Sunday Notes and Links – April 02, 2016

What I Used

Namiki Sterling Hawk (top) Namiki Sterling Dragon, Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver (bottom)
Namiki Sterling Hawk (top) Namiki Sterling Dragon, Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver (bottom)

My most used fountain pens of the past week were a trio of sterling silver fountain pens. Maybe it’s because they haven’t been used in ages, maybe because I had to polish them up before inking them up, or maybe it’s just because they’re shiny, but I used a couple of them every day. They’re loaded with a couple green inks and a bordeaux, so they also add some color to what has been a pretty plain rotation.

This is what I have inked up as April begins: Currently Inked – April 2016

What Others Are Using and Doing

Monthly Load Out: April 2016 — Gorgeous.Ink

Planner Setup for 2016 – Scribbles and Stationery

The Parson and I — Ink&Flour

How I pick inks. — The Ink Smudge

Website Spotlight

This week’s spotlight site is Notebook Stories. I’m not a notebook addict and don’t care very much about my own notebooks. But I do like reading and seeing what other people actually use and this site provides it. I don’t search the internet for notebook articles but Nifty does. A recent example is this post on Designers’ Favorite Notebooks.

Pen Shows & Other News

I’ve added a resource page for nib workers and custom fountain pen makers that I’m aware of. It’s always available from the Resources and Links menu at the top.

The next pen show in the U.S. is the Atlanta Pen Show from April 15 – 17th.

The next European pen show is April 9th and 10th in Katowice Poland.

It’s not until the end of this month, but Brian Anderson will have a Esterbrook Re-Sac Seminar at the Chicago Pen Show. The seminar is Sunday (May 1st) at 10:30am. Advanced registration is required and the cost is $60 which includes a pen and all needed supplies. Register here.

It looks like the firehose of links that I push to Fountain Pen Links may be coming to an end. I use Pinboard to save my links and IFTTT to push them out to the Fountain Pen Links Tumblr. There was a bit of drama around IFTTT’s pending changes and Pinboard’s lack of support for them. Since I’ve never understood IFTTT’s business model I never used it very much, or trusted it to stick around, I understand Pinboard’s stance. While IFTTT sent another email walking back their position a bit and implied that Pinboard support would remain, it didn’t outright say support wouldn’t end on Monday, at which point the firehouse will be shut off.

Any replacement would cost more money or time than I can put in. I won’t shut down the site and it will get some updates, just not everything I come across.