Sunday Links – August 15, 2021

Pens Posted for Sale: I’ve added 18 pens to the For Sale page. I dug deep this time around, listing several former favorites and core pens. So, I’ll have to redo that listing.

A selection of pens for sale
A sample of the pens I’ve put up for sale

I’m still on my summer schedule, so today is a links only post.

Pen Show Links

DC Pen Show 2021 Recap – Bertram’s Inkwell

DC Pen Show 2021 Recap!

2021 D.C. Pen Show Recap: Saturday, Sunday, and Overall Thoughts on the Return of Pen Shows — The Gentleman Stationer

DC Pen Show 2021 Recap!

2021 DC Pen Super Show – Quick Recap — The Pen Addict

The 2021 DC Pen Show Collection — mnmlscholar

All the Rest

TWSBI Swipe Review – From a Fan – The Poor Penman // I’m intrigued by this pen.

Growing passed the iron gall terrors — mnmlscholar // I still most avoid IG, as I’m afraid I’ll forget it’s in there and go a typical month without using it.

canetas e coisas: JINHAO

Review: The Pen Post | Comfortable Shoes Studio // I ordered my copy, and eagerly await its arrival.

Composition Book Round Up 2021: Part 1 Target | Comfortable Shoes Studio // An annual tradition I enjoy.

British Pen Makers | dapprman

Mentmore Musings – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Dip Pen Review: Victorian Trading Company Dip Pens – The Well-Appointed Desk

Atoms to Astronauts: UK-made, fountain-pen friendly notebooks | UK fountain pens

Mini Collections, Part V: All The Blue Inks (Including Blues, Blue-Blacks, Teals, and Turquoise) — The Gentleman Stationer

Fountain Pens For The Weekend | An Inkophile’s Blog

Kickstarter: Tomoe River Hippo

Krys has been writing the Squishy-Ink blog since last year. While not exclusively ink reviews there’s a constant flow of them along with great, colorful photography. I’ve linked to it’s posts more than once and if you’ve never visited the site head on over there now.

She recently launched a Kickstarter for a hardcover notebook with 68GSM Tomoe River paper. It’s worth noting that 68GSM is slightly thicker than the more common 52GSM paper. I do have a notebook with 68GSM paper and it is still thin paper, just not as thin as the paper in my Seven Seas Writer, Crossfield or Hobonichi Techo. I’ve yet to actually use the 68GSM paper so I can’t speak to its properties. This will make the it thicker than the 480 pages in the Seven Seas Notebooks. I suspect the difference will be noticeable. (It’s described as 500 pages, this could mean 250 double-sided sheets but from the photos I’m guessing it’s 500 sheets.)

The notebook is called pocket A5 sized because it is a little shorter than A5 sized. There’s also a exclusive Robert Oster ink (after all, it’s from Squishy Ink) available as a reward called Hippo Purple.

The project has already burst through it’s goal, so it will happen. They’ve also reached all four stretch goals. There’s still a few days left to get early bird reward pricing and the campaign closes April 23rd.

I did back the project (notebook & ink), but it is Kickstarter so I feel compelled to mention there’s a risk especially since it’s her first project. In this case I’d guess the ship date (July 2017) is a bit too aggressive and I won’t see the rewards until after that. That said, I’ve no doubt they notebook and ink will be delivered soon after that and be of good quality.

Visit the Kickstarter page for all the details.

Sunday Notes and Links – Final Edition

Photo of Currently Inked Pens - March 5, 2017

My own writing was down this past week, although I did write one fountain pen dry after using it nearly a month. The remaining 10 are shown above.

This will be the final edition of Sunday Notes & Links. It’s gone on hiatus before, and I never say “never”, but my plan is that this is the last one. I’m not one who thinks bloggers need to explain what they do and why, but I’ve been doing these so long I figured I should mention it. The reason, in a nutshell, is that it’s time for a change. It may return in some form, but certainly not as a regular feature.

In related news, my FountainPen.Link Tumblr will no longer be a firehose of links, although it may get an occasional update.

If you’re looking for a weekly links post check out The Week-Appointed Desk and The Gentleman Stationer, both of which publish a weekly links post.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The Baltimore Pen Show is going on this weekend. The Little Rock, AR pen show follows on March 17 – 19th.

What Others Are Using & Doing

My First Wax Seal! – SquishyInk

Tale of a Vandal Pen User: Transparency | Peaceable Writer

InCoWriMo – The Aftermath — The Finer Point

Standing the Test of Time (3) – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

March: The Six Pen Challenge! – Hand Over That Pen

My Modest Ink Collection — The Finer Point

Schneider 670 Fountain Pen | East…West…Everywhere

A feel for fountain pens | Living | The Journal Gazette

Stainless steel nibs for everyone — Alt. Haven

Vintage Pen News: 20-year anniversary

Crónicas Estilográficas: Changes in Tokyo. 2017 Edition

Sunday Notes and Links – February 26, 2017

Currently Inked - February 26, 2017
All the same fountain pens and ink as last Sunday

A lot of fountain pen usage this week when compared to my normal week. I mixed up the usage among my 11 inked pens so none were written dry. A lot of planning and brainstorming using pen and paper in addition do my usual daily writing.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The first of two March Pen Shows happens March 3 – 5th in Baltimore, MD. The Little Rock, AR pen show follows on March 17 – 19th.

The Inaugural GNYPIG Meet-Up | From the Pen Cup // A great acronym and sounds like fun. My hopes went up briefly when I saw New York, but this is about as far from me as you can get and still be in NY.

Gourmet Pens: First Dutch Fountain Pen Group Meet!

Nows as good of time as any to hype my Fountain Pen Clubs & Meetupspage and my US Pen Show Schedule page

What Others Are Using

What’s in My Pen Roll – Winter Is Ending – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

The Cost Disease — Pen Economics

The Frugal Fountain Pen: Why the Noodler’s Ahab is One of My Favorite Pens

A Static Yet Evolving Fountain Pen Collection – Pete Denison  // Excellent post that came through my feed as I was compiling this post, so no comments yet. But it was too good to hold for next week.

Pelikan’s M700 Series « The Pelikan’s Perch

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pilot Cartridges and Converters 2017

Sunday Notes and Links – February 19, 2017

Currently Inked - February 19, 2017
Currently Inked

It was an interesting week with fountain pens, at least when compared to other recent weeks. Early in the week I decided I wanted some variety but didn’t want to flush any pens. So I inked up six fountain pens to bring me to 12. It ended up being a messy day. No actual spilled ink but I had more ink on my fingers than anytime else in recent memory. I had more of a problem getting ink into the pens than on my fingers. But the problems didn’t end there.

The Sheaffer Balance Oversize from the DC show didn’t take in any ink, which I noticed the next day as the feed went dry. After experimenting with plain water I moved the pen to the repair queue. There must be a hole in the sac or a similar problem. Was I too aggressive cleaning it last time?

The second problem was with my Sheaffer PFM I with Montblanc Lucky Orange ink. The nib had been dry after spending the night nib up but flow would quickly returned after a few nib down moments. Then I left the pen flat on my desk for a day or two. The feed was all dry and crusty and more than gravity was needed to get it going. Rather than just wetting the nib to get it going I flushed it instead. I have a low tolerance for finicky pens these days. So inked pens quickly dropped to the 11 shown above.

Now I have to start using them.

Currently Inked Writing Samples - February 19, 2017
Currently Inked Writing Samples

On to the links…

Pen Shows & Clubs

The Los Angeles pen show is going on this weekend. The show is open to the public from 10am to 5pm today (Feb 19th).

Appleton Pen Club – Spring Cleaning – // March 16th at 7 PM in Appleton, WI

What Others Are Using and Doing

Ink Swatches | East…West…Everywhere // I’ve pretty much stopped doing swatches. But others are just starting.

InCoWriMo Toolkit — The Finer Point

Retro fountain pens push for placement in digital world – Kitchener-Waterloo – CBC News // Another mainstream press fountain pen piece. Nothing new here (prices are up, volume down, luxury item, etc… ) except a brick & mortar pen store is mentioned.

Tale from a Vandal Scribbler: Poetry As Uniting Force | Peaceable Writer // Not fountain pen focused, but a good read

Letter Writing Call To Arms! – The Well-Appointed Desk // Looking for a reason ti use those fountain pens?

Thoughts On Organizing Your Journals – Recording Thoughts // I’ve never considered doing any organization (there than by date) since I have no reason to do so. But if you have a reason (or don’t, but want organization anyway) here are some ideas.

The Chronoswiss Styloscope by Pelikan « The Pelikan’s Perch // beautiful dark green. I also find it interesting that an extra nib was sold with the pen and that the carry case had a a way to properly carry the extra along with the pen and a small note pad.

Pelikan m805 Stressman | Wondernaut in the world of stationery wonders // One of my favorite pens but it’s not for everyone. I was lucky enough to try the various Pelikan sizes at a pen show so I knew it worked for me. Wondernaut was able to borrow one a found that it wasn’t.