I hope everyone enjoyed National Stationery Week and World Stationery Day! I celebrated with a quick trip to the Atlanta Pen Show last weekend, and I'm staring down another possible road trip to Chicago later this week. I normally wouldn't do two shows this close together, but since there's been no confirmation that the D.C. Show is actually happening this year, I'm going to go ahead and try to hit "a big one" while I have some downtime at work. I may also bring some things to give away at the after-hours meetups, so be sure to seek me out if you're there!
- The 5 Best Pocket Fountain Pens to Carry Every Day (via Ed Jelley). Ed has a new post in which he discusses his favorite pocket fountain pens. Some great ones in here, and I'll second the recommendation on the Kaweco Supra, which sports a larger No. 6 nib, unusual for a pocket pen.
- Montblanc UNICEF Blue Review (via SquishyInk). This blue ink has me tempted. A bit expensive, but it's a 50ml bottle and comes in a crystal inkwell.
- Montblanc Marc Newson Fountain Pen (via Write to Me Often). Yet another disappointing review of the Marc Newson exclusive for Montblanc. I've had a chance to handle this pen in person and found it incredibly underwhelming and awkward.
- New Franklin-Christoph Model 31 Omnis Special Edition (via Pen Chalet). Pen Chalet, on their blog, has announced a new exclusive collaboration with Franklin-Christoph. The pen is the Model 31 in a black and bronze color combination. Available now, in limited quantities.
- YStudio Portable Fountain Pen Review (via The Pencilcase Blog). Dries has the latest review of the YStudio Portable Fountain Pen, and I need to figure out a way to get one of these into my hands for review. I think I'd go with the "brassing" model, however.
- Original Sailor Jentle Inks Coming Back (via Wonder Pens Blog). This news has made the rounds from various sources, but Wonder Pens has all the details. Sailor is jacking the price up on the inks, but that won't stop everyone - myself included - from buying more Epinard and Apricot.
- Fancy Ballpoint Pens - Sailor's 1911 and Pro Gear (via the Clicky Post). Mike reviews Sailor's 1911 and Pro Gear Ballpoints. I also enjoy Sailor's proprietary ballpoint refills, which you'll also find in their multifunction pens.
- Pencil Prompt: S.A.B.L.E. (via CW Pencils). Yeah, I'm definitely long past the point of S.A.B.L.E. with respect to both pens, pencils, ink, and paper. Won't stop me though.
- Atlanta Pen Show Recaps and Pen Travel. Check out some great Atlanta Pen Show recaps over at Reverenced Writing (Father Kyle Sanders), and My Pen Needs Ink. Also, Azizah at Gourmet Pens posted a recap of Toronto pen meetups and shopping, and Johnny at Pencil Revolution posted a piece about a trip to the Fitzgerald Pencil Collection in Inverness, Mississippi.
- Benu Classic Black Skull Pen (via Inktronics). I was also sent this pen for review, and so far I'm impressed. After I've spent some time with it I should have my thoughts up on the blog, probably in a few weeks.
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In Case You Missed It...
This week on the blog, I posted my own recap and reflections on the 2017 Atlanta Pen Show, as well as a review of the Lamy Pico, a pocket ballpoint pen that I've enjoyed using over the past few weeks. Finally, the Pen Chalet National Stationery Week sale seems to still be going on, so if you haven't taken advantage of the 10% discount using the code NATSTATWEEK, act quick! (Some of the Pen Chalet deals were featured heavily in this week's Deals and Drops.)
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