People were dropping hints at the D.C. Pen Show last month, but I didn’t think this pen was actually in the works: The Diplomat Aero “Flame” version is on the way, arriving at European retailers next month. I assume U.S. arrival will be slightly delayed beyond that but who knows. The Pelikan Start Ruby M205 is now available for sale at most retailers, and don’t miss the chance to pick up one of the Platinum 100th Anniversary pens at reduced prices as we reach the end of the year. Finally, this weekend (tomorrow and Saturday) is the Dallas Pen Show, a unique two-day show that has earned rave reviews.
Pelikan M205 Star Ruby Special Edition (via Pen Chalet). The Star Ruby Pen has sparkles! Grab a Star Ruby pen to match you Star Ruby Ink of the Year that you picked up at the Pelikan Hub!
Diplomat Aero Flame Fountain Pen (via Appelboom). From all the questions that I’ve fielded at pen shows over the past year, people must have been begging Diplomat to release a Flame Aero. Looks like it’s coming out next month!
Diplomat Traveller Flame Fountain Pen (via Vanness Pens). Diplomat’s original “Flame” offering came in the form of the slim Traveller, which makes a perfect planner or notebook pen.
Aurora 88 “Black Mamba” Limited Edition (via Nibsmith). The “Black Mamba” has landed stateside, and Dan still has at least one in stock. This is a great looking blacked-out pen, and is still on my radar if I’m able to act quickly enough.
Montblanc M (RED) Designed by Mark Newson (via Appelboom). I can’t recall whether I’ve featured this pen before, but Montblanc has released the “M” series pen in both red acrylic and a palladium nickel coated version.
Platinum 100th Anniversary “The Prime” Silver Edition (via Pen Chalet). The prices are finally starting to drop a bit on Platinum’s limited edition Anniversary pens. They’re still expensive, but it’s no longer $1400.
Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Wood Macassar Fountain Pen (via Appelboom). After years on the fence, I’m sold on GvFC as a brand, and this PVD-coated titanium trim version looks awesome.
Graf von Faber-Castell Tamitio Black Edition Fountain Pen (via Appelboom). In recent years, GvFC has begun to offer some lower-priced options with steel nibs. I wrote with a Tamitio at this year’s D.C. Pen Show and was blown away by the smoothness of their black-plated nib.
Galen Leather Washi Tape Dispenser (via Vanness Pens). In addition to leather goods, Galen Leather makes wooden desk accessories through their affiliated label, Walden Woodworkers. This Mahogany washi tape holder will display your washi collection in true sophisticated fashion.
Sailor Ink Studio Inks (via Anderson Pens). You have to call the store to order, but Anderson Pens is one of the few retailers in the U.S. offering Sailor’s Ink Studio line, with some truly unique colors. I’m waiting for an opportunity to visit the Chicago Store in person….
Sailor Manyo Ink (via The Nibsmith). An international-market exclusive available only outside Japan, these Manyo inks will be a standard offering from Sailor, and it’s exciting because they will be sold in square 50ml bottles.
Narwhal Pens (via Goldspot). I had the opportunity to visit with Narwhal briefly at the D.C. Pen Show, and came away impressed at what they can offer at the $45 price point. That yellow acrylic swirl is easily my favorite.
MaryMagicBox Vintage Pen Store (via Etsy). I was introduced to this Etsy shop at this year’s Nashville Pelikan Hub, and Mary has some excellent, well-priced vintage pens for sale. I wrote with several of her restorations and the work looks good. The pens themselves are gorgeous.
PenBBS Model 323 (via PenBBS/Etsy). Another Pelikan Hub recommendation, the vase-shaped Model 323 from PenBBS is extremely popular, and also apparently quite comfortable to hold. This one is already on my “future order” list.
KACO Victoria & Albert Museum Series Fountain Pens (via Amazon). I love the look of these pens that KACO made in collaboration with the V&A Museum, and like them even more for the price point. I’ve reviewed several KACO pens and have generally been impressed with their value proposition. Also check out this version in light blue, as well as this pen in a darker blue/white “wallpaper” pattern.