Caran D’Ache Event (via Write To Me Often). It’s great to see companies and their distributors engaging more with the community. Caran d’Ache apparently is going on the road to promote their Leman fountain pens.
My Reading Journal, or How I Taught Myself to Enjoy Reading Again (via Writing at Large). I’ve discovered several new blogs and website’s from Brad’s weekly Pen Addict members’ newsletter, and this is one of them. I also challenged myself to read more books this year (starting slowly), and this article sums up all the benefits and challenges. There’s a follow-up post here.
Friday Five (via UK Fountain Pens). I’ve gradually begun reducing the number of pens I have inked at any given time, and since I’ve cut down on the number of new pens coming in, I’m headed in the right direction.
My Ink Collection: 1091 Bottles and 47 Litres of Ink (2019) (via Macchiato Man). Yagan shows off his ink collection and … wow. Just wow. That’s a LOT of ink. I think my head would explode just trying to choose a color! (It pretty much already does with my own ink hoard.)
Parker Jotter Fountain Pen (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). Les reviews the Parker Jotter fountain pen, which I don’t believe I’ve ever seen before, at least not in the wild.
3 Oysters Ink (via Mountain of Ink). Kelli reviews a Korean brand that I’m starting to see more of online, 3 Oysters. The colors look great, but I already have. So. Much. Ink. It’s going to take a lot for me to add to the stock this year. Kelli will likely be doing extended reviews of the 3 Oysters colors this week, so if you like the look of these swabs, be sure to follow her blog.
Syahi Imperator Fountain Pen (via Pencilcase Blog). Dries reviews the Syahi Imperator fountain pen, and does a very thorough (and fair) analysis of this new entrant on the market. The drying out issue with the nib concerns me, because I experienced something similar with my tester, and had attributed it to the fact that I had a “semi-flex” nib with a longer nib slit, exposing the ink and feed to more air.
Taroko Enigma & Breeze Notebooks (via Wonder Pens). I’ve heard great things about Taroko Design products, and am glad to see that retailers are starting to pick them up!
All-Black Pen and Leather Goods by Ateleia Craft + Design (via Clicky Post). Mike has some great photos of a new “All-Black” line from Ateleia, plus a promo code!
Esterbrook Estie (via FPQuest). Ray has a review of his latest acquisition, the Esterbrook Estie. Ray apparently experienced a few hiccups with is MV Adapter and certain vintage Esterbrook nibs, so if you’re looking to purchase an Estie for this reason, check out this post.
2018 Planner Review (via The Finer Point). Jenny posted an annual review of the planners she used in 2018 and the role each one plays.
Pelikan, Pelican, Pélican: The How and Why Behind the “C” (via Pelikan’s Perch). Great commentary on the history of Pelikan branding from Josh.
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In Case You Missed It….
This week on the blog I reviewed the Pelikan M120, a reissue of a vintage pen from the 1950s and 1960s. I also reviewed a somewhat unique product, the Trigg Life Mapper, which is different sort of journal than what I’ve used or reviewed in the past. Also, don’t miss this week’s Deals & Drops, which focuses on some Stationery Stocking Stuffer ideas, in addition to what’s already in the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide.
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