I’ve spent a lot of time on the road during the first quarter of this year, and one of the things I’ve been considering is my travel setup. In particular, how do I cover all of my different analog and digital bases - especially on a long trip - without loading myself down with junk I’ll never use? This week’s Deals & Drops offers some insight into things that have worked for me, plus some other new releases that have launched or become available over the past week or so.
Rickshaw Joey Feldman Limited Edition Deluxe 6 Pen Roll (via Vanness Pens). I bought one of these at the L.A. Pen Show, when I was working behind the Vanness table. In addition to Joey’s great design, I love the layout of this six-pen case, the protective microfiber interior, and how it closes securely with the elastic cord and fits neatly into your travel bag. These limited editions should sell out quickly, so if you want one jump on them.
Nock Co. Sinclair (via Nock Co.). For quick, non-pen show trips the Sinclair is the only pen case I’ll bring with me. It holds three pens (or more if you get creative and don’t mind them touching) and pocket notebooks.
Bellroy Classic Pouch (via Amazon). A staple in my daily carry. This sturdy, woven fabric pouch provides plenty of room to stash cables, chargers, SD cards, pens, headphones, and pretty much any other small item you don’t want sliding around loose in your bag. My review here.
Makrolon Fountain Pen. I love Makrolon pens for their durability and understated aesthetic. When I’m on the road and working in hotels and coffee shops, I don’t want something that looks at all flashy to minimize the risk of it “wandering off.” My favorite option is the Lamy 2000, but the KACO Edge comes at a much lower cost and makes for a great knockaround travel pen.
Baron Fig Squire Rollerball (via Baron Fig). It’s rare that I won’t have at least one Baron Fig Squire on me, especially when I’m traveling. The pens are compact, sturdy, and use reliable refills.
Pineider Pen Filler (via Pen Chalet). If I want to travel with a piston filler fountain pen, I don’t bring a full bottle of ink. This little gadget from Pineider minimizes the risk of spills when filling your pens in hotels, and works as advertised. My review here.
Nanami Paper Cafe Note with Gfeller Leather Cover (via Nanami Paper). What I’ve been using as my “Fauxbonichi” / Journal for the past year. This compact notebook holds a ton of Tomoe River Paper, and the natural leather cover looks great as it ages and develops a “travel record” of scuffs.
Clairefontaine A5 Wirebound Notebook (via Vanness Pens). My preferred choice for a scratch pad spiral notebook that’s compatible with all different types of ink. I love the French-ruled paper, but it’s not always available.
So What’s New This Week?
New Viscontis (via Vanness Pens). Vanness has a wide range of Visconti pens in stock at many different price points. In particular, check out the Visconti Breeze, a well-priced pen that has a nice steel nib.
Leonardo Pens Stateside! (via the Nibsmith). Dan Smith recently started carrying the entire line of pens from Leonardo Officina Italiana. I’ve been gushing over these pens for months so you know that this is news I like to see.
Loclen Electa Fountain Pens (via Pen Chalet). These new machined pens out of Italy were very popular this past weekend. Check out the integrated piston/converter!
PenBBS 308/206 (via Goldspot). PenBBS has developed a reputation for making reliable, low-cost pens that still look great. Goldspot has some on sale as part of their “Weekly Dip” special.
Pilot E95S (via Anderson Pens). I thought I’d highlight Pilot’s compact pocket pen, which really doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should. I’ve seen more of them at pen shows this year, and I hope they continue to catch on. (It also makes a great travel companion.)
Pelikan M101N Grey-Blue (via Appelboom). I saw this pen in person this weekend, and found it stunning in person. It could be my favorite of the M101N limited editions.
PK Custom Goods Pen Cases (via PK Custom Goods/Etsy). These cases are one of my favorite discoveries from this past weekend’s Atlanta Pen Show. Star Wars and Harry Potter themes? Count me in.