How to Buy Your First Parker 51 (via Writing at Large). A very detailed post on how to purchase a user-grade Parker 51, for your own personal use rather than collecting.
A Personal Journey with the Montblanc Agatha Christie Writer’s Edition (via UK Fountain Pens). The Agatha Christie is one of those pens I’ve admired from afar, given its secondary market price tag. Also, a great story behind this pen acquisition.
Why Do Some Notebooks Lay Flat Better Than Others? (via Fountain Pen Love). Spoiler: It has to do with a combination of binding and number of signatures.
Pineider Portable Filler and Snorkel Filler (via SBRE Brown). We sold a ton of these at this past weekend’s D.C. Pen Show.
Karas Pens Vertex (via UK Fountain Pens). I have a Vertex review sample as well, which is still in the review queue. I’m impressed with the design of this pen!
Review: Blackwing Volumes No. 10 (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). Les reviews the most recent release from Blackwing, along with a quality control issue on her set. That shouldn’t happen as the price approaches $30 per dozen.
Birmingham Pen Gray Inks (via Mountain of Ink). I filled a pen with a gray ink for the first time in quite a while this weekend, and I need to give this color another go, especially with grays that have undertones of another color.
Top $25-50 Fountain Pens for 2019 (via Pen Chalet). Sure, it’s limited to pens sold by Pen Chalet, but the Pelikan Stola is probably the only one on here I would argue about.
School Pencils: We Can All Do Better (via CW Pencil Enterprise). Some great thoughts on what to buy now that back-to-school season is upon us. The Ticonderoga is indeed not your only option, though it’s still a decent inexpensive pencil.
Nib Review: Grind from Nibsmith (via Well-Appointed Desk). Jesi reviews the cursive italic grind on her new Pelikan M600 Violet and White. Dan offers a grind with certain pens above a certain price point.
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In Case You Missed It…
This week’s schedule has been a bit off due to D.C. Pen Show travel, but I did manage to post a few pen show-specific articles, including this piece on prepping for the D.C. Pen Show, and another post with pictures from Friday and Saturday at the show. This week’s Deals & Drops has some of my D.C. Pen Show viewing/shopping list, and you’ll see what I actually picked up later this week!
As always, thanks for reading! My brain’s a bit fried right now from a full four days of conferencing and travel but I’ll have a recap up on the blog at some point.
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