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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( – 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.

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