Sunday Notes and Links – May 15, 2016

What I Used

It was another week without a clear favorite among my inked up fountain pens. In fact, I’ve been yearning to ink up several pens from the pen case. I suspect I’ll do just that by the end of today.

I am really enjoying the Lamy Safari with the new Lamy Dark Lilac ink, even though the pen has a medium nib. I really like the color and the wider nib helps show it off. Still, it’s a little wide for me to use as a daily writer.

What Others Are Using

Currently Inked: Trio of Franklin-Christoph Eye-Dropper Pens — Pendora’s Box // I know the F-C clear acrylics are hugely popular. I’m in the minority and while I love the F-C pens, their clear acrylics just down’t appeal to me, especially when I’ve had to clean them.

Video: Travelers Notebook Everyday Use — The Finer Point

Pen Shows & Other News

The Triangle Pen Show (Raleigh, NC) is June 2nd through 5th. You’ll need a weekend registration to attend Thursday or before 1PM on Friday.

The next European pen show is the Nuremberg Pen Show on May 21st.

Sunday Notes and Links Changes

The timing of the Sunday Notes has become a problem for me. I’m a creature of habit and I like the consistent time, but the posts both this week and last were thrown together at the last minute which I don’t like doing. I’ve been thinking about how to change things but I haven’t decided anything and will play it by ear to see what works. Because of my schedule I can pretty much guarantee that there won’t be a post this time on Sunday. Maybe later, maybe earlier, maybe I’ll take a week off to think about the changes. Things may be inconsistent through the next few months no matter what.

Sunday Notes and Links – May 08, 2016

This will be quick post. It’s been a busy week but my pens haven’t gotten much use. So let’s move on to what other are using and doing…

Having a notebook on your desk — The Ink Smudge – Doesn’t everyone keep a notebook handy?

Hobonichi Techo Weeks | East…West…Everywhere

The Pen Shop profile | United Inkdom

April in the Midori Travelers Notebook — The Purl Bug

On geekdom and why I care about stationary. — The Ink Smudge

Currently Inked: May 2016 — Pendora’s Box

Pen Shows & Other News

Chicago Pen Show 2016 Recap — The Pen Addict

A Pen Show? Really? | Dead Reckoning

London Stationery Show report | United Inkdom

The Triangle Pen Show (Raleigh, NC) is June 2nd through 5th. You’ll need a weekend registration to attend Thursday or before 1PM on Friday.

The next European pen show is the Nuremberg Pen Show on May 21st.

Sunday Notes and Links – May 1, 2016

What I Used

Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink bottleLast Sunday I didn’t have a favorite fountain pen & ink because I had barely used any of my pens. This past week was the polar opposite. I used all my inked fountain pens for extended period so there was plenty of competition. I wrote seven of them dry during the week. It all started with writing a few letters Sunday afternoon and continued right on during the week. The fountain pen & ink that rose above all the others was my Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with its extra fine nib and Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE ink. Continuing the trend of the week it went dry while writing the draft of this article.

What Others Are Using and Doing

Tessa visits the London Stationery Show 2016

Bob at My Pen Needs Ink is forced to one pen and issues a One Pen Challenge. My response – No Way!

Ana at The Well-Appointed Desk picked up a couple of older Sheaffers. She also had a bad (failed) pen repair experience. Ana’s experience fits in with the question Dr. Deans asked (and answered) at The Pen Economist – Why Aren’t Vintage Pens Aren’t Popular?.

Gourmet Pens shows a Lamy Vista eyedropper conversion.

Ian from Pens! Paper! Pencils! met a pen maker.

Paul from Gorgeous Ink shares his monthly loadout which begins with a spring vacation for the family.

Inkophile found that Staples Sugarcane paper has declined in quality. I’m sorry to see this as I liked these notebooks.

Pen Shows & Other News

Goulet Pens has a video recap of the Atlanta Pen show.

The Chicago Pen Show is going on this weekend. The Triangle Pen Show (Raleigh, NC) is June 2nd through 5th. You’ll need a weekend registration to attend Thursday or before 1PM on Friday. Here’s some photos from the show via Inkdepenence.

The next European pen show is the Nuremberg Pen Show on May 21st.

Sunday Notes and Links – April 24, 2016

What I Used

I didn’t use my pens much this week. Most of my writing when right to the keyboard. So no favorite this week.

What Others Are Using and Doing

Rob at Dot Cross Dot tackled Finding a Better Bottle. Ian then took a look at the bottles on Pens! Paper! Pencils! and Scribble examined them on United Inkdom.

Susan told us how she gets her great photos in The Art of Fountain Pen Photography on The Pen Addict.

Bruno from Crónicas Estilográficas told us about visiting a pen exhibition.

The Pelikan’s Perch gives The Story Behind Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black which reminded me it’s a good time to place an overseas order for those items hard to find in the U.S.

Goodwriterspens’s Blog has an eBay purchase I’m fascinated by, both by it’s contents and the lost history it represents – The Summit Pen Repair Kit And Manual

Pen Shows & Other News

The Chicago Pen Show is this coming weekend – April 28th through May 1st.

The next European pen show is the Nuremberg Pen Show on May 21st.

There were a lot of articles about the Atlanta pen show. Here’s some that I found.,,


The Gentleman Stationer – Thur/Fri Recap and Saturday Recap

The Well-Appointed Desk

My Pen Needs Ink

The Pen Addict Podcast 200 (Recorded live at the show)

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.

Sunday Notes and Links – April 10, 2016

What I Used

photo of the Omas 360 and Pilot VP

Omas 360 Vintage Turquoise (fine) with Montbanc Golden Yellow and Pilot Vanishing Point (XXXF) and Pilot Black

I didn’t get a chance to use fountain pens very often this past week. So they aren’t really favorites but the convenience of the Vanishing Point made it the most used and I did use the Omas 360 enough to write it dry of Montblanc Golden Yellow ink and give it a refill.

What Others Are Using & Doing

Aziza went to the Cologne Pen Show and wrote about it at Gourmet Pens.

Joe wrote a Pen Show Primer at The Gentleman Stationer. Volume 1 is Why Visit a Pen Show? while Volume 2 is Getting Ready for a Pen Show.

Ana, from the Well-Appointed Desk used her fashionable Friday post to list some things to bring to a pen show.

Tim wrote about a bad vintage pen buying experience at NibCreep.

Jenny shares her Stationery Travel Kit – Isle of Wight at The Finer Point.

Jaime has a Kaweco Sport Flex Mod Failure Report at I Laike Pens.

Peaceable Writer has a Tale of a Vandal Notebook User: More #Chronodex.

Liz from Wonder Pens lists what’s in her pen roll.

Pen Shows & Other News

The “new Estertook” pen company re-appeared again just long enough to remind us that Robert Rosenberg hasn’t learned anything and hasn’t changed. Read Festercrook, the Modern Esterbrook by Phil Olin for more info. I don’t follow Massdrop, but I have to believe the new Esterbrook joins a fairly exclusive club of products that have been pulled from a drop.

Speaking of Esterbrook, I ordered my own “new” Esterbrook recently. Well, not really a Esterbrook, but a custom pen designed to take Esterbrook nibs. The Esterbrook J’s are just too slim for me these days and I miss using the nibs. Definitely a better choice than the “new” Esterbrooks. More expensive when counting dollars, but a far better value.

The Goulet Pens Ink Drop is a victim of its own success and will be retired after 5 1/2 years. I subscribed awhile back and it was a great way to discover inks, but I soon had more ink than I could reasonably use.

The next pen show in the U.S. is this coming weekend. The Atlanta Pen Show runs from April 15 – 17th and it will be a Pen Addict Party as Myke will be jumping over from the UK.

The Katowice Poland pen show is this weekend. If you’re reading this when it posts Sunday morning and are near Katowice you can still make it there.

The Northern Pen Show (UK) is Sunday April 17th,

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.