Happy Valentine's Day to all you stationery and analog nerds out there! There was a lot of good stuff going on this week, including the 2016 Los Angeles Pen Show. Both The Pen Addict and the folks from Vanness Pens have been attending the show and posting pictures live from the main event. Follow them on Instagram to keep up, and expect some great write-ups in the coming weeks!
- D1 Refill Review. Bob over at My Pen Needs Ink does a comprehensive write-up of the various D1-size refill options available for ballpoint, gel, and multi pens.
- That One Pen. Todd published yet another installment in his "I know what I like" series, where he reveals what writing instruments made the cut as he pares down his collection.
- Why the Stationery Community Is Great. Daniel LeMay published this piece via the Pen Addict on why he loves the Stationery Community. You can find more of Daniel's writing at his blog, Circumspect Reverie.
- Interesting Brown Inks. Inkdependence reviewed Delta Brown, and Ian from Pens! Paper! Pencils! reviewed Iroshizuku Tsukushi. Brown inks are something that I've gone hot and cold on over the years, I have my TWSBI Eco filled up with a sample of Sailor Bung Box Espresso Brown, and I'm really digging this brown-black color. Maybe I should give brown inks another shot?
- Koh-i-Noor Rapidograph (Vintage). Paul at Gorgeous.ink made this cool discovery of some vintage drafting pens that accept fountain pen ink. If only my office had stationery this cool squirreled away somewhere. Doubtful.
- Whoever came up with the idea of "Dry January"? I'm glad I didn't hear about this abomination until now. Reminds me of the time some idiot at an office I worked at came up with the idea of "Caffeine-free Friday" and hid the coffee maker.
Two Weeks Left to Enter the InCoWriMo 2016 Giveaway
The Giveaway. In honor of InCoWriMo 2016, I'm giving away three prizes to three lucky winners: this Lamy Safari (Charcoal Black, Medium Nib), a handful of Bung Box Ink Samples, and a sample set of the complete Palomino Blackwing Pencil line, limited editions included!
The Rules. This month, the giveaway is going to be limited to those individuals who sign up for my newsletter OR write to me for InCoWriMo. Newsletter sign-ups will receive one giveaway entry, but letters will count as five giveaway entries. If you do both, you will receive six entries total. Write to: The Gentleman Stationer, P.O. Box 681294, Franklin, Tennessee 37068. In the past, I've received some awesome-looking letters--you all know how to use your pens and ink!--and I'll try to post any exceptional-looking correspondence on the site (with any identifying information removed, of course).
On March 1, I will select a a winner. If you already have signed up for my newsletter, you will automatically be entered into the giveaway, but if you're not, this is a good month to sign up. Until now, my newsletter has been a weekly collection of my posts and musings delivered to your inbox, but for the past six months or so I've been working on something a little different, and my goal is to deliver it at the end of February or in early March. Stay tuned!
Still Some Good Deals Out There...
If these stick around, I'm going to update my Top Pens List for the $75 Price Point. Some Amazon sellers (presumably Japan-based, or U.S.-based sellers who source their stock directly from Japan) are offering some killer deals right now on a limited subset of Pilot and Platinum fountain pens with 14K nibs. The best deals I've found have been on the Platinum 3776 Chartres Blue and Bourgogne Demonstrators, the Pilot Custom 74 demonstrator (in clear only), and the Pilot Custom Heritage 92 Piston Filler in blue, smoke, and orange demonstrator colors that have never made it to the U.S.
In Case You Missed It...
This week on the blog I reviewed some of my favorite options for long-term pen storage and transport, and I reviewed one of my preferred non-fountain pen options, the Tactile Turn Mover.
As always, thanks for reading!
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