There are lots of interesting links this week. I'm not sure what the status of next week's "Sunday Reading" post is going to be, since I'll be on the road at the DC Pen Show, but I'll try to get something up if at all possible. At a minimum, please follow me on Twitter and Instagram for some real-time photos!
- A Report from the Pilot Pen Clinic (via Alt. Haven). Junee attended the Pilot Pen Clinic at Aesthetic Bay in Singapore, featuring Mr. Atsushi Takizawa. She even got to interview Mr. Takizawa. So. Jealous.
- Diplomat Aero. Mike at Inkdependence reviews this pen from Diplomat, which I've been ogling for quite some time. Any matte black pen calls to me. With very few exceptions.
- Pens!Paper!Pencils! Check out Ian's new site redesign, featuring the work of Matthew Morse. Looks great!
- Blackwing Diversity. Some interesting ideas here on potential themes for future Blackwing Volumes Editions. Also check out similar lists from Andy Welfle over at Woodclinched and Less at Comfortable Shoes Studio.
- Guide to Fountain Pen Friendly Notebooks. Ed Jelley published his most recent guide to his favorite fountain pen-friendly notebooks.
- Ballpoint(ed) Questions. Ana from the Well-Appointed Desk answers readers' ballpoint-focused questions.
- The Parker Vacumatic. Ron Gilmour, writing for the Pen Addict, looks at my favorite vintage pen in the latest entry in his series on various vintage pen models.
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Good Deals and Drops
There are a LOT of good deals on pens, ink, paper, and other analog accessories right now. I know it's more than I normally put up, but I kept running across stuff I wanted to include and couldn't help myself.
- Wolf Meridian Valet Stand with Pen Drawer. I don't need this. I don't need this. I really, really want this. I don't need this. (via Massdrop)
- Bung Box Special Edition Sweet Potato Inks (via Massdrop)
- Levenger L-Tech (via Massdrop)
- Andy Lambrou Fountain Pen Book Bundle. Incredible deal on Fountain Pens: United States and United Kingdom, and Fountain Pens of Japan. (via Massdrop)
- Pelikan M205 Green Highlighter Pen/Ink Combo (via Massdrop)
- White Fox Mechanical Keyboard. A Massdrop exclusive. I love the color scheme. It's pricey, but the components are quality. Cherry MX Green switches FTW. (via Massdrop).
- Tomoe River Paper now available on Amazon (currently Prime eligible).
- Nanami Paper's Seven Seas Journals are now available through Amazon, with Prime Shipping. Both the Standard Seven Seas Writer and the Crossfield are currently in stock. Perhaps availability will be better now?
- Camel Traveler's Notebook. More and more people are moving to the Traveler's Notebook format. I like the Camel leather the best. (via Amazon)
- Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen (Makrolon). A staple everyone should have in their collection, at a great price. (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)
- Sailor Yama Dori Ink (via Amazon).
- Iroshizuku Murasaki Shikibu (via Amazon).
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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In Case You Missed It …
This week on the blog, I reviewed the Aurora Optima Fountain Pen in Nero Perla Auroloide, and also published this piece on Stationery Blogs and Websites that Everyone Should Be Reading.
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