PenBBS 309 Piston Filler in Mojito (via Pen Addict). More PenBBS goodness! Susan reviews the ever-prolific Chinese company’s piston-filler, and once again the upturned nib seems to win the day. I’ve also noticed that people seem to comment on how efficient their filling systems are, in terms of the amount of ink they hold. You can have trouble filling some inexpensive pens to capacity.
Blackwing Volume 10 (via Pencil Revolution). I didn’t renew my Blackwing subscription this year, but may reconsider after seeing No. 10. The matte grey not only looks gorgeous, but the Blackwing put together an excellent theme. Johnny’s writing is top-notch, as always. Another great read is this short piece on going back through old notebooks. Let’s just say Johnny writes a lot.
A Public Service Announcement About Aurora Italic and Stub Nibs (via UK Fountain Pens). Aurora stubs and italics can be some of the most wonderful stock specialty nibs out there, but they are very inconsistent. (They are also prone to factory mix-ups - I received an oblique B on a instead of a stub one time.) I typically buy Aurora specialty nibs from Dan Smith or someone who will check it first.
Visit to TyLee’s Pen Shop in Taipei (via Inkantadora’s International Desk). A great video travelogue from a blog I just started reading! This shop looks incredibly well-stocked.
Pen Show Visit: Dutch Pen Show Utrecht (via Pencilcase Blog). Dries reports back from the Dutch Pen Show in Utrecht, where it looks like the attendees featured an all-star cast, including Galen Leather, Appelboom, La Couronne du Compte, Robert Oster inks, and more!
Platinum President Fountain Pen: Am I the Only Person that Has One? (via Clicky Post). Mike writes about one of those weird quirks of the pen world. I don’t own a President - I haven’t heard any bad things, per se; I’ve just never been presented with a compelling reason to purchase one.
Yoseka Notebook Review (Fountain Pen Love). Ok, so after reading yet another good review I’m going to crack open my sample Yoseka notebook and give it a spin. This one seems like it would make a good ink review notebook?
Nettuno 1911 Review (via SBRE Brown). The Italian spin-off companies just keep coming! Stephen takes a look at the Nettuno 1911, which apparently is made by one of the original founders of Delta.
Ink Review #775: Diamine Aurora Borealis (via Mountain of Ink). I’ve been waiting to see a review of this ink - designed in collaboration with r/FountainPens, for some time. I like the idea of companies designing new pens and inks, taking their customers’
Paper Review: Eco-conscious Sugar Cane (via Well-Appointed Desk). I love sugarcane paper, especially for work. It’s inexpensive, relatively environmentally friendly, and handles fountain pen ink so much better than cheap recycled legal pads.
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In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog I reviewed two new additions to my regular carry: the Lamy 2000 Rollerball, and the Galen Leather A5 Zipfolio in “Crazy Horse” brown leather. Both are exceptionally durable products that could literally be the last stationery products you’ll ever buy (as if that would ever happen). This week’s Deals & Drops highlights a new U.S.-exclusive Lamy Safari, as well as some new 100th anniversary Aurora pens.
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