Sunday Notes and Links – December 18, 2016

Despite what the calendar says, winter is here in Connecticut. We had two straight days (and three nights) of sub-freezing temperature with a light dusting of snow each morning and then yesterday was the first snowfall that dumped enough to require shoveling. This triggered two things. First, I have to now remember not to leave a fountain pen in the car for an extended period of time. And second, I ordered some ink. OK, this last one is counterintuitive but Montblanc released their Lucky Orange ink. I’m still looking for an orange ink that really pulls me in. Maybe this will be it. I tried to time the order so it arrives during the relative heatwave of Sunday and fingers crossed that it’ll survive Sunday night in a trailer.

While down from the previous week, I did use my fountain pens a lot this week. I’ve been writing a journal page each night so I’m still in that habit. I did get two pages in one night but I’m in a bit of a rut and stopping after one page. I took a few more notes than usual and did some other writing. With all the writing I’m down to three inked fountain pens, although I do expect to ink up at least one pen later today and one more when the Montblanc Lucky Orange arrives. But I do feel the pull of multiple pens and inks so I may ink up many more. I have to admit to a certain satisfaction when I write a pen dry.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The US pen show season is over, with the next season kicking off in Philadelphia on January 13-15th.

What Others Are Using

My Pen and Ink Collection – 2016 — Alt. Haven and Breakdown of Pen and Ink Collection 2016 — Alt. Haven // A nice assortment of pens with an emphasis on Pilot

Pen progression!  My first pen box… – SquishyInk // A nice pen box with a unique pen layout to hold a couple dozen pens in a relatively small space

GOAT (Greatest of All Time) Fountain Pens 2016 | Hey there! SBREBrown // Stephen shares his personal GOAT pens

One day is Fine and the next is black – And All Other Tasks

Dante Del Vecchio is leaving Visconti « Giardino Italiano – Blog // )Via The Pen Addict Newsletter) Hopefully Visconti will keep making their great materials and designs

Vintage Pen News: Accordion-sac pen repair // A bizarre filling system