My Japan Haul (via UK Fountain Pens). What a haul from what seems like a great trip to Japan! The higher-end Namiki pens are something I’ve been meaning to explore.
Going on a Diet (Recalibrating to Smaller, Cheaper Pens) (via UK Fountain Pens). Relatedly…. ROFL, even though I’m doing something similar right now.
Blackwing 811 Review (via Writing at Large). I’ve not yet cracked open my box of Blackwing 811 “library pencils,” but I love this theme. The lack of a standard hardness scale doesn’t really bother me with Blackwing. I consider it part of the charm, and I find that all of these pencils work reasonably well for writing, even the standard Blackwing/Blackwing “MMX”.
Montblanc British Racing Green (via Macchiato Man). Ah, British Racing Green. The one “classic” Montblanc ink that everyone talks about that has escaped me, and yet another color that Montblanc would sell the heck out of if they brought it back. Good thing there are apparently some decent substitutes out there!
Baron Fig Fortress LE Squire Click (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). I’ve never tested a Squire Click, but if you appreciate slimmer pens and/or don’t like the twist action on the standard Squire, this might be for you.
Baron Fig Gather Review Journal (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). This product interests me a lot, not necessarily to use in connection with pen reviews and the blog - I have my own “system” to track that stuff - but for other things I enjoy and want to track simply for my own personal enjoyment (whiskey, books, music, etc.).
Pilot Iroshizuku 100th Anniversary Inks Part I and Part II (via Mountain of Ink). Kelli reviews all of the Pilot 100th Anniversary Inks. Bishamonten and Hoteison are still the clear winners for me, here.
PenBBS 350 Fountain Pen with Rollerball Adapter (via Pen Addict). One of the PenBBS pens I recently received in the mail came with a rollerball adapter, and when I saw this review I was anxious to hear Susan’s thoughts on it.
What the Heck is White Lightning? (via Well-Appointed Desk). White Lighning works. Trust Ana. And me. All those unusably dry inks that you can’t bear to part with because you love the color? Just add a drop.
Bolt Action Pen Shootout (via Ed Jelley). Check out Ed’s single post comparing bolt action pens from Karas Kustoms, Tactile Turn, Maxmadco, and Inventery Co. Includes great photography (as always).
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In Case You Missed It….
New review material is going to be pretty sparse since I’m on vacation, but in the meantime you can enjoy the posts from the past week, such as this post on my favorite pen storage solutions. I also have some recap-style posts ready to go, such as this one looking at my Top 5 pens from the first 6 months of 2019. Also, right before I left, I had an interesting mail call in which I received a bunch of pens from PenBBS and LiveInYou. I can’t wait to ink these up as soon as I get back.
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