Blank Slate Paper Co. (via Mostly Pens). If you’ve ever wanted to create a completely customized pad of paper to your specification, you need to checkout Blank Slate Paper Co. This review walks you through the process, and I second the choice of the HP 32lb paper.
Is It Safe to Use Old Fountain Pen Inks? (via Fountain Pen Love). Yes! Use old inks (provided they’re not moldy, cloudy, filled with sediment, or have “made for the Parker 51” written on the box).
In Praise of the Crazy Pelikan Italic Broad (via UK Fountain Pens). I’ve never explored Pelikan’s stock specialty nibs, but I have gotten back into my broads and italics. Maybe I’ll take a spin around the room on Sunday at the Baltimore Pen Show.
Chinese Pen News You Need to Know Jan. & Feb. 2019 (via Frank Underwater). As usual, Frank has all sort of interesting updates on the Chinese pen market, including new releases from Hero and Moonman, among others.
Pen Addict X Spoke Pen (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). Les got her hands on a Spoke pen prototype and puts it through the paces. Brad passed me one this weekend at the Baltimore Pen Show, so I’ll have my own thoughts up on the blog in the next couple of weeks, hopefully before the Kickstarter ends but travel might make that impossible.
Spoke Pen Review: Currently on Kickstarter (via Clicky Post). Check out Mike Dudek’s thoughts as well, in the all-black “Ninja” version of the pen.
2019 LA Pen Show Haul (via Hand Over That Pen). Katherine shows off her haul of mostly vintage Japanese pens from L.A. In addition to being gorgeous, some of these have interesting historical context, and Katherine provides some general info on care for certain kinds of vintage celluloids.
Ink Review #586: Monteverde Gratitude Magenta (via Mountain of Ink). Monteverde inks sold like hotcakes in Baltimore this weekend, and for good reason. The inks are generally well-behaved and the colors really pop. “Gratitude” is from Monteverde’s “Emotions” line, and is a nice pinkish purple shade.
Scribo Feel Fountain Pen (via Pencilcase Blog). The story for 2019 hasn’t been written yet, but if I had to place a bet on what we’ll be talking about come December, I’d be willing to bet that it involves the various spin-offs and successors to Omas and Delta. Scribo, started by former Omas employees, recently released their first high-end production pen, the Feel, which Dries was able to review.
Lamy 2000 Multipen (via Well-Appointed Desk). Ana reviews one of my favorite stationery items EVER, the Lamy 2K multi pen.
Blackwing Natural: Extra Firm and Kinda Naked (via Pencil Revolution). These pencils look fantastic. One thing I do admire about Blackwing is how they listen to their fans, who have been clamoring for (1) a natural finish and (2) an extra firm core for years.
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In Case You Missed It ….
This week on the blog I posted my annual recounting of pen show “tips and tricks,” along with a list of the shows I should be attending this year. On Saturday I managed to get a few pics up from the first day of the 2019 Baltimore Pen Show, and look for more later this week once I’m back in town. I saw some really cool stuff this weekend that you won’t want to miss, so stay tuned. This week’s Deals & Drops spotlights some new releases that are trickling out, as well as some old standbys such as Faber-Castell and Opus 88 that many people are just now discovering (including many people at Baltimore this weekend)!
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