An Inky Year in Review (via The Looped Square). I love reading (as well as writing) “year in review” posts, and it looks like Joseph had a great year! He picked up some great pens and inks in 2018.
Greatest of All Time 2018 (via SBRE Brown). Stephen gives us his G.O.A.T. list - 10 pens for 2018!
Back in Black: The Aurora Talentum Black Ops (via UK Fountain Pens). Glad to see that Anthony ended up with a nib on the Black Ops that works for him. I love the Talentum and hope to see Aurora do more with this model.
Snake Charmer: The Montblanc Rouge et Noir (via UK Fountain Pens). Another great review of what could be a new classic Montblanc.
State of the Union 2018: Fountain Pen Ink (via Macchiato Man). Yagan does a comprehensive review of the fountain pen ink scene, breaking it down by brands and how they’ve developed over the past year.
Continued Change and Growth (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). I’ve enjoyed reading Les’s blog this year, and look forward to what she apparently has in store for 2019.
Year Roundup: My Favorites of 2018 (via Pencilcase Blog). Dries takes a look at his favorites from 2018, including pens from Leonardo, Armando Simoni Club, and Scribo, new Italian brands founded by former employees of Delta and Omas, which I hope to take a closer look at in 2019.
A Year of Wonder and Pens (via Wonder Pens). It was a wild year for the crew at Wonder Pens, moving stores and all! I definitely hope to work in a visit in 2019.
Fisher Space Pen Clutch Review (via Click Post). Mike reviews a chunky new entrant into the Fisher Space Pen lineup - a hexagonal “clutch” pen that he seems to like quite a bit.
Blackwing Volume 4 (via Pencil Revolution). Like Johnny, I’m a fan of the soft “MMX” Blackwing core, and love the texture on the new Blackwing Volumes “Mars” edition.
2018: My Favourite Tools (via The Finer Point). Jenny discusses her favorite paper, pencils, and fountain pens from the past year.
Pelikan in 2018: Looking Back, Looking Ahead (via Pelikan’s Perch). Joshua sums up the year for Pelikan, and 2018 ended up being a year in which I actually acquired quite a few of their limited releases.
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In Case You Missed It….
This week on the blog I published my two-part look back on 2018: My overall industry analysis for 2018 that focused on pens, and then a second recap where I looked at my favorite writing accessories of the past year. This week’s Deals & Drops highlighted some year-end clearance sales that you won’t want to miss, as there are some steals out there right now on very high-end pens at prices that you likely won’t see again for a while.
Also, thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s year-end giveaway! Winners have been chosen and contacted. Please check your e-mail and spam filters. If I don’t hear back from you by next Saturday, I will have to draw new names.
Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for reading, and as always, happy Sunday!
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