Happy Daylight Savings time, to those of you out there suffering through one less hour of sleep alongside me! There's some great reading here this week, including a lot of material that's not necessarily straight-up product reviews, which I always find refreshing.
- Somethings Borrowed (via Inkdependence!). Mike reviews some pens loaned to him by a friend. That's one of the great things about this community - borrowing pens to try from other enthusiasts is a great way to discover new pens and try new things without having to make a big up-front financial investment. It helps that pen people are among the most generous anywhere!
- Don't Look at What You Spend; Look at What You've Saved! (via Eclectidbits). A great psychological strategy for relieving guilt, and it's also a good mindset for battling FOMO. Do I really want this and/or need this now, or could this money be going towards a nicer pen down the line?
- Waterman Carene (via Pen Habit). I love Waterman pens, and had a Carene once, but ended up selling it off years ago to come up with funds to buy something else (which I'm sure I've also sold or traded by now). I regret parting with this pen and need to pick up another one.
- Best Pencils for Field Notes Utility Edition (via Pencil Revolution). I haven't cracked mine open yet (yes, still) but apparently the paper has some tooth to it. Johnny breaks down what pencils work the best.
- Montblanc LeGrand 146 (via Hand Over That Pen). The trio behind HOTP takes on the Montblanc 146, a classic.
- Baron Fig Squire Alphabet Edition (via Ed Jelley). Ed takes a look (and some amazing photographs) of the new Baron Fig Alphabet Squire rollerball. The Squire is a great EDC pen, and if you don't have one already, I'd highly recommend adding one to your kit.
- Can a Pen Be Worth 10x More Than Another Pen? (via My Pen Needs Ink). Bob asks a very good question, and it's important to remember that price means very little in terms of the writing experience a pen can provide.
- Tom Barrington Ray Skin Pen Pouch Review (via The Pencilcase Blog). Dries reviews a Tom Barrington Leather Goods pen case in stingray leather. I have one of these in brown ostrich, and have been carrying it regularly over the past few months, and use it to hold my two Baron Fig Squires.
- An Interview with Linda Di Fonzo of Aurora (via The Pen Addict). I wish there was more content like this out there, which go behind the curtain and provide some insight into the people behind the various brands.
- Edison Pearlette (via Alt.Haven). I also had issues with the No. 5 JoWo nibs writing too dry for my taste. I much prefer the No. 6. The Aztec Gold Flake material is gorgeous, though.
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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.
- Huckberry. Huckberry is one of my favorite stores offering a curated selection of goods, including many with a heavy analog flavor. You can grab limited deals and discounts on notebooks, pens, and other stationery and EDC-related items.
- 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.
- 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. (NEW SPONSOR!) Pokka Pens makes high quality, portable ballpoints that make for a great EDC option. Check out my review here.
Pens For Sale
There are still a couple pens, a few bottles of ink, and now some notebooks available in my semi-annual housecleaning sale. Make me an offer on anything remaining, I'll be flexible.
In Case You Missed It …
This week on the blog was a busy one! I returned from the 2017 Baltimore Pen Show and published my recap of the weekend, and then reviewed two flex pens: the Pilot Custom 912 with the Falcon (FA) Nib, and an Aurora 88 with Aurora's new vintage-style flex nib. This week's Deals and Drops focused on new releases, with many of the recently announced products from Platinum, Sailor and others reaching retailers this past week.
Where Is Digital Divide?
After a full year as a newsletter, Digital Divide is going on hiatus as I rethink things, particularly the format. While the idea of writing a newsletter intrigued me at first, I've discovered that I much prefer blogging. Because I enjoy the subject matter, Digital Divide will return eventually, but whether I bring it back as part of a new website project or a series of posts on TGS remains to be seen.
Thanks for reading, and happy Sunday!
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