My 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.
The rumour is true. Bic sells Sheaffer to AT Cross. More details as they become available.
— Anderson Pens (@AndersonPens) August 22, 2014
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…
- Fountain Pen Review: Lamy Studio – Imperial Blue EF – Pen Paper Ink Letter
- Review: Lamy Accent Fountain Pen – The Well-Appointed Desk
Sunday Notes and Links
Pilot Bung Box [thé] Capless – mycoffeepot.org
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 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