Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Bordeaux

Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Bordeaux

My favorite fountain pen/ink combo this week was my Pilot Custom 823 filled with Montblanc Bordeaux. When I looked at the available pens it’s the one I instinctively reached for.

Some links of interest…

I Challenge You To Write More Letters! – My Pen Needs Ink // A cool idea

Tomoe River Paper Master Post – THE PENVENTORY // I have a couple different Tomoe River notebooks and pads. I really like the paper. This is a nice list of various ways it’s available.

Waterman Charleston – // This reminded me I have too many pens because I do have a yellow Charleston. It didn’t make an impression and I haven’t used it in years. It’s time to pull it out and ink it up.

FABER CASTELL – canetas e coisas // Not what I envision when I think of Faber-Castell.

Liking Pens: Hobby or Obsession? — The Clicky Post // I think I’m a little on the obsession side, but with a ever changing focus. I use fountain pens every day, for just about all types of writing. Brand-wise I’m currently a bit obsessed with Sheaffer.

Ink Reviews

Review: Mont Blanc Daniel DeFoe – The Well-Appointed Desk // My bottle of this ink arrived this week but I’ve yet to open it. I still can’t decide from any reviews if I like the color or not. I’ve got to ink it up.

Ink Review – Maruzen Athena Sepia – Fountain Pen Physicist // Another ink I have a bottle of. I’ve used a dip pen and also swabbed the ink but have yet to ink up a fountain pen. I’ve been debating the best pen for this ink. At it’s price I want to pick carefully.

Caran d’Ache Vibrant Green – Inkdependence!

J. Herbin Vert Pre Review – The Pen Enthusiast

Sunshine Yellow – Diamine Ink Review – Ink of Me Fondly

Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon – The Gentleman Stationer

Diamine Red Dragon ink review – Peninkcillin

Rohrer&Klingner Verdigris Ink Review – Write to Me Often

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Sunday Notes and Links

Edison Menlo - my favorite pen of the week

Edison Menlo with Pelikan Brilliant Brown and a Doane Paper notebook

It was difficult to pick a favorite pen/ink combo this week. I didn’t do much writing and most pens got only a little use. The Omas 360 Vintage LE wrote the most, thanks to the draft of its review. But it was with the two turquoise inks which are less than perfect on the Doane paper I was using. I decided to pick the Edison Menlo with Pelikan Brilliant Brown. It was most suitable to the writing I was doing (note taking) and both the ink and pen made the writing more enjoyable.

Some links of interest…

Backpocket Journal Tomoe River Edition Review — Modern Stationer

Pen Review: Edison Herald in Crushed Shell Acrylic — The Gentleman Stationer

Making of the Edison Double Ended Pearl – Penucopia

The Mystery of the Vanishing Point – The Passionate Penman

Rhodia DotPad Number 38 Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT

Review: Delta Horsepower – Fine Harmonic Steel – Gourmet Pens

Jinhao X750 revisited – Peninkcillin

The Wonderful Lamy Safari Fountain Pen — The Finer Point

Review: Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter – literambivalence

What’s Your Opinion Of Pen Brands – An Inkophile’s Blog

Review: Noodler’s Ahab Flexible Nib Fountain Pen – The Well-Appointed Desk

Not Soaking Again! – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Skyline Redux – And All Other Tasks

Pen Review: Sailor 1911 Large – The Pen Habit

Bexley Collaboration (Centennial) –

Currently Inked Pens – September 1st, 2014 – The Pen Enthusiast

ME Journal from Quo Vadis – Pens Paper Inks…Whatever!

Write More Letters in September – My Pen Needs InkMy Pen Needs Ink

Sometimes There’s A Pen: The Ohto Dude + Noodler’s Red-Black – THE PENVENTORY

Ink Reviews

Graf von Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown – Inkdependence!

J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage Ink Review – The Pen Addict

Diamine Cult Pens Deep Dark Orange ink review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Sunday Notes and Links

Sheaffer Crest on Doane PaperPicking a favorite pen & ink this week was a little tough. I really only used two pens – my Omas 360 Vintage LE with De Atramentis Sherlock Holmes ink and my Sheaffer Crest with Sheaffer Peacock Blue ink. Both Combos would lose to some other recent combinations, even though both are solid performers. But I picked the Crest because I love the looks of the pen and it’s a lovely nib. The turquoise ink is growing on me so that went from a negative to a neutral factor.

Things were slow on the quest last week, although I’ve been using my fountain pens more than usual. I just need to get some time to write and take photos.

Hope all of you in the U.S enjoy your Labor Day holiday!

But now onto the links…

Pilot Murex Stainless Steel Fountain Pen – F Nib — The Clicky Post
Kaweco Elite fountain pen review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!
Quo Vadis ME Journal Review – My Pen Needs InkMy Pen Needs Ink
Using The Doxie Flip For Paper Backup (A Review) – The Cramped
Pen Review: Aurora Style – The Pen Habit
Review: RodgersPenBox Handmade Oblique & Straight Dip Nib Holders – Gourmet Pens
What Fountain Pen Inks Give You the Best Value? – Pen Paper Ink Letter
Delta Dolce Vita Oro Oversize vermeil trim –
Bender pneumatic-filler – Vintage Pen News
An Introduction To Brush Pens — The Pen Addict
TWSBI Diamond 580AL – The Newsprint
Review: Kaweco Leather Pen Holder – The Well-Appointed Desk
Deffter Old Writer Tools Notebook Review / Deffter Old Writer Tools Defter İncelemesi – Write to Me Often
Team Wahlnut: The Wahl-Eversharp Skyline Technik Fountain Pen – From the Pen Cup
Tools of the trade: Rediscovering the Pilot Varsity – Quo Vadis Blog
10 Ways to Use Your Pens and Write by Hand More Often – A Penchant for Paper
Pen Review: Edison Pearlette — The Gentleman Stationer
Mood Indigo: The Kaweco Student In Vintage Blue – THE PENVENTORY
Citytrip to The Hague: P.W. Akkerman – The Pencilcase Blog
Pilot Vanishing Point Review – The Pen Enthusiast

Rick Krantz is selling some Esterbrook nibs on the FPGeeks forum. Very good prices. No affiliation on my part but I did buy a Sheaffer from Rick in the past and it was a pleasant sale. If I needed one of the nibs I’d already have placed my order. There’s still a lot left when I checked early Sunday morning (my early – EST)

Ink Reviews

Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun – Inkdependence!
Review: Private Reserve Shoreline Gold — Alt. Haven
review: de atramentis pigeon blue – ink between the teeth
Epic ink test – 4.5 months later – Fountain Pen Physicist
P.W. Akkerman #24 Zuiderpark Blauw-Groen Fountain Pen Ink Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT
Rohrer & Klingner Verdigris ink review – Peninkcillin

Sunday Notes and Links

photo of the uncapped Pelikan M101N Lizard uncappedMy favorite pen & ink combo this past week was the Pelikan M101N “Lizard” with Montblanc Permanent Grey, mainly because it was the only pen that got significant use. I haven’t done much writing since Wednesday (although a lot on Wednesday and before) so even though there’s some life left in it there’s no ink visible in the window.

Anderson Pens tweeted the news that A.T. Cross is buying Sheaffer.

I had flushed it from my brain that the plastic disposable products (ballpoint pens, cigarette lights, razors. etc…) company owned my beloved Sheaffer. For some reason Waterman, Parker, Rotring and others being owned by the same conglomerate that owns Rubbermaid didn’t bother me as much.

Actually, Clarion Capital Partners is buying Sheaffer and adding it to A.T. Cross which they purchased last year. I guess it’s a good thing. While Sheaffer and Cross seem to compete at similar price levels both are well known brands so I doubt they would completely eliminate either one. Hopefully Sheaffer can keep their distinctive pens. Clarion seems to own a bunch of divergent stuff and only Cross is pen related. There’s been so much contraction and cost cutting by both companies that it’s likely the pens and ink are already made in the same factories. The one scary part is that no company buys another just to keep the status quo. So will it be growth through investment, or profits through contraction?

Some Links of Interest…

Lamy is more than just Safari and 2000…

Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Bung Box [thé] Capless –

Vintage Pen Review: Parker Duofold Senior – The Pen Habit

I Have The BAT-PEN! (Aka the Monteverde Invincia Stylus) – Fountain of Pens

Visconti Rembrandt – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Now… A Millionaire’s Pen that You can Afford to Carry: 1930s & 40s Parker Pen Ads – All Things Stationery

Pilot Lucina Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict

My Favourite Fountain Pen Inks – A Penchant for Paper

Muji Kraft Stationery Review — Modern Stationer

Review: Pelikan Souverän Red M600 Fountain Pen – BB – Gourmet Pens

Pelikan Twist – inklode

OMASaturday – Ecclectitbits

Traveling and stationery – East…West…Everywhere

Looking Forward to the 2015 Hobonichi Techo by Looking Back at the 2014 – Pen Paper Ink Letter

TWSBI Vac 700 Fountain Pen Review – I Laike Pens

Ink Reviews

Ink Review – Diamine Poppy Red – Fountain Pen Physicist

Diamine Claret Ink Review — The Finer Point

Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji ink review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji Ink Review / Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji Mürekkep İncelemesi – Write to Me Often

Review: Noodler’s Upper Ganges Blue — Alt. Haven

Caran d’Ache Electric Orange ~ Inkdependence!

Ink Review: Sailor Yama-Dori — The Gentleman Stationer

review: private reserve cadillac green – ink between the teeth

Noodler’s Tiananmen – Ink Review – Stationary Journey

Sunday Notes and Links

Esterbrook #407 inkwell viewed from the topThis week’s favorite pen was the Esterbrook Dip-less which I Reviewed on Monday. I finished cleaning a #407 inkwell and dumped in a bottle of Sheaffer Red to match to pen.

I did a lot of writing this past week and emptied several pens. In a break from past habits I’ve been switching inks but not pens.

Some links of interest…

A couple 2014 DC Pen Show recaps:

The Commonwealth Pen Show is coming to Somerville, MA, (near Boston). It’s not the same place or organizer as last year’s New England Pen Show. I missed DC but it looks like I’ll be able to make this show since it’s a relatively short drive and hotel parking is free. It Sunday Sept. 28th only.

I enjoy seeing what other people pick as favorites or what they have currently inked:

2014 LE Glenmont Group Buy! – Edison Pen Company // The Edison Group by for this year is open. Both pens are beautiful although I’m trying to have enough willpower to pass this year. I have to hold out until Sept. 5th.

UPDATE: Seven Seas “Writers” Notebook – THE PENVENTORY // I started using one of these a couple of weeks ago and I’m liking it

Kaweco Elite – Pen Review – My Pen Needs Ink

Matching (XIV) – Crónicas Estilográficas

[Guest Post] The Platinum 3776 Century Nice Limited Edition Fountain Pen Review –

Paper Review – Leuchtturm Large Hard Cover, Lined – Fountain Pen Physicist

The Pen Addict Podcast Is Back! — The Pen Addict // A new episode will be released Monday

Lamy Scala – Thepencilcaseblog

review: pilot 78g – ink between the teeth

Pen Review: Franklin-Christoph 02 Intrinsic – The Pen Habit

Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Muji High Quality Easy-Open Notebook Review — Modern Stationer

Staples Gold Series Legal Pad – Pen Pursuit

Schweizer Handmade Fountain Pen – Hey there! SBREBrown // Stephen Brown, of YouTube fame finally has his own website.

Waterman Emerald Green Patrician – My Antique Pens

A Notebook review (Tomoe -row starts today!) – Ecclectitbits

Pilot Bung Box [thé] Capless –

2 things I don’t like about Diamine Syrah – Peninkcillin

Review: Diamine Rustic Brown — Alt. Haven

J. Herbin Verte Réséda Ink Review — The Pen Addict

Noodler’s Midnight Blue Review – The Pen Enthusiast

Inktronics Blog Reviews Diamine Ancient Copper Fountain Pen Ink – Inktronics

Noodler’s La Reine Mauve – Stationary Journey

Sunday Notes and Links

Sheaffer Crest on Doane PaperMy favorite pen & ink during the past week was my Sheaffer Crest with a extra fine nib and filled with Sheaffer Red ink. The extra fine nib puts down such a thin line that it went another day (with about six pages of notes) after the converter looked empty. Between the color and the nib I forget all about it being a thin pen. A couple pens also went dry and I’ve resisted the urge to ink up replacements. So I’m down to eight inked pens which is low for me. What’s left has plenty of ink so I’ve been resisting the urge to ink up more pens.

Some articles of interest from around the web…

The Washington DC pen show is finishing up today. I wasn’t able to attend so I’m living vicariously through these posts along with Twitter and Instagram:

Pennaquod : Pen Blog Searcher // New Pen Blog Searcher from Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils!

A Visit to The Crayola Experience — Modern Stationer

Kaweco Sport Skyline in Mint Review – All Things Stationery

Comparison of 73 Bottled Fountain Pen Inks – THE UNROYAL WARRANT

Review: Noodler’s Ahab with Goulet Pens 1.1mm Italic Stub Nib – The Well-Appointed Desk // It was hard to select one post from all that Ana put up this past week. Be sure to browse other recent posts, or even non-recent posts.

Monteverde Invincia Stealth Fountain Pen Review –

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict

Pen Review: Lamy 2000 with Minuskin Custom Stub — The Gentleman Stationer

Get on a Flight Attendant’s Good Side By Giving Them a Pen – Lifehacker

Montegrappa Miya Carbon Fountain Pen Review – FPGeeks

Review: @PilotPenUSA Knight Fountain Pen – Medium – Gourmet Pens

Two brothers (and a gatecrasher) – And All Other Tasks

Hey Pilot, You’re So Fine: Pilot 78G + Fine Nib – THE PENVENTORY

Notebook Addict of the Week: Emadam – Notebook Stories

Clairefontaine GraF it 90g sketchbook review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

How I do chromatography for the blog. – Inkdependence!

Jolly Good: The Retro 51 Tornado Touch – From the Pen Cup

J. Herbin Sealing Wax Bundle Review – Pen Paper Ink Letter

The five pens in your daily carry – Fountain Pen Physicist

Goutlet Pens is closing out the Kaweco AL Sport. Looks like they weren’t popular. I love all 3 of mine. The Closeout price is a pretty good $64.00. Goulet Pens closeout page Different finishes, but I reviewed mine here and here

Ink Reviews

Multiple ink reviews from several sites this week and I picked only one. So be sure to browse the sites.

Fountain Pen Ink Review: Montegrappa Bordeaux – Pen Paper Ink Letter

Sailor Kobe Inks Tamon Purple – Write to Me Often

Sailor Jentle Apricot – inklode

Ink Review – Private Reserve Shoreline Gold – Fountain Pen Physicist

Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Ina Ho — Alt. Haven

J. Herbin Lie de The – Inkdependence!

Ink Review: Iroshizuku Asagao — seize the dave

Noodler’s Socrates – Ink Review – Stationary Journey

Sunday Notes and Links

My favorite pen and ink from the past weekMy favorite fountain pen & ink combo this week came as a shock to me. It was the Omas 360 Vintage (Vintage in name only) with Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black ink. This pen has been temperamental since I got it and has always been flushed in frustration. I’ve even had the nib worked on. It’s a new pen with this ink. Were my first three ink choices the only three this pen won’t like? Is this the only ink the pen likes? The pen will be reviewed eventually but I’ll need to use it some more so it’ll be a month or so.

The Washington D.C. pen show is this week, Thursday through Sunday. I’m not able to go, even though it will no doubt be a good time, with a lot of vendors who skipped last year when I was there. Definitely worth the trip if you can make it. The Facebook page seems to have more information that the website.

Some Links of Interest

Review: @Retro1951 Tornado Lincoln EXT Fountain Pen – Medium @JetPens – Gourmet Pens

Cheaper – Crónicas Estilográficas

Edison LEA Double Feature! 2012 Pearl & 2013 Morgan –

Take a look inside the Pilot Vanishing Point – FPGeeks

Traveling With Pens: A Case Study (or a study of a basket case?!) – From the Pen Cup

Lamy Accent Al (2014) – kmpn

My First Aurora: Ipsilon Quadra Sterling Silver — The Gentleman Stationer

Pen Review: Sheaffer Imperial 330 – The Pen Habit

4622 – Crónicas Estilográficas

Review: Noodler’s Neponset Fountain Pen – Music Nib – Gourmet Pens

Giveaway Test Drive a Quo Vadis – Visual – Quo Vadis Blog

Kaweco AL Sport Review — Modern Stationer

Waterman 94 – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

The Matina (sketch) – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Its a Bird, Its a Plane, Its a Falcon – Pen Pursuit

Etranger di Costarica Memo Book Review — The Pen Addict

Tomoe River Handcrafted Letterpress Notebooks from JustWrite – Pentorium

Field Notes Centipede! Blackbird Tar Field Notes Notebook Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT

Clairefontaine Triomphe Stationery Review – My Pen Needs Ink

Ink Reviews

Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses (original formula) ink review Peninkcillin

Kaweco Palm Green ink review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Private Reserve’s American Blue ~ Inkdependence!

Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa| fountain pens, inks, and more – inklode

Diamine Red Dragon Fountain Pen Ink – Inktronics

Ink Review – Organics Studio Gregor Mendel – Fountain Pen Physicist