Now that the post-DC Pen Show hangover has passed me by, it's time to get back to the basics. A lot of new products have launched over the past couple weeks, and there have been a ton of reviews and other pieces written during my recent travels. Enjoy!
- Laywines Fine Writing. Azizah at Gourmet Pens took a trip to Laywines Fine Writing in Toronto. I love a good pen store profile, and this ship looks amazing.
- Inky Fingers Notebooks. If you haven't tried Matt Armstrong's new Inky Fingers Notebooks yet, please do so. I picked up one of the pocket-sized "currently inked" notebooks at the 2016 D.C. Pen Show and I've enjoyed using it as one of the inserts in my Galen Leather notebook cover.
- Guide to Handheld Pencil Sharpeners. CW Pencil Enterprise posted this comprehensive guide to handheld sharpeners on their blog. Well worth a read. KUM Masterpiece FTW.
- Pen Addict Retro 51. Blink and you missed it! Like me. I was tuned out for a couple days this week due to work commitments and didn't get a chance to grab one of these. If you did, they look awesome! Hope this is the first of many collaborations.
- Nock Co. Sinclair. Ian from Pens! Paper! Pencils! shows us how he uses the Nock Co. Sinclair case (one of the most versatile pen cases out there, IMHO, as part of his portable sketching kit.
- Vintage Stainless Striped Pilot Pens. Mike Dudek over at The Clicky Post published a video review of the vintage Pilot Pens from the 1970s he's been collecting. I recently acquired my first Pilot Myu, so watch for a review in the coming months!
- Interview with Sebastian Gutberlet of Kaweco. Bob from My Pen Needs Ink wrote up this great piece, which is chock full of insight into new things that Kaweco will be introducing in the coming year. (Rhodium plated 14k gold nibs? Yes please!).
- Anne Trubek is Back. She doesn't mince words this time, with the latest opinion piece titled "Handwriting just doesn't matter." This one's a little out there. Among other things: typing is superior to handwriting in all instances because it is "faster," and people are "writing more than they ever did" because they use Twitter and Social Media (??!!?). I know it's clearly labeled as an opinion piece, but NYTimes, come on...
- Work Habits Manifesto. On the other hand, I enjoyed this piece by Jimmy Daly, who writes the Swipe File newsletter. Among other things, "Buy yourself a notebook and pen you love. Spend enough on them that it feels a little uncomfortable. This is a subtle way to remind yourself to actually use them."
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Good Deals and Drops
- Kaweco AL-Sport Fountain Pen. Nice price here. (via Massdrop)
- Karas Kustoms Render K. A chance to grab one at a discount. (via Massdrop)
- Fisher Space Pen 2-pack. A great pocket pen, especially if you need one that writes anywhere. (via Massdrop)
- Lamy AL-Star. Looking to upgrade your Safari? Start here. (via Massdrop)
- Das 4C Mechanical Keyboard. Looking to get started with a mechanical keyboard? This is a great one, at a great price. (via Massdrop)
- Lamy 2000. If you haven't added one of these to your collection, here's a nice price on the medium nib. (via Amazon)
- Sailor Yama Dori. I can't wait for the new colors to come out, but in the mean time stock up on the current line. Also check out Kiwa-Guro and Souten. (via Amazon)
- Pilot Custom Heritage 92. Continues to be one of the better pen buys out there, especially in the colored demonstrator versions. (via Amazon)
- Nanami Paper Seven Seas Standard. This Tomoe River Journal is a great journal for long-form writing. I use the lined and "Crossfield" versions (not currently in stock), but the blank version is nice as well. (via Amazon)
Digital Divide No. 6: Burnout Edition
"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 6 of Digital Divide discusses the concept of burnout, which has really made the rounds on podcasts and blogs recently. If you're not a subscriber to Digital Divide, 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 Write Notepads Kindred Spirit Edition, as well as the Pelikan M205 Transparent Blue Demonstrator, a pen that I've been coveting for quite some time. On Friday, I tried something new and wrote a "news update" piece on three pen and pencil-related Kickstarter projects that recently launched.
The San Francisco Pen Show is this Coming Weekend
Last but not least, if you're in the Bay Area this coming weekend (August 26-28), the San Francisco Pen Show will take place. Please be sure to visit Anderson Pens, Vanness Pens, and Franklin-Christoph, all of whom will be bringing a TON of pens and ink, and who are driving a very long way to attend.
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