Sunday Notes and Links – February 28, 2016

What I Used

No real standout favorite fountain pen this week. I didn’t use my pens very much this week, and I ended up using each pen about the same. Goulet Pens published a post titled The 7 Biggest Fountain Pen Mistakes and the first one listed was carrying your fountain pen in your pocket with your keys. I just want to point out that some of my pens were born to be carried with my keys, it gives them character. To be fair, Brian does mention this doesn’t apply to all pens, but when I saw the headline I immediately thought of these pens.

Three Kaweco Sports with some keys

What Others Used & Did

Dries at The Pencilcase Blog made an impressive pen display case and shows us how it was done, in great detail.

Matt at The Pen Habit has created a “Currently Inked” log, both a physical notebook and a pdf that you can download and print. My own past experience is that this type of thing doesn’t work for me but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea or implementation.

Eivind shares his his February loadout which includes some new things, and hints at some upcoming changes.

Michael reviews an ink he’s used for years at Inkdependance. And one that I like too.

Website Spotlight

This weeks spotlight is on a collaborative website, United Inkdom. It’s by three UK pen pen bloggers (which you may have deduced from the name. They started off by giving their individual takes on the same pen, each using a different review format. Ian’s is a written to review with pictures (what I consider the standard review format, Ruth’s is a video review and Scribble’s is a handwritten the review (using the product being reviewed of course). Occasionally there are other reviews. They’ve recently expanded to interviews and profiles of UK pen companies or retailers which I really like. I’m not from the UK but I like how the site is developing a bit of a UK flavor beyond the nationality of the bloggers.

Pen Shows & Other News

The Arkansas Pen Show is history. The next US pen show is the Baltimore-Washington International Pen Show on March 4th through the 6th. The name is a bit more grandiose this year, don’t confuse it with the Washington DC Pen Show which happens in August.

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

The Resources and Links page got a small update. If you’ve got a pen or stationery related website that’s missing please let me know.