True Grails (via UK Fountain Pens). Anthony over at UK Fountain Pens has been on a tear lately, including this piece on “Grail” fountain pens. I need to think on this one - I haven’t had a “grail” pen in a very long time.
A Survivor of a More Refined Age: the Waterman Carene (via UK Fountain Pens). I agree that the Carene is a high quality pen with unique design that deserves much more attention than it receives.
Scribo Feel Fountain Pens (via Gourmet Pens). Scribo is another new Italian pen company with its roots in OMAS. The nibs apparently have some softness to them, with the wetness that people either loved or hated about OMAS nibs.
Review of Moon Futura, CWPE Reboot (via Pencil Revolution). I’m right there with you Charlotte. I love this pencil and can’t wait to pick up more the next time I’m in NYC.
Fabriano EcoQua Notebook (via Fountain Pen Love). I’ve used Fabriano notebooks occasionally, but personally found the paper a little too textured for me. I also noticed a bit of the inconsistency John mentions in his review.
PREMAD Two Way Nib Fountain Pen (via SBRE Brown). Reversible nibs aren’t a “new” thing, since many nib grinders have been making them for years. In any event, based on Stephen’s review, it looks like these pens have a ways to go before they’re ready for prime time.
The Osprey Scholar: A Frankenstein Dip Pen/Fountain Pen (via The Postman’s Knock). Osprey pens were a thing for a while, then they seemingly vanished. Apparently the company is now focusing more on the calligraphy community.
Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Vintage Colors Review (via Pen Addict). Colors like these might actually get me interested in gel pens again!
Birmingham Pen Co’s Albert Einstein Relative Cadmium (via Inkdependence). I need to pick up some of these Birmingham inks - the colors really pop and I’ve generally heard good things.
Birmingham Tarnished Nickel (via Inkdependence). Another ink Mike references in his previous video, which looks like an interesting off-black.
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In Case You Missed It….
This week on the blog I reviewed the PenBBS 309 piston filler, which unfortunately turned out to be something of a disappointment. On the flip side, I reviewed my Montegrappa Extra 1930 in Turtle Brown celluloid, which had been a grail pen of mine for years before I finally picked it up early this year. Finally, this week’s Deals & Drops features yet another Sailor North American special edition (including mismatched nib/trim), some new designs from Leonardo, and an apparent revamp of Waterman’s lineup.
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