Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood XXXF nibThis week’s favorite fountain pen/ink is a holdover from last week. An unassuming nib that I really like, It fits perfectly with the functionality of the Vanishing Point, at least for me. The pen won’t be back next week because I wrote it dry last night and will be cleaning it out (Pen & Ink Notes soon). I’m resisting inking it up so I can give some other pens a chance.

I have two new fountain pens due to arrive next week. Two of the remaining three pens on my “wanted list”, although the third is still just a concept (a pen that can handle my screw-in Esterbrook nibs) than a specific pen. So I better get going and write some of my current pens dry.

Some time ago I stopped including ink reviews in these Sunday Links. The sheer number made it hard to pick a favorite and there were two many to include them all. There are some sites that are mostly ink reviews, so I figured it would be good to provide a list.

As always, if you’re curious about a specific ink you can search for reviews on Pennquod. Here are some specific sites, in no particular order…

Gorgeous.Ink

Inkdependence!

Fountain Pen Physicist has a good archive of ink reviews, especially the Epic Ink Tests. She’s since moved to The Purl Bug so subscribe to The Purl Bug for new reviews.

Pentulant

the desk of lori

An Inkophile’s Blog

Some additional links of interest…

Shop Visit + Haul: Choosing Keeping – All Things Stationery

A Rare Chance to Review a Pelikan Oblique nib – On Fountain Pens // Understandable, yet sad, that Pelikan no longer makes these nibs a factory option.

Review: Pilot Custom Heritage 91 — Alt. Haven

How I use my notebooks — The Finer Point

Shawn Newton Esterbrook Nib Holder – The Well-Appointed Desk // Still on my wanted list is a pen or nib holder for my Esterbrook nibs but along the lines of the larger pens that I prefer.

Tale of a Vandal Pen Collector: State of the Hoard – Peaceable Writer // A nice discussion of what pens were kept and some that weren’t.

Karas Kustoms Ink Fountain Pen Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // Still a favorite of mine, even though I don’t have one currently inked.

Jinhao X450 Flex Hack – Calligraphy Nut

Six months in… — Fountain Pen Economics // Congratulations on the milestone.

Namiki Nippon Art Flower Basket Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // I’ve always liked these pens, at least aesthetically. I assume the Pilot (Namiki) nib is as good as the ones I’ve used. I’ve never been able to get past the price, although I didn’t realize second hand models sold for such a discount off the list price.

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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