A slow couple of weeks as far as fountain pen usage goes, My vintage Sheaffers didn’t get much use this past week. The Pilot Vanishing Point got just enough use to be written dry this past week. I popped in a new black cartridge and kept it in the rotation.
Should I have stopped buying pens in November 2016? Thoughts on the Lamy Bauhaus | UK fountain pens // This reminded me that my Lamy 2000 has gone unused for too long.
“Oh, they don’t count” | UK fountain pens // I can relate, I have a group of pens that I’ve mentally thrown out of my accumulation but still have them around.
Crónicas Estilográficas: Japanese Eyedropper Today (I) // I had forgotten about the Japanese eyedropper system and learned something new from this post. (An unexpected inventor.)
Silvered Souveräns: A Look At The M420, M425, And M430 « The Pelikan’s Perch // Some interesting M400 variations.
And there was a pen show on the other coast. Unfortunately I also missed the Commonwealth (Boston) Pen Show since it’s tough for me to travel on Sundays.
SF Pen Show 2019 Recap – The Well-Appointed Desk
2019 San Francisco Pen Show — Mountain of Ink
A couple vendor announcements I missed initially, so in case you did too they’re here. Plus a couple articles I enjoyed.
According to a blog post at Goulet Pens, Lamy will only be distributing extra fine nibs in Germany and Asia. So unless you’re in those areas you better get them while you can. Well, assuming you match my preference for extra fine nibs. This is only for the steel nibs. Gold nibs, such as on the Lamy 2000 are unaffected.
Nock Co. will be raising their minimum order for free domestic (US) shipping from $50 to $75. You have through June 4th to get your order in under the old minimum. I recently re-ordered some paper stock from them and upped my order a bit to get the free shipping (it’s not like I won’t use the paper). I remember thinking their cases are both more expensive and lighter than the paper products and it seemed like a good deal since $50 gets a lot of paper. Getting to $75 will mean even more paper, but like I said, it will get used. Maybe their paper products will join their cases at some retailers.
I thought this post from Goodwriter’s Pens about Sheaffer pretty much summed up my view of older Sheaffers, and disappointment with modern Sheaffers. Although she’s much more knowledgable about the quality and operating mechanics of their filling systems. I love their vintage material and nibs, along with some of the older, but still modern materials and nibs.
I also enjoyed this post about using index cards. I make use of a lot of index cards (and the previously mentioned Nock Co order including restock on the “good” cards. I don’t have anywhere near the system described. They’re mostly for short term notes/planning/brainstorming and end up in the trash after a few days.
I added a few pen blogs to my resources/links page, check them out.
Some links of interest from the past week:
Gourmet Pens reviews a second Franklin-Christoph ink, this time it’s Dark Denim. I don’t need more ink, but I think I’ll come back from D.C. with a complete set of F-C ink.
Everyday Commentary has a review of the Pilot Vanishing Point. This is interesting because it’s a review from a non-Fountain Pen user. EC typically reviews knives and he uses the same review format for the pen an it scores 20 out of 20.
Last week I though Visconti had the coolest pen ever. I was wrong, they have it this week. Now I just need to win the lottery.
FPGeeks is giving away a Kaweco 3 pen set. Ending June 30th.
Seize the Dave has a review of J. Herbin Rouge Opera.
Rants of the Archer has a review of the Sheaffer Taranis. I haven’t decided if I like this pen or not. The pictures look good, but there’s a lot of chrome which is usually a turn off for me. I’ll have to see one in real life.
Silent Seeing has a review of the Franklin-Christoph Model 33, one of the F-C pens not in my accumulation. (via The Pen Addict)
From the Pen Cup has a review of the gorgeous Bamboo Style pen from Ken Carvers.
I broke my “no pens ’til DC” resolution and added two pens to my accumulation. They arrived today, earlier than expected. So I inked them up to fill the two empty slots in this week’s ink.
Parker 1945 Duofold Senior with a fine nib and R&K Leipziger Schwarz
Sheaffer Triumph Lifetime with xf/f nib and R&K Sepia
Inkdependence has a review of Organic Studios Edgar Allen Poe Ink.
Edjelly is giving away a Pilot Prera to celebrate is 100th post. The giveaway ends June 19th. He also has a review of the Seven Seas Tomoe River Paper Pad.
From the Pen Cup has a review of the Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk. It’s hard to resist the pen and this review doesn’t help.
The Pen Addict has a review of the affordable Pilot Metropolitan. He also has a long list of links for reading this weekend.
While way more than I can spend for a pen, the Visconti Pininfarina Carbongrafite Retractable Nib Fountain Pen is one cool pen (via FPGeeks).
A video on Lamy’s design and manufacturing process. (via FPGeeks)
The Clicky Post muses on Doane Paper and Products.
The Good, The Bad, and The Rest at Inkophile.
There’s a new Mabie Todd website.
The Limited Edition Platt Rogers Spencer Commemorative Fountain Pen is a pen I couldn’t resist. Hard rubber, made by Edison Pens with a nib by Greg Minuskin. Rather than flip a coin I picked the green ripple since it will be unique in my accumulation.