Sunday Notes and Links – April 17, 2016

What I Used

Platinum Carbon Desk Pen with Platinum Carbon ink
Platinum Carbon Desk Pen with Platinum Carbon ink

Sometimes it’s the simple things that are enjoyable. This week’s favorite was my Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon Black ink. It’s a cheap plastic pen, and feels it, plus it’s a little on the thin & light side for long writing sessions. Still, this week it got a lot of use and that thin nib was enjoyable to use. I reached for it not just for convenience, but also because I wanted to use it.

What Others Are Using and Doing

Ian asks “hoarder or collector?” in Ian’s Pen Addict Story – Pens Paper Pencils at The Pen Haul.

Jenny at The Finer Point goes a bit crazy – a week without fountain pens and A Week with the Blackwing 24. Spoiler: She missed her fountain pens.

Currently inked at Pendora’s Box. There’s also a look at her loadout for a trip to NYC.

Winter Sharks provides an update on the Nanami Seven Seas Standard after using it for 13 months. I’m a fan of the Seven Seas Writer.

Eivind provides his experience as a lefty fountain pen user at The Ink Smudge.

John at Pensive describes his eBay purchase of A brace of Parker 45s.

Pen Shows & Other News

Adam recapped the 2016 Seoul Pen Show at Inklode.

This really doesn’t fit in this (or any other section), but I’m fascinated by different filling systems and Crónicas Estilográficas has one that’s new to me – Twist.

The Atlanta Pen Show will be wrapping up today. I’m sure we’ll read about it during the next week as the show draws more pen bloggers than any other show (except maybe DC).

The next US show is Chicago, from April 28th through May 1st.

The Northern Pen Show (UK) is today (Sunday April 17th) while the next European pen show is the Nuremberg Pen Show on May 21st .

While I haven’t seen any official announcement of dates (or a website update) for the Washington DC pen show this FPGeeks forum thread alerted me that it’s August 4–7, so I made my hotel reservations. The group rate ($119/night) is in effect for those days at the hotel. Cancellation policy for the group rate requires cancellation a couple days before the check-in day in order to be fully refundable. Unlike some shows, I couldn’t find any cheaper rates that were also fully refundable.