How and Why I Just Sold 70 Bottles of Ink (via UK Fountain Pens). This is inspiring! I don’t have quite as many bottles of ink as Anthony, following a purge a year or so back, but the bottle count is creeping back up again.
The Dark Brown Tortoise That Might Have Been… (via Pelikan’s Perch). Insta-buy if this thing ever gets reissued! I’d love to spend an afternoon digging around in the Pelikan archives.
Franklin-Christoph Antique Glass Model 66 and Robert Oster River of Fire (via Writing at Large). I’ve never managed to snag an Antique Glass pen, even though I love the look. I may need to act quick at the next few pen shows I attend.
The Aurora 88 Nettuno Has Beauty and Brains (via UK Fountain Pens). To try to answer the question of why the Nettuno has not received as much attention as other recent releases - Aurora has released a LOT of limited edition pens lately, plus the photographs I’ve seen have been somewhat lackluster in terms of highlighting the material. This review offers an entirely new perspective on an overlooked pen.
Aurora 88 Urano Fountain Pen (via Gourmet Pens). Azizah does an unboxing and first impressions video of her new Urano with a stub nib. The Aurora 88 is an excellent pen, and the turquoise Auroloide used in this pen is one of my favorite releases from the past few years.
The Underrated and Humble Pencil (via Bleistift). Lots of great Sunday reading through this link! Especially if you’re interested in the real-world impact of analogue tools.
Opus 88 Omar Tiger Eye (via Pen Addict). Susan reviews the latest from Opus 88, the “Omar” that was introduced around the time of the Baltimore Pen Show this spring. It’s a very large pen, which I think has kept a lot of people away. Susan enjoyed it, but compare her review to Laura’s below before deciding whether this pen is right for you.
Opus 88 Omar (via Well-Appointed Desk). Laura found the Omar too big and heavy to be comfortable. If big pens sometimes aren’t your thing, read this review before considering the Omar.
Write 4th of July (via Pencil Revolution). Write Notepads discontinued their limited edition subscriptions service in favor of dropping small runs of special notebooks whenever inspiration strikes them, which has resulted in exceptional work like this 4th of July edition. The downside is that unless you’re watching the website or your e-mail, you’ll blink and miss the opportunity to grab a pack!
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In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog, I offered my thoughts on the latest Herbin 1798 release: Kyanite du Nepal, a bright turquoise-ish blue with silver shimmer. For a bit of a change of pace, on Saturday I discussed stationery subscription services, why I’ve decided to keep a single subscription: Blackwing Volumes, and some points for consideration when deciding whether or not to subscribe. Finally, this week’s Deals and Drops highlighted yet another Momento Zero release from Leonardo, along with their new ink lineup.
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