Creating and Keeping a Fountain Pen Ink Journal (via Fountain Pen Love). I’ve tried my hand (and failed) at doing this for years, but there are some great ideas in this post that might lend me some inspiration.
Uniball Signo DX Capped .38mm (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). I’ve seen this multi-pack at Staples as well, so Uni is indeed bringing them stateside.
Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta (via Hand Over That Pen). I’ve not done many Franklin-Christoph reviews, and that needs to change. “Simple and sleek” does indeed describe the Model 20, and I have two of them at home.
Wancher Dream Pen True Ebonite Fountain Pen (via Pencilcase Blog). The Wancher “Dream Pen” Kickstarters should start to ship soon, and Dries got his hands on the ebonite version.
Schon DSGN Custom-Anodized Titanium Pen (via Nib & Ink). Matthew is giving away one of his customized Schon DSGN pocket pens, so from now until Nov. 7, get your act together and enter this giveaway! These look great.
The Saturday Pen Addict and Well-Appointed Desk Meetup Review (via Wonder Pens). I tried to get a last minute ticket to Toronto to drop in on what seems like an amazing event, but my work schedule conspired against me. (Prices were actually pretty good.)
How To Keep Analog Alive in the Edit Mines (via Pen Addict). Sarah writes about editing novels by hand, which I wholeheartedly endorse. (Not the novels, never finished one of those, but I do produce a lot of written work product and I very much believe in the value of alternating digital/analog revisions… i.e. draft by hand, revise as you type, print and edit, further revise as you enter your edits, continue until someone takes it away from you).
Lamy in NYC: A Visit in Which Some Secrets Are Revealed (via From the Pen Cup). I’m headed to NYC this week, and a visit to one of Lamy’s new flagship stores is certainly something that’s in my plans. Sounds like Mary got some inside baseball on upcoming Lamy releases as well….
Here’s One Indulgent Way to Stand Out at Work (via Bloomberg). Daniel Taub, writing for Bloomberg, updates us on the current state of the market for fountain pens and ink (up 31% from over a decade ago!?). Thanks to Inkophile for the link!
Ask the Desk: Good Binder (via Well-Appointed Desk). I’m personally a fan of the disk-bound systems, particularly Staples Arc, as opposed to the traditional three-ring.
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In Case You Missed It….
This week on the blog I looked at some new updates to Diplomat’s lineup, including the new Aero and the Excellence A2. I also reviewed the rollerball version of the Aurora Optima, one of the more comfortable rollerball pens I’ve written with lately. Finally, don’t miss this week’s Deals & Drops, in which I discussed some of my favorite Etsy stores for analog aficionados, as well as a few fountain pen day promotions (some of which are ongoing through the weekend).
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