Sunday Notes and Links – March 06, 2016

What I Used

Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe and Franklin-Christoph Model 66

No real favorite pen this week although by far my most used pens were my Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe with Sailor Jentle Black and the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE. If you were paying attention you noticed the Model 66 wasn’t in this month’s currently inked. The nib was dry when I went to do the writing samples and that pen performed so perfectly in the past that I never considered it was a hard start. I storeed it nib down overnight while waiting to clean it and happened to check it in the morning. I used it as much as possible to try and write it dry, but it’s still going.

What Others Are Using and Doing

JD at Peaceable Writer explores Platinum Mix Free inks in Writing Down the Ink #15: Mixing It Up. I look at all my inks and I think I don’t need any colors that aren’t there. But this looks like it could be both interesting and fun.

Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! looks at pens, pencils and ink that he still uses more than a year after reviewing them in Standing the Test of Time (2). I love these types of posts and value them more than reviews.

How Susanne uses her Notor daily planner is a guest post on the Quo Vadis blog.

The Purl Bug takes one for the team with The Great Notebook Soak. She also published a new Pen Talk video and shows us what she’s currently using.

Pensive put together a Chart of UK Shops Online.

Tessa at All Things Stationery has a What I Actually Use Video

Jenny at The Finer Point shares the notebooks that she uses and how she uses them.

Paul at Gorgeous Ink shows us What’s In His Bag.

My Pen Needs Ink and Gorgeous Ink both wrapped up InCoWriMo

Loadout Posts for March

Currently Inked: March 2016 at Pendora’s Box

Monthly Load Out: March 2016 at Gorgeous.Ink

Inks in use – March 1, 2016 at TooManyInks

Website Spotlight

This week’s website spotlight is The Pelikan’s Perch. As you can probably guess, it’s hyper-focused on Pelikan pens and inks. Joshua ventured into a more general topic in his most recent post – Purchasing From Overseas: A Primer, although it was spurred by Pelikan’s recent US-centric price increases.

Personally I like sites which have a niche focus because the creator is passionate about the topic. If you’re interested in Pelikan pens there’s a lot of articles you must read. But even if, like me, you only have a passing interest in Pelikan it’s a enjoyable site.

Pen Shows & Other News

Baltimore-Washington International Pen Show is happening this weekend.

The Long Island Pen Show is this coming weekend, March 12th and 13th. The website does say Richard Binder will be there for nib work (along with Ron Zorn). But according to Richard’s March “Nib Noise” email he won’t be able to make it but Linda Kennedy of Indy-Pen-Dance will be there doing nib work. This will be my first pen show of the year and I’m looking forward to it. The room they use was remodeled last year and it’s a nice bright, roomy show which makes it a nice experience.

In Europe the Cologne Pen Show is March 12th. The show’s website hasn’t been updated for 2016. The Barcelona Pen Show is happening on March 19.

Anderson Pens recently posted an updated list of pen show tips.