Sunday Notes and Links – February 21, 2016

What I Used

Edison Menlo Pump Filler with Athena Sepia ink bottle

My favorite fountain pen and ink combination of the past week was the Edison Menlo Pump Filler with Athena Sepia ink. I hadn’t used the pen for a few days and when I picked it up I immediately remembered how much I like this combination. The pen is gorgeous and a good size for my hand. The Athena Sepia ink also loves this pen.

What Others Are Using

William is the notebook addict of the week at Notebook Stories and he shares how’s he’s used his notebooks for over 20 years. It’s an interesting read.

Matt from The Pen Habit gives a video tour of his ink shelf. He also shows his studio where he records the video but personally I found the ink shelf tour more interesting. The ink shelf tour starts at about 8 minutes into the video.

Eivind from The Ink Smudge has put up a page describing how he uses pen & paper for task management.

Website Spotlight

This weeks spotlight is on the Vintage Pen News blog. It’s written by David Nishimura who also runs a much larger website where he buys and sells vintage pens and provides even more information about them.

The blog is in my RSS reader and I enjoy reading little tidbits about vintage writing instruments without being overwhelmed with information from his main site or other similar reference sites. It may not be information I’ll ever use or need, but I enjoy the regular flow of random history.

Pen Shows & Other News

The Arkansas Pen Show is less than a week away, running February 26th and 27th, which is a Friday & Saturday.

My knowledge of European Pen shows is limited but the next one I know of is the Eastern (UK) Pen Show on March 6th.

It looks like Omas is fading away. Classic Fountain Pens has stopped taking new warranty work for Omas pens. Pen Economics has a great overview of the decline of Omas and gives hints to a potential future (or lack of one). There’s a lot of rumors and conjecture online about its future but what does seem certain is that there won’t be any new Omas pens in the foreseeable future.