- Pelikan Hubs 2018 (via the Pelikan's Perch). It's that time of year again! Don't forget to sign up for this year's Pelikan Hubs to make sure that your city gets a Pelikan-sponsored meetup.
- Karas Kustoms Starliner XL and Starliner Fountain Pen (via Pens! Paper! Pencils!). Karas Kustoms is launching a new pen line, and reviews are starting to appear. I have a set in the queue as well. Look for pictures and a review soon!
- Baron Fig Squire Stainless Steel Pen (via Pencilcase Blog). Dries reviews the Stainless Steel Squire from Baron Fig's "Precious Metals" collection. I agree that this is a great pen. Stainless steel, brass, and copper pens can be heavy, but the Squire's ergonomics and balance essentially negate the use of heavier material.
- Opus 88 Picnic in Green (via Well-Appointed Desk). I like the streamlined look of the Opus 88 Picnic and will be picking up one of these at some point. I think I'll opt for the new purple color that apparently is on the way.
- Store Visit: Fontoplumo in Delft! (via Pencilcase Blog). The Netherlands is home to a host of excellent pen and writing stores. So jealous that Dries got to visit Fontoplumo in person.
- Kaweco Dia2: My Pen Palate Cleanser (via UK Fountain Pens). The Dia2 is perhaps Kaweco's most popular "midsize" offering, though it still doesn't seem to get as much attention as Kaweco's other offerings. I ended up selling mine, which I reviewed here.
- Dingbats 'Serengeti' Earth Notebook (via UK Fountain Pens). Anthony also reviewed a new notebook from Dingbats, which apparently has different paper that is more fountain pen friendly. I don't recall having much trouble with their original paper, but I have one of these for review and will put it through the paces.
- Monteverde Sapphire Ink Review (via Mountain of Ink). Over the past year Monteverde has released a multitude of colors in their revamped ink lineup. Kelli reviews Sapphire here. On the whole, I personally like these inks: they're inexpensive, generally well-behaved, and the colors are vibrant.
- How to Swap Nibs on a Conklin/Monteverde Fountain Pen (via Pen Chalet). Ron has a great post showing you how to swap out nibs on your Conklin and Monteverde fountain pens. Conklin stubs are generally very nice low-cost stub nibs, so to be able to move them around between pens is a plus.
- Pelikan Class M120 Iconic Blue Fountain Pen (via Pen Addict). Sarah at the Pen Addict reviews this year's Pelikan M120 Special Edition, and her report on the nib has me intrigued.
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In Case You Missed It...
I got back into the swing of things this week, after being away on vacation, and published a couple reviews that I've been intending to get done for a while now. The first was a review of Clairefontaine French-ruled paper, in the A5 spiral-bound format. The second was a comparison piece of the Baron Fig Squire vs. the Retro 51 Tornado, two of the best rollerball pens on the market. Finally, don't miss this week's Deals & Drops, featuring a bunch of new Aurora pens and a National Ballpoint Pen Day discount/promotion from Pen Chalet!
Happy Sunday, and as always, thanks for reading!
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