9 Genius Pen Features (via UK Fountain Pens). Anthony continues to kill it with some great content, and I agree with every single item on his list here.
600 Years of Writing (via Mountain of Ink). Kelli has created this detailed survey of various handwriting styles, complete with photos and historical details of each one. If you have even a passing interest in handwriting and calligraphy, you should give this a read.
Where I Buy Pens (via UK Fountain Pens). I’m always interested in where people shop, and there are several retailers on this list from whom I’ve never purchased.
My Pen Collection 2019 (via Macchiato Man). Yagan walks us through his pen collection, and this massive post has great photos, including nib close-ups of nibs. As expected, there are some very interesting Sailor Pro Gears!
IndiGraph Fountain Pen That Can Use India Ink (via SBRE Brown). For those of you intrigued by the IndiGraph Kickstarter project that’s been receiving a lot of attention on the pen interwebs, Stephen reviews a prototype. The product is real, it appears to work, and is targeted at the urban sketcher community.
Moleskine Basquiat Limited Edition Notebook Review (via Writing at Large). I love the aesthetics on this notebook, but Moleskine’s inconsistency with respect to their paper unfortunately keeps me away. I’m going to wait and see what I hear about how this batch performs.
Pelikan Edelstein Star Ruby Ink Review and Giveaway (via Pen Chalet). Since I already have a plenty of pink/red and dark pink inks, I’ll probably take a pass on this year’s Edelstein Ink of the Year. Still, Star Ruby is a nice color and Pen Chalet is giving away a bottle!
Lamy Crystal Agate (via Well-Appointed Desk). After hemming and hawing a bit, I decided to order a bottle of this ink, in part because I think it might end up being the “legible gray” that I’ve been looking to add to my rotation.
Fountain Pen Ink Cartridges: What Are Your Favorites? (via Pen Addict). I like cartridges too, but since they have a tendency to evaporate I don’t keep a huge stockpile on hand and try to replace them as I use them up. A while back I wrote about cartridges, and those pictured in the post are the ones I use the most. (I’m partial to Kaweco.)
Hovel Pencil Plane (via Well-Appointed Desk). A pencil sharpener that both intrigues and terrifies me at the same time, even though it shouldn’t as it looks pretty safe. I’d probably still figure out a way to plane my finger off.
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In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog I reviewed the KACO Edge fountain pen, a high-quality, inexpensive Chinese pen made from Makrolon and featuring a Schmidt nib, as well as two of the new Iroshizuku 100th Anniversary Inks, Hoteison (a dark green) and Bishamonten (a pinkish red). I also updated my “best pen” recommendations for 2019.
Finally, this week’s Deals & Drops highlights more new releases and a few non-pen items that may be of interest to the “analog-minded.”
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