The Magic of Nakaya (via UK Fountain Pens). Anthony pretty much nails the combination of factors that makes Nakaya such a beloved brand. I added Nakaya to my stable of pens earlier this year, and will really take my time on a review.
Reviewing the Dixon Ticonderoga (via Pencil Revolution). Johnny reviews another classic that we all know and … love? I have a lifetime stockpile of cedar Ticonderogas, so I haven’t purchased any recently. It’s unfortunate that they are no longer being made with cedar, apparently, but I’m glad to hear that overall quality is on the upswing.
Lamy Safari Mint Glaze Review (via Pen Addict). I still haven’t pulled the trigger on any of this year’s Pastel Safaris. I can’t decide which one strikes me, but the “Mint Glaze” version is quite pretty.
Tactile Turn Aluminum Glider Review (via Writing at Large). I enjoy Will Hodges’ Tactile Turn products, and they make some of the best machined pens on the market. I don’t have a Slider or a Glider, but this review is consistent with my own experiences with the brand.
Fountain Pen Shootout: Namiki Emperor vs. Conid Kingsize (via SBRE Brown). Stephen compares two very large - and expensive - pens from Pilot/Namiki and Conid. I enjoy this type of comparison content.
Ink Flight Book Reading List (via Ink Journal). For those of you who don’t subscribe to Ink Flight, here’s another reason to start: Book recommendations in each package! I can get behind all of these, and I think I’ve read most of them.
J. Herbin Kyanite du Nepal (via Pen Addict). Susan publishes some great shots of the newest Herbin ink from the 1798 series - this one is a vibrant turquoise with silver shimmer.
Colorverse #69 Opportunity (via Well-Appointed Desk). Laura reviews one of the inks from the latest “season” of Colorverse inks, which sports a Mars theme. None of these more recent inks have jumped out at me, and maybe strike me as a bit repetitive?
Studio Neat Totebook (via Pen Addict). I missed this while I was out of town, but Brad reviewed Studio Neat’s latest release, a softcover notebook. I have a set of these as well which I will be posting about soon.
Colorverse Monument Valley Ink Review and Giveaway (via Pen Chalet). Don’t miss your chance to win a complimentary bottle of Pen Chalet’s exclusive Arizona-themed inks. collaboration with Colorverse.
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In Case You Missed It…
What a week! It was a bit of a struggle to get back into a rhythm on my return from vacation, but maybe that’s a good thing? It allows me to rethink things a bit and try out some different ideas for new content. This week I reviewed a bunch of products that weren’t on my radar until several months ago: inks from South Korean brand 3 Oysters, and a vacuum-filler fountain pen from Chinese brand PenBBS, the No. 456.
This week’s Deals & Drops looked at several offerings from PenBBS, as well as a new Leonardo store exclusive Momento Zero available now at Pen Chalet.
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