- My Ultra Black Montblanc M Ballpoint (via Pete Denison). I always love it when Pete has a new pen review up, and here he reviews one that hasn't received much attention, as opposed to the fountain pen version. I firmly believe everyone needs at least one good ballpoint.
- Are Fountain Pens a Good Investment? (via SBRE Brown). Stephen is pretty much on point with my own thoughts here. If you use your pens, they will at best retain their value if they're rare enough, so don't think of them as investment pieces (with a few exceptions).
- Pilot Fermo: The Thinking Person's Vanishing Point (via UK Fountain Pens). The Fermo has always intrigued me, and isn't as easy to find as it used to be.
- OMAS Paragon Arte Italiana Brown Arco Celluloid with Silver Trim (via Macchiato Man). One of my few regrets is that I didn't manage to purchase a pen in Arco material at a reasonable price when they were still around.
- Tofty via Shapeways Refill Adapter (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). Les has another review of a Tofty 3D-printed product, this one a refill adapter that will allow you to use a D1 refill in pens that fit pens that accept the Schmidt P8126.
- Triangle Pen Show Write-Up! And bonus road trip! (via SquishyInk). Krystle has a great recap of the Triangle Pen Show in North Carolina, which is a show I've never attended.
- Retro 51 Buzz Rescue Ballpoint Pen Review and Giveaway! (via Pen Chalet). Pen Chalet reviews the new Retro 51 Buzz honeybee rescue pen and is giving one away!
- 5 Years Ago (via Pencilcaseblog). Congrats to Dries on 5 years of blogging!
- Graf von Faber-Castell Olive Green Ink Review (via Alt.Haven). Junee reviews one of the new ink colors from Faber-Castell. It looks a little light for my personal taste, but if you're into light green/yellow inks you may want to check this one out.
- Final Round of the System Tornado Rollerball - (and Pencil!) (via Clicky Post). Last chance to get in on the Retro 51 Tornado System, and there's going to be a pencil option too.
- Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo Retractable Fountain Pen (via Clicky Post). Mike reviews the smallest pen in Pilot's Vanishing Point series, the Decimo. I'm a big Decimo fan and wish it would get more attention (and maybe some more color options).
- Vintage Review: Esterbrook Ballpoint Pen Brought Back to Life (via Well-Appointed Desk). Jesi, writing for the Well-Appointed Desk, has a great piece about using a 3D-printed refill adapter to resurrect an Esterbrook ballpoint pen.
- Pen Chalet's Retro 51 Argo (via Inkdependence!) Mike reviews the newest collaboration between Pen Chalet and Retro 51, a sci-fi themed take on Jason and the Argonauts.
- Blackwing Volumes 10001 (via Pencil Revolution). Johnny reviews the latest Blackwing Volumes edition, which is a pentagonal pencil that looks great. It's hard to believe that it's been four years of Blackwing Volumes!?
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In Case You Missed It...
This week on the blog, I published another installment in the "My Workhorse Pens" series, where I look at the Lamy Safari, and in particular this year's special edition "All Black" version, which I really hope they make part of the standard lineup. I also reviewed the latest release from Dingbats* Notebooks, the "Earth" series that features new fountain pen friendly paper. Finally, don't miss this week's Deals & Drops, which highlights the new Visconti Vertigo pen featuring an overlay nib.
Happy Sunday, and as always, thanks for reading!
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