Karas Kustoms Vertex H-Alpha Fountain Pen (via Nib & Ink). Matthew reviews one of the new limited edition Karas Kustoms Vertex pens, the bright red H. Alpha.
Karas Kustoms Vertex Galeocerda Fountain Pen (via Pencilcase Blog). Dries also has a detailed review of the Vertex, this time in a different color scheme. I think the grey “Galeocerda” material is my favorite.
Karas Pen Co. Vertex Fountain Pen (via Clicky Post). Looks like everyone got the Vertex reviews up and out the door this week! All of them are generally positive, and Mike Dudek has several different versions photographed.
DC Supershow 2019 (via Gourmet Pens). It was great to see Azizah again at this year’s D.C. Pen Show! Here’s her video recap.
Blackwing Volumes 42 (via Pencil Revolution). A strong Volumes release from Blackwing. I loved the subscriber extras on this one.
Hankyu Maroon (via Macchiato Man). Just what I need, another Sailor limited edition store ink on my radar! This one looks excellent, and in the “vase-style” bottle no less.
Vinta Inks (via Mountain of Ink). Follow Kelly as she works her way through Vinta inks, a new line of ink from the Philippines. These are pretty colors but the “pastel” line seems a bit too washed out for my taste.
Comparing Papers: HP Premium28 and HP Premium32 (via Fountain Pen Love). HP Premium32 printer paper is superb if you plan on writing on it with fountain pens. The Premium28 isn’t bad either for general purpose printing. When I mark up printed drafts that will end up being thrown away I generally don’t mind a bit of feathering.
The Lord of the Rings Moleskine Limited Edition Box Review (via Writing at Large). Say what you will about Moleskine’s paper quality and overall consistency, but I admire their collaborations and ability to do a mean limited edition.
Galen Leather Co. Zippered 10-Slot Pen Case (via Well-Appointed Desk). Did I mention how much I love Galen Leather products, and that they’re now available in the U.S. through Vanness Pens?
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In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog I reviewed the Schon DSGN Classic Machined Pen in PVD DLC Stainless Steel. I also tried something a bit different, publishing my own personal “Stationery Hall of Fame” with my favorite products in each category. This week’s Deals & Drops was “Pen Show Hangover”-themed, and I’m really bummed that I’m going to miss the upcoming San Francisco Pen Show due to a work commitment. If you’re in the Bay Area (or can easily travel to the Bay Area), this is turning into a can’t-miss pen event.
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