Sunday Notes and Links

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Vintage Green with a broad stub nib and Athena Sepia Ink bottleThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was the now empty Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with Athena Sepia ink.

I had problems with my workflow for saving links, Feedbin and Pinboard refused to talk, so I may have lost some links, especially from early in the week. Maybe I lost some from later in the week as I work out my new workflow. But there’s still some links of interest…

The Commonwealth Pen show is next Sunday. I’m hoping to be there sometime during the day. Here’s the info from an email I received:

A reminder that the 2nd Annual Commonwealth Pen Show is coming on Sunday, September 20th in the Union Square Room at the Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill (309 Washington Street, Somerville, MA). Free parking is available at the hotel or the venue is a short walk from the MBTA Sullivan Square Station (Orange Line).

The show is open to the public from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Admission is $7.00. Seventeen exhibitors will be offering a wide range of pens, accessories, and services.

Full details available on the show’s Web site.

Get Started On Logging Inks In 10 Steps – On Fountain Pens // It’s a little more involved than my method where I basically stop at the swab. But good info here.

Montblanc Heritage 1912 Review — The Pen Addict // I’ve been read/linking a lot of Montblanc reviews lately. This one includes a bumpy forum purchase.

Lamy AL Star – 2015 Copper Orange Limited Edition  — The Finer Point // I always like the looks of AL Stars and many regular Safaris. Plus the section design doesn’t bother me. Yet I never ink up the ones I have so I sold most. This is one I want based on looks but I know I wouldn’t use it more than the ones I still have.

Buying Local — Fountain Pen Economics // Another thoughtful post from Dr. Deans. As I mentioned 3 years ago in my Made In America post my main reaction was that it was cool to have them made locally (well, not truly local but the same country). It wasn’t a deciding factor. In fact, there’s a new pen company heavily promoting Made In America* starting with their name. Yet I’ve no interest in their pens and feel like their trying to manipulate me into buying for a reason that has nothing to do with the design or quality of the pen so it makes me doubt the pen.*

Brian’s Top 10 Sheening Inks – Goulet Pens Blog // Ink Sheen isn’t something that appeals to me, at least in my own pens since the thin nibs don’t really benefit. But if you want sheen, here’s some inks to start with.

Pelikan Souverän M101N Tortoiseshell Brown SE Fountain Pen Review – Hey there! SBREBrown // I really like these M101N pens Pelikan puts out. I have one (the Lizard) and love it, but the pen is on the small side and I can’t justify to myself getting multiple finishes.

Fountain Pen Nibs: Of Steel and Gold – Pete Denison // Good article on the steel vs. gold debate. My own take more or less matches up. I never pay more for a gold nib when there is an option. My favorite fountain pens are a mix of nib material. In my Top 5 Modern Pens three are gold nibs and two are steel.

Of Nibs and Models. Pilot – Crónicas Estilográficas // I gave up trying to understand Pilot’s naming conventions. Glad I’m not alone in finding them “Strange and even confusing”

Parker Duofold Centennial Fountain Pen and Ballpoint in Pearl and Black, MKII – // Always nice when you stumble upon a pen you’ve wanted. The FP is a beauty, the BP looks weird to me and not just because it’s a ballpoint.

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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