My Sunday Notes and Links post is taking on a new format as the year begins. There will be fewer links so I removed the word from the name. If you have an opinion or suggestion (constructive please) let me know in the comments.
What I Used
I’m as tired of writing that my Visconti Bronze Age is my favorite pen as you are of reading it. It’s still my favorite and the only one I used every day. My second favorite fountain pen/ink of the week is my Parker Vacumatic Maxima (c.1942) with Montblanc Albert Einstein. Its firm fine nib is a nice contrast to the Visconti.
With it being relatively slow this time of year I used my fountain pens a lot less than the previous week. Not helping is the fact that I have several written drafts of posts already done and have been typing them up, leaving less time for hand writing. That said, I did find time to use the Visconti every day and I forced myself to use other pens at least some of the times. I did give each of my currently inked pens a short workout.
I finished off my 2015 Hobonichi and started my 2016 copy. Two days into the year (it’s really early Sunday so it doesn’t count yet) and I filled both pages. I’m using it as a journal and not a planner.
I’m using an Agendio as a paper planner. I’m only a week in (it started last Monday) but I’m off to a rough start. I’m not a paper planner person so it will take some getting used to.
What Others Used
Jenny at The Finer Point writes about pocket notebooks she’s used, along with the ones she hasn’t. Guess which she has more of? Even though I haven’t counted mine, I know I share the same addiction.
Margana shares the inks she’s used the longest, some for more than 10 years. If I was to put together a similar list I think Montblanc Bordeaux would be the only one on it.
Cody reviews a fountain pen he’s been using for months.
Ana is setting up the planner that she’ll use for the year.
Tony made his own traveler’s notebook.
What others have inked up
Paul from Gorgeous.Ink has six pens inked.
Cody (from The Pen Haul) tells us his Christmas carry, which does include that Vac 700.
Each Sunday I hope to highlight a website I enjoy ready. The inaugural choice is On Fountain Pens. Singapore has a surprisingly (to me) large and active fountain pen community which includes Maybelline. A lot of pen reviews, stationery reviews and other information are at the site.
I picked her site for this week because she’s wrapping up her 12 Days of Christmas guest posts. All are worth reading, but Fountain Pen Inks and Bleach by Nick Stewart was a unique read. Oh yea, and the artwork is really cool.
Pen Shows & Other News
The pens show season kicks off with the Philadelphia Pen Show in a couple of weeks, January 23 and 24. Website
Looking for Links?
If you still want to get your link fix I’d recommend these sites which publish regular link posts. There are other sites that post links, but I think of these two as the ones with both a regular schedule and a large number and variety of links in each post.
On Fountain Pens – Sunday Inklings every other Sunday.
The Well-Appointed Desk publishes Link Love every Wednesday.
Lastly, thanks to automation, most of what I read gets pushed out to Fountain Pen Links as a link post, so if you want a firehose of links it’s there.