Sunday Notes and Links

Sheaffer Balance II AspenMost of my writing was done at home this past week so I got to use my favorite pen of the them all. In fact it tops my Fav 5 list. The Sheaffer Balance Aspen is a gorgeous pen but it’s history of being fragile keeps it around the house. The ink is Montblanc Permanent Grey.

Some links I found interesting this past week…

Pelikan made some announcements which will almost certainly end up costing me some money. FP Geeks brought news of the Pelikan M805 Stresemann. A beautiful pen with the only negative being the price. I compared the M800 and the M1000 at a pen show this year and decided the the M800 was the pen for me. This one has the looks to match the writing experience and may make me open my wallet for it’s high price. The Pelikan’s Perch brought news of the M200 Café Crème Due. Other than “in 2015” and approx. $154) there’s not much info.

A Beginner’s Dive into Ring-Bound Planners: Part 4 – InsertsThe Well-Appointed Desk // I’m not a paper planner person and have zero interest in ring-bound planner, but if they interest you be sure to check out this series.*

Waterman L’Étalon in Cascade Green ST –

Pelikan M215 Blue Stripe XXXXF Waverly Nib Review — The Pen Addict

Shop Visit: Luiban Papeterie, Berlin – All Things Stationery

Pensieve: The Omas Ogiva Limited Edition Saft Green Celluloid – Scribalishess

TWSBI Micarta Review — The Pen Addict // I like the looks of my Micarta but it’s a temperamental writer.

LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT

Nock Co. DotDash Pocket Notebook – That One Pen

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.

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Sunday Notes and Links

Edison Huron GrandeThis week’s favorite wasn’t the most used since it’s pretty much desk bound and I didn’t do much writing there this week. The Edison Huron Grande sat unused for far too long before I inked it up with R&K Blau-Schwarz a week ago. It’s bright red, white, and blue colors are the exact opposite of my usual desk pen, the all blank Franklin-Christoph Model 66. I use it a an eye dropper fill so there’s a lot of ink in that large barrel so it will be around for awhile.

Some links I enjoyed this past week…

Pilot Elite 95s Review — Pens and Planes! // A new pen (and plane) blog reviews a pen that has intrigued me but I rarely see reviewed.

Sheaffer Skrip Red – inklode // Glad to see my favorite true red ink get noticed.

Aurora 88 Fountain Pen Quick Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // Every time I read an Aurora review I make a mental note of the pen and the brand. Yet it never seems to quit make my wish list.

Mystery pen unveiled: Pelikan maki-e Fantasia – these beautiful pens // Wow!

Shopping Local and Serendipity – From the Pen Cup

Review: Conklin Duragraph Cracked Ice Fountain Pen (F Nib) – The Well-Appointed Desk // Several good reads at the Desk this week so browse around after reading this one.

Taking the pressure off: Improving the writing experience… – A fool with a pen // Good advice

Pen Review: Karas Kustoms Ink Black ‘n Copper — The Gentleman Stationer // Glad to know I’m not the only one who likes these.

Fountain Pen Guide Series, Session 3: How to Maintain Your Pens – Pentorium // Detailed information

Blue-Black, Bleu-Noir, Blau-Schwartz… — Just Pelikans // What color is blue-black?

Nock Co. DotDash Pocket Notebook – That One Pen // First review I’ve seen of Nock Co’s latest product

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.

Sunday Notes and Links

My favorite pens this past weekThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink isn’t a single pen. My favorite was the number of enjoyable pens that I got to write with during the past week. I did a lot of writing and picked a different pen to start most days. Since a couple pens went dry there was also a couple of days with two pens.

Only two inked pens didn’t get used. My Lamy 2000 was often in my carry, but was never uncapped which seems like a waste. It’ll be first up in the week ahead. My Sheaffer Imperial has a nib that’s interesting, but far too wide for me to ever consider it a favorite. A tenth pen will be reviewed in the coming week. It was surprisingly nice but didn’t make it as a favorite.

I finally got active on the blog this past week. In case you missed it I reviewed the Karas Kustoms Ink and a Dudek Modern Goods pen stand.

I also mentioned The CU13E (Cube) Kickstarter project. They’ve since added tumbled aluminum finish and a machines brass cube. I’m drooling over the brass but it’s way more expensive than the aluminum versions so I may go with the tumbled aluminum. The campaign is in its final days so be sure to check it out.

Some links of interest…

Three Questions With Ben Kwok — The Pen Addict // Artwork you need to see. Be sure to follow the link to his website

New Acrylic Neponsets – Noodler’s Ink

Christmas Card Guide – All Things Stationery // It’s that time of year

The Cartridge Chronicles – How to reseal a fountain pen cartridge – Fountain Pen Physicist – // While I can see why people do this, I guess I basically lazy because I find this to be too much work.

Pilot Super Ultra 500 Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // A Pilot that’s new to me, although it’s an old pen, with an interesting filling system. It’s not on my wish list due to the price and gold trim but it makes for an interesting read.

Field Notes: DDC Factory Floor Limited Edition — The Gentleman Stationer // I picked up one 3-pack of these (number 1473). I’ve yet to break the seal but after this review it’ll probably be the next one I reach for when it’s time for a new notebook aven if they are grid.

My Desk 2014 – My Supply Room // He claims there’s a desk in there someplace. Even so, it seems more organized than my desk typically is.*

Noodler’s Whaleman’s Sepia ink review – Peninkcillin // I have a bottle of this but haven’t used it yet. If my experience is the same as this review I’ll be disappointed.

Hudson Being Discontinued…. – Edison Pen Co // I never did get one of these popular pens, and now it looks like I never will. There may still be time to grab one if you’ve been considering one.

Harley Davidson Spirit Retractable Fountain Pen – Write to Me Often // I find this interesting. Harley-Davidson licensed their name to an unknown pen company (or created pens for a promotion). In itself that’s no surprise, but the result was a pen with a relatively complicate retractable nib.

Use the discount checkout code: GRISWOLD for 15% – doane paper feed // I already placed my order to stock up. So feel free to buy out the rest of my favorite paper. You have until December 9th.

Paper – My Rule of Thumb — Reverenced Writing

Made to measure? On buying bespoke or custom made fountain pens – A fool with a pen // My own custom pen has gone unused far too long. Unfortunately it’s a desk pen, due to it’s size, and up against my favorite F-C Model 66.

A Tale of Two M600’s – The Pelikan’s Perch // The first of a series, be sure to check out the second article too, it’s already out.

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.


Sunday Notes and Links

KarasKustoms Ink in GoldMy favorite pen of the week didn’t arrive arrive until mid-week but it’s been my fountain pen of choice since then. It’s the KarasKustoms Ink in gold with a medium nib. The Montblanc Permanent Black ink is along for the ride. I hope to have a Ink review up in the next few days.

Some links of interest…

PSA: Mouse Print* – Sneaky Fine Print»Blog Archive » New Scam Emails Fake Order Confirmations to Shoppers // I’ve received a couple of these that made it through my spam filter. It was an obvious fake to me since i hadn’t shopped at the stores. The email from address and link was also obviously not from the retailer. But this time of year people may be clicking these emails automatically.

Celluloid goodness: Omas Ogiva Vintage – these beautiful pens // I need to stop looking at these Omas photos.

Plimpton’s, A Tradition In West Hartford, To Close As Owners Retire – Hartford Courant // My local (kind of local at least) stationery store is shutting down. It had branched out from stationery but still stocked fountain pen ink, fountain pens, stationery and other pens.

Madrid Pen Show 2014 – Crónicas Estilográficas

Regal 82 William Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict //I never heard of this brand before.

Corresponding with Santa — Modern Stationer

Connecting your paper notebooks with the digital age – Rodrigo Franco – Medium //A great idea I’ll be stealing.

Field Notes “Ambition” – Winter 2014 Colors Edition – Review – // I like the look of these and wanted another ledger style notebook.

Fountain Pen Virus: Patient Zero – The Pen Habit

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.

Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Boardeaux ink

It’s back!

Even though I’m down to eight inked pens (two of which are desk-bound) I’ve still resisted the urge to ink up any more pens. My usage was light this past week so even though the Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Bordeaux was my most used, and therefore favorite pen again this week, it still has plenty of ink.

Some links of interest…

Serious Nibbage Part 12: Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel – Hey there! SBREBrown // This pen keeps showing up lately and I’m finding it hard to resist adding one to my accumulation.

How-To: Safely Remove & Replace a Pelikan Nib – The Pelikan’s Perch // The easily swappable Pelikan nibs was an early attraction when I added my first Pelikans. Yet I rarely swap nibs, but it’s nice to know I can.

Guest post: Comparison of 3 Parker Vectors – On Fountain Pens // I don’t particularly like the pen, but I find the manufacturing differences interesting.

Three Questions With Bruno From Cronicas Estilograficas — The Pen Addict // Cronicas Estilograficas has been in my RSS feed for as long as I can remember. A great site.

Pelikan M600 Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // It’s all about the nib.

A short list of links this week since I was pressed for time and only read the ones that seemed the most interesting (at least to me). You can check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. I’ve yet to read them all myself, but I’ll be reading them over Sunday morning coffee.

Sunday Notes and Links


I’m still using pens I inked up back in October. A few have gone dry so they were cleaned out and put on the shelf. The Model 66 was used enough to go dry but it was refilled and it stayed in the rotation. A Vanishing Point (the Maple Wood) did get inked up because I needed it’s unique (clicky) characteristics. I’m down to nine inked pens. This is a long way of getting to my favorite pen/ink of the week which is the Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Bordeaux.

Some links of interest from the past week…

Rosetta – ESA on Flickr // Starting things off-topic but these photos are amazing. Sure, the landing wasn’t perfect and it’s not getting enough sun. But the thing was launched 10 years ago and hit a moving comet so a slight miss seems inevitable. There’s still hope it will revive itself when the comet gets closer to the sun.

Montblanc Meisterstück 90 Years Skeleton (2014) – KMPN // I haven’t decided if I like the looks of this pen or not. At them moment I’m on the side of liking it.

Récife Fountain Pen Quick Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // It’s always nice to uncover a forgotten fountain pen.

One Week With: The Noodler’s Ebonite Konrad — The Gentleman Stationer // A rarely reviewed pen.

Levenger True Writer Select Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict // I’ve never been a fan of Levenger, but I appear to be in the minority.

Review: Parker 51 — Alt. Haven // Despite being a classic I could never get into hooded nibs

Why Analog? – The Cramped

First Impression: Field Notes ‘Ambition’ Edition — Modern Stationer // This will be my last subscription shipment and I don’t plan to renew. This edition seems cool but I don’t think I’ll end up using them.

Writing in the trenches – Palimpsest // Some nice advertising history.

Six pens to rule them all? – these beautiful pens // I’m down to 9 inked pens. I’m not sure I can get to six and I’m 99.9% sure I couldn’t stay with six for a whole month.

Guide Sheets Updated: Graph Paper Added! – The Well-Appointed Desk // * A nice resource.*

Great Pen Stores: Kinokuniya Books — The Gentleman Stationer // My local stationary store is closing, but stores like this may make a NYC trip worth it.

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.

Sunday Notes and Links

I may have to give back my FP Geeks pin. I barely touched my fountain pens this past week. When I did reach for pen it was a fountain pen, it’s just that I didn’t reach very often. So no favorite pen this week since I used whichever was handy at the time.

Some links of interest from the past week…

Sailor Nioi-sumire Update – An Inkophile’s Blog // Words to live by – “Keep the ink flowing…”

Sealing the Deal, with a Chop – Penucopia // A type of seal I’d never heard of, until now.

NaNoWriMo – My Analogue Tools – Pete Denison // Pete shares his NaNoWriMo tools. And thanks for the link Pete.

Iroshizuku Yama-Budo Review – The Passionate Penman

Distressing News! – The Frugal Fountain Pen // I love the link of distressed leather.

Noodler’s Habanero ink review – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // Among the inks I never use this has to be my favorite. Every time I read a review of it I make a mental note to ink it up but I rarely do.

Brad Dowdy’s sweet setup – The Sweet Setup

Review: A Trio of M101N’s – The Pelikan’s Perch

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.