My Most Used and Loved Pens 2018 (via Bump). It’s about time for the 2018 “top” pens and gear posts, and I especially love the ones that show off “most used” and “best loved” items.
Review: Bungubox Clown Teardrop (via Ink Sharks). Definitely one of the more interesting Bungubox inks, especially for me as someone who loves burgundies.
Platinum Izumo Urushi Fountain Pen (via SBRE Brown). Whatever you do, don’t. post. this. pen. (Trust me, just watch the video.) I also love the packaging on the Izumo. Maybe even a step up from Nakaya?
Christmas Came Early: Scribo, Aurora, Fox Sport and More (via UK Fountain Pens). “With every pen sold, it seems another pen shows up at the door.” The universal truth.
The Conid Minimalistica Monarch Is an O-ring Away from Fantastic (via UK Fountain Pens). This is one of the better write-ups I’ve read on the Conid Bulkfiller Minimalistica. It’s an amazingly well-designed pen, but Anthony captures a lot of my own frustrations in terms of usability. I ended up selling the pen, but do end up missing it from time to time.
When Interests Collide (via Economical Penster). I also love running across the intersections of personal interests like this.
Wing Sung 3008 Fountain Pen (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). Wing Sung makes the best bargain-basement beater pen on the market. Hands down.
Edison Pearl (Striated Navy Stripe, Fine Nib) (via Hand Over That Pen). This is really pretty material; some of the prettiest I’ve seen!
2019 Planner Plans (via The Finer Point). Looking for planner ideas for 2019? This is a good place to start.
Pelikan Herzstuck 1929 Limited Edition and Edelstein Ink of the Year Star Ruby (via Pelikan’s Perch). Take a quick look at Pelikan’s 2019 offerings. I’m not sure how I feel about the Star Ruby - it feels a bit like a rehash of previous colors?
Wancher x Sailor 1911L Turquoise Blue Fountain Pen (via Pencilcase Blog). I love seeing Sailor do these retailer collaborations (especially ones that are more easily available to those of us in the U.S.), but has anyone noticed a strong focus on transparent blue acrylic? It might be nice to see a little variety.
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In Case You Missed It….
This week on the blog was a bit of an odd one. I reviewed the Conway Stewart Model 100, one of my favorite purchases from the last year and the pen that will likely be my last product review for 2018. I otherwise spent the last week selling off a large number of pens from my personal collection (thanks to all of you who helped me clear stuff out!) and preparing for the 2018 Year-End Giveaway, which is live! Also, I have a small number of nice pens left for sale, which will remain available until the end of the day today. (I’ll even be willing to entertain offers - hit me up through the “Contact Me” link above.) Also, don’t miss this week’s Deals & Drops, which has some last minute gift ideas, as well as a few new releases starting to peek through.
Happy Sunday, Merry Christmas, and as always, thanks for reading!
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