D.C. Pen Show Recap (via The Looped Square). Joseph got to experience the show as an attendee this year, and not having not worked the D.C. Show in a couple of years, it’s refreshing to read this perspective. A great review (and I had no idea there were so many nib grinders there)!
D.C. Pen Show 2019 (Figboot on Pens). David has a great video recap of the 2019 D.C. Pen Show, which you should definitely take the time to watch. I totally missed Cirque du Soleil staying at the hotel!
Two Years of Daily Journaling (via Writing at Large). A daily journaling habit is something that I’ve struggled to maintain over the years. Honestly, it probably would help me a lot in several areas of my life, and it’s something I’ll need to work on.
The Kasama Una Isn’t Perfect, But It’s Certainly Different (via UK Fountain Pens). I’ve admired Kasama pens over Instagram, and if they ever decide to scale up production, these pens could be a hit.
Tactile Turn Pencil (via Pencilcase Blog). Will Hodges of Tactile Turn has consistently improved his machining over the past few years, and the most recent line of Tactile Turn products are among some of the best yet. I love the look of this pencil.
A Pen Addict’s Assessment of School Supply Shopping (via Pen Addict). Sarah nails this one, having recently experienced “modern” school supply shopping for the first time. Not only are the lists ridiculously overinclusive, but some schools (at least here) force you to purchase “packages” of marked-up supplies through the school, further precluding any fun or creativity in the process.
Opus 88 Koloro Fountain Pen Giveaway (via Well-Appointed Desk). Ana (in conjunction with our own site sponsor Appelboom) is giving away an Opus 88 Koloro fountain pen! Don’t miss an opportunity to get in on this one.
Karas Pen Co. Fountain Pen Vertex in Chrysopeia (via Ed Jelley). Ed reviews Karas Kustoms’ latest release. I also have a Vertex as well, and despite some flow issues with a finicky Bock nib, I’m extremely impressed with the design and the quality.
Diamine 150th Anniversary Safari (via Ink Sharks). I love these Diamine 150th Anniversary Inks, as they generally behave well and have nice depth of color. Fans of dark/dusty greens should check out Safari.
Pilot Iroshizuku 100th Anniversary Benzaiten (via Alt.Haven). This light pink color is one of the new 100th Anniversary Iroshizuku inks that people are going crazy over. Personally, it’s too light for me, but if you enjoy pink inks give this one a look.
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In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog I recapped last weekend’s 2019 D.C. Pen Show, and provided my thoughts on the event. Deals & Drops also focused on things I saw at the show. I also reviewed my favorite of this year’s limited edition Montblanc inks - the “single malt scented” collaboration with James Purdey & Sons.
Happy Sunday, and as always, thanks for reading!
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