Pavarotti Arco Verde ASC Limited Edition with Music Nib (via Pen Addict). Congrats to Susan on her acquisition of this gorgeous pen in Arco Verde celluloid. I was also lucky enough to snag a pen (different model) in this gorgeous material, and also prefer the Arco Verde to the Arco Bronze.
Franklin-Christoph SIG Nib from Audrey (via Well-Appointed Desk). Audrey Matteson tuned two pens for me at last year’s D.C. Pen Show, and both were excellent. I can’t wait to try out her take on the SIG nib.
Going Large(ish) with the Platinum President (via UK Fountain Pens). I love the look of the nib on Platinum’s larger “President” line, but have never owned one. Maybe in the future, if they expand the number of available colors or start releasing some special editions?
Live in You Shiyou Shier + Bobby Architect Nib (via Inksharks). The acrylic on this pen is truly stunning, though from what I hear the company has been acquired and may not be releasing this pen going forward? It will be interesting to see what happens.
Life Noble Note Notebook (via Fountain Pen Love). Life Paper is one of those Japanese brands, like Midori, that has started to catch on over the past few years. The paper is excellent.
Kaco Green Retro Fountain Pen (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). People have been raving about the Kaco Retro lately, making it another good option for those looking for an inexpensive workhorse.
Sailor Four Seasons Jentle Ink Gets a Facelift (via Pen Chalet). So Sailor is basically doubling the price of their ink on a per-milliliter basis, reducing the bottle from 50ml to 20ml, while lowering the price from $18 to $15? Not cool. Good thing I don’t need to buy any more Sailor ink for the rest of my lifetime, given my current supply.
Akkerman Gele Oker Van Frans (via Alt.Haven). This golden/orange ink forms part of Akkerman’s “Dutch Masters” Ink Series, and I’ve actually been eyeing it for some time. Seeing it compared to yellow inks that I’ve found too light makes me more likely to pick up a bottle.
The “New-ish” Zebra V-301 Fountain Pen Review (via Clicky Post). I personally didn’t have good luck with the older version, and the newer version looks like it might be slightly better but not much.
Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This (via NYTimes). As someone who’s owned an iPhone from v.1.0 through the present, I can relate to this article and how these devices have slowly crept in and basically taken over our entire lives. A great read from Cal Newport, whose books I also highly recommend.
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In Case You Missed It ….
This week on the blog I published two travel-related posts, since I’m gearing up for pen show season. The first took a look at two “Traveling Inkwells” from Visconti and Pineider, for those of you who like to travel with piston fillers and bottled ink, and the second discussed the role ink cartridges play in my personal usage, since I tend to rely on them when I’m on the road. This week’s Deals & Drops has a few new releases and discounts, though we’re in a bit of a lull as we wait for 2019 releases to hit retailers’ shelves.
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