“Oh, they don’t count” (via UK Fountain Pens). No, they don’t count. And Marie Kondo can stuff it.
Truth in Advertising: A First Look at the Sailor Professional Gear Fire (via Fountain Pen Follies). Laura’s back with a bunch of posts this week, including a look at the Sailor Pro Gear Fire, which is about 10-15 times more attractive than it appears in Sailor’s stock photos (as did the Earth, and the Sky, and… noticing a trend here?) I’m also mad I didn’t grab one of those Kanreki special editions in the three-tone red.
Platinum #3776 Century Rokka (via Pen Addict). Susan reviews the third pen in Platinum’s Fuji Shinkei series. While I’ve enjoyed most of the limited edition 3776 pens Platinum has released - they’re practical workhorses that are still gorgeous to look at - the design on this one is a touch too “busy” for me.
Techorui Toshoshitsu: A Library of Notebooks (via Notebook Stories). So is this where we’re supposed to ship all of our used Field Notes and Bullet Journals?
Nakaya’s Big Brother: the 17mm (via UK Fountain Pens). Anthony reviews his Nakaya Portable Cigar in Toki-Tamenuri, a gorgeous tone of urushi finish, and he’s opted for what might be one of my favorite Nakaya body styles.
Vinta Inks (via Mountain of Ink). Kelli has reviewed a bunch of the Vinta inks so far. If you’re interested in these inks that have garnered so much attention, definitely check out her incredibly thorough reviews.
Organics Studio Nitrogen Blue (via Alt.Haven). Nitrogen Blue, and Organics Studio inks in general, typify what annoys me about “sheeny” inks in general, and especially “super sheeners” like this one: they have a tendency to dry out on the nib, the ink never dries - even days later, and they’re next-to-impossible to clean out of a pen. Not the most practical, and my personal use case puts a premium on practicality.
Aurora Duo-cart (“Vespa” Green) (via Well-Appointed Desk). Ana’s thoughts on the Duo-cart are the same as mine - it’s a great way to add some retro styling to your pen collection without having to mess with the vagaries of vintage.
Field Notes Summer 2019 Release: National Parks Review (via The Finer Point). I initially thought I might spring for this quarter’s Field Notes release, since it’s easily my favorite of Field Notes’ recent limited editions, but at the end of the day, I passed. I won’t use them, and will admire them from afar.
A Pocketful of Bullet Pencils (via From the Pen Cup). Say that one five times fast. Mary has some gorgeous bullet pencils in her collection!
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In Case You Missed It…
This past week I reviewed the Yoseka Notebook from Yoseka Stationery in Queens, NY, adding another new stationery store to explore on my upcoming trip to NYC. I also reviewed the Wing Sung 601, a pump or “vacumatic”-filler fountain pen that offers a cheap and easy introduction to this vintage style of pen. Finally, this week’s Deals & Drops focused on Retro 51, and all of the recent store exclusives and limited releases.
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