Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood with XXXF nib and Pilot Black cartridgesThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was another Pilot Vanishing Point. This time it was the Pilot Maplewood Vanishing Point with a XXXF nib that was purchased from Richard Binder. It has a Pilot Black ink cartridge which is dark enough for the thin line the nib puts down. I did a lot of note taking and writing in Field Notes so the thin nib was ideal. This weekend I’ll probably swap the nibs between my Cherry Bamboo and Maplewood VPs so I spend more time with my new Cherry Bamboo. Another reason I like the VPs, ease of nib swaps without having to empty the pen.

No comments, just my favorite links published this week..

Delfonics Rollbahn Notebook with Suica’s Penguin — Three Staples

The Swan Plug Filler. – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Papers of Montreal – Calligraphy Nut

Loadout For Five Weeks In Europe – THE UNROYAL WARRANT

A Guide to Buying Pelikan – The Pelikan’s Perch

New Write More Letters Page here on MPNI – My Pen Needs Ink

Staples Perforated Writing Pads – The Frugal Fountain Pen

Review: Platinum Carbon Pen – The Well-Appointed Desk

Pilot Custom Heritage 92 Fountain Pen – Pete Denison

Carolina Pen Company Custom Pens – mycoffeepot.org

Pen Review: OMAS Ogiva Alba – The Pen Habit

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 Cherry Bamboo on my Roterfaden TaschenbegleiterThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is driven by the pen, and also that I like new things. The Pilot Cherry Bamboo Vanishing Point with a left oblique nib and a Pilot Blue cartridge is my choice. The blue ink is riding the coattails on the pen. I like the properties of the ink, but blue has never been a ink I liked. My first impressions of the Cherry Bamboo are here.

Don’t miss the mid-year giveaway, you have less than two weeks to enter.

I still have two fountain pens left for sale. I’m considering dropping the price of the Kaweco AC Sport to $80. Mention this and you can have the pen and leather sleeve for $80 plus shipping, even if I haven’t officially dropped the price yet. The price on the remaining VP is firm although I’ll take another $10 off if you take buy the AC Sport and the Vanishing Point.

Some links of interest…

Review: Lamy Scala Blue Black with 14K EF Nib AND Lamy Dialog 3 with 14K F Nib – The Well-Appointed Desk // A nice pen. Luckily I see enough things I don’t particularly like so I can say no.

ERO – canetas e coisas // I like this pen material although I think over time I’d grow to consider it ugly. Yet my first reaction was “Nice!”

Marlen Rainbow Over Hong Kong Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // Weird

“Sheaffer’s take on Steel vs Gold nibs. 1982. http://t.co/2q4R2rlebe” – edisonpenco on Twitter // More fodder for the gold vs. steel argument. As for me, if there is a choice I always pick steel.

Fountain Pen Aesthetics (Part 1) — Fountain Pen Economics // The first is a series of 5 posts, be sure to read them all. I haven’t read the entire series yet but it should make for some pleasant Sunday reading.

Pen Review: Delta Fusion 82 – The Pen Habit // I probably wouldn’t have bought this pen anyway, but the marketing on the nib turns me off completely and I couldn’t bring myself to buy it no matter how nice the rest of the pen is. And it is a nice looking pen.

Pilot Lady White Momiji Maple Fountain Pen – Write to Me Often // I never heard of this pen and was surprised to read it was picked up on a trip to America.

Three Everyday Old Pens – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Carried Away! book review – My Pen Needs Ink

Two Cute Fountain Pens (~$3 and below) – On Fountain Pens

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

Kaweco Black Stonewashed AL Sport in my TaschenbegleiterThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is my Black Stonewashed Kaweco AL Sport with a extra fine nib and a Kaweco Red ink cartridge. This pen snuck back up on me. I had decided to sell it to make room for the new brass model. I inked it up to test it out before selling. It’s been inked since and wasn’t put up for sale. I’ve been carrying it in the pen loop of my Taschenbegleiter. It can be annoying at times but I don’t worry about dings in the pens so I may keep it there.

Speaking of selling pens, in the blatant self-promotion department, three of the pens are left, the Vanishing Point 2012LE, the Kaweco AC Sport and the Edison Herald.

Some links of interest…

JINHAO – canetas e coisas // A pretty nice looking inexpensive pen

Jinhao X750 – penreviewingbrit // Just like the above, pretty nice pen for the money.

Review: TWSBI Diamond 580 RB edition — Alt. Haven // RB does not mean rollerball

Airmail Regd Fountain Pen – Write to Me Often // While Indian pens are generally inexpensive, I’ve found many of them to be rough around the edges and usually not worth the cost to get them in the U.S.

Leather Review – Northwestward Field Notes cover by Craft & Lore — The Purl Bug // *A nice cover. In my case I don’t want this much protection for my pocket notebooks. Use and abuse provides it’s own design.

Pilot Capless – 1973 – CN–400BS – Crónicas Estilográficas // At one time I wanted one of the old style VPs but never came across one that had a proce I was willing to pay. I’ve gotten over it, although I do look for them if I’m at a pen show.

June Loadout — The Finer Point // I always enjoy seeing what others are using.

Announcement: The Souverän M3xx Now in The Aviary – The Pelikan’s Perch // A great Pelikan resource grows.

Pen Review: Kaweco Fantasie Pen — the desk of lori // A very interesting idea.

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 Vacumatic with Montblanc Bordeaux bottle

This week’s favorite.

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is one that I wrote dry during the week, my Parker Vacumatic Maxima with Montblanc Bordeaux ink.

Some links of interest…

It’s arrived! – Pen Reviewing Brit // A new(ish) pen blog and he’s very happy to have received his Parker 51. While iconic, it’s a fountain pen I just can’t grow to love so have yet to get one.

Black Forest Carved Owl Inkwell – Geeodwriters’s Pens // I don’t think I could take having this looking at me all day on my desk.

A Retrospective: One Year of the Gentleman Stationer — The Gentleman Stationer // Congratulations

100 Ways to Use a Pocket Notebook – The Art of Manliness // In case you need ideas – suitable for man or woman

One thing all the pens reviewed in the links below have in common is that I find all the pens interesting, yet I have no desire to add any of them to my accumulation.

Montblanc 144 Classique – mycoffeepot.org

Wahl-Eversharp Skyliner 50 Fountain Pen Set in Menthol – The Well-Appointed Desk

Slick: Lamy Studio (Palladium, 14k Medium Nib) – From the Pen Cup

Waterman Carene Black Sea Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT

Pen Review – Franklin Christoph Model 65 — The Purl Bug

Pen Review: Jinhao 599 – The Pen Habit

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

Photo this week's favorite pen and ink

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is a repeat of last week’s choice. My Pelikan M805 Stresemann and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink. The pen is nearly empty so they probably won’t be back next week as I plan to switch up the next ink. I know, boring! But when I get hooked I stay hooked.

Some links of interest (so not boring)…

KAWECO – canetas e coisas // A Kaweco that’s not a Sport and is very business-like

Pen Review: Pilot Custom 74 – The Pen Habit – // I like the aesthetics of this pen a bit more than Matt. It’s much better (IMO) than the designs I’ve seen at retail in the U.S.. I especially like the green. If the trim wasn’t gold I’d probably be considering this pen.

The Nakaya elastic nib FAQ. – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb. // Elastic nibs are new to me. If I have heard of them before it didn’t stick, and it seems like it would have.

Finding Journal Inspiration – A Penchant for Paper

NUUNA GRAPHIC NOTEBOOK REVIEW – The Pencilcase Blog // Interesting notebook. Dotgrid is my preferred paper when lined isn’t appropriate and matching the dot color to the cover is intriguing. Unfortunately the price and fountain pen ink issues make it a non-starter for me.

Minimal Sketchkit – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // Nice!

Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook Review – The Ink Blob // I’ve tried the brand once (different notebook) and liked it. Not sure why I didn’t get more.

Paper review – Field Notes Cherry Graph — The Purl Bug // Graph ruled paper is my my last choice which puts me in the minority it seems. If you’re in the majority these may interest you.

How-To: Clean a Pelikan Fountain Pen – The Pelikan’s Perch

Franklin-Christoph: Eyedropper Mania! — The Gentleman Stationer

Scribble Pen Scam – Backstage Media – The Tech Files – // I hate to waste a link on this, but if the Scribble pen has caught your interest as it’s tried various launches then you need to read this. And never consider Scribble again. It was also discussed Thursday’s Pen Addict podcast which is where I found this link.

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

Photo this week's favorite pen and ink

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is the Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann with a extra fine nib and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink. In my earlier comments about the pen I mentioned this nib, while nice, didn’t feel just right. Things have improved. I’m not sure if it’s the ink, the Blau-Schwarz is wetter than the Bordeaux which the pen started with. Or it could be I’ve used the pen enough to break in the nib for my hand. It wasn’t noticeably scratchy or rough so it wouldn’t have taken much. Now my dilemma is what ink to pick next: Do I go back to Montblanc Bordeaux? Do I stick with the very nice Blau-Schwarz? Do I try a third ink in the pen? I’m leaning towards the last option at this time. The pen is nearly empty so I may have to decide soon.

I updated my Resources & Links page. I spaced out and didn’t always follow my usual process when I come across a new site. If you’ve got pen or stationary related site that’s not in my list you can let me know using the contact page, twitter or add a comment below. Even if I linked to the site in the past I may have missed adding it to my resources page.

It’s a long weekend here in the US, so more links than usual since there’s more time to read. It’s not officially summer, but Memorial Day is the spiritual start of summer.

The Ink Blob came to my attention recently. It’s been around for a few months but it’s brand new to me. Two reviews caught my attention: A Rhodia Webnotebook review or the Webbie unmasked and the Sheaffer Calligraphy Set review. While I haven’t used either, I found the reviews interesting because they matched my expectations and fears. Calligraphy is wasted on me and I would share the frustration. I’ve seen the Webbie in stores and was concerned I’d have the same experience and opinions yet I’d never seen them mentioned in other reviews.

I’ve linked to Fountain Pen Physicist in the past. She does the awesome epic ink tests and is moving all her blogging to The Purl Bug. So be sure to go there for updates in the future.

A changed mind: A review of the Lamy 2000 fountain pen – A fool with a pen // I haven’t used my Lamy 2000 in a while, but it’s not in need of resurrection, just waiting to write another pen or two dry before inking it up. But I was reminded that I do have a couple pens I wnt to revisit.

Smythson MEGA Review Part 1 – 12 Writing Papers Reviewed! – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // A lot of paper from Smythson. Be sure to read all three parts

[Sailor Sapporo Zoom Nib Review(https://penpursuit.com/pen-reviews/sailor-sapporo-zoom-nib-review/) – Pen Pursuit] // I bought a Sailor zoom nib years ago, when I was experimenting with nib types, and I came to the same conclusion.

Pen Review: Faber-Castell Loom – The Pen Habit // A nice, relatively inexpensive fountain pen and I like its design. I’ve used two other F-C pens and loved the nibs.

Top Five Stationery Stores in New York City — The Gentleman Stationer // It might be time to visit NYC again. Three of these places are new two me and I haven’t been to the other two in many years.

Pen Review: Krone Continuum Atmosphere – The Pen Habit // I never understood the attraction of this brand. IMO the designs I’ve seen are way over the top. This is one of the more subdued designs I’ve seen plus I didn’t realize they sold pens at this low of a price point. It’s still at a luxury price point IMO but it’s less than I paid for my Pelikan M805. While this blue/gold pen isn’t at all colors I’d pick, the other designs for this model that have silver trim are rather nice.

Ode to a Parker Duofold — The Pen Addict // I’ve got nothing to add.

Platinum R14 – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // Sometimes eBay can bring some pleasant surprises.

Going Premium — Fountain Pen Economics // Interesting article about expanding a business. I never understood the discussion that TWSBI should make a high-end pen, for pretty much the reasons mentioned here. As for Goulet Pens, I think they experiment with premium pens from time to time (as an example I’ve noticed some expensive Platinums from time to time) but they didn’t seem to do well and they appeared in the closeout section. Personally, these days, at that price level I go for the personal service (such as nib adjustment) also as mentioned in the article.

Pen Review: Pilot Custom 74 — the desk of lori // I love reading about someone’s favorite fountain pen, even if the pen aesthetics don’t suite my tastes at all.

Conklin Duragraph Review — Reverenced Writing // My own limited experience with Conklin is similar in that the nibs were lacking

Music Nibs – Not Really For Writing Music? – On Fountain Pens // An interesting comparison. I had a Sailor Music nib but I just couldn’t get the hang of it.

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 Dip-less in an empty #407 inkwell

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my Esterbrook Dip-less with Montblanc Corn Poppy ink. I have to admit it won by default. Most of my writing this week was done direct to keyboard. The convenience of this pen meant I used it whenever I was at my desk and not banging on the keyboard.

Some links of interest…

VISCONTI HOMO SAPIENS STEEL REVIEW – The Pencilcase Blog // I’ve always liked the look of these pens but could never justify the price in my mind, and that was before the price increase.

Review: Pilot Penmanship With Ergo Grip EF nib — Johnny Anypen // At the other end of the price spectrum from the Visconti Home Sapien

The finer (and extra finer) things in life. – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb. // Why I love fine (and extra fine) nibs.

New Coffee Journal with Hütte Paper Works Notebook — Three Staples

Fountain Pen Review: Edison Collier, TWSBI 580AL, Sailor Pro Gear – Rants of The Archer // Three orange (or nearly orange) pens.

How Much Must We Spend For A Great Nib – – My Pen Needs Ink // Good article and explains why I now typically buy pens from someone who will tune the nib before sending it to me, at least for pens over $100.

Pilot Kakuno – Fine Nib – Black Body / Light Green Cap – No Pen Intended

The TWSBI 580 AL Orange, With A Twist — The Pen Addict // Orange pens seemed to be a theme this week.

Parker 75 Cisele – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Parker 100 Cobalt Black GT – mycoffeepot.org

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.