Testing Fountain Pen Inks with Different Sacs (via Fountain Pen Love). I’ve wanted to do different versions of this experiment for quite some time, with not only ink sacs but nibs, feeds, etc. to see how materials responded to long-term exposure to ink. The results of this test were somewhat unexpected!
Destined to Fail (via UK Fountain Pens). A great piece discussing the balance we all struggle with, between enjoying what we have and looking for the next big thing.
The Ajoto Pen 2.0 - Ebony Cerakote Stainless Steel (via Clicky Post). At some point I need to try an Ajoto Pen. The price point is high, but everything I hear screams quality.
Vintage Office Supplies from Phil’s Stationery (via Notebook Stories). OK, next time I’m in NYC I need to check this place out. I’ve heard too much not too.
Hero 616 Big Size or Doctor Fountain Pen (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). Les gives another Hero pen a middling grade, which is consistent with everything I’ve heard written about the brand. They’re very inconsistent, but if you’re willing to tinker you might be able to get a decent writer at a bargain-basement price.
Quick Look: Baron Fig Copper Squire Pen (via Pencilcase Blog). It’s no secret that I love the Baron Fig Squire, and I’m glad to see the metal versions become part of the standard lineup. I’ll be giving away a Brass Squire in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Sailor Pro Gear Ocean Fountain Pen (via Pen Addict). Brad reviews the Pro Gear Ocean special edition. While I didn’t spring for this particular pen, the Sailor Pro Gear is high on my list of recommendations.
Stationery Shopping in Amsterdam (via The Finer Point). If you’re going to be in Amsterdam anytime soon, Jenny has a couple of spots to add to your stationery tour.
The Pelikan 300: A Chimera (via Pelikan’s Perch). Reading pieces like this on pens “from the Pelikan archives” always makes me wonder whether I’ve seen any of these pens at shows, and reminds me of how much I don’t know and still have yet to learn.
Sailor King of Pen Pro Gear Demonstrator (via SBRE Brown). I had the opportunity to see one of these at the L.A. Pen Show this weekend, and it seriously tempted me.
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In Case You Missed It ….
This week was a pen show week, so my schedule has been a little off and, unfortunately, will continue to be fairly irregular over the next several weeks due to a pretty grueling travel schedule (some pen-related, much of it not). On Wednesday I offered my first impressions of the Aurora 88 Unica Nera, an “all-black” follow up on last year’s “Black Ops” Talentum. Since I spent most of Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday at the L.A. Pen Show, I published a photo-heavy recap of the first two days, with my thoughts on Sunday’s madness and general observations on the show in general coming later this week. This week’s Deals and Drops highlighted many of the products I was looking for - and got to handle - at the show.
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