Deals & Drops: Book Reviews and Recommendations

Pen deals are a bit thin this week, so I thought I'd focus on some other odds and ends, as well as some books that might be of interest to readers. Happy shopping! 

  1. Jinhao 599A Fountain Pens (via Pen Chalet). Pen Chalet is running a special offer on Jinhao 599A fountain pens, where you can pick one of these up for $3.70. I have one of these that I'm putting through the paces, and so far I've been really surprised at how good they are for less than the price of a Platinum Preppy
  2. Delta Pens on Sale (via Pen Chalet). Delta is one of my favorite brands for solid everyday writers, and Pen Chalet has several models for sale at a deep discount in their clearance section. Check out the Oblo, Horsepower, Virtuosa, and Prestige models. 
  3. Karas Kustoms Render K and Render K Mini (via Huckberry). Some discounts on the older models of the Render K are still available, and the newer Render K Minis are working their way into Huckberry's online store.
  4. Diplomat Aero Fountain Pen (via Massdrop). Great pricing on the Diplomat Aero Fountain Pen, available for four more days. Check out my review of the Aero here.
  5. Fabriano Notebooks (via Notedian). I wanted to give a quick shout out to Notedian for carrying Fabriano notebooks, which are some of the better inexpensive fountain-pen friendly notebooks at only $5 each. I have a few of the spiral bound books and have enjoyed them.
  6. Seiko Cocktail Time Watch (via Massdrop). I don't often post links to watch stuff, but I'm a watch guy and this Seiko has been attracting my attention for a while. Too bad I don't have room in the budget at the moment. I've found that Seiko automatic watches offer a nice value proposition.
  7. Kaweco Sport Christmas Tree Ornament (via Massdrop). Unfortunately, it looks like very few people joined this drop, but it's a cool idea. 
  8. The Revenge of Analog (via Amazon). I'll go ahead and drop this link in again. I think anyone who reads this blog would be interested in this book. I also like that it's paired with "You Want It Darker," by Leonard Cohen in my "Frequently Bought Together" recommendations. 
  9. The Perfection of the Paper Clip (via Amazon). Another great stationery-related book that I read last year. James Ward walks through the sometimes strange histories of the various objects we all keep on our desks. 
  10. The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting (via Amazon). Philip Hensher's book on handwriting is a collection of vignettes in which the author reflects on why handwriting is important and why we should preserve it. 
  11. Fountain Pens of the World (via Amazon). Andy Lambrou's book is expensive, but if you're curious about the history of fountain pens, and you're going to buy just one expensive reference book, you can't go wrong with this one. FPOTW is the extent of my pen-collecting reference library, and it does the job just fine.