Five From the Vault

Since I'm travelling this weekend, I thought this might be a good opportunity to do something that I've wanted to do for a while:  dip into the "archives" from the past few years and highlight a few posts that most readers (other than the small handful that've been with me from the beginning) have never seen.  Without further ado, I give you five blog posts from the early days--"from the vault", so to speak.  

  1. The Montblanc 146.  The first major pen review that I wrote.  I still love my 146.  Posted, this pen's the perfect size for my hand, and the Richard Binder .6mm stub nib is one of my favorite daily writers.  Overall, I have to dock the pen several points because the nib was so severely baby's-bottomed that it required three rounds of nib work, but I bought it secondhand (and therefore well below Montblanc retail), so I don't feel too bad about it. 
  2. In Praise of the Original Field Notes.  The Field Notes "colors" craze has drawn a lot of attention away from what should be the focal point of the Field Notes line: the original craft-paper Field Notes.  I need to get back to using these regularly.      
  3. Pilot Razor Point II.  Probably my favorite non-fountain pen writing instrument.  Like many people who use fountain pens as daily writers, I think the porous-point or felt-tipped pen offers an enjoyable writing experience and the closest thing to a fountain pen in terms of expressiveness.  They are also really inexpensive. 
  4. Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black Edition.  My all-time favorite, one-pen-on-a-desert-island-for-the-rest-of-my-life pen.  It's also pricey, but like most Sailors that I've purchased, worth every penny.   
  5. A Modern Classic:  the Parker Sonnet.  I still love the Parker Sonnet, and even more so after reading the Pen Addict's recent review on the Parker Sonnet "Great Expectations" series "Subtle Big Red" Edition.  Though I agree the new pens are priced higher than they probably should be, Sonnets are widely available on the secondhand market at pen shows.  Though they sometimes need a quick nib tune, they usually make exceptional writers.   

Sunday Reading might be more like Monday Reading this week, but things should otherwise be back on track.  Enjoy! 

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