A Stationery Tour of Tokyo (via CW Pencil Enterprise). I. AM. SO. JEALOUS. I was following Caroline’s trip via Instagram, and am now in the process of planning my own Tokyo tour, maybe for the 2020 Tokyo Pen Show? Anyone interested in collaborating on a group trip?
TIPS 2019: Again A Stationery Fair (via Cronicas Estilographicas). I’m not sure what the problem is with expanding pen shows to include general stationery items and non-vintage fountain pens. Seems like a perpetuation of the mentality that was jeopardizing the existence of pen shows as recently as five years ago. I’m planning to attend the Tokyo Pen Show next year if possible, and if the sole focus was “vintage fountain pens,” I wouldn’t even consider it.
Recap: Dallas Pen Show (via Well-Appointed Desk). Dallas is on my list of shows to attend next year, when I’ll focus on visiting new shows rather than cycling through a rehash of same-old, same-old.
Becoming the “Sumgai” at the 2019 London Pen Show (via UK Fountain Pens). Anthony recaps his visit to the 2019 London Pen Show, which seems to be growing nicely with more retailer involvement.
Was the Bauhaus a Hit or a Miss? (via Fountain Pen Economics). Dr. Deans/Proctor Beans is back, with his own thoughts on the Lamy 2000 Bauhaus 100th Anniversary editions, and Lamy strategy in general.
Diving In (via From the Pen Cup). I need to dive into my own train wreck of an office as well, and plan to start 15 minutes at a time and work my way through gradually. My accumulation has slowed, and I’ve found that focusing on acquiring less has done more good than trying to get rid of stuff.
A Beginner’s Guide to Fountain Pen Inks (via Fountain Pen Follies). If you’re new to fountain pens, read this article, then read it again. Bookmark it, as well as the Richard Binder piece Laura links to.
The Current State of Fountain Pen Ink (via Fountain Pen Love). I still go back and forth on whether the market for fountain pen inks is oversaturated (pun fully intended), but there’s no denying the current ink market is vastly different than it was a decade ago.
Video Review: Kasama Una Fountain Pen (via Nib & Ink). Matthew reports live from the Dallas Pen Show (with a special guest) to review Kasama Una pens from the Philippines. I’ve seen one of these chunky pens in person, and they’re unique pieces that I hope make their way to the U.S. in greater quantities.
Diamine Rustic Brown (via Ink Sharks). Where is the line between a brown ink and a burgundy/maroon ink? This color from Diamine certainly pushes the limit.
Pineider La Grande Bellezza Arco Fountain Pen (via Pencilcase Blog). Dries reviews Pineider’s take on “Arco” materials. I’ve had a chance to use this myself, and while it’s a nice-looking pen, Pineider’s overly ornate design choices have prevented me from purchasing one of their pens for myself.
How To Take Care of Your Calligraphy Pen (via The Postman’s Knock). Interested in calligraphy, or maybe you just enjoy writing with a flexible dip pen? Check out these “care tips” here.
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In Case You Missed It….
This week on the blog, I reviewed another PenBBS Model, the No. 308 (the basic cartridge/converter pen). I also took a look at two of my most basic “Workhorse” fountain pen inks: Lamy Black and Lamy Blue-Black. Finally, don’t miss this week’s Deals & Drops, which has links to this year’s Jibun Techo and Hobonichi releases, as well as new pens from Platinum, Montblanc, and Leonardo!
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