Wow, there's a lot of news this week, from two new limited editions to the release of a book about pencils. I also highlight some reviews of interesting and often-overlooked products (not to mention realize how far behind a week of travel puts me on just about everything).
- Blackwing Volume 205 Release (via Blackwing). I'm not sure how I feel about this edition, called "Jade." Much like the last one, while I'm sure it speaks to some people, I'm glad I didn't subscribe. The past couple of editions haven't done much for me.
- Write Notepads "Telegraph" Edition (via Write Notepads). Write Notepads continues to showcase their creativity, with the Samuel Morse-themed "Telegraph" edition. Beautiful (and I also love the pencils).
- Long Island Pen Show 2017. The Long Island Pen Show is being held at Hofstra University this weekend, so if you're in the NYC area, check it out!
- The Pencil Perfect, by Caroline Weaver (via CW Pencils). Congrats to Caroline for publishing her first book! Available directly from her store, or via Amazon.
- Ink Stand by Kakimori (via Three Staples). Another piece on travels in Tokyo. This time Jinny talks about Ink Stand, a store associated with the stationery retailer Kakimori, where you can mix your own colors.
- Kaweco AL Sport "Night" Edition (via ClickyPost). Mike reviews a new blacked-out Kaweco AL Sport, available from Most Wanted Pens.
- How to Buy a Vintage Pen (via Nib & Muck). Laura has a very timely article for those of us getting ramped up for pen show season. Vintage pens are also a great way to start experimenting with gold nibs, as you can typically buy a vintage pen with a 14k nib for less money than you would spend on a modern pen.
- Montblanc Heritage 1912 (via Alt.Haven). Junee reviews one of my favorite acquisitions from the past few years. The Heritage 1912's design is based on the vintage Simplo safety-fillers, and is one of the more unique pens currently on the market.
- A Grail Pen Update (via Fountain Pen Economics). Dr. Deans discusses Montblanc's most recent "Skeleton" pen, with a UNICEF theme.
- Diplomat Excellence Review (via From the Pen Cup). Mary reviews Diplomat's "Excellence" line of pens.
- Platinum 3776 in Koi Celluloid (via Gourmet Pens). Azizah reviews my personal favorite of Platinum's various celluloid models of the 3776.
- Michael's Fat Boy Pen Review (via My Pen Needs Ink). Bob reviews some of Michael's incredibly interesting designs. These pens have been on my list to check out at pen shows in the past, especially the Tesla Coil model, but they always seem to get lost in the shuffle.
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- 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. Pokka Pens makes high quality, portable ballpoints that make for a great EDC option. Check out my review here.
In Case You Missed It...
This week on the blog I had to take a bit of a break from review content, but I published a retrospective that included links to past reviews of some of my favorite Pilot pens, and also wrote up a short piece discussing my trip to New Orleans and visit to Papier Plume in the French Quarter. If you haven't checked them out already, this week's Deals and Drops has some new inks and more.
Happy Sunday, and as always, thanks for reading!
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