Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot VB with Left Oblique and R&K ScabiosaThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is my newly inked Pilot Vanishing Point with a left oblique nib and R&K Scabiosa ink. I was looking for a ink to use when writing postcard replies to the contest entrants. Instead of inking multiple pens, which was my first impulse, I picked this combination. Scabiaso is a iron gall ink so it’s perfect for a postcard potentially exposed to the elements, while it has some color. The glossy postcards I have aren’t the best for showing off any fountain pen ink so I’ve been forced to use this combination for regular writing.

Some links of interest…

Diplomat Aero Matt Silver — Informal Scribble // Interesting fountain pen. When I saw the first picture I though it was a ballpoint thanks to the silver on the end of the barrel.

Scrikks NoteLook Notebook Review – Hey there! SBREBrown

The Need To Ink – An Inkophile’s Blog // I can relate

Madrid Pen Show 2015 – Crónicas Estilográficas // To answer the question posed in the first sentence – Yes! because Pen shows are more than just pens. | Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

My view from the desert: thoughts on my exile from pen buying – A fool with a pen // Very good points

OMAS – canetas e coisas // The clip caught my attention.

Pen Review: Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel – The Pen Habit // I usually can’t resist metal pens, but this one is easy for me to resist. Maybe it’s because I know the price, maybe it’s because I have the Makrolon version and love everything about it.

Recent Acquisitions: Nibs, Nibs, Nibs – A Penchant for Paper

The Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop: A Review — The Pen Addict

Edison Pearlette – The Passionate Penman

Review: Pilot Custom 74 – KurleyMcD // Good review that also demonstrates why I prefer reviews after a pen has been used for a couple months, or more.

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

No favorite pen and ink this week, right to the links…

Fountain Pen Review: Carolina Pen Company Charleston – The Pen Habit // A nice, conservative custom fountain pen

Review: Baron Fig Apprentice — nib & ink // I’ve never used a Baron Fig notebook. I’ve been turned off by the philosophical bent to their marketing while lacking specifics, as mentioned in this review.

Baron Fig Special Edition 2016 Confidant Planner – Inktronics // Another Baron Fig review, this time a planner.

New Tricks: Write Notepads & Co. Pocket Notebooks – From the Pen Cup // A nice looking pocket notebook, to bad I don’t need yet another pocket notebook.

Travelers Company Caravan – // A story worth reading

Currently inked – Inkstained Nib // I always enjoy seeing what people are using.

In Praise of my Completed Rhodia Notepad – A Penchant for Paper // I’m more impressed by all the pages being torn off but saved for posterity

Ipoh and Kuala Sepetang – Part 1 of 4 – Francis THEO // Be sure to check out all the sketches in the series.

Agendio: A New Planner System – The Well-Appointed Desk // I usually ignore custom planners due to their cost. I’ll be spending some time today putting together and ordering one of these.

OMAS Extra Lucens and Lucens Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT – // Some nice looking vintage Italians

Forest Choice Medium Flex Notebook Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // No surprise that a pencil company’s notebooks aren’t fountain pen friendly.

Review: FPR Indus — Alt. Haven // Another affordable piston filler. Is it worth it? Read the review.

Montblanc has a problem — Pen Economics // A long but interesting read.

Our 2nd Anniversary! – Anderson Pens // Happy Anniversary! Who said B&M pen & stationery stores are a vanishing breed?

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


This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is my Pilot Custom 823 with Pelikan Blue-Black ink. I’ve written most of my pens dry this month and the Pilot Custom 823 is one of the few left with ink. (For me, six is a few, especially when half of them are desk-bound). It’s one of those pens that does everything right except being a colored demonstrator which I dislike. This one fault keeps me from using it, but when I do use it I realize it’s one of the best writing pens that I have. If this pen was solid black, with rhodium trim I might never put it down.

If you missed it, I’m running a giveaway. It runs to the end of the month but getting your entry in will take time, so don’t wait too long. I expected all my readers to already have a fountain pen. I was wrong so I updated the rules to allow them to enter. If you don’t already have a fountain pen check the post for what you need to do to enter.

Some links of interest…

I say NO to Shimmertastic Inks — TooManyInks // Me too. Especially for the third & fourth reasons.

Fountain Pen Revolution Nib Shootout – Hey there! SBREBrown // Worth viewing if you’re interested in FPR pens.

Pen Review: Pelikan M205 Amethyst – The Pen Habit // A nice looking pen. Lucky for there’s enough that I don’t like so I’m not tempted.

Why I use fountain pens – inkstainednib // First post from a new pen blog. Be sure the check out the reviews that have been done.

RECAP: A VISIT TO CONID – The Pencilcase Blog // A nice behind the scenes look.

Fountain Pen Filling Systems – My Pen Needs Ink

Hiroshi’s Pilot – Crónicas Estilográficas

Review: Faber-Castell Basic leather edition — Alt. Haven

Pilot Kakuno Review — The Finer Point

Introducing: The Spreadsheet – // I found a spreadsheet didn’t work for me, but if you think it will work for you then this is a good start.

Pen Review: The Scriptorium Balladeer — The Gentleman Stationer

November Pens And Inks – An Inkophile’s 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

Edison Huson Grande Favorite Fountain Pen - October 31, 2015 with Montblanc Boardeaux insideI didn’t really have a favorite pen and ink this week. The Sailor Pro Gear lost its chance due to a leaky converter. My F-C Model 66 was a contender until it burped ink on the page. My most used was my Conway Stewart FPH 60th Anniversary pen. I wrote it dry and will be reviewing it soon. It doesn’t make it to favorite status because it too was problematic, requiring me to prime the feed a couple of times. If I was forced to pick a favorite among my currently inked pens it would be the Edison Huron Grande (again). I didn’t use it very often this past week, but it does look good sitting on my desk.

If you missed it – I’m running a giveaway. You have until month’s end to enter but since entry requires snail mail don’t wait to long.

Cult Pens is having their annual pens for kids event. Full details are at the link but it’s worth pointing out you will be charged shipping, but if all you have is the donation and use a credit/debit card then the shipping will be refunded.

Some links of interest…

Tale of a Vandal Pen Repairer: Namiki Inset Nib – Peaceable Writer // Some pens are worth fixing

Refining my pen collecting focus — TooManyInks // This concept is foreign to me.

Pilot Vanishing Point Review – The Pen Haul

Buying From a Local Online Retailer – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // Mainly a UK perspective but it could apply to other countries too. I’m lucky being in the U.S., both because of the local (read that as in the US) retailers and that import taxes and fees are minimal. I’ve never paid any import fees or taxes when ordering from overseas retailers.

Review: Moleskine Soft Cover XL Plain – The Well-Appointed Desk // I’m not a Moleskine fan, but it sounds like the paper is improving. Unless it’s just this model.

Review: Franklin Christoph Model 66 Stabilis — Alt. Haven // A review of the pen with a Ice acrylic and an extra fine nib.

TWSBI Diamond 580RB – EF Nib — The Finer Point // Review of a pen that stood the test of time and is one of Jenny’s favorites

A pen show happened:

Scriptus Toronto Pen Show 2015 | – Wonder Pens

Scriptus 2015 Pen Show Recap — Gorgeous.Ink

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

Edison Huson Grande Favorite Fountain Pen - October 31, 2015 with Montblanc Boardeaux insideThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my Edison Huron Grande with Montblanc Bordeaux ink. It did have an unfair advantage. I spent most of the week working at my desk at home and mostly on the computer. When I did need a pen the big & beautiful Edison was right there at hand, and I didn’t even consider another fountain pen. The Montblanc Bordeaux ink that was inside it certainly didn’t hurt it’s chances. Because it’s not a convenient carry pen it often gets ignored, but it was nice to use it so consistently.

Some links of interest…

Eversharp – canetas e coisas

Platinum Carbon Pen – Sketch and Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // A pen and I have and kind of liked for the reasons mentioned in the review (both pros and cons). It sits unused now because I have other desk pens I like better plus the pen is a little skinny for my current tastes.

The Pelikan M600 Pink Special Edition Fountain Pen: A Review — The Pen Addict // A nice looking pen although I agree with Susan’s comments about the marketing since I tend to be turned of by any marketing so over the top.

Vintage Pen News: Sheaffer demonstrator packing unit – Vintage Pen News // Trying to take apart one of these pens is beyond my ability, still interesting to see the insides.

Ask The Readers: Broad Nibs for the Vision Impaired – The Well-Appointed Desk // A well-timed question as I’m currently looking through my fountain pens for one with the broadest line for someone to try. My options are limited since I prefer thin nibs, but there are some good options in both the article and the comments.

[Sailor Limited Edition Rhapsodie( – Calligraphy Nut] // A nice pen, plus some options to buy “Japan only” pens and inks for those of us not in Japan.

Delta Drama — Fountain Pen Economics // Interesting info that I had not heard about. Even though it doesn’t affect the US directly, I would be reconsidering buying a Delta pen if any were on my want list. It does appear to be the beginning of a death spiral for the company. It sounds like they didn’t think care about European retailers, so I can’t believe US and other non-European retailers would promote Delta or carry a lot of inventory going forward.

Preparing For Your First Pen Show — Gorgeous.Ink // Good info. Also, some other recent Gorgeous ink posts were worth linking, so browse the site a bit.

Pen Identification: Sailor 1911 vs. Pro Gear – Anderson PensAnderson Pens // In case you were wondering.

The beginning of the month usually brings load out posts which I really enjoy. It’s a bit early but there’s been a couple…

Monthly Load Out: November 2015 — Gorgeous.Ink // While the nibs aren’t for me, I like this selection. The current load-out includes the Tiger Red F-C Model 20 of which I have, and love, although I have the clip-less version. The pens he wrote dry include 3 that are among my favorites (well, except for those big nibs).

Weekly Pens: Week 43 – 2015 – these beautiful pens

While I don’t participate, November is NaNoWriMo and there’s a couple good articles for those participating…

November is Coming – Pete Denison

NANOWRIMO Materials, 2015 — Reverenced Writing

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

This weeks favorite
This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is my Pelikan M805 Stresemann with Montblanc Bordeaux. I had been skipping over this pen and ink more than I thought. It was inked back in mid-July and while used regularly it only short term each time. With other pens having been written dry this one is getting more use.

Some links of interest…

Danitrio Sho-Hakkaku Ki-Dame Tamenuri: A Review — The Pen Addict // Beautiful pen, surprised to hear they were local (US), doubly surprised to hear the buying process was so frustrating.

Transaction costs — Fountain Pen Economics // Another good article by Dr. Deans. Information certainly is more available today. As mentioned, Goulet Pens has a lot to do with it. While I’ve been using a fountain pen for over a dozen years, it wasn’t until I started reading and viewing the stuff Brian Goulet was doing that I really became addicted. Also, in case you miss it in the article, the Pennaquod search engine is a great source. There’s been a link at the bottom of every Sunday Notes and Links post for the past few months. Check it out.

Pilot Twilight Vanishing Point (2015 Limited Edition) – No Pen Intended // An early view of a beautiful pen if you like blue. I don’t, so it was easy to pass on this one. Although the gradient to dark purple is intriguing.

Hobonichi Accessories — Three Staples // I pass on any covers or accessories for my Hobonichi, but I can see the allure.

The Verdict: TWSBI ECO with J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor – From the Pen Cup // Two products with a lot of recent buzz

Planner Subscription Services – The Well-Appointed Desk // I didn’t know such things existed.

Pen Review: Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Maxi — The Purl Bug (video) // This pen is recently back on my radar although the price is an obstacle. The video also raises a few potential issues so it’s more likely to be a in person purchase so I can try it out. Also, I might pick the Steel version over the Bronze although the tarnished bronze may take the edge off the gold and be very nice. But still, I want one.

SFPL Pen Meet, Oct 2015 – On Fountain Pens // There’s always a lot of fountain pen activity in Singapore.

My Moleskine Daily – September Flip-Through | – Scribbles and Stationery // This puts my notebooks to shame.

Pilot Prera Fountain Pen – Pete Denison // Thorough review of a pen I have but never really took to using it, mainly because of the size.

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 Noodler's King Philip RequeimThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my Franklin-Christoph Model 20 in Tiger Red acrylic with Noodler’s King Philip Requiem. I just love the color of both the pen and the ink. It’s a standout among the pens I have inked, which is why I wrote it dry this week.

Some links of interest…

How to use a planner: a guide for new users – Quo Vadis Blog // It’s planner season. Some good ideas in this article if you’re considering a paper planner.

Field Trip: Post Humus Winkel Amsterdam – Gourmet Pens // Looks like a cool shop.

Review: Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black – Alt.Haven // This reminds me, I have to ink mine up.

Why Does All This Matter: A manifesto of sorts. – The Well-Appointed Desk // A manifesto I can get behind.

Clairefontaine Pocket Notebook Review – The Pen Haul // I didn’t realize Clairefontaine paper was available in a pocket notebook. If I didn’t already have a box full of pocket notebooks I’d be trying these out.

Fountain Pen Stories – Oct 2015 – On Fountain Pens // A regular series worth reading. along with an alert about stolen pens: STOLEN NAMIKI PENS – PLEASE HELP

Sailor Pro Gear Piccadilly Nights Fountain Pen Review – Hey there! SBREBrown // Video review

First Look: The Gist By Tactile Turn — The Pen Addict // Not based on long term usage (for good reason), but a good overview of a hot Kickstarter fountain pen.

FOUNTAIN PEN REVIEW: Jinhao 159 – Pentulant // A nice inexpensive fountain pen

Pelikan M205 Amethyst — Informal Scribble


10 months in with the Hobonichi Techo – final thoughts – The Finer Point // I used a Techno last year, although it went unused for s stretch in June and July. I keep changing how use it, yet I bought another for 2016.

Namiki Custom Impressions Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // Beautiful pens

Visconti Rembrandt – Calligraphy Nut

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.