11 Phenomenal Stubs and Italics for Any Budget (via UK Fountain Pens). Anthony takes us through the stub and cursive italic nibs in his collection, including several excellent, affordable “stock” nibs that can be ordered directly from retailers without having to go through a nib grinder.
Happy Mechanical Pencil Day 2019 (via Bleistift). I knew there was a reason I had mechanical pencils on the brain this week! July 5 is apparently Mechanical Pencil Day, and you won’t want to miss this giveaway, which runs through July 15.
Ryan Krusac Studios in Paris (via Inkantadora’s International Desk). Looks like Ryan has taken the show international this summer. That will be a great event!
Ti Arto Review (via Writing at Large). It is strange that we bloggers sometimes fail to review the pens that we use the most. The Ti Arto Universal Refill pen is a highly versatile writing instrument that could easily be your “one pen.”
How To Use Fountain Pen Blotting Paper (via Fountain Pen Love). Blotting paper is one of those handy tools that make life as a fountain pen user much easier. I keep a sheet in between the pages of my Tomoe River notebooks to blot excess ink when I close the notebook for the day.
Leonardo Officina Italiana Red Passion Ink Review and Giveaway (via Pen Chalet). Don’t miss this giveaway opportunity for a bottle of the newly released Leonardo ink! The red looks like a solid everyday color!
Kyo No Oto Nurebairo (via Pen Addict). I love “off black” colors with different undertones, and I will have to give this one further consideration.
Lett’s Travel Journal (via Well-Appointed Desk). I’ve always appreciated the look of the Lett’s lineup, and small notebooks make excellent travel companions. Looks like fountain pens are probably a no-go on the paper, though.
Molteni Pens from OMAS Italian Celluloid (via Gourmet Pens). The blue Lucens celluloid is gorgeous in person, and I had the opportunity to handle these at this year’s L.A. Pen Show in February.
Pelikan Hubs 2019 By the Numbers (via Pelikan’s Perch). The Pelikan Hubs phenomenon just keeps growing! I can’t believe how many people signed up for this year’s Nashville Hub!
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In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog I was an unwitting participant in the Mechanical Pencil Day festivities, choosing to publish a bunch of mechanical-pencil related content without having any idea that there was an official stationery “holiday.” (These things tend to be proliferating, don’t they?) First up was my review of the Rotring 800, compared against the very popular Rotring 600 which I reviewed a few years ago. Next, I published my personal Top 5 mechanical pencils. This week’s Deals & Drops featured several 4th of July discounts and sales, some of which might still be active.
Happy Sunday, and as always, thanks for reading!
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