Sunday Notes and Links

Sheaffer Balance Aspen LE medium nib with Montblanc Permanent Grey ink bottleThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my Sheaffer Balance Aspen with Montblanc Permanent Grey. It’s been a pick before. It ran dry this week and I immediately re-inked it with the same ink so I didn’t have to put it aside.

My Kickstarter Nexus Minimal fountain pen arrived this week. I wrote about it when it arrived but I wasn’t able to ink it up for a couple days (for reasons I mentioned in the article). But I did ink it up in Friday and updated the post, so you can check out the update if you only read the first version.

Some links of interest…

Karas Kustoms INK Fountain Pen Review – The Passionate Penman // Always glad to see I’m not the only one who likes these pens

Barch-Payzant (freehand) lettering pens – a new old toy. – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb // Unfortunately these pens don’t provide the talent to create the artwork in the photos

Review: M200 Café Crème 2015 Special Edition – The Pelikan’s Perch // This review makes me regret not pre-ordering one and makes it hard to resist ordering one now. I’m holding out for my M805 Stresemann for my Pelikan fix. Once that arrives I’ll forget all about the Cafe Creme.

Top 5 Pen Tools for Pen People – Pen Pursuit // All but one apply to fountain pens

A Pen With Personality: The Waterman Phileas Fountain Pen – From the Pen Cup // I didn’t realize these were out of production. I remember them as a fountain pen available in Staples stores many years ago.

And now to lay some science on ya!  This is the… – Fountain Pen Physicist // Not for everyone, but I haven’t seen anything like this elsewhere and I found it interesting and look for to the rest of the series.

Original Crown Mill correspondence paper – Thepencilcaseblog // I love this paper brand, especially their note cards which I bought a bunch of when they were discounted (damaged packaging, no damage to cards) at Goulet Pens.

My Top Five Pens – Fountain of Pens // I always enjoy reading about personal favorites

A Reflection on One Year of Daily Journaling – The Newsprint // Read this if you’re looking for a reason to use your pens

Vintage Pen Primer, Part I — The Gentleman Stationer // Good advice, pretty much what I did except I was motivated by fear rather rather than actual knowledge or a plan. An Estie was my first vintage pen and it was done at a pen show where I could touch and feel. I also decided to skip certain popular vintage pens once I saw them at a show and realized they weren’t for me. eBay purchases came once I knew more about the pens being sold and I then assumed they were worse then described, at least until I had experience with the seller and trusted them.

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Edison Huron Grande Extra Fine Nib and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE inkThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is the Edison Huron Grande with a extra fine nib and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink. I really like this pen and ink but it’s size means it’s home bound, if not desk bound, so it’s not often that it gets a lot of use. I’m at the point, late in the month, where my most used pens have run dry and I’m resisting inking up any new pens before these run dry. The Huron Grande typically gets frequent but short use when it sits on my desk.

Some links of interest…

Macy’s Fountain Pens – Fountain Pen Restoration

Pilot Namiki Togidashi Hira Double Crane Maki-e Fountain Pen Review – On Fountain Pens

Review: Baoer 507 — Alt. Haven

L. A. Int’l Pen Show – an album on FlickrThe Passionate Penman

Paper Review: Franklin-Christoph Firma-Flex Journals – The Pen Habit

Fueled by Clouds & Coffee: Epic Pen Search and Discovery, Part 1: MikeD’s Pen – Fueled by Clouds & Coffee via The Pen Addict Podcast

Cool: Retro 1951’s Black Fade to Silver Tornado – From the Pen Cup

The Right Kind of Friction – FIELD TRIPS by TOM BIHNFIELD TRIPS by TOM BIHN

Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict

Pilot Petit1 Fountain Pen – Pete Denison

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Esterbrook #8440 Superfine nib and Pelikan Blue-BlackThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was another vintage pen. It’s an Esterbrook J with a #8440 Superfine (aka Cartography) nib and Pelikan Blue-Back ink. I can’t really use the nib for fast writing since it’s so thin. If I’m careless I can stab the paper, so I pay attention and write a little slower when I use the nib, But it’s worth it.

Some links of interest…

#InCoWriMo Letters: Yes We Scan Them @dowdyism And A Bit More - Gorgeous.Ink // A new blog that has some great ink reviews, so browse around the site after reading this article.

Internal Architecture — Fountain Pen Economics // Another relatively new blog that provides an original view of the fountain pen world

The Palomino Collection Pack: Start Here – Write Analog // A good overview of the sampler.

An Interview with Linda Shrewsbury of CursiveLogic – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // If you haven’t backed the project yet please read this article and consider backing it.

OMAS Arte Italiana Milord Fountain Pen Review – Hey there! SBREBrown // Video review

Fountain pens and Colour pencils Sketches – Francis THEO // I love these sketches

Father and Son Pencil Ranking, Part II. – Pencil Revolution // A fun read

Big Announcement – Scholarship Fund Raising – And those Scholarships! – Newton Pens // Shawn Newton will be making pens full time. Check out the scholarship fund too.

Epic ink test: R3, M1 – Fountain Pen Physicist

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Parker Duofold c.1926 FIne Nib with Aurora Black bottleThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was easily my Parker Duofold c.1928 with Aurora Black ink. It’s been far too long since I last inked up the Parker (over a year according to my records) and it’s been a joy to write with. It’s been mostly long form writing (several full pages as opposed to short notes) and the pen is very comfortable and the nib is smooth. It’s fine nib is a little wet but I’m growing to like that more and more.

Some links of interest…

Turn a Blank Notebook into a Lined Notebook – The Well-Appointed Desk // Ana updated her guide sheets. I don’t use guide sheets (maybe I should) but this is a great resource.
Nakaya Portable Cigar Ao-tamenuri Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict // The best part of the review is that he takes the pen out in addition to sharing it with others.
My Note Book Workflow — Alt. Haven
An Often Unknown Influence – Mr. Thomas Hall — The Clicky Post
Feature on Fox8! – Edison Pen Co // Fox8 feature on Edison Pen (video)
When in Doubt, Make A List – Scott Berkun via lifehacker
For the next company that wants to revive a beloved pen brand. – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb // Repeating a link I mentioned here
Citrusy! The Faber-Castell Lime LOOM Fountain Pen – From the Pen Cup
Kaweco Skyline Mint Fountain Pen — The Finer Point
Pelikan M600 Souverain: The Right Choice? — The Gentleman Stationer
Rotring Core Fountain Pen – Write to Me Often
Always a gentleman: A review of Waterman blue-black ink – A fool with a pen // A stalwart ink I don’t appreciate enough
Noodler’s Bernanke Black Ink Review – Stationary Journey
Cursive – cursed again? – Pete Denison
Keeping Track Of Ink And Pens – An Inkophile’s Blog

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood with Pliot Black Ink cartridgesThis week’s most used fountain pen and ink combination was my Pilot Vanishing Point with an extra fine nib and Pilot Black ink. I didn’t have to write much more than a page at any one sitting, but I was frequently pulling the pen from my pocket for quick use.

Some links of interest…

Montegrappa Fortuna – ThePencilCaseBlog
Seeing Red: Montblanc Corn Poppy Red Compared – FPGeeks
One Month with the Hobonichi Techo — The Finer Point
Franklin Christoph Model 29 Bellus Review — Reverenced Writing
Re-review: Kaweco Sport Guilloch 1935 Fountain Pen – The Well-Appointed Desk
Fantastic Mr Fox? A Review of Diamine 150th Anniversary Silver Fox ink – A fool with a pen
Review: Sailor Bungbox Blue Black — Alt. Haven
Pen Comparison: Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black vs. Pilot Custom 823 – edjelley.com // Two pens I love
Have you moved into your notebook? – Recording Thoughts
2014 ink of the year – Peninkcillin
The Pen Addict Podcast: Live at the 2015 Atlanta Pen Show by NockCo — Kickstarter // Myke’s going to Atlanta!
Entry Level Fountain Pens: Updated – Hey there! SBREBrown
Colours of the Rainbow — Nib and Ink

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Edison Menlo Pump Filler

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was the Edison Menlo with Montblanc Toffee Brown ink. A repeat from last week. The pen should go dry any moment now and when it does I’ll have to put it aside to give another pen a chance.

Some links of interest…

Ink Review: Sheaffer Skrip Red — The Gentleman Stationer // I’m not the only one who loves this ink.
Adjusting Your Fountain Pen – Part 2: Aligning the Tines – The Pen Habit
Delta Dolce Vita Slim – mycoffeepot.org
Review: Super Rotax — Alt. Haven
13 Things to Do With All Those Blank Notebooks – The Well-Appointed Desk
Montblanc Winter Glow Ink Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!
Edison Collier — Modern Stationer
Aurora Black Ink – My Favorite Black — The Clicky Post
Noodler’s Black Ink Review – Stationary Journey

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links – January 18, 2015

Sunday Notes and Links – January 18, 2015

Edison Menlo Pump Filler in Red Tortoise AcrylicThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination of the week was my Edison Menlo Pump Filler with an extra fine nib and Montblanc Toffee Brown ink. It did have a hard start a couple morning which is very uncharacteristic for this combo. Other than that it was flawless.

Some links of interest…

Adjusting Your Fountain Pen – Part 1: Ink Flow – The Pen Habit
The Tab Notebook – The Well-Appointed Desk
Inexpensive Paper That Loves Fountain Pens – An Inkophile’s Blog
A Story Of Office Subterfuge — The Pen Addict
A.G. Spalding & Bros Maple-Bodied Pen I THE PENVENTORY
Tomoe River Paper vs Rhodia 80gsm — Nib and Ink
Never Mind the Bleedthrough – The Cramped
Bullet Pencil TT Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!
TWSBI talked me out of a Pelikan – Recording Thoughts
Pen Shows: What to Know – The Pelikan’s Perch

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.