In case anyone has some extra money in the budget this month (or needs some incentive to find some extra money), here are some links from around the web.
- Others review the Baron Fig Confidant, and come to the same conclusion I did this week: It's an awesome notebook. (Links to both Write Analog and Ed Jelley here)
- Ed Jelley Reviews Sailor Jentle Miruai, a great ink that I don't use nearly often enough.
- Ana over at The Well-Appointed Desk has created a resource for converting blank notebooks into ruled. If you're willing to use a guide under the page, blank notebooks are incredibly versatile.
- On that same note, here are two reviews of more uncommon notebooks that feature blank paper. The Unroyal Warrant discusses Il Papiro, an Italian line, and CW Pencils discusses Emilio Braga, a Portuguese stationery company.
- Leigh Reyes provides a professional take on the Esterbrook brand "revival."
There are also several good giveaways currently taking place, many of which are related to International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo). For those of you who may have missed my earlier post, InCoWriMo involves challenging yourself to write a letter a day for the month of February, but even if you just write one, you contribute to the spirit of things! Even better, two of the giveaways listed below involve writing a letter in exchange for being entered to win some great prizes, so why not give it a try?
- The InCoWriMo organizers are giving away an Edison Pen to one lucky participant. While you are on their site, you can find the addresses of hundreds of participants who are eager to receive a letter from you. (NOTE: This post previously indicated that two Edisons were being given away. That was a mistake on my part.)
- Goldspot Fine Writing is giving away a Noodler's Neponset and a Waterman Expert 3 Deluxe if you write them a letter. (Mine is in the mail.)
- FP Geeks is giving away a Lamy 2000 with a bottle of Iroshizuku Take-Sumi ink.
- Mark Tucker at Write Analog is giving away an incredibly generous assortment of pencils.
If you want to write to me for InCoWriMo, my address is Joe @ The Gentleman Stationer, P.O. Box 681294, Franklin, Tennessee, USA 37068-1294. (It may take me a while to respond, but I promise I will, whether online or via handwritten correspondence--hopefully the latter!)
Also, I've updated my "About" page on the blog with some new information, and have also added the option to subscribe to the blog by e-mail. Happy Sunday!