2019 Pelikan Hub Report (via Fountain Pen Follies). Hopefully everyone enjoyed this year’s Pelikan Hubs, and I’m happy to report that our own Nashville Hub continues to grow! It’s been amazing watching this event develop over the past few years.
Identifying Vintage Fountain Pen Ink Bottles and Boxes (via Fountain Pen Love). Everyone should check out this beautifully photographed and informative post about vintage fountain pen inks, even if you’re not a vintage ink collector yourself. I have a few bottles of vintage which I enjoy using from time to time, but this is a rabbit hole I haven’t fallen down.
Should I Have Stopped Buying Pens in November 2016? Thoughts on the Lamy 2000 Bauhaus. (via UK Fountain Pens). If I had personally stopped buying pens at an earlier stage of this madness, my journey would have ended with the standard Lamy 2000.
Baron Fig Clear: Habit Journal Confidant Plus (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). Baron Fig has updated its Clear Habit Journal into the larger “Plus” size Confidant format. I don’t use structured bullet journals/habit trackers, but this one receives rave reviews.
Robert Oster Astorquiza Olive (via Mountain of Ink). Following up on Robert Oster’s earlier collaboration with Claudia Astorquiza of Bauer Inks, Astorquiza Rot, they’ve released a new ink! It’s a nice brownish-olive ink that reminds me a little bit of Oster Melon Tea?
Introducing Montegrappa Tulip for Team Fox (via Pen Chalet). Montegrappa is releasing a new series of pens in collaboration with the Michael J. Fox Fountain to raise money for Parkinson’s Research. The color combination and tulip clip are nicely done.
Stickin’ With It (via From the Pen Cup). I’ve been having similar thoughts, feeling like I’m all over the place with a dozen half-used notebooks and inked pens. Just pick one or two to use and power through for a while?
Vinta Inks Overview (via Well-Appointed Desk). Ana provides a comprehensive overview of the newest ink hotness - Vinta Inks from the Philippines. These inks have subtle nuances that I’d like to try out in person at some point, but my ink backlog is huge….
Pelikan Re-Introduces Broader Nib Widths & Other Tidbits (via Pelikan’s Perch). After ceasing production of its non-standard nib widths several years ago, Pelikan is slowly reversing course.
Why Some People Become Lifelong Readers (via The Atlantic). I’ve been trying to read more this year, with decent success, but I’d love to kick it into the book-per-week realm, as opposed to book-per-month.
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In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog I published a couple of different pieces as a change of pace. First, I looked at some Noodlers Inks that I had modified by adding water or “White Lightning” Ink Additive from Vanness, which made otherwise high-maintenance inks more manageable for me by increasing flow for dry writers or otherwise decreasing feathering, bleed-through, smearing. I also received a last minute, fortuitous purchase from Sakura Fountain Pen Gallery: a blue Lamy 2000 Bauhaus 100th Anniversary Edition. I recapped Lamy’s Special and Limited Edition releases from 2019, and offered some commentary (ok, a rant) about the pricing and availability issues with the Bauhaus 100th Anniversary pen. Appropriately, this week’s Deals & Drops focused on Lamy Special Editions, including a few lotteries where you can enter for a “chance to purchase” the blue Bauhaus pen.
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