I'm in the process of compiling a larger post on relevant stationery-themed books and reading material, but in the meantime thought I would add a few of the high points of my "research" to this week's Deals and Drops (along with a few other interesting new things).
- Conklin Brownstone (via Pen Chalet). I really enjoyed checking out the Conklin All American Brownstone at this year's DC Pen Show, and hope to get my hands on one of these soon.
- Monteverde Giant Sequoia (via Pen Chalet). This new larger pen from Monteverde caught my eye, especially in the blue striped acrylic.
- Visconti Van Gogh (via Goldspot). Many thanks to Goldspot for sending one of these over to review. I'm very pleasantly surprised so far.
- Goldspot Pelikan Promotion (via Goldspot). Buy a Pelikan from Goldspot, and get one or two bottles of Edelstein Ink, free! Link is to my post from earlier this week, containing full details.
- Montblanc Legend of Zodiacs Ink (via Anderson Pens). Anderson Pens has the new Montblanc special edition ink in stock, and it appears to be a lighter shade of red, almost coral.
- Montegrappa Liberty Lapis Fountain Pen (via Vanness Pens). A new 50-pen limited release from Montegrappa in celluloid and sterling silver is now available from Vanness Pens.
- PenBBS Inks (via Vanness Pens). Vanness has yet another new ink brand in stock, this one from China. I'm looking forward to trying these out at the next pen show.
- Lamy Studio Racing Green Fountain Pen (via Appelboom). Finally, a color of the Lamy Studio that hits home, for me at least.
- Aurora Ipsilon Italia (via Pen Chalet). An interesting new Ipsilon, dubbed the "Italia Collection."
- Richardspens Guide to Fountain Pens (via Amazon). Since winding down his pen restoration and repair business (though he still does shoes), Richard Binder has written two fountain pen books. Part I is the Glossopedia, full of pen terms and descriptions, and Part II deals with restoration. Part II is available in both print or electronic format.
- Fountain Pens of the World (via Amazon). If you're going to buy just one book on fountain pens, make it this one! Andy Lambrou's book is not a cheap addition to your library, but it's extremely comprehensive. Both FPOTW and Fountain Pens of Japan (below) are large coffee-table-style books featuring hundreds of pictures.
- Fountain Pens of Japan (via Amazon). Andy Lambrou's more recent book addresses the fountain pens of Japan. I plan on picking this up at a future pen show.
- The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting (via Amazon). Philip Henscher's book is a nice counterweight to the "Is Handwriting Dead?" crowd that's proliferated lately.
- The Perfection of the Paper Clip (via Amazon). James Ward's book about everyday desk tools is a must-read if you like this blog.
- The Pencil Perfect (via CW Pencils). Caroline Weaver's new book has been out for a while and received rave reviews. I'm waiting to pick up a copy in person when I visit NYC this fall.
- Daily Rituals (via Amazon). I'm currently reading this book about the working habits of various writers, artists, and professionals. It's extremely interesting, though not directly pen/stationery related.
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