How To Buy Your First Vintage Fountain Pen (via Writing at Large). This is an excellent - and comprehensive - guide to purchasing your first vintage fountain pen. If you’re preparing for your first foray into vintage at the upcoming D.C. Pen Show, check out this primer.
First Look: Tactile Turn Bolt Action and Bolt Action Short (via Nib & Ink). Tactile Turn has relaunched the Slider and Glider bolt-action pens under a new name. Matthew has his initial impressions up in a new video.
Diamine Salamander (via InkSharks). Diamine Salamander has been one of those inks on my radar for a very long time, and is often described as a “match” for the long-discontinued Montblanc British Racing Green.
Left-Handed Fountain Pen Use: Theory, Tips & Tricks (via SBRE Brown). I’m the only one in my household who is not a lefty, so I can appreciate many of the struggles they face with slow-drying ink, coated paper, etc. If you’re a lefty and want to understand how you can make fountain pens work better for you, check out this video.
The Aurora Duo-Cart Could Just Be a Modern Classic (via UK Fountain Pens). I love my Aurora Duo-Cart, though I haven’t inked it up in a long time, which needs to change. This article may have just inspired me to get it out of storage and into the pen case.
How To Preserve a Notebook That Has Sentimental Value (via Oakland Press). A very interesting article, which jumped out at me since I’m the family archivist and have inhererited (or rescued from the trash pile) most of the journals, notebooks, and handwritten correspondence from my family.
Baron Fig LE “The Editor” Squire (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). Baron Fig released a red pen? Count me in. I’m also overjoyed to see that they finally shipped a pen with the red Schmidt rollerball refill!
Robert Oster Melon Tea (via Hand Over That Pen). It’s been a while since we’ve seen a HOTP ink review, and this Oster (a personal favorite) is a great alternative to Diamine Salamander, especially if you want more brown in your brownish-green.
Diamine Red Dragon Review and Giveaway (via Pen Chalet). Red Dragon is an excellent dark red ink, but it’s been around for some time now (as in, years), so it’s not a new release. Apart from that one point, Pen Chalet has a good short writeup along with a chance to win a 30ml bottle.
The System: Alloy Limited Edition Retro 51 Tornado (via Clicky Post). Mike Dudek has released a new version of his collaboration with Retro 51, this time in acid-etched metal alloy!
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In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog, I reviewed one of my most-used desktop tools: My Carl Angel-5 Pencil Sharpener, and I also offered my first impressions of the Aolani, a new release from Kanilea Pen Company. Finally, the them of this week’s Deals & Drops was “Back to School and Back to Work,” as you stock up for the start of the new school year!
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