Sunday Notes and Links

Sheaffer Balance II (Crimson Glow) with Sheaffer Peacock Blue bottleThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination this week was the Sheaffer Balance II (Crimson Glow) with Sheaffer Peacock Blue. It’s a beautiful fountain pen and the one turqouise ink that I like.

Some links of interest…

Nemosine Singularity Fountain Pens – An Inkophile’s Blog

“Too Many” Pens Inked – The Pen Haul

Stationery Shopping in NYC — The Finer Point

Shimmerfy your own inks. Because you can. – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

Visconti Istos Aracnis Fountain Pen Review – Hey there! SBREBrown

Platinum Preppy Review – Pen Pursuit

The Beginner’s Guide to Fountain Pens (By a True Beginner) — The Pen Addict

UK Pen People – What On Earth Are We Like? – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Review: Delta The Journal — Alt. Haven

Ask The Readers: Lay-Flat Notebooks & Brown Ink – The Well-Appointed Desk

Edison Nouveau Premiere Fall 2015 Edition – Midnight Thunder Review – The Southpaw Pen

Moleskine Monday: Paper Weights Revealed! – Notebook Stories

Beginners Guide to Nib Markings – Anderson Pens

Preparing for the Future:

Planning for 2016 – The Bullet Journal (Part 2) | – Scribble and Stationery

Preparing for NaJoWriMo: Prompts, Pinspirations and Practice | – Scribbles and Stationery

What’s in Use:

What I’m Carrying Today – Bag Dump – My Pen Needs Ink

Monthly Load Out: October 2015 — Gorgeous.Ink

October Loadout — The Finer Point

Big Bad Fountain Pen Nibs – An Inkophile’s Blog

Pen Shows and other Gatherings:

Pelikan Hubs 2015 – Philadelphia: A Recap – The Pelikan’s Perch

TILBURG PEN SHOW 2015 RECAP – The Pencilcase 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

All pens currently inkedThere’s no favorite pen/ink this week since I went for quantity. With all these pens inked I used different ones each day. Sometimes variety is nice.

Some links of interest…

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict // This may be the favorite fountain pen that I don’t own.

The Economics of Limited Editions (Part 1) — Fountain Pen Economics // Informative article. Good description of differences between SE and LE. Also mentioned something I never thought of, LE’s don’t have to sell out to be profitable.

Montblanc Meisterstück Solitaire Platinum-Plated Facet LeGrand Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // Don’t look directly at the pen

Review: Newton Pens “Moody” — nib & ink // A custom fountain pen with a touching backstory.

Early Pilot Nibs. V. Size 3 – Crónicas Estilográficas

22 Planner Alternatives to a Filofax – The Well-Appointed Desk // It’s that tome of the year

Tips on Improving Your Handwriting or Learning Cursive Writing – Wonder Pens

DELTA – canetas e coisas // Gorgeous fountain pen

I can’t resist pen show articles:
San Francisco Pen Show 2015 – Owl Ink

Commonwealth Pen Show – Boston – Calligraphy Nut

Weekend Update: This Week’s Travel Kit — The Gentleman Stationer // I also like it when people share their EDC (or travel carry) although not have any fountain pens is just wrong

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

Sheaffer Balance Oversize Broad Stub with Montblanc Irish Green bottleI used last week’s favorite, my orange Franklin-Christoph Model 02 with a needlepoint nib more than any other pen, but this week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my Sheaffer Balance Oversize (c. 1935) with a broad stub nib and Montblanc Irish Green ink. It’s not the perfect nib for me but I liked the change from the usual and the Marine Green is gorgeous.

A reminder, the Commonwealth Pen Show (Boston Pen Show) is today from 9am to 5pm in the Union Square Room at the Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill (30 Washington Street, Somerville, MA). Nathan Tardiff (of Noodler’s) published a video of what he’ll be bringing to the show. I plan to get the Plymouth Wilderness (green) and King Philip Requiem (purple) inks. Those pens fitted with the Sheaffer Triumph nibs are hard to resist but I’m trying to convince myself that I have enough Triumph nibs. Info about the show is here.

Speaking of pen shows, the Tilburg Pen Show is this coming Saturday (26th) for those of you in or near the Netherlands.

Some links of interest…

Fountain Pen Cleaning & Maintenance – Some General Advice – Wonder Pens // Good article about keeping fountain pens clean. It lines up with my thoughts. In short – don’t obsess.

Iroshizuku Inks And Their Meanings, Part 1 – On Fountain Pens // I usually don’t link to ink reviews. But this article is different and will be one of six. Don’t let the title fool you. The english translations are listed, but there’s a concise overview of the ink too.

Edison Premiere Winter Edition (Review) – Pen Pursuit // I love the look of this pen. Lucky for my wallet I know from experience these pens are a tad too thin/light for me to use comfortably for more than 20 to 30 minutes.

INEXPENSIVE: IKEA STATIONERY (PART 2/3) – The Pencilcase Blog // Fountain pen capable notebook from an unexpected place.

The Perception of Scarcity: Is it Worth Chasing “Limited Edition Inks” anymore? — The Gentleman Stationer // I chased bottles of Montblanc Bordeaux, which really is limited since it was discontinued years ago. I’ve never been a fan of hard to find inks such as Akkerman or Bung Box. I recently tried a couple Akkerman inks and wasn’t impressed (except for the bottle). If there’s a MB Limited Edition I think I might like I buy a bottle. If I really like it I might buy a second bottle (a rarity).

Pelikan Blue Black Ink Now Available! – Anderson PensAnderson Pens // *Speaking of scarce inks, Anderson Pens has some Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black ink which isn’t otherwise available in the U.S. This reminded me I had a bottle from past Cult Pens (in the U. K.) order. I like the ink so inked up my favorite Pilot Custom 823 with it. I don’t need more so I won’t horde the Anderson Pens supply.

Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black – Calligraphy Nut // I love this pen. It’s been too long, time to ink mine up.

Travel Loadout: New York — The Finer Point // Barely pen related, but I like reading about what people actually use in the field.

Pilot Pens and the Super Quality Nib & Feed System — Gorgeous.Ink // Nice overview of Pilot’s inexpensive steel nibs.

Lamy 68 Pistonfiller Fountain Pen – Write to Me Often

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

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Vintage Green with a broad stub nib and Athena Sepia Ink bottleThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was the now empty Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with Athena Sepia ink.

I had problems with my workflow for saving links, Feedbin and Pinboard refused to talk, so I may have lost some links, especially from early in the week. Maybe I lost some from later in the week as I work out my new workflow. But there’s still some links of interest…

The Commonwealth Pen show is next Sunday. I’m hoping to be there sometime during the day. Here’s the info from an email I received:

A reminder that the 2nd Annual Commonwealth Pen Show is coming on Sunday, September 20th in the Union Square Room at the Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill (309 Washington Street, Somerville, MA). Free parking is available at the hotel or the venue is a short walk from the MBTA Sullivan Square Station (Orange Line).

The show is open to the public from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Admission is $7.00. Seventeen exhibitors will be offering a wide range of pens, accessories, and services.

Full details available on the show’s Web site.

Get Started On Logging Inks In 10 Steps – On Fountain Pens // It’s a little more involved than my method where I basically stop at the swab. But good info here.

Montblanc Heritage 1912 Review — The Pen Addict // I’ve been read/linking a lot of Montblanc reviews lately. This one includes a bumpy forum purchase.

Lamy AL Star – 2015 Copper Orange Limited Edition  — The Finer Point // I always like the looks of AL Stars and many regular Safaris. Plus the section design doesn’t bother me. Yet I never ink up the ones I have so I sold most. This is one I want based on looks but I know I wouldn’t use it more than the ones I still have.

Buying Local — Fountain Pen Economics // Another thoughtful post from Dr. Deans. As I mentioned 3 years ago in my Made In America post my main reaction was that it was cool to have them made locally (well, not truly local but the same country). It wasn’t a deciding factor. In fact, there’s a new pen company heavily promoting Made In America* starting with their name. Yet I’ve no interest in their pens and feel like their trying to manipulate me into buying for a reason that has nothing to do with the design or quality of the pen so it makes me doubt the pen.*

Brian’s Top 10 Sheening Inks – Goulet Pens Blog // Ink Sheen isn’t something that appeals to me, at least in my own pens since the thin nibs don’t really benefit. But if you want sheen, here’s some inks to start with.

Pelikan Souverän M101N Tortoiseshell Brown SE Fountain Pen Review – Hey there! SBREBrown // I really like these M101N pens Pelikan puts out. I have one (the Lizard) and love it, but the pen is on the small side and I can’t justify to myself getting multiple finishes.

Fountain Pen Nibs: Of Steel and Gold – Pete Denison // Good article on the steel vs. gold debate. My own take more or less matches up. I never pay more for a gold nib when there is an option. My favorite fountain pens are a mix of nib material. In my Top 5 Modern Pens three are gold nibs and two are steel.

Of Nibs and Models. Pilot – Crónicas Estilográficas // I gave up trying to understand Pilot’s naming conventions. Glad I’m not alone in finding them “Strange and even confusing”

Parker Duofold Centennial Fountain Pen and Ballpoint in Pearl and Black, MKII – // Always nice when you stumble upon a pen you’ve wanted. The FP is a beauty, the BP looks weird to me and not just because it’s a ballpoint.

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

Franklin-Christoph Model 02 w/needlepoint nib and Pilot Black ink bottleThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is the Franklin-Christoph Model 02 with Pilot Black ink. I didn’t do much writing this week since I was under the weather for most of it but this was the pen I picked early in the week.

It’s the Labor Day weekend here in the U.S., the unofficial end of summer. I compiled this post a bit early, any late links I miss will be next week.

Some links of interest…

I’m not the only one who views the start a month to update their inked fountain pens. The Finer Point and Write to Me Often both show off their current loadout.

Has Bungbox Blundered? — Fountain Pen Economics // Interesting article about Bungbox. Whenever something is hyped as much as Bungbox I’m often skeptical about how much of it is purely based on scarcity so I’ve never tried the ink. But this price increase means I’ll be less likely. Although as Dr. Deans points out this may be the point by helping their (lack of) supply problem.

Review: Lamy Logo // Too slim for me, otherwise it seems like a nice fountain pen.

Welcome to Pencil Month! — The Purl Bug // Ink fewer pens! Carry a pencil! Say it ain’t so! But seriously, a pencil obsession is one I understand even though it never trespassed into my fountain pen obsession despite my attempts. I still listen to The Erasable Podcaston a regular basis.

Sailor Professional Gear Slim “Sapporo” – Calligraphy Nut // Another nice but too small fountain pen.

Sailor Young Profit Music Nib – Write to Me Often // Continuing today’s theme of pens that are too slim, but adding a nib that’s also completely out of my wheelhouse.

The Workplace Ink Kit — Gorgeous.Ink // I avoided this by always taking many pens to the office and only re-inking at home. But good info if you want to ink up in the office.

Writing Wednesday: Page Per Day Challenge 2016 – Quo Vadis Blog // Granted, a distributer who wants to move product, but not bad if you’re looking for a reason to use your fountain pen every day.

Pelikan Souveran M400 White Tortoise – Broad Nib – Ink of Me Fondly // Continuing the them of beautiful pens too small for my tastes.

Field Notes: Item Numbers — Three Staples // Great, something else to obsess over with Field Notes.

Stationery Store Series: Dymocks of Sydney – Palimpsest // I like reading about B&M stationery (or pen) stores. I’m close enough to NYC to be able to get to some (that are still around), although it would still be a daylong adventure to make the travel worth it.

Review: Montblanc Meisterstück Solitaire SE Classique Fountain Pen @couronneducomte @montblanc_world – Gourmet Pens // Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. She bought the pen because it was pretty, all that red gold makes me wince.*

Montblanc Meisterstück 136 Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // An older, more visually appealing (IMO) Montblanc.

The Architect Nib (and how I still have a blog) – and what about // A nib grind that’s received a lot of attention in the last few months. This time reviewed by someone who typically used the thin nibs I like.

Our Favorite Notebooks for Fountain Pen Use – // An article I missed when it first appeared but thanks to An Inkophile’s Blog I recently caught it. Yes, a retailer trying to move product, but still a wide range of good information.

Retro 1951 Tornado EXT M1 (Massdrop Exclusive) – Inklode

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

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 medium nib with GvFC Garnet Red BotleThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is also my newest, which does give it an edge. It’s the Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with a medium nib and Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red. I was surprised I like the medium nib so much. I bought it with the intention of having it modified. I’ll probably still have it turned into a left oblique, but I’m in no rush.

Some links of interest…

Field Coates by RichWorks Gear – Inktronics // A cool pocket notebook cover.

EXB Pen Wrap Review — The Pen Addict // Pen wraps never appealled to me, but this does seem nice.

Amatruda Amalfi Paper Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT

The Field Notes Bubble — Fountain Pen Economics // I never understood the astronomical prices I’ve seen for some Field Notes. Then again, I’ve never been good at collecting or valuing things that only retain there value if they remain unused.

Pen Review: Stipula Etruria Alter Ego — The Gentleman Stationer // A very nice looking fountain pen.

Pelikan M805 Stresemann – // My Stresemann has been in the rotation since I got it.

There was a Nakaya event in Singapore. Covered by How to buy a Nakaya in 4 simple steps — Alt. Haven and Nakaya Pen Clinic, 25–27 August 2015 – On Fountain Pens.

Aussie Fountain Pen Friends on Facebook – Pete Denison // There are a few reasons for Facebook, this is a new one if you’re in Australia.

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

There’s no favorite pen and ink this week. It was another week with less writing than normal. And the pen I used most was filled with a new (for me) ink that was just ok in the pen, but it’s an iron gall ink so I was afraid to let it sit in the pen for fear it wouldn’t get used. I picked it as the first pen of the day and that was often the only pen of the day. More when it either grows on my and I write it dry, or I get tired of it and flush it early.

Some links of interest…

Review: M201 Bayou (2015) – The Pelikan’s Perch // I’m not a fan of pen stores having exclusive editions although I certainly understand why they do it. In the case of Pelikan it seems like they’re doing more than making a minor change and calling it an exclusive. They’re nice colors which probably aren’t cost effective or have enough material available for large manufacturing runs. Plus they seem to make the pen unique in a couple of ways.

Montblanc 149 Diplomat 90th Anniversary Meisterstück Edition –

Fountain K Press Release – KarasKustoms // I’m glad to see KarasKustoms has moved away from launching everything on Kickstarter. Despite my love of the Ink I’ll be passing on the thinner Fountain K. If you have an Ink and want a Fountain K with a nib that’s compatible with the Ink then you’ll want to read the press release and be on the lookout for the initial release, before they change nibs.

Vintage Pen Market: How it All Went Down – Wonder Pens // Nice to see things like this from a pen shop. Unfortunately it was about 500 miles and one border crossing away from me.

Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter Update – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // Nice to see an update after a product has been used for a couple of months after the review.

Dip Nib Primer — The Pen Addict

About the TWSBI ECO – Inktronics // The TWSBI ECO seems to be getting mostly favorable reviews. While it’s still too new to be decisive, the quality seems to be good. Still, this isn’t enough for me to go ahead and order one.

Platinum Ascending Dragon – Calligraphy Nut // Beautiful

The Washington DC pen show was last weekend and it seems like I was one of the handful of people who weren’t there. There were a lot of write-ups about the show, here are a few that I particularly enjoyed although they did make me jealous.

A Full Heart: The 2015 DC Pen Show – From the Pen Cup

What I learned at the DC Pen Show — The Purl Bug

D.C. Pen Show Insanity: The Saturday and Sunday Recap! — The Gentleman Stationer

Washington DC Pen Show 2015 – That One Pen

DC Pen Show Post 2015 – Inkdependence!

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.