The Beautiful Lamy 2000 Blue Bauhaus Limited Edition, and Why You Are Lucky Not to Have One (via Fountain Pen Follies). Laura shows off her “Blauhaus” (new moniker, love it), and offers some thoughts on why you might/might not want to buy this pen, if you can find one. I bought mine for the same reason - I’m just a Lamy fan.
Platinum Procyon Deep Sea Fountain Pen Review (via SBRE Brown). Stephen reviews the Platinum Procyon fountain pen, which I mentioned in this week’s Deals & Drops. Platinum sells a lot of mid-range pens (around the $50 price point) that don’t get a lot of attention. Is this fair?
The Small and Sparkly Pelikan M205 Star Ruby (via UK Fountain Pens). This pen pleasantly surprised me, as I expected the color to be a lot lighter and less syrah/wine-like than what I’ve been seeing in reviews. I’m going to take a pass on this one because sparkly pens aren’t my thing, but Pelikan did something different here and it worked for them.
Sailor Pro Gear Classic Graphite LIghthouse with Zoom Architect Nib (via Pen Addict). Susan reviews this Pro Gear in a Zoom nib with an architect grind from John Mottishaw. I agree that grey pens aren’t “boring” at all, and we need to see more of this classy, understated color. I’m picking one of these babies up before they go away.
Troublemaker Inks (via Mountain of Ink). Kelli reviews another set of inks from the Philippines, from a new company named “Troublemaker.” These look like some really interesting sheeny colors, which hopefully don’t live up to their name.
New Arrival (via Bleistift). I didn’t realize a Mother 2 Hobonichi Techo cover was a thing. That’s amazing!
Fall Fountain Pen Giveaway at Pen Chalet (via Pen Chalet). Our sponsor Pen Chalet is giving away a set of 6 Robert Oster inks with the Montegrappa Tulip for Team Fox fountain pen. Don’t miss this one. Full details here!
Cheap Tools (via Cronicas Estilographicas). Some food for thought here, but I’m not sure I agree with the premise. Sure, Pelikan gets free advertising from the Hubs event, but is it fair to really make the leap to the assertion that we’ve become “cheap tools” of Pelikan advertising by attending? There’s a difference between a company sponsoring what is essentially an unsupervised gathering of customer-enthusiasts to build a sense of community around the product and the brand, and, say, using the consumer’s personal information and history for advertising purposes and/or selling it to others, which is the type of behavior this “if-it’s-free-you-are-the-product” argument is typical directed to.
Analog Tools (via Well-Appointed Desk). I love reading about friends’ “analog” hobbies other than pens. For example, Laura’s a super-accomplished knitter!
A Public Declaration (via From the Pen Cup). This looks way too familiar….
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In Case You Missed It….
This week on the blog I reviewed another new notebook, the Endless Recorder, which is the first notebook I reviewed featuring 68 GSM Tomoe River paper. I also wrote up what is fast becoming one of my favorite pen models on the market, the Franklin-Christoph Model 20, of which I now have three!?!? Finally, this week’s Deals & Drops featured the first of what I anticipate will be many seasonal and holiday-related releases, as well as some new pens from Pelikan, Montblanc, and Aurora, along with a new Joey Feldman ink from Vanness!
Happy Sunday, and as always, thanks for reading!
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