Sunday Notes and Links – January 31, 2016

What I Used

Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe against a Nockco Fodderstack XL
Sailor Pro Gear Regency Strip in front. A Retro 51 rollerball in a Fodderstack XL was my shirt pocket carry all week.

My favorite fountain pen and ink combination of the past week was the Sailor Regency Stripe with an extra fine nib and Sailor Jentle Black ink in a cartridge. I didn’t use my pens too much this past week but this was in my pocket every day.

I did write a couple pens dry, my Franklin-Christoph Model 20 along with the Conway Stewart Marlborough Vintage and the Bronze Age got a refill of the same ink.

What Others Are (or Aren’t) Using

Matthew, of Nib and Ink, tells us why the Lamy 2000 is his EDC Pen.

Jinnie, of Three Staples, shares the planners and journals she’s using this year.

Todd, at That One Pen, tells us what he doesn’t like.

Bob at My Pen Needs Ink tells us what pens he loves to use.

(No) Website Spotlight

Sunday came around before I could pick a website for this week, so there’s no website in the spotlight this week. InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Writing Month) starts tomorrow. Here are a couple links if you’re interested – A Fool With a Pen has 10 Suggestions and there’s a five page thread on FPGeeks which includes potential correspondence.

I plan to catch up with post card responses to those who entered my last giveaway, I’m way behind. If you want to send me a post card or letter you can send it to

Ray Newbery
PO Box 176
East Berlin, CT 06023
United States

I can’t promise a full letter but will add you to my postcard list and will get one out eventually.

Pen Shows & Other News

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.

Much of the fountain pen community was all abuzz about the just announced Visconti Homo Sapien Dark Age. Maybe I’m subconsciously trying to justify my recent Bronze Age purchase, but while nice, I still prefer either the Bronze or Steel Age pens. I used to really want dark pens, black with rhodium or similar trim, but the novelty seemed to wear off quickly. Now, I may change my mind if I see one in real life.

The Pen Addict podcast has launched the Kickstarter for the live Pen Addict at the Atlanta Pen show, now branded RelayCon Atlanta: The Pen Addict Live. Rewards include notebooks and a video of the live show.

Classic Fountain Pens tweeted that Pelikan Pen Prices are about to go up.

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