Stay cool out there! If you're anything like me (i.e., living in the Southern or Eastern portions of the U.S.), you're hopefully out of the July heat. Here's some good reading to pass the time.
- Fountain Pen Friendly Budget Notebooks. Pete Denison looks at fountain pen friendly notebooks that won't break the bank. Some of these aren't available stateside, but I agree that the Kokuyo paper, which you can find at Kinokuniya and JetPens, is very nice at the $3 price point.
- Golf Pencils. A cool post about Golf Pencils from the CW Pencils blog.
- J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre. I wasn't that far off on the pronunciation (via Goldspot).
- That One Pen - Time for a Change. Best of luck to Todd with his new blog! I talk about some of the ideas underlying Todd's post in Digital Divide, Volume 5 (link below).
- Nibs & Nails. A new series from Inkdependence, written by Mike and his wife Audrey, pairing ink and nail polish with similar colors. This week is Diamine Majestic Blue.
- Kingdom Note, Fiddler Crab. Great, just what I need, more special edition Sailor Inks to collect.
- Parker 51 Review. Ron Gilmour, writing for the Pen Addict, reviews the Parker 51. The Parker 51 is a great fountain pen, and I enjoyed this write-up. If you're interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, I have a nice sub-$100 Parker 51 up for sale on the site right now, just sayin'.
- Pelikan Hubs. Especially if you're in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area, be sure to register for Pelikan Hubs so that Nashville has enough people to qualify for a meet-up! Follow this link to register - don't worry, I've volunteered to be the organizer so no time commitment is required.
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- Pen Chalet. Check out Pen Chalet's ongoing Independence Day sale, and grab 10% off by using the coupon code FREEDOM.
- Pen Boutique. Another favorite source of pens and ink, especially limited edition Montblanc inks.
- Anderson Pens. The Anderson Pens online store has an absolutely massive selection of inks, including brands such as Roher & Klingner and Organics Studio (yes, they're back!), and they recently became authorized dealers for Sailor's Bespoke line.
- Vanness Pens. Vanness is the exclusive U.S. retailer for Sailor's line of Bung Box Inks. They also carry Callifolio Inks from France, KWZ Inks from Poland, and Papier Plume Inks from New Orleans! They recently introduced DeAtramentis ink into their product line.
- Kustom Haus. Kustom Haus specializes in wax seal stamps, so it's the one-stop shop for all your wax seal supplies. This is one aspect of the stationery obsession I haven't personally tried yet, but you know I will eventually.
- Tom Barrington Leather Goods. A big welcome to Tom Barrington Leather Goods, which offers a wide array of pen holders, glasses cases, iPhone and iPad sleeves, watch straps, and other quality leather products. This site looks like a huge rabbit hole for me. Glasses cases? I haven't even scratched the surface of my eyeglasses/sunglasses obsession.
- 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
- Diamine Music or Flowers Ink Set for $69 (via Massdrop). I prefer the more muted, darker colors of "Music" as opposed to the brighter "Flowers."
- Pilot G-Tec-C Gel Pen Assortment Pack (10 pens) for $18 shipped. At under $2 per pen, this isn't a bad deal at all.
- Lihit Labs Bag-in-a-Bag. I've been extremely happy with this Lihit Labs portfolio, which is a steal at the price point.
- Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano-Black Ink. In a fine or extra-fine nib, this ink is great for Field Notes and Pocket Notebooks, not to mention cheapo copy paper.
- Other colors in Sailor's standard "Jentle" lineup for a bit of a discount, including Yama Dori and Miruai.
- Lamy 2000. Amazon always has a very good price on this pen, and everyone should have one of these in their collection.
- Pilot Custom Heritage 92 in Orange. One of my "Tier One" pens.
- Pilot Custom 74 Clear Demonstrator. Stupid cheap for what this pen is--an excellent Pilot gold nib for just a little more than the price of a TWSBI.
- Tactile Turn Gist (via Huckberry). If you're new to Huckberry, register using this link and you should receive $10 in store credit towards your first order, which you can put towards the purchase of certain models of the Tactile Turn Gist.
Digital Divide No. 5 Is Out!
"Digital Divide" is my monthly newsletter devoted to discussing the divide between the "digital" and "analog" parts of our lives, the benefits of making time for analog tools and workflows, and why people draw the line where they do. Issue 5 of Digital Divide is more of a personal reflection on what I've been up to lately: scaling back the number of tools I use on a regular basis and make sure that what I'm accumulating and using is really the "best tool for the job". If you're not a subscriber, and would like to join up, use the link on the sidebar.
In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog I reviewed the Franklin-Christoph covered pen tray in boot black, and then took a look at my Top 5 Non-Fountain Pens (Disposable).
Happy Sunday, and thanks for reading!
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