One of the perks of vacation is that I actually get a chance to get fully caught-up on my pen-related reading, so you may see me posting more links/tweets forwarding stuff this week as I go through my backlog. I don't plan on having a "schedule" on this vacay, though, so posts will be irregular (if any happen at all). I may also dive back into the "TGS Archive" and highlight some stuff from the early days of the blog. That said, I did bring a functional computer this time, as opposed to my half-dead, work-issued "brick of obligation," so who knows what will happen. No plans!
- Nock Co. Lanier Launches! If you haven't backed this on Kickstarter yet, get over there now and do it! Nock has launched their latest product, the "Lanier," which is a slimline briefcase that looks like a winner. I'd call the Lanier "essentialist" moreso than "minimalist": it looks like it will hold most of what I would use in an afternoon of productive work. Let's help the guys at Nock get to $50,000 to unlock the first stretch goal: new Nock notebooks!
- Review of the Lanier (via MacStories). John Voorhees over at MacStories wrote this great review of the Nock Co. Lanier. It resonated with me because John's also an attorney and he uses this product in pretty much the same way I envision myself using it.
- Mini-K Giveaway (via Clicky Post). Mike Dudek of the Clicky Post is giving away a Karas Customs Render K "Mini," a smaller version of the classic Karas Kickstarter pen.
- Don Taylor Custom Journals (via My Coffee Pot). Gerald shows off some custom leather journals he had made using Tomoe River Paper. I may have to check these out once I work my way through my journal backlog.
- Ryan Krusac Pen Review (via Inkdependence). Mike from Inkdependence reviews a Ryan Krusac pen that he picked up at this year's Raleigh (Triangle) Pen Show. Ryan's stuff is gorgeous, and check out that case! That may seal the deal for me.
- KWZ Brown-Pink (via The Pen Addict). Susan Pigott reviews a favorite ink of mine, KWZ's Brown Pink. A really odd color that I like a lot - I'd put it in the "burgundy" category. Strangely enough, I like the smell....
- Robert Oster Torquay (via Well-Appointed Desk). Ana reviews one of the Robert Oster inks. I'm in the process of reviewing some of these myself (not the Torquay), and so far I've been pleased. Robert Oster is an Australian ink company that is just making an appearance stateside.
- Why Are Marbled Composition Books Still Popular? (via Adweek via the Cramped). Interesting article. I never really used these in school, because only one or two teachers really insisted on it.
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Deals and Drops
- Pilot 823 Transparent Black Demonstrator (Japan-Only Model) (via Amazon).
- Pilot Custom Heritage 912 with PO (Posting) Nib (Japan-Only Model) (via Amazon).
- Pilot Custom Heritage 912 with FA (Falcon Semi-Flex) Nib (Japan-Only Model) (via Amazon).
- Pilot Custom Heritage 912 with SU (Stub) Nib (Japan-Only Model) (via Amazon)
- Platinum 3776 UEF (Ultra-Extra Fine) Nib (via Amazon).
- Faber Castell Ambition (via Massdrop). A nice deal here to get a little bit off a pen that's a great writer.
- Pilot FriXion Color Bundle (via Massdrop). Looking for some erasable gel ink pens? Less than a day left to get in on this one.
- Rhodia Staplebound Bundle (via Massdrop). Still a day left to get in on this drop at under $10 per pad, shipped.
- Pelikan Souverain M600 (via Massdrop). Probably the best all-around size of the Souverain series. I love my M800, but the M600 is the one that would probably work the best for most people.
- Clairefontaine French-Ruled Paper (via Massdrop). People keep asking me where I get my Clairefontaine French/Seyes-ruled paper. You can stock up here!
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In Case You Missed It …
This week I did a double review of the Kaweco Brass Sport and the Kaweco Supra fountain pens, and I also published a list of my favorite fountain pen inks for editing and annotation.
As always, thanks for reading!