Sunday Notes

Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with Montblanc Bordeaux

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is a repeat, at least for the fountain pen. The Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with its extra fine nib is still my favorite. After twice writing it dry of Pelikan Blue-Black I’ve switched to Montblanc Bordeaux which is my favorite ink of all time.

As I mentioned last week, I’m not doing the typical weekly highlights of links for the rest of this year. But I will present links around themes that don’t usually make it to the weekly list. Today I review some video sources. I’m just not big into watching videos, but when I do watch them these are the ones I enjoy. Plus, I have to admit that I often just listen to the video and only pay attention when there’s something worth seeing.

Most, if not all, these publishers have a YouTube channel, but I’ll be linking to their website. If you prefer YouTube you can find links to their channel there.

I could be mis-remembering, but I think Brian Goulet created the first fountain pen videos I watched regularly over 5 years ago. He’s still at it. I regularly watch his weekly Q&A videos. New episodes show up on the blog. Brian does much more than the Q&A (check out the Fountain Pen 101 videos) and they are all on the YouTube channel.

Stephen Brown has a large catalog of fountain pen reviews and related videos. In the past I would regularly watch and enjoy his pen reviews. The reviews are still good, I’m just less lees interested in fountain pen reviews these days. He also creates videos with Aizizah (of Gourmet Pens) which get cross-posted on her site – Gourmet Pens.

Matt publishes a series of video, mostly pen reviews at The Pen Habit. He also publishes a written review along with the video which I appreciate. As I said, videos aren’t my thing and I will often read the review but rarely watch the videos. Those I have watched have been enjoyable and informative.

FPtv has been starting up again, this time at Pen O’Clock. This format and length of the video doesn’t really appeal to me so I haven’t watched every episode. If you’re interested in fountain pens I would recommend checking it out, just because it isn’t for me doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it.

Anderson Pens has been doing a video podcast for a long time. It’s one of the few podcasts I grudgingly watch on video rather than listen to the audio version. There are two reasons for this. First, they often show pens I want to see. Second, using Google Hangouts allows them to get the video out quickly (and regularly) while the audio has often been delayed days (weeks?) until they get time to process and post it. (Well, technically I listen to the video and only watch it when there’s something to see.) Now that Brian is full time at the store he’s begun to record additional videos beyond the podcast.

The Purl Bug publishes what I would consider typical VLog posts. I enjoy them because I like seeing what other people use and enjoy (or don’t enjoy), plus they are relatively short. As the site name suggests, she also does knitting videos and some videos contain a mix from both topics.