- Inky Fingers (via the Pen Habit). Thanks for a great five years, Matt! Enjoy your newfound free time, though I'll definitely miss seeing new content.
- Chicago Pen Show. If you're anywhere near Chicago, head on over to the Marriott in Hoffman Estates for the final day of the Chicago Pen Show! Sundays are always a great, relatively quiet time to visit.
- Namisu Ixion Review (via Pencilcase Blog). Dries reviews the Namisu Ixion, and he's happy with the purchase. At the price point, the Ixion could be a very interesting option, though Namisu needs to stay on top of logistics.
- BNdot Twiist Pen (via Nib & Ink). I owe the folks at BNdot an e-mail - they've reached out asking whether I want to review this pen, and based on Matthew's review here, I'm definitely interested.
- The Index Card Vortex (via Mountain of Ink). Index cards are something I use only sporadically, but I appreciate a good one. Kelli breaks down all the major brands, some of which are very inexpensive and easily available.
- Pelikan M620 Piazza Navona (via TooManyInks). I've been looking for this one for a while, but it's creeping up there in price. Here's to hoping that Pelikan pulls this material out of the vault at some point.
- Black N' Red Ruled Notebook and Business Journal (via Notebook Stories). I see these Red 'N Black notebooks in office supply stores all the time, but have never used them. They've been on my list of products to review for quite some time.
- Mini Review: Nakaya Nib Size Comparison (via Hand Over That Pen). Wow, that's a lot of Nakaya/Platinum nibs in one collection!
- Diplomat Excellence A in Skyline Red (via On Fountain Pens). The red color on this Diplomat pen looks really nice, but what piqued my interest here is that apparently Diplomat has new ownership? It'll be interesting to see where they take the company.
- Is this thing on? (via From the Pen Cup). Mary is back with a review of the Premec Parker-style gel refill, which should fit the Retro 51 and Baron Fig Tornado pens, and come in fine points.
- Updated "Best Pens" List for 2018! (via TGS). Not to toot my own horn too much, but be sure and check out my updated "Best Pens" list, which has changed over the past year. I'll be updating my other lists and guides in the coming weeks and months, as they've been getting a bit long in the tooth.
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Please take a moment to visit these fine folks who help keep this blog going! It's next to impossible to keep up a steady stream of fresh review content without some form of sponsorship. I'm grateful to everyone who's helped me out along the way.
- Pen Chalet. Pen Chalet has a wide variety of available pens and offers unbeatable value on pens, inks, pen cases, etc.
- Anderson Pens. In addition to having one of the largest offerings of bottled ink in the world, Anderson Pens is an authorized retailer of a wide range of brands, including Sailor, Aurora and Faber-Castell. Check out the sponsor profile I published here, and don't miss out on their new special edition Sailor Pro Gear in Slate Blue.
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- Paul's Paper & Pens. A big welcome to Paul's Paper & Pens as a regular sponsor of the blog. Paul features a well-curated selection of fountain pens, multi pens, notebooks, and more, including some very uncommon Pilot Vanishing Points and Decimos that we don't see here in the States. Get free global shipping using the coupon code TGSFree!
- Pokka Pens. Pokka Pens makes high quality, portable ballpoints that make for a great EDC option. Check out my review here, and don't forget to use the code GENTSTA to get 10% off your purchase!
- TGS Amazon Page. I run across many more items (pens, pencils, books, accessories, etc.) in my online "travels." I can't feature them all on TGS, but Amazon has an option where I can set up an affiliate page to host product recommendations, etc. This also provides a way for me to earn a referral fees to help support the site. Thanks everyone!
In Case You Missed It ...
This week on the blog, I reviewed the Studio Neat Mark One, a new Kickstarter pen that's garnered rave reviews. I also reviewed a pen that's been in my queue for quite some time, the Karas Kustoms Decograph. Finally, don't miss this week's Deals & Drops, featuring a new Kanilea, a Vanness Limited Edition Retro 51, and some deep discounts on items over at Pen Chalet.
Happy Sunday, and as always, thanks for reading!
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