- Rotring Quattro Multipen. I like nice multipens, and Brian over at Office Supply Geek reviews one I haven't seen before: the Rotring Quattro. It looks like it has the same "magic view" refill selector as the Lamy 2000 multipen, where you select the color you want to use by turning the barrel so that your preferred color "faces up." Easier to demonstrate in person than explain on the internet.
- Pelikan M120. Azizah at Gourmetpens reviews the Pelikan M120 Green and Black. Initially, I was skeptical of this pen, primarily due to the price point, but since I've become enamoured of my Pelikan M205 Blue Demonstrator, which has one of the best steel nibs I've ever written with, these pens are moving up on my recommendation list.
- One Book July. Ana at the Well-Appointed Desk talks about her efforts to make it through July using only one notebook. I've tried this, and always failed miserably, but I love the idea in principle and if you can make it work for you, go for it!
- Kaweco Supra. Ed Jelley reviews the "giant Lilliput", the Kaweco Supra. I have one of these coming my way for review, and look forward to trying it out myself.
- The Value of A Pen. Dr. Deans is back with a new post, which talks about the considerations involved in purchasing an expensive pen. (Here, a very expensive pen.) Honestly, if the funds are available, and your overall financial situation is comfortable enough, I'd say why not. The pen he is talking about costs far less than many high-end watches, and if it will be used regularly....
Are You Coming to the Washington, D.C. Pen Show?
I currently plan to attend the 2016 Washington, D.C. Pen Show from August 4-7 (Thursday through Sunday). I'll be arriving Friday morning and staying through the weekend. If you're going to be at the show, please let me know!
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Please take a moment to visit my sponsors, who help me keep this blog-thing of mine going.
- Pen Chalet. Pen Chalet has a wide variety of available pens and offers unbeatable value on pens, inks, pen cases, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
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Deals and Drops
- Two Massdrop Exclusive Bungbox Inks (Sweet Potato Purple and Yellow).
- Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel Fountain Pen. A nice deal here, if you've had your eye on this one. (via Amazon)
- Pelikan M120 Green Black Special Edition. Another good discount here, which approaches the price point this pen probably should be selling for. (via Massdrop)
- Italix Parson's Essential Fountain Pen. I've heard that these pens are good introductions to stub/cursive italic nibs in the $50-60 price range. (via Massdrop)
- Kaweco Lilliput Fireblue. If only they made a Fireblue Kaweco Supra.... (via Massdrop)
- Levenger L-Tech 3.0 fountain pen. I had one of these once. If you're into the Rotring 600 aesthetic, but don't want to shell out a couple hundred dollars, try this. (via Massdrop)
- Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen (Makrolon). A staple that everyone should have in their collection. (via Amazon)
- Pilot Custom 74 (Clear Demonstrator). If you're considering a Japanese pen with a gold nib, you can't do much better on the value front than starting here. (via Amazon)
- Pilot Custom Heritage 92 (Color Demonstrator). Great value and one of my tier-one pens. (via Amazon)
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