be on my radar.
Constellations88 Plasma Clear Fountain Pen (via SBRE Brown). Constellations88 is a brand that I’ve not had the opportunity to use, but I do like the look of their pens.
Making a PelEstie? (via Inkdependence). Mike answers the eternal question of whether you can fit a Pelikan nib into one of the new Esterbrook. Apparently not.
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In Case You Missed It….
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