The UKFP Awards 2018 (via UK Fountain Pens). UK Fountain Pens has been putting out some of my favorite content over the past few months, including this recap of 2018. I need to get my hands on a Leonardo Momento Zero.
New Pen Day: Pelikan M600 Vibrant Orange (via Fountain Pen Follies). After being on the fence, Laura has me wanting one again.
Highlights of Chinese Fountain Pens in 2018: n9 (via Frank Underwater). Frank is back with a post on a brand called n9, which has some interesting looking pens available in China - I’m not sure how easy they are to source in the U.S.
Minimal Pen by Modern Fuel (via Clicky Post). Mike reviews the new “Minimal Pen” that will accompany Modern Fuel’s minimal mechanical pencils. If you’re a fan of the latter, then you may want to check out this Kickstarter.
Galen Leather Six Pen Case (via Pen Addict). Susan reviews a six pen case from Galen Leather that apparently has an issue with reaching that capacity. Galen Leather makes quality goods, and they stand behind their products, but has struggled this past year with some design issues.
The Frustrating Pursuit of a Functioning Nib…Is It Too Much to Ask? (via UK Fountain Pens). Inconsistency in nib quality control is one of the more infuriating aspects of this hobby, especially once you get into higher-end pens. I’ve had good luck so far, probably because I confine the group of retailers I purchase from to a small handful.
Eye Candy: Rolling Stamp Collection (via Well-Appointed Desk). I’ve been looking for something unique and quirky to collect myself. This is a really cool idea.
NaNoWriMo 2018 Conclusion (via The Finer Point). Jenny did the same thing for this year’s NaNoWriMo what I did a few years ago - type/edit a story I already had hand-written. I second that NaNoWriMo is a really enjoyable way to make yourself focus on a larger project you may have been neglecting.
The Story of Gunther Wagner’s Danzig-Langfuhr Factory and the Danzig 100N (via Pelikan’s Perch). More excellent historical content from Josh!
Ink Foraging in Central Park (via The New Yorker). I was reading through my back issues of the New Yorker - they really pile up - and came across this piece. Anyone in NYC ever done this?
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In Case You Missed It….
This week on the blog I reviewed some pencils for the first time in what seems like forever, focusing on some double-ended editing and highlighter pencils I picked up during a recent visit to C.W. Pencil Enterprise in New York City. I also reviewed the Sailor Sapporo Mini - or more accurately, the currently available private-label iteration of that now-discontinued pen. Finally, don’t miss this week’s Deals & Drops, highlighting the last of the “Cyber Week” sales and more.