Several travelogues headline this week's Sunday Reading. Multiple people wrote about their experiences at the Los Angeles Pen Show, and we have another installment of the C.W. Pencils team's trip to Germany and Switzerland. After reading about so much stationery-themed travel, I really can't wait for Atlanta and D.C., the two pen shows I will be attending this year.
- Los Angeles Pen Show Recaps. Every year, without fail, I read the write-ups from the L.A. Pen Show and regret not reserving time in my work schedule and saving money to attend. Despite the apparent quirks with how the show is run by the promoter, L.A. hosts many vendors who don't attend other major pen shows. The best recap I've read is actually this FPGeeks thread written by user AltecGreen (check out his recaps from years past as well). Other bloggers who attended include Brad from the Pen Addict and Matt from the Pen Habit. Matt posted a four-part recap, organized by day: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
- CW Pencils. Caroline and Caitlin visited the Caran d'Ache Pencil factory. Here's Part II of their writeup. I've gotta find a way to visit some factories and workshops--the whole process is fascinating to me. They also recap their adventures on the latest episode of the Erasable Podcast.
- Pen Economics. The good doctor has been busy over the past couple of weeks. In addition to "causing trouble" over on FPN, he's also published an excellent piece on a very sad story. For those of you who haven't already heard, the (well-founded) rumor is that Omas is entering bankruptcy, and things look pretty grim. I've never really been attracted to Omas pens, and only briefly owned one, but this is still a tragedy for the pen industry, given the brand's long history and tradition.
- GourmetPens. I discovered the Platinum 3776 this past month, and realize that I've opened myself up to a whole new rabbit hole of limited edition demonstrators and specialty nibs. Here, Azizah reviews the Bourgogne version. Note: You can find this pen for much less than $200 if you are willing to buy through Amazon or eBay.
- Pencil Revolution. Check out the latest Mega Review from the Watts family, who take on sharpeners, and separately decide whether the El Casco--touted as the "best sharpener in the world" by none other than David Rees--is worth the super crazy high price of admission.
- Sharpener Extravaganza. Ian from Pens! Paper! Pencils! reviews a bunch of handheld sharpeners. I've used many of these as well, and his conclusions are spot-on.
Get in on the February InCoWriMo 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!
In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog, I reviewed the Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel model, and also wrote a piece offering my thoughts on cleaning fountain pens and the various peccadilloes of each filling system.
As always, thanks for reading!
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