On Craft, Appropriation, and Distance (via Leigh Reyes). Leigh has an excellent piece (as always) that everyone should read.
The Paper Series: Whitelines Pad Review (via The Looped Square). I haven’t seen Whitelines reviewed or sold in several years. I’m glad to see they’re back, and the paper quality looks good.
Looking Ahead to the London Writing Equipment Show (via UK Fountain Pens). Tony will be attending the upcoming LWES, and talks about the pens he has his eye on. Should be a good show, and one you don’t want to miss if you’re in London.
Goodies for the Pelikan Hub 2018 (via Bleistift). A sneak peak at what Pelikan is shipping out for the Hubs this year!
What I learned: Lamy Vibrant Pink Ink is a Higher-Maintenance Ink (via Fountain Pen Follies). If you have a bottle of Lamy Vibrant Pink, you should read this.
Composition Notebooks at Walmart (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). Les works her way through a haul of composition notebooks from Walmart. I’ve not tried any of these brands.
The Dogs of the SF Pen Show (via Hand Over That Pen). A pet-friendly Pen Show is a welcome sight. You sometimes see a dog or two at pen shows, but this really takes it to the next level!
How to Use an Opus 88 Fountain Pen (via Pen Chalet). Pen Chalet has another Q&A article on Opus 88 fountain pens and their Japanese-style eyedropper filling systems, including how to manage ink flow when writing.
EXACTLY What I Needed: Baron Fig’s Wander Dream Journal (via From the Pen Cup). While this product likely isn’t for me (my dreams aren’t typically that vivid), I love seeing how other people are using this product.
Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-rin (via Well-Appointed Desk). Chiku-rin is an ink that I really wanted to like, but ended up finding too dry and too pale for my taste. Other people love this ink, though!
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In Case You Missed It...
This week on the blog I reviewed the recently released TWSBI Go fountain pen, and also looked at some inexpensive Wing Sung demonstrators that I purchased for testing inks (and which ended up far exceeding my expectations). Finally, don’t miss this week’s Deals & Drops, which features some 2019 Planner releases as well as some Sailor imports from Japan.
Happy Sunday, and as always, thanks for reading!