Here are some links to the like-minded, plus an announcement at the end that I’m pretty darn excited about.
- Zebra V-301 Fountain Pen Review (via A Better Desk)
- Not bad for a pen that costs three bucks.
- The Wing Sung 3008 – An Economical Masterpiece (via The Indian Marmalade Company)
- I think the Wing Sung 618 and 698 are better pens, but the 3008 is an interesting (and even cheaper!) option. Like the Zebra above, it’s priced around three bucks.
- Diplomat Magnum SoftTouch Fountain Pen Review (via Pen Addict)
- I didn’t know Diplomat made pens at this price level until now, so now I’m sharing that knowledge with you.
- Fountain Pen Revolution Darjeeling | Fountain Pen Review (via The Pen Habit)
- Ink Review: Monteverde California Teal (via The Well-Appointed Desk)
- Ink Review: Monteverde Rose Noir (via The Well-Appointed Desk)
- A pair of reviews from The Well-Appointed Desk. I’ve liked all the Monteverde Inks I’ve tried so far, and I think they’re reasonably priced.
- Beaufort Obsidian Black (via 7heDaniel)
- Beaufort is a Scottish maker of pen refills (think Parker-style rollerballs) but they’ve released a new line of fountain pen ink. Obsidian Black is a black ink with some interesting properties.
And now, a short announcement on the occasion of this blog’s one year anniversary:
I’m starting a newsletter called Penster’s Dispatch. If you like this blog and want to read more of it, consider signing up. There’ll be no ads or marketing BS, just a more intimate venue where I’ll write more commentary about inexpensive pens, plus some other musings that don’t quite fit on this blog.
(Confidential to those of you who’ve ever emailed me asking about my travels, motorcycles, or bourbon preferences: you really ought to sign up.)
I’ve been intrigued by the concept of “slow blogging” for a long time, and as someone who’s always needed a kick in the ass to write something, I hope this will get me started on all the writing I haven’t been doing.
As always, thank you for stopping by.