Sunday Notes & Links

photo of the box and botle

My favorite pen/ink combination of the past week.

It was a quiet week for posts but still a busy week on FP Quest. The week ended on a high note when I listened to the latest Pen Addict podcast. I was a winner in their 100th podcast giveaway. So giveaway package #1 will be heading my way. Thanks Myke and Brad! And thanks to Anderson Pens for supplying the Taccia Staccato. And then later in the podcast I heard that was Brad’s blog of the week. Thanks Again!

Speaking of 100th podcast giveaways, Anderson Pens will be having their 100th podcast on Tuesday which will include some giveaway. You’ll need to be listening so be sure to check their blog for the show time (usually Tuesday at 8PM central time). You’ll need to have sent them an entry so if you haven’t done so already you’ll have to get lucky with speedy mail delivery.

I’ve got two weeks worth of links and I’m still behind in my reading. So some of these may be a bit old but still worth reading if you missed them…

The Atlanta Pen Show was last weekend and there seems to be a lot of Pen Bloggers on that area. Brad “The Pen Addict” Dowdy wrote about the Pen Show Experience. Pen Paper Ink Letter put out a podcast about the show.

SBRE Brown has a great video about Iridium Point Germany Good or Bad.

There was also a pen show in England and A Fool With A Pen writes about his first pen show.

A Colibri Pen (Model = Mystery!) at Inkdependence

Vintage Pen Review: Conway Stewart 14 at The Pen Habit

Monteverde Poquito Fountain Pen Review at Pen Paper Ink Letter.

The Parker 51 is at That One Pen

Visconti Rembrandt Fountain Pen Review at Write To Me Often

Review: 1901FC Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic Smoke & Ice – Broad at Gourmet Pens

Travelling pens at Palimpsest

Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen – Bluegreen 2014 Special Edition – Black B nib at No Pen Intended

Kaweco Allrounder Fountain Pen Quick Review at The Unroyal Warrant

Ink Reviews

Rohrer & Klingner Salix at

Sailor Jentle Epinard at Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Rohrer & Klingner Verdura at The Five Cat PENagerie

Prussian Blue – Diamine Ink Review at Ink of Me Fondly


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Sunday Notes and Links

I’ve been reviewing my Favorite 5 lists to see what may have changed. I was also deciding pens to ink up now that the inked pen count was getting low. That’s when I decided I have too many fountain pens. While I could argue it’s not possible to have too many pens in theory, in practice I do have too many. I bought each of these pens to use and with a pen count approaching 150 there’s no chance I’d use each pen at least once a year. Especially if I define “use” as writing a pen dry and not simply flushing it after a set number of days. So it’s time to thin the herd. I prefer removing the band-aid slowly so there will probably be a few more each week.

I’m tempted to pick a number and get down to that number but for now I’ll just work on making it easier to get all my pens in one picture.

photo of most of my accumulation

Almost all of my uninked pens


Some links I found interesting…..

The Writing Arsenal celebrated National Pencil Day with some videos

The Unroyal Warrant reviews the Baron Fig The Confidant Notebook

The Franklin-Christoph Model 27 Collegia fountain pen is reviewed by Pens! Paper! Pencils!

The Pelikan 400 Tortoise Shell Fountain Pen is reviewed by Write to me Often. Great photos.

A Fool with a Pen reviews the Franklin-Christoph Model 03 with a Mike Masuyama Needlepoint nib, I want one!

The Well-Appointed Desk compares brush pens.

From the Pen Cup loves the Pelikan M205 and Levenger Shiraz Ink.

Ink Reviews

Noodler’s Bad Green Gator at the Well-Appointed Desk

Parker Quink Blue-Black is review by The Pen Addict

Crónicas Estilográficas looks at the 1971 Pilot Capless.

Sunday Notes and Links

The release of the latest Field Notes seasonal edition was probably the most written about pen related topic this past week. The Shelterwood edition is a clear tech success story. But it seems the more effort they put into the cover design the less I like them as actual notebooks. The Cold Horizon remains my least favorite edition. I did keep one but gave the rest away. The jury is still out on the Shelterwood but it is redeemed slightly by the paper.

While a technical marvel and cool at first glance, I’m not a fan of the wood grain cover. Add to that its inability to stay close and it’s very annoying. But there’s no denying it’s popularity. The video is worth watching. In-depth reviews are at Unroyal Warrant and

Some links I found interesting…

The Contemplative Belle has a New Planner Shopping List.

An Inkophile’s Blog returns to Fountain Pens and Moleskine notebooks.

No Pen Intended also returns to fountain pens and Moleskine, this time with the Dotted Pocket Notebook.

Pentorium has a Collective Review of the Lamy Dialog Series.

Goodwriters Pens has another look at the Swan SF1.

A Fool with A Pen writes about The rewards of using vintage fountain pens.

That One Pen writes about the Parker Vacumatic, one of my first vintage pens.

Pens! Paper! Pencils! reviews my favorite pocket notebook, Doane Paper Grids+Lines. Since Doane Paper doesn’t shop outside the US he’s giving one away to a non-US resident. Read the article by Apr 3rd for the giveaway.

Inkdependence! looks at the Wahl-Eversharp Skyliner 50.

Edison Pens has a video showing how the Menlo Pump Filler is made.

Ink Reviews

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen at The Well-Appointed Desk

Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts at At Fool with a Pen

Kaweco Blue-Black at Pen Paper Ink Letter

Roher & Klingner Verdigris at Pens! Paper! Pencils!

P.W. Akkerman Voorhout Violet at Write to Me Often

Noodler’s Habanero at a Penchant for Paper


There’s a few Giveaways going on…

Pen Chalet is giving away a $50 and a $25 gift card.

Anderson Pens is approaching their 100th podcast episode. where there will be some giveaways. You’ll need to write to them before the episode and be on the chat for their 100th. The details are early in this week’s podcast or in this post.

The Pen Addict’s 100th podcast episode will be this week and giveaways are rumored. So be sure to listen to the upcoming podcast asap.


Sunday Notes and Links

It looks like I’ll be able to compile the weekly links on a regular basis, so I’m back to notes & links.

In good news, my Nock Co. cases arrived. Boy, I have a lot of cases. The quality is great making them a great value. They have almost all (maybe all by now) their Kickstarter cases shipped so I imagine their store will be opening soon.

photo of the Nock Co. cases

I did attend the Long Island Pen Show but it ended up be a quick visit in the afternoon and I left without adding anything to my accumulation. That wasn’t the fault of the show, in fact exactly the opposite. A lot to choose from and too little time to decide. For a nice overview of the show read Ed Jelley’s LI Pen Show recap. Or listen to him talk about it on the Pen Addict Podcast.

My inked pens haven’t changed much. I wrote both the Pelikan Lizard and Esterbrook dry and I’ve yet to replace either of them, so I’m down to eight inked pens. Well, nine actually, with the ninth being a new one I’m using as I write a review of it.

And now for the links…

Zeller Writing Company has a new Kickstarter up for some notebooks, called Furrow Books. There’s just over a month left in the campaign. The creator’s comments include reports of bleed through so they may not be best for wetter fountain pens. Still, they seem worth a look.

The Unroyal Warrant shows off the Nakaya Desk Pen Stand and tried various pens in it.

Speaking of Nakaya, Ed Jelley reviews the Nakaya Neo Standard.

Pens! Paper! Pencil! reviews the Noodler’s Konrad.

My Pen Needs ink writes about Pilot pens and ordering from John Mottishaw. While we picked different nibs both of us got our Pilot 823s from because of the quality and experience.

A Fool With A Pen reviews the Kaweco Special fountain pen.

The Pen Habit has a video highlighting his top 5 pens of the year.

USA Today talks about hand written thank you notes. (Warning – auto play video)

Ink Reviews

Pens! Paper! Pencil! reviews De Atramentis Archive ink.

Inkdependence reviews the Franklin-Christoph Piper Black cartridge.

Sunday Notes and Links

This will be the last “Sunday Notes and Links” post for awhile. Things have gotten busy and probably will be for awhile and I’d rather spend any available time on reviews and similar posts. So today’s links will help you get your future link fix.

I’ve updated my Resources and Links page to include the sites in my feed reader or that I visit regularly.

Some other pen bloggers regularly publish link lists so you should visit them if you don’t already.

The Pen Addict

The Well-Appointed Desk

An Inkophile’s Blog

Gourmet Pens