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

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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

Sunday Notes and Links

Six pens ready for my therapy sessionIt was time for some fountain pen therapy this past week. I’d been using pens and inks based on what was on the review list, which left little time for my old favorites. A week ago I pulled out my favorite pen case – a Penvelope Six in well-worn Boot Brown leather. Then I went through my pens and filled the six slots with the pens that caught my attention and were just waiting to be used. This brought me to 19 pens inks but so what . A couple pens were already inked and I kept them going. I’ve been using these pens all week so new reviews will be slower. I have a couple ready to be written but the backlog is gone so things will be slower. Instead I’ll be enjoying my pens.

I’ve been picking one pen/ink as my primary writer for the day. I’ve been posting my selection to Instagram.

Some links from the past week…

Nock Co Brasstown & Hightower Review – //A new pen blogger. No fountain pen reviews yet despite the great name

The Esterbrook Bandwagon – Pen Pursuit // A new member of the cult of Esterbrook

Review: Franklin-Christoph Model 40P Fountain Pen – Masuyama Broad Stub @1901FC – Gourmet Pens

Refreshing! The Kaweco Skyline Sport (Mint) – From the Pen Cup

Paper Review – Environotes Sugarcane Paper – Fountain Pen Physicist

Parker Vector Navy Body Fountain Pen – No Pen Intended

Original Crown Mill Pure Cotton Envelopes and Tablet Review – Pen Paper Ink Letter

Waterford Kilbarry Guilloche Fountain Pen Quick Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT

Pen Review: Nakaya Neo Standard – The Pen Habit

Montblanc Arturo Toscanini Donation Pen-

Notebooks Explained –

Analogue and digital: an equal partnership – Pete Denison

Clairefontaine Basics Life. Unplugged Staplebound Duo Review — Modern Stationer

Ink Reviews…

Platinum Mix-Free Leaf Green – Inkdependence!

Sailor Jentle Ink – Four Seasons Nioi-sumire (Sweet Violet) – An Inkophile’s Blog

Noodler’s Turquoise Ink Review — The Pen Addict

None More Black — The Gentleman Stationer

Caran d’Ache Chromatics Idyllic Blue Review / Caran d’Ache Chromatics Idyllic Blue Mürekkep İncelemesi – Write to Me Often

Sailor Jentle Grenade ink review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Montblanc Albert Einstein – inklode // Gray inks are my favorites and this was a reminder I need to get out the bottle of this ink

Diamine Syrah ink review – Peninkcillin

Sunday Notes and Links

SBRE Brown’s latest video review is the Retro 51 Tornado Lincoln fountain pen. One of my favorite finishes although the medium nib is too wet for me.

Be sure to check out Stephen’s YouTube channel for more reviews.

All this 5 year old wants for his birthday is some b-day cards. You know what to do. – FPGeeks

TWSBI Micarta V2 – inklode // The Micarta has been discontinued so will become harder to get. I like the material on my first gen Micarta but my nib/feed has been more problematic.

Review: Sheaffer Balance — Alt. Haven // Better looking than my Sheaffer Balance Junior but seems to match one of my favorites in every other way. (#1 on my Favorite Vintage list

Two Vanishing Point reviews this week:

Sterling Plastic #526 Roll Top Pencil Box – My Supply Room // This brought back memories. I’ve no idea if mine was the same brand but I had one just like it back in elementary school.

Bexley Tuck-Away –

How much does your ink cost? – The Fountain Pen Blog //Nice chart of ink costs

Esterbrook SJ Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict

A caped crusader…Italian style – And All Other Tasks

Pilot Custom Heritage 912 Fountain Pen w/ FA Nib Review – FPGeeks

Kaweco AC-Sport fountain pen review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Music Evolution – Crónicas Estilográficas

Sheaffer Targa Gold Plated Chequered Classic – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // I just got a Targa (different and later model) and I’m liking it so far. A little on the thin side for me but still a nice writer.

Ink Reviews

Color Change for Black Swan in Australian Roses – Ink Nouveau

Ink Review: Iroshizuku Yama-Budo — The Gentleman Stationer

Sailor Nioi-Sumire – Inkdependence! // Be sure to read the other recent reviews of the new Sailor inks on the site

Review: Caran D’ache Chromatics INKredible Colors Delicate Green – The Well-Appointed Desk

J. Herbin Bouton D’or Ink Review / J. Herbin Bouton D’or Mürekkep İncelemesi – Write to Me Often

Sunday Notes and Links

four Cross pens

Cross Verve (bottom), Cross ATX (bottom chrome), Cross Apogee (top chrome, Cross Bailey (black pen)

I finished up my Cross pen quick reviews this past week. This was something a little different for me. The pens were collecting dust in my accumulation, and I had forgotten a couple even existed. So I inked them up for a day or two and then did a quick review. The Cross ATX was my first Cross pen and I can see why it led to other Cross fountain pens. What I dislike about it now, mainly the metal section, wouldn’t have bothered me when I got it.

Going into the reviews I had a low opinion of Cross quality but now that I’ve done them I’ve softened a little. I still stop short of recommending them, especially for first time buyers. The Verve definitely had terrible build quality, is my most expensive Cross, and has the best Cross nib, one that can compete with the best nibs out there. Two out of three may not be bad, but it isn’t good. The others are middle-of-the-road pens. Finally, it still irks me that Cross won’t include a converter in even their $100+ pens.

The Cross Reviews:

Site Update: I finally updated my Resources & Links page to reflect the additions to my RSS feed since May. There’s a few new sites on there.

Some links I found interesting this past week…

Giveaway: Pen Chalet is giving away three bottles of the now out of production Sailor inks. Pen Chalet

New Ink Announced: Tools of the trade: New ink from J. Herbin – [Quo Vadis Blog] //Wow! Yup, I’m excited about a boring grey ink. I just have to avoid trying to find a French retailer and be patient until it appears here in the States.

A new notebook company: Nib London A6 notebook and card review (and special offer) – [Pens! Paper! Pencils!]

Monteverde Laguna Fountain Pen Review / Monteverde Laguna Dolmakalem İncelemesi – [Write to Me Often]

Nock Co Maryapple Review – — [The Finer Point]

Seven Seas “Writer” Tomoe River Paper Journal (Size A5): A Review – [Scribalishess]

Review: Monteverde Intima Neon Green 1.1mm Stub Fountain Pen – [The Well-Appointed Desk]

Pen Review: Nakaya Decapod – [The Pen Habit] // I need to stop watching these Nakaya reviews.

Improving Penmanship: Self-torture or worth the effort? – [Dept4] //I should also stop reading articles on improving one’s writing. It’s embarrassing. But this article is pretty close to my thoughts. So far I’ve yet to actually “choose to.”

The Field Notes “Archival Wooden Box” Review – [Pen Paper Ink LetterPen Paper Ink Letter]

Pen Review: Kaweco Liliput – [The Gentleman Stationer]

Off-topic but interesting: Busy NYC Restaurant Solves Major Mystery by Reviewing Old Surveillance (via

Pilot Capless Fermo Retractable Fountain Pen – F Nib — [The Clicky Post]

Ink Reviews

Private Reserve Avacado – [inklode]

Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Kon Peki – [Alt. Haven]

Sailor Doyou (Midsummer) – [Inkdependence!]