I'm taking advantage of a quiet morning at the hotel to get caught up on reading and some linkage, after a bit of a whirlwind weekend here in NYC! Also, as a heads up - later this week on the blog, likely Thursday, I will begin the annual housecleaning of the TGS pen, ink, and stationery archive. As typically happens, after a year of blogging I end up with more stuff than I can ever use (or, perhaps more importantly, store). Last year stuff went quickly, and I price it to move, so I wanted to provide some more advance notice.
- P16 Stola III (via Pelikan's Perch). Josh reviews one of Pelikan's entry-level pens, the Stola III, which I reviewed a while back. I found it to be a quality intro-level pen, but the inability to post was a big factor for me with that particular pen.
- Baron Fig LE Squire Spectre (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). A great review of what may be the best LE Squire to date, the "Insightful Spectre," just in time for Halloween! I wanted to visit Baron Fig on this trip to NYC, but I unfortunately didn't get arrive until late Friday night.
- Travelers Company Weekly Refill Comparison (via The Finer Point). Jenny takes a look at the various MTN weekly refill options to use as a schedule/journal/whatever you want! Personally, I vastly prefer the Horizontal Weekly Refill + Notes. It's my go-to for work.
- Pencils According to Brad Dowdy (via CW Pencil Enterprise). The CW Pencils blog has a Q&A with the Pen Addict himself this week, where he talks about how pencils fit into his weekly carry and use cases.
- Classic Pens LB5 (via Hand Over That Pen). The team at HOTP reviews the gorgeous (but huge) LB5 from Andy Lambrou and Classic Pens. This particular pen was a limited release, but can still be found occasionally at pen shows and is a grail pen to many.
- Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen Review (via Pens! Paper! Pencils!). Ian reviews one of my favorite vintage pens, the Parker Vacumatic, even though I've moved out of vintage pens (even Vacs) over the past few years. The celluloid used to make vintage Vacumatics is among the prettiest materials ever used in pens, IMHO.
- Caran d'Ache 849 Fountain Pen Review (via The Pen Addict). Jeff Abbott reviews the new Caran d'Ache 849 fountain pen, a reasonably priced pen that's received rave reviews.
- MOO Soft Cover Journal Review (via Office Supply Geek). Brian takes a look at the new softcover A5-ish journals from MOO. The hardcover notebook that they released last year was quite a hit.
- How to Save a Wet Book (via Houston Chronicle). May also work for notebooks? Many thanks to The Cramped for pointing me to this article.
- How to Write a Letter (via Art of Manliness). Some of the information in this article may seem basic to readers of this blog, but at work I've sometimes been astonished by how few people still remember (or never learned) how to properly format and address a letter. ("Proper" pretty much just applies to business - personal letters to your friends can take basically whatever the heck form you want.)
Nothing Like a Last-Minute Trip to NYC!
You may have seen my morning post explaining why there was no review yesterday. (Don't worry - the content intended for yesterday will be in the form of an extra post this coming week.) I had some meetings get shuffled around at work, so I decided to join my friends Thomas and Dan in NYC for the weekend to visit the Wind-up Watch Fair, sponsored by Worn & Wound. If you're a bit of a watch nut like me, Worn & Wound is a popular watch site which sponsors this event in NYC each fall. Though smaller than the smallest of pen shows, Wind-up NYC features a curated selection of smaller boutique and "micro" watch brands, including many where you could spend time talking with the makers themselves. Since Thomas was there, much enabling occurred. Later, we took a trip to the new C.W. Pencil Enterprise store, where I picked up some of their exclusive Futura pencils and a Pollux concave sharpener, which I am still getting the hang of. (Some pictures courtesy of Dan and Thomas, who graciously gave me permission to use them.)
Please Visit My Sponsors and Affiliates!
Please take a moment to visit these fine folks who help keep this blog going! It's next to impossible to keep up a steady stream of fresh review content without some form of blog sponsorship. I'm grateful to everyone who's helped me out along the way.
- Pen Chalet. Pen Chalet has a wide variety of available pens and offers unbeatable value on pens, inks, pen cases, etc.
- Anderson Pens. In addition to having the largest offering of bottled ink in the world, Anderson Pens is an authorized retailer of a wide range of brands, including Aurora and Faber-Castell. Check out the sponsor profile I published here.
- Appelboom. Appelboom recently joined as a sponsor of this blog! Please check out their extensive selection and excellent pricing, including Montblanc pens such as this Classique 145 I recently reviewed.
- Vanness Pens and Kenro Industries. Vanness Pens carries rare and hard-to-find inks from all over the world, including special editions made by Sailor for Bung Box and Kobe Nagasawa in Japan. Also, Vanness carries a wide array of pens, including standard and special edition offerings from Aurora, as well as the ystudio line of pens from Taiwan.
- Say Nice Things Stationery. SNT is a new UK-based notebook company that makes some really nice, reasonably priced journals and notebooks. Check out my review of some of their offerings here, as well as their recently released Flip/Flop Pocket Notebooks!
- Tom Barrington Leather Goods. Tom Barrington manufactures high-quality leather goods, including pen cases in stingray and ostrich leather. (Review of their leather two-pen sleeve here.)
- Pokka Pens. Pokka Pens makes high quality, portable ballpoints that make for a great EDC option. Check out my review here, and don't forget to use the code GENTSTA to get 10% off your purchase!
In Case You Missed It...
Though a short week blog-wise, I did publish my review of the Blackwing 602 pencil. I'm working on a review of the Blackwing Pearl, after which I will have reviewed all three of the standard Blackwing offerings. Also, this week's Deals and Drops highlighted the newest Aurora Minerali release, Diopside green, and several opportunities on limited edition Pelikans.
Finally, if you're considering an Aurora purchase, don't miss out on this week's special offer from Goldspot, which is a free bottle of Aurora ink included with the purchase of certain Aurora pens.
Happy Sunday, and as always, thanks for reading!
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