Sunday Notes and Links – January 24, 2016

What I Used

Photo of the Edison Menlo Pump Filler with Athena Sepia Ink

My favorite fountain pen and ink combination of the past week was the Edison Menlo Pump Filler with an extra fine nib and filled with Athena Sepia ink. I’ll still claim the Visconti Homo Sapien as my favorite, but if I’m honest I did use the Menlo more this past week. The ink makes all the difference. It flows nicely, even with the thin nib.

I did write two pens dry last week, the Sheaffer Balance and the Pilot Vanishing Point. With 11 fountain pens still inked up I had no need to replace these.

The Pen Addict reviewed the Bic Cristal Ballpoint Pen which brought on waves of nostalgia. I remember buying 12 packs of these before the school year (many, many years ago and technically my parents bought them). I think they also contributed to my hatred of blue ink since they were always blue. I used one this past Friday when I paid the bill to get my car out of the shop. (Not something to connect good memories with the pen.)

What Others Are Using

Tim at Nib Creep shares his tale of woe when a working Parker 50 turned into a non-working Parker 50. How to Ruin a Vintage Pen in Less Than 2 Hours.

InCoWriMo is coming up in February. Paul at Gorgeous Ink shows us the postcards he will be using. I’ve never participated in InCoWriMo but I may copy Paul’s idea to use postcards. I still haven’t replied to all the entries for my giveaway. At the very least I’ll use February to get caught up. As it turns out I bought some of the same postcards as Paul when my first selection of postcards turned out to be fountain pen hostile.

Eivind at The Ink Smudge tells us about his ink rotation and shares his January load out.

John from Pensive wrote about the Pilot 82G that he’s been using for the last six months.

Website Spotlight

Pens! Paper! Pencils! is in the spotlight today. My favorite feature of the site has nothing to do with fountain pens, it’s the sketches that Ian does and posts on a regular basis.

Ian gives his fountain pen ink reviews a unique spin by including an inkling and often include a video of him making the inkling. Naturally there are fountain pen reviews too. His stationery interest extend beyond fountain pens so you’ll find non-fountain pen reviews to. As much as I’d like to, I can’t say these non-fountain pen reviews are a waste of time since they do contribute to my favorite feature.

Ian also writes about some general pen related topics. This week it was about Pilot’s UK Pricing, which sparked some good debate both in the comments and on Twitter.

Pen Shows & Other News

The pens show season kicked off in the US with the Philadelphia Pen Show this weekend. Snow kept at least a couple vendors away, while others successfully traveled great distances to be there. If your stuck in snowy Philadelphia enjoy the pens and the company of pen people. If you’re stuck in snow somewhere else I recommend you follow the advice of former Buffalo Mayor Jimmy Griffin, given during the especially harsh (even for Buffalo) blizzard of ’85, “Stay inside, grab a six-pack and watch a good football game.”

The European pen shows kicked off today with the Southwest Pen Show in the UK.

The next U.S. pen show is the Los Angeles International Pen Show on Feb 11 – 14.

My knowledge of European Pen shows is limited but the next one I know of is in Paris on Feb. 20th, called the Rendez-vous Of Collectors. If you know of one before then feel free to mention it in the comments.

Is this the most expensive fountain pen ever (excluding jewel encrusted specimens)? A Vanishing Point competitor? Fountain Pen + Watch Guts = $105,000 CEO Switchblade. No mention of the filling system. Is it your new Grail Pen?

Looking for Links?

With the revised format for my Sunday post there’s far fewer links than I had last year. 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 the fist two as the ones with both a regular schedule and a large number and variety of links in each post.

On Fountain PensSunday Inklings every other Sunday.

The Well-Appointed Desk publishes Link Love every Wednesday.

Gorgeous Ink and Gentleman Stationer both have started doing more curated Sunday Link posts on a regular basis. The Penman Post has also pen regularly posting a small listing of links since the new year began, they appear on Saturday,

Lastly, thanks to automation, most of what I read gets pushed out to Fountain Pen Links as a link, so if you want a firehose of links it’s there.

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3 thoughts on “Sunday Notes and Links – January 24, 2016

    • Hi Nib Creep,
      Unfortunately the ink is a store brand of the Maruzen department stores in Japan. The store I got it from no longer carries it. I’d also recommend Montblanc Toffee Brown.

      Thanks for reading,
      Ray

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