After a few days of not-so-refeshing "work" travel in the Crescent City, I'm back, recharged and ready to go (or not), with a fresh set of Sunday Links. Here are my best-of-the-best from the past week:
- I'm insanely jealous of all of the new Pelikan M805 Stresemanns that are being acquired. Take a look at FPQuest, as well as some killer Instagram photos from EdJelley.com. Unfortunately, this one's not going to be on my horizon anytime soon.
- CW Pencil Enterprise is now a physical retail store. Finally, a reason to look forward to all those work trips to NYC after the closing of Art Brown.
- Renowned Sailor Nibmeister Nagahara Nobuyoshi passed away this week. (via Chronicas Estilographicas.) His son, Yukio, is carrying on the family tradition, and I have a nib ground by him that I purchased at last year's D.C. Pen Show.
- Mary Collis at From the Pen Cup is prominently featured in this week's "3 Questions" at the Pen Addict. She also posted a great review of the Ti2 Techliner, which I will be picking up as soon as I can.
- I've recently started reading Fountain Pen Economics, written by the economist and pen enthusiast Dr. Jonathon Deans, who offers a unique perspective on the pen industry and the roles played by various brands/retailers. This week, the blog featured an analysis of the discount website Massdrop (I share his skepticism regarding the site's long-term viability), as well as a piece recommending that bloggers write more critical reviews. As to the latter, I certainly believe bloggers have an obligation to write reviews reflecting their honest opinion of a product, as opposed to becoming shills for retailers/manufacturers who provide free stuff. At the same time, I'm sympathetic to smaller-scale writers, like myself, who have to fund most of their product reviews out of their own pocket, and can't afford to purchase a product (even at a discount) that they suspect they won't like. I believe this factor is one cause for the surplus of "positive" reviews. For the record, however, if I truly don't like something, I will tell you. And if anyone wants to send me some crappy pens or pencils to review, I'm happy to do it.
- Mark Tucker continues his series of great reviews (and excellent photographs) with a review of the Pelikan M205 fountain pen. As usual, he knocks it out of the park.
Happy Sunday, everyone!