Travels with Pens: Japan Concluded! (via UK Fountain Pens). Definitely a bucket list trip for me. The stationery stores (and just about everything else) look like nothing I’ve ever seen.
How to Test a Fountain Pen Before Buying It and Other Life Skills (via Leigh Reyes). More useful knowledge from Leigh, who definitely has experience buying pens! Especially at pen shows, where you may be picking out a pen from a vendor without a return policy or who you might never run into again, it’s important to know how to put a pen through its paces before you commit, or before you leave without having the nib adjusted.
Montegrappa Extra Custom Fountain Pen (via Pencilcase Blog). I admit that I’ve spent hours playing around with the Montegrappa configurator on their website. The Extra 1930 in Brown Tortoise has become a favorite pen for me, and I can see myself adding a second at some point.
Apica CD15 Notebook Review (via Fountain Pen Love). I’ve not used a ton of Apica notebooks, simply because I often need more paper, but you can’t argue with the quality and their compatibility with fountain pens.
2 years and 700 Inks (via Mountain of Ink). I can’t imagine powering through this many ink reviews. If you’re not following Kelli and her blog, you should do so. She also lists her favorite inks by brand.
Introducing Scrittura Bolognese SCRIBO (via Pen Chalet). SCRIBO, a new Italian company founded by former employees of OMAS, is coming to Pen Chalet! I’m excited to see these pens stateside!
Hoverpen: The Executive Pen that Defies Gravity (via Clicky Post). Mike checks out an interesting design that’s currently up on Kickstarter. The use of the Cross ballpoint refill will likely make me pass, since it’s far from my favorite.
Tokyo Pen Scene in 2019 (via Cronicas Estilographicas). An interesting overview of pen trading and pen show events in Tokyo this year.
Colorverse Pen Chalet Special Edition Ink (via Well-Appointed Desk). Pen Chalet has collaborated with Colorverse on an exclusive set of two colors: Monsoon Storm and Monument Valley, both of which I may have to add to my Colorverse hoard.
Lamy Safari 2019 Special Edition: Mint Glaze (via The Finer Point). I like Lamy’s choice of pastel colors, and everyone who has reviewed them to date seems pleased. The green and blues are my favorites.
First Look: M805 Blue Dunes Special Edition (via Pelikan’s Perch). While I’m glad to see another release in the rhodium-trimmed M805 design, I’m not sure how I feel about the swirled blue acrylic.
Jacques Herbin 1798: Kyanite du Nepal (via Ed Jelley). I have a sample of this ink as well, and have also been really impressed with how nicely the silver shimmer complements the turquoise.
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In Case You Missed It….
This past week on the blog I reviewed a new product from Staples: their “Tru Red” notebooks from the “Business Essentials” lineup, and I’ve subsequently confirmed that the black softcover spiral notebooks have excellent fountain pen friendly paper. I also published my review of the Leonardo Officina Italiana Momento Zero, which might be my favorite pen of the past two years. Finally, this past week’s Deals & Drops rounds up 2019 new releases to date.
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