I spent some of my mornings over the past couple of days reading back through the early posts on the blog. It was fun to watch how my review style and photography changed over time (for the better, mostly), and also really informative to see how certain pens I thought would make it in to the "regular rotation" ended up getting sold off for one reason or another. For those of you who are new to the blog, here are some links to older reviews that you may have missed the first time around, plus some updated impressions of certain pens.
- Montblanc 146 Review. The first big pen review that I did on the blog, of a pen that's still a stalwart in my collection. This nib and I have had a love-hate relationship, to the point where I went to sell it a couple times but ended up pulling it off the market. For now, it's back in my good graces, thanks to Mike Masuyama. I eventually need to do an updated review.
- Omas 360. A pen that I wish I still had, if only for posterity's sake, now that Omas has gone out of business. I've had a few Omas pens pass through my hands over the past several years, but none of them stuck mainly because I found the nibs too wet for my taste.
- My Favorite Field Notes: Drink Local Ales. Still my favorite Field Notes Colors edition. I've sold off the majority of my Colors stockpile, because most of the paper is not very functional for the types of pens that I use, but I've got a nice little stash of the editions that I do like, including these.
- Retro Pens from High School and College. I remember having a lot of fun writing this one. Believe it or not, some of these pens are still available fifteen or twenty years later, so I've added links to where you can find them today.
- Pelikan Souverain M600. I have a Pelikan M800 that I absolutely love, but I firmly believe that the M600 is the right size Pelikan for "most people." I still use mine all the time (though I've added a custom "Concord Turk" grind from Mark Bacas). I've updated my purchasing recommendations for this pen to reflect changes in the fountain pen marketplace over the past couple of years. If you are looking to purchase a Pelikan with the nib tuned and/or custom ground, I'd recommend purchasing from Dan Smith (The Nibsmith), whose turnaround time is excellent.
Keep an eye out this week as I dig back further through the TGS archives!