How Do You Use Your….Traveler’s Notebook? (via The Looped Square). Joseph shows off his two-notebook setup for keeping track of pen and ink pairings.
Baron Fig Identification and Customer Service (via Fountain Pen Love). John has identified some inconsistencies in the paper used in Baron Fig Vanguard Pocket Notebooks. It looks like the best course of action here is only to purchase those that say “Vanguard II,” if you’re requiring the best performance with fountain pens.
Nock Tallulah: Two’s Company (via UK Fountain Pens). I still haven’t broken out this Terracotta Tallulah case from last year’s Atlanta Pen Show Kickstarter, and this review is a reminder of how good this design looks.
Wing Sung 5502 Fountain Pen (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). Wing Sung keeps cranking out low-cost frankenpens that, despite how ugly some of them are, still represent a great value if what you want is a cheap fountain pen that gets the job done.
Ink Review #635: Akkerman Dutch Masters 7 Rembrandt’s Karmozijn (via Mountain of Ink). Dutch Masters No. 7 is the Akkerman Ink I’ve been lusting after for quite some time. I need to just bite the bullet and order it.
Diamine Burgundy Royale 150th Anniversary Ink Review and Giveaway (via Pen Chalet). Giveaway Alert! Pen Chalet is giving away a bottle of an excellent burgundy ink that I need to review myself. Don’t miss your chance to win.
Blackwing 602 Summit Notebook (via Pen Addict). These Blackwing notebooks have good paper and don’t receive nearly as much attention as they should. I also like the overall look of the product.
Lamy Crystal Azurite (via Well-Appointed Desk). I haven’t broken out my bottle of Lamy Crystal Ink yet, but from what I’ve seen elsewhere, Lamy has come up with some great colors. Azurite appears to be a beautiful blue-violet.
Kaweco Sport Sunrise and Sunset Fountain Pens (via Gourmet Pens). Fontoplumo in the Netherlands has had some incredible exclusive and limited releases this year, including these Kaweco Classic Sports in yellow.
Pelikan Vermeil Souveran Fountain Pens (via Pelikan’s Perch). Yet another thing to look for at pen shows! These vermeil pens look beautiful, and as always, Joshua does a great job of profiling some of these lesser-known (to most of us) releases.
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In Case You Missed It….
This week on the blog things got back to normal a bit after travel slowed down. On Wednesday I recapped my trip to Atlanta for last weekend’s Atlanta Pen Show, and separately posted my “pen show haul.” I also reviewed the second iteration of the Tactile Turn Gist in Titanium, which I dub the “Gist 2.0.” If you took a pass on the first (Kickstarter) iteration of this pen, it’s definitely worth your consideration. Finally, don’t miss this week’s Deals & Drops, where I talk a little bit about my ideal “analog travel kit” and recap some new releases.
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