Reviews of numerous pen-related Kickstarter projects and newly released products dominated this past week. Hide your wallet!
- Nib & Ink. Matthew Morse has been knocking it out of the park lately with some excellent reviews of new Kickstarter projects, both promising and ... well, not so much. Check out his reviews of the Slice Planner, a daily planner based on a Chronodex-like system, and the Grafton Pen, which is set to become the best Kickstarter punching-bag since the infamous Visionnaire.
- Sparetime Today. Check out Fred's site for some great Inktober drawings. I've enjoyed having this blog in my feed, especially this month.
- Insights X Nuremberg Stationery Show (via GourmetPens). Azizah posted a great recap of the Insights X Stationery/Trade Show that she attended with a bunch of other bloggers this month. Tessa over at All Thing Stationery also attended and posted a writeup. Jealous!
- Baron Fig Archer Pencil (via Woodclinched). Baron Fig released the latest product in their lineup on Monday, and it's excellent. I've not had time to do a full review yet, but Andy Welfle over at Woodclinched did, and it's well worth the read.
- TiScribe-HL Highlighter Review (via MyPenNeedsInk). You don't see anyone making refillable highlighter/document markers, and it could be a missed opportunity for some segments of the market that burn through a lot of highlighters (like me). The TiScribe-HL is a Kickstarter project build around the Montblanc document marker refill. Bob, as always, does a great review.
- TiScribe-HL Highlighter AND G2 (via EdJelley). Ed gives us his own take on the TiScribe-HL, and also looks at the Pilot G2 version, both in Titanium. The post contains Ed's usual excellent photographs.
- Sailor Jentle Kin-Mokusei (via The Pen Addict). Susan Pigott over at the Pen Addict reviews the new orange ink in the Sailor Jentle line. It looks different from the old Apricot to me, though it's been billed by many as an "Apricot clone." Looks like I'll have to pick up a bottle and do my own experiments!
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- Papernery. Papernery offers a curated selection of pens, pencils, and paper (including Field Notes singles!). Gary also runs the blog Notegeist, which you all should visit.
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- Anderson Pens. In addition to having the largest offering of bottled ink in the world, Anderson Pens is an authorized retailer of Sailor's Bespoke line (one of only three worldwide). Check out the recent sponsor profile I published here.
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- Tom Barrington Leather Goods. Tom Barrington manufactures high-quality leather goods, including pen cases in stingray and ostrich leather. (Review of their leather two-pen sleeve here.)
- Dudek Modern Goods. If you haven't already, you should head on over to Dudek Modern Goods and check out Mike's handmade wooden pen holders and pen rests.
Deals and Drops
This will probably be the last week that I include Deals and Drops in my Sunday Reading post. Since this Sunday post is getting a bit long, going forward I will probably incorporate Deals and Drops into a separate weekly post highlighting some combination of weekly sales, giveaways and good deals. This new post probably will go out on Friday.
- Pilot G2 Limited (via Amazon). If you want an understated pen that uses the Pilot G2 refill and is a step up from a disposable, DO NOT waste $20+ on a Grafton. Spend less than $10 and get what has become one of my favorite daily writers in the G2 universe.
- Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black (via Amazon). In addition to the fountain pen (which is awesome), you're starting to see a Sailor Imperial Black Multipen pop up here and there. Want...
- Pilot Vanishing Point in Stealth Black (via Amazon). If you are in the market for a Vanishing Point at all, this is a great opportunity on the matte black edition.
- Rotring 600 Mechanical Pencil (via Amazon). My go-to mechanical pencil.
- Pelikan Classic M205 Transparent Blue Demonstrator (via Massdrop). Save a few bucks here on a great special edition pen. See my review.
- Ateleia Refillable Brass Pen (via Massdrop). A cool minimalist machined pen for either the Pilot Hi-Tec-C or Pentel Energel Refill.
- Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel (via Massdrop). If you've been considering the Lamy 2000 in Stainless Steel, jump on this deal now.
- Italix Parson's Essential (via Massdrop). People have been really happy with this pen in the past, especially with the range of stock italic nibs available.
- This is Ground Makito Lifestyle Rollup (via Massdrop). This case is really cool. I'm starting to appreciate the versatility of the stationery roll-up.
- Diamine 150th Anniversary 2-Pack (via Massdrop). Less than a day to go on this one. I love these inks.
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In Case You Missed It …
This week on the blog I posted a piece on dealing with low-quality office paper, and recommended appropriate writing instruments and affordable paper substitutes if you want to bring your own supplies. I also reviewed the Trilogy Zero fountain pen, a current Kickstarter project that you should check out if you're into machined pens with a minimalist style.
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