Nine Factory Nibs You Have To Try Before You Die (via UK Fountain Pens). I agree with all of these, and have had the privilege of trying many of them with the exception of some of the higher-end Pilot/Namiki nibs. A reminder that you don’t necessarily have to get nibs ground in order to get a unique writing experience.
How To Use Your Fountain Pens More Often: Stream of Consciousness Writing (via Fountain Pen Love). This technique goes by many names: morning pages, stream-of-consciousness, etc., and I agree it’s a great way to not only use your pens and ink but to clear your mind before or after a long day.
Tactile Turn Gist 2.0 Fountain Pen (via Pencilcase Blog). I’m a big fan of the Gist 2.0, and I’m glad to see my own thoughts echoed here. I easily recommend it as one of the more solid machined pen offerings on the market.
Shark Pen Review (via SBRE Brown). Ah, the Shark Pen. Buy an entire set of colors online through Amazon or eBay, and have your kids thinking you’re the coolest person ever, and your coworkers thinking you’re crazy.
Writing Exhibition at the British Library (via Notebook Stories). Articles like this are why I enjoy reading The Economist.
Quo Vadis Life Journal Infinite Review (via Mountain of Ink). Kelli reviews an undated planner from Quo Vadis, which I highlighted a couple weeks back. Quo Vadis makes great notebooks and planners, using Clairefontaine paper.
Colorverse Monsoon Storm Ink Review and Giveaway (via Pen Chalet). Check out this review of the new collaboration between Colorverse and Pen Chalet, a dark teal ink, and don’t miss a chance to win a bottle. Only a few hours left!
P.W. Akkerman SBRE Brown Ink (via Pen Addict). Susan reviews SBRE Brown’s signature ink, which is a pretty reddish brown. Get a bottle while it’s still in stock, as it’s made in batches.
Lamy Crystal Obsidian (via Well-Appointed Desk). Lamy always makes interesting black inks, and I need to try out Obsidian, which appears to be more of a “true black” ink than standard Lamy black that has green/grey undertones.
Pelikan Hubs 2019 (via Pelikan’s Perch). Sign up for Pelikan Hubs now, if you haven’t already, to ensure your city is chosen for a hub!
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In Case You Missed It…
Last week I was on vacation, so no new content, but I did publish a series of “recap” posts looking at my favorite pens, favorite inks, and miscellaneous accessories and paper from the first six months of 2019. I also managed to get in a Deals & Drops post since I can’t stop shopping for pens online, even when I’m on vacation. Back to normal this week!
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