- The Allure of Expense and Inconvenience (or How I Fell for the Montblanc 1912) (via UK Fountain Pens). Amazing title, and a great write up of an amazing, yet highly inconvenient pen. But isn't that what sort of makes the pen amazing, in a way?
- LA Pen Show Recap (via Squishy Ink). A massive selection of Japanese pens, both vintage and modern? Good. Rats on the hotel breakfast buffet? Bad.
- LA Pen Show Recap (via Well-Appointed Desk). Ana publishes her recap of the LA Pen Show, with some cool stuff she found. I can't help but thinking that LA is a borderline "good" show that could be great....
- Five Stationery Stores Not to be Missed in Taipei Taiwan (via Pen Addict / Mai-Bun). Yet another city to add to the global stationery odyssey I'm planning.
- Kaweco's Apple Pencil Sleeve Is Out Now (via Bleistift). I'm not sure that I'd use one of these - I tend to like the plain ol' white Apple Pencil, and how light it is, but they look really cool.
- KACO Sky II Fountain Pen Review (via Frank Underwater). Most people probably haven't heard about KACO pens, but I'm betting you will soon. A brand out of China that features good Schmidt nibs and entry-level pricing, they have some sort of partnership with Pen World where you can get one of their pens for free if you purchase a subscription at a Pen Show.
- Baron Fig Confidant (via Notebook Stories). Uh oh, I hope that Baron Fig didn't change their paper. I've not had the feathering/bleeding problem mentioned in this review, but sometimes things change....
- Lamy Vibrant Pink 2018 Special Edition Review (via Milligram). Australian retailer Milligram has a review of the new Lamy Vibrant Pink, with some comparison shots to other colors.
- Field Notes Signature (via Wonder Pens Blog). I wasn't a fan of the Field Notes Dime Novel - I found the design a touch busy for my taste. The size, however, is a good one, and now there's a more understated product offering out there.
- Lamy Aion Ballpoint Pen Review (via Clicky Post). Mike reviews the Lamy Aion ballpoint, which aesthetically appeals to me more than the fountain pen. I still agree that it's too expensive.
- Lamy Aion Fountain Pen Review (via Ed Jelley). Ed had a much more positive experience with the Aion than I did, and from what I'm hearing from readers and other reviewers there's a lot of batch variation in terms of the QC on this pen.
- Why I Love Lamy's Entry Level Fountain Pens (via The Finer Point). Jenny has a great article on the Lamy pens that she finds herself using often.
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In Case You Missed It...
This week on the blog I talked about my plans for this weekend's Baltimore Pen Show - which didn't happen, thanks to the Bomb Cyclone! So, instead of attending a pen show, I reviewed this new notebook out of Austria from a company called Mindstone.
Don't forget to check out this week's Deals and Drops, featuring "all the things" (well, most of them) that I'll hopefully be checking out at the shows this year. And don't miss your chance to pre-order the newly released Anderson Pens Chicago-themed Retro 51!
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