My Top Five Inks of 2018 (via Inksharks). There are some very nice colors here. My ink collection hasn’t grown nearly as rapidly as in the past, as I’ve been focusing on using some of my own favorites.
Pen Review: Platinum Procyon (via The Looped Square). I’m not currently buying pens at this price point, but it’s exciting to see Platinum trying to break out something new. Platinum makes some of the best relatively inexpensive fountain pens out there, but I agree that this pen would probably gain a lot more traction at an even lower price point.
How to Clean a Fountain Pen (via Fountain Pen Love). Every once in a while, we need a reminder of how important it is to clean our fountain pens properly, and this article is a great resource.
Armando Simoni Club Pavarotti 3 (via SBRE Brown). I’m a fan of what the “successor” companies like ASC and Leonardo Pens are doing with what remains of the Omas celluloid stock. A pen in the Omas “Wild” celluloid is my new grail.
Who’d Have Thought BMW Would Be the Cheapest Place to Buy a Montblanc 146 (via UK Fountain Pens). I’ve not seen one of these in person, but the co-branding looks incredibly well-done (i.e., subtle).
What I Bought in 2018: Fountain Pens (via Fountain Pen Follies). 2018 looks like it was a great year pen-wise for Laura!
Pen Mega-Review: Sailor Pro Gear (via Macchiato Man). The name doesn’t do this post justice - Yagan has assembled an incredible assortment of rare Sailor Pro Gears, and if you’d like a great overview of one of my favorite all-around modern, relatively accessible pen models (including all the rare variants you can chase down various rabbits holes), you don’t want to miss this one.
Bond Travel Gear Field Journal & A5 Notebook (via Mountain of Ink). I’ve seen these Bond Travel Gear notebooks around the internet, and they’re getting a lot of attention, apparently for good reason!
Musubi Oversize Two-Pen Case in Murasaki Seighaiha (via Pen Addict). I love my Musubi pen case, and can’t recommend them enough.
Keeping Them Honest. (And by “them” I mean “me.”). (via From The Pen Cup). For such an ambitious set of resolutions, Mary did well, and much better than I would’ve done!
Lost in the Algorithm (via Pete Denison). I always enjoy Pete’s posts - be sure and follow his new pen and stationery-related Instagram account! And I also hate “the algorithm.” I see way too much content from accounts I don’t follow, advertisements I’m not interested in, and people I want to keep up with seem to be buried.
Pilot Explorer Fountain Pen (via Ed Jelley). Ed reviews Pilot’s latest entry in the inexpensive pen category. I’m taking a hard pass on this one; I’m not sure what Pilot is thinking on the price here.
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In Case You Missed It …
This week on the blog, I caught up with two brands I hadn’t written about in some time: Kaweco, which has released a few new Sport models, and Kanilea Pen Company, one of my favorite small brands out there right now. This week’s Deals & Drops features a new release from Shawn Newton and Vanness Pens, as well as some other new product releases price cuts.
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