Baltimore Pen Show Recap (via The Looped Square). I spent most of this week on a high from Baltimore, and Joseph provides a breakdown of everything that was great about this exceptionally well-run show.
There’s Nothing Regular About the Conid Bulkfiller (via UK Fountain Pens). A Bulkfiller of some sort (Regular or Kingsize?) is next on my “big pen” acquisition list.
They’re Back! (via UK Fountain Pens). Reviews of Montblanc’s nib exchange service are few and far between, so I’m happy to hear that Anthony had a good experience. Given his consistent out-of-the-box experience with modern Montblancs, perhaps they are starting to resolve the over-smoothing issues that have plagued them over the years, where many pens had “baby’s-bottom” nibs.
Saying Goodbye: Visconti Brunelleschi (via FPQuest). I always find it interesting to hear why people sell pens. Sometimes it’s as simple as nothing really being “wrong,” but the pen just doesn’t click with you.
Long Term Review: Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (via FPQuest). I’m glad to see Ray writing regular reviews again! The King of Pen has me intrigued - the price point has always put me off, but everyone who owns one seems to love it….
Pen (Pre)Review: Spoke Pen (via Well-Appointed Desk). Ana gives her thoughts on the Spoke Pen. I have a prototype, and will publish a full review at some point, but I generally agree with Ana’s overall thoughts.
Montblanc The Beatles Psychedelic Purple Review (via Writing at Large). Over the past couple of years I’ve also stopped chasing all the limited edition fountain pen inks, for many of the same reasons. There may be some batch variability with this ink, however. I haven’t had bleeding/feathering issues with my bottle of this particular color.
Organics Studios Masters of Writing Henry David Thoreau Walden Pond Blue (via Inksharks). I’ve never gotten into these “super sheener” inks; as the review remarks, they tend to smudge days/months/years later.
Franklin-Christoph Penvelope Six Pen Case (via Pencilcase Blog). I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t have a Penvelope, which I need to remedy.
Review and Giveaway! Pebble Stationery Co. Tomoe River Pocket Notebooks (via Clicky Post). Understated dot grid fountain pen-friendly pocket notebooks? Looks like a hit.
The Pelikan 400 and Its Many Forms (via Pelikan’s Perch). Joshua gives us another history lesson in vintage Pelikans, a genre that I’m becoming increasingly interested in. I’ve spent some time at shows looking at various models, and if I get back into collecting vintage, Pelikan is one potential area of focus.
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In Case You Missed It ….
This week on the blog I posted my recap of the 2019 Baltimore Pen Show, which was a huge success! I also published a piece titled “Overlooked and Underloved,” in which I revisited three pens that I don’t think get enough attention and which may be getting drowned out in the sea of new releases/next-big-things. Finally, there was an avalanche of new releases over the past couple of weeks, after much waiting, and I’ve highlighted a few in Deals & Drops.
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