Sunday Notes and Links – January 22, 2017

My fountain pen usage was down even more this week as I missed doing journal entries a couple of days. So no pens went dry and I haven’t ink up any new pens. I could have used the same picture again but I’m tired of it and I didn’t have time to take another one. So no photo today.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The 2017 Philly pen show is history. The next US show is on the other coast, in Los Angeles, from February 16th to 19th.

What Others Are Using

Twiss Pen Eye Candy – The Clumsy Penman’s InKfusion Site // An eye-catching custom pen that’s seen four months of use.

Misc Links

The Ink bottle — Alt. Haven // A nice overview of ink bottle shapes.

Crónicas Estilográficas: “Made Abroad” // Seems like a strange way to label a pen, but some potential reasons are given

My Cross Century Secret Stash (and a Cross Spire for good measure) – The Well-Appointed Desk // Not a fountain pen in the bunch. Even if there was, it would be way to thin for me.

KMPN.: Pilot Custom // Some of the pens in the Pilot Custom Series along with a chart showing nib availability.

Review: Conid Minimalistica, Delrin, EF Titanium Nib – Hand Over That Pen

Francis THEO: Labrador Sketchbook from Thailand

Tale of a Vandal Pen Blogger: Behind the Name | Peaceable Writer

Sunday Notes and Links – January 15, 2017

Currently Inked - January 1, 2017

The same set of pens for yet another week.

It was another typical week of fountain pen usage. With seven pens inked up I picked a different one as my primary writer each day to give them all a chance. While there was one day with heavier than normal note taking most of my writing consisted of one journal page each night and a few notes during the day. No pens went dry and no new pens were inked up. This makes three weeks in a row with the same set of pens.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The first US pen show of the year is going on this weekend in Philadelphia. In honor of the event I’ve updated my pen show page to include all shows that have scheduled dates in 2017.

Appleton Pen Club – Christmas Show & Tell | Anderson Pens // January 19th at 7pm in Appleton Wisconsin

What Others Are Using

What Are You Taking to Work? | Hey there! SBREBrown // New video series from SBRE Brown. Well, there’s only one video so far, so I guess it’s a potential series.

Misc Links

Nakaya Naka-Ai Awai-Murasaki First Impressions – SquishyInk

Review: Pelikan M400 Brown Tortoise — Alt. Haven

Crónicas Estilográficas: Shijin

http://vintagepensblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/an-unusual-fairchild-combo.html

Pen power: China closer to ballpoint success – BBC News // Not fountain pen related but I was surprised by the precision needed for ballpoint pens since they are generally cheap.

Sunday Notes and Links – January 8, 2017

Currently Inked - January 1, 2017

Same pens as last week.

It’s been a slow week when considering my fountain pen usage, but a busy week in all other aspects. Nearly all my pen usage was in my nightly journal entries and that was also below normal, although I wrote at least 1/2 a page every night to keep the habit. No change in my pens and ink during the week and there’s still plenty of ink in each one.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The US pen show season is season kicking off in Philadelphia on January 13-15th.

What Others Are Using or Used

Traveling into 2017 with a Hobonichi Techo | Peaceable Writer

My Favorite Inks for 2016 – The Well-Appointed Desk

Hobonichi Planner: Thoughts After One Year — The Gentleman Stationer

Midori MD Leather Cover After a Year – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

My Gear For The New Year | An Inkophile’s Blog

2016 Hobonichi Techo In Review — Gorgeous.Ink

Pens In Real Life: The Sabbath | From the Pen Cup

InCoWriMo is Approaching

InCoWriMo Pen Pal Match-Up – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

InCoWriMo 2017 Preparations | Gorgeous Ink

Misc Links

In pursuit of the rare | Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

My Planner Dilemma: Hobonichi Cousin v. Hobonichi Techo v. Traveler’s Notebook — The Pen Addict

Review Redux – The Sailor Imperial Black Fountain Pen – edjelley.com – Fountain Pen, Ink, and Stationery Reviews

Crónicas Estilográficas: A Non-Pilot Pilot

Vintage Pen News: One discovery inside another

Sunday Notes and Links – New Year Edition

Currently Inked - January 1, 2017Happy New Year!

I didn’t use my fountain pens very much this past week. I managed to pick up a cold that wiped me out over the Christmas weekend. I managed to write one journal page since Monday but other than that my pens got little use. So it’s no surprise that I didn’t write any pens dry this week.

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 2017 Analogue System – Wonder Pens

My Analog and Digital World – SquishyInk

New Year, New Load Out — Gorgeous.Ink

2017 Planner Plans — The Finer Point

Misc Links

Nib Novice, Part 7: Noodler’s Ahab Flex Nib | Pens and Junk

2016 | KurleyMcD

My 2016 PenWrap-Up (see what I did there?) and “But why do you have so many pens,” the 2016 edition. | Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

canetas e coisas: INOXCROM

What We’ve Done in 2016? | Write to Me Often

2016 Purchases — Alt. Haven

Notebook Review: Hobonichi A5 Tomoe River Notebook — Gorgeous.Ink

Stationery In Real Life: The Postcard Project | From the Pen Cup

2016 Wrap-up: Top 5 Pens | Hand Over That Pen

Sunday Notes and Links – Holiday Edition

Cheers! - Happy holidayCheers and happy holidays to everyone. Happy Sunday to those who don’t celebrate any holiday this time of year. Since Sunday is Christmas for me, and I’m busy the day or two before, I’m putting this together on Thursday and will schedule it for Sunday. I’ll catch up with any missed links next week.

I’ve been consistent all year and every post (except these Sunday link posts) starts life as a written draft. That ended this week when the last two Ink & Pen Notes started life electronically to save time. This, along with things being slower at work, meant I used my pens a lot less. So naturally I responded by inking up a few more and now have seven fountain pens inked up. I received the ink I mentioned last Sunday and it’s already in my pens. The Montblanc Lucky Orange is in my Sailor KOP and Monteverde Napa Burgundy is in my Pelikan M805. Both inks have made a very favorable first impression.

Currently Inked - December 22, 2016

Pen Shows & Clubs

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

Crónicas Estilográficas: Madrid in November (2016)

Pen Shows – Meeting the Makers · Penucopia

Gourmet Pens: Madrid Pen Show 2016: Close Ups!

What Others Are Using

Top 5 Favourite Pens – 2016 and Top 5 Favourite Inks – 2016 — Alt. Haven

Gourmet Pens: Magpie Syndrome: My Favorite Pens of 2016

2016 Planner Review — The Finer Point

TWSBI Eco – M nib | The Passionate Penman

Diamine Shimmertastic with F NIB and Just an updated family photo… – SquishyInk

Currently Inked Lettering Edition | Write to Me Often

Top 12 Fountain Pen Inks 2016 and Project Review | FOUNTAIN PEN INKS & BLEACH

The Frugal Fountain Pen: My Beaker Pen Cup

Misc Links

So long… — The Purl Bug // (Video) This was the most depressing stationery news I’ve seen in awhile. I really enjoyed her videos and will miss them. I agree with most of the points regarding the growth of the pen community. Like many of her videos this one left me wanting something. I’ll be digging out my Hitchhiker’s Guide series and reading it again.

Shaking the Fear Of Art | From the Pen Cup

Crónicas Estilográficas: Family Portait (VII). Integrated Nibs

And finally…

Above video via The Loop

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

Misc Links

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

Sunday Notes and Links – December 11, 2016

Currently Inked - December 11, 2016

My currently inked pens as another week ends.

My writing increased this past week, mainly due to the three articles posted this week. All started as hand written drafts. I wrote the Aurora dry and the Krusac Legend is on its last drops of ink. I needed a thin nib with a dark ink so I inked up my Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe with Sailor Sei-Boku Blue-Black pigment ink.

Pen Shows & Clubs

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

Singapore Pen Show 2016 — Alt. Haven

Gourmet Pens: Madrid Pen Show 2016 Recap

The Ghost without a Shell: The Sheffield Pen Show

Appleton Pen Club – One Last Hurrah!

What Others Are Using (or where they use them)

Wordless Wednesday: Favourite Writing Spots — Pendora’s Box

Currently Inked #24 | 4 December 2016 // I share his top pen material choice even though I only have a few pens with that material.

Misc Links

COLOR OF THE YEAR 2017 – Greenery // Not pen or ink related, but hey, green! Maybe we’ll see an ink in this color.

Review: Parker Beta — Alt. Haven // Seems like a nice pen for the equivalent of about $2.

Budget-priced fountain pens popular with young people – The Japan News and Why the fountain pen has become the must-have luxury accessory // Budget and luxury

Returning with Pen in Hand | Peaceable Writer

Selling pens: How the other half lives… | “fool with a pen…”

The Stationer – I’ve finally done it! | All Things Stationery // A new Stationery source, currently U.K. only

Field Notes Lunacy Limited Edition Pocket Notebooks — The Gentleman Stationer