Economical Links for 2018.04.27


Am I the only one who can’t believe it’s almost May already? Anyway, here are some links to the like-minded…

review: penbbs 309 (via winter sharks)
I haven’t wanted a pen in a long time, but I want one of these.
Pen Review: The TWSBI Diamond Mini (AL Gold Model) (via The Gentleman Stationer)
The TWSBI Diamond Mini is one of the best deals in fountain pendom.
Jinhao 992 (reprise) (via goodwriterspens)
goodwriterspens posted a long-term update to her Jinhao 992 review.
The Muji Fountain Pen (via The Pen Boffin)
Someone send me one of these to review.
Quick Look: Lamy Safari All Black & Al-Star Vibrant Pink Special Editions! (via The Pencilcase Blog)
Meh. (To the pens, not the post, which has pretty pictures of meh pens.)
Pure Pens Llanberis Slate
Pure Pens Saltire (via 7heDaniel)
A couple of reviews of some inexpensive ink.

Economical Links for 2018.04.20


Here are some links to the like-minded…

Nothing wrong there is, in being small and green: The Pilot 78G
Is there Anything New to Say About the Pilot Metropolitan? (via Writing for Pain and Pleasure)
Could these two be considered titans of the economical pen world?
The Moonman M2 (via The Indian Marmalade Company)
I’ve been seeing this pen all over the pen blogosphere lately.
Italix Deacon’s Doodle fountain pen review (via United Inkdom)
A meta-review of the Italix Deacon’s Doodle, a pen with an odd name but a sweet price.
The Parker Urban (via The Pen Boffin)
Dangerous Pencils and Fountain Pens (via bleistift)
We discussed airplane friendly fountain pens earlier this week, but memm brings us a story about a fountain pen being used in a rather unfriendly way.

Economical Links: “You Tell Me” Edition

I’m so far behind on my pen-related reading that I don’t have anything to link to today. Instead, I’m flipping the script: What’s got you the most excited right now? Pen-related or no.

I’ll go first: I’m slightly obsessed with a game I picked up on a whim the other day. It’s called Dropmix, and it is awesome. I wouldn’t (and didn’t) pay MSRP, but if you find it on sale for around $55 it’s worth trying for the chance to make some sick mashups.

I’m also looking forward to my annual Spring tradition of riding a motorbike to the coast just so I can eat a delicious crab at my favorite junky-looking crab shack.

On the pen front, I’m excited about inking up my Caran D’ache 849 and writing a proper review of it.

Your turn.

Economical Links for 2018.03.02


I haven’t been feeling well the past few days, so I’m behind in both my reading and my writing. Most of Europe turned into an icebox this week — snow fell in Rome! — and over two feet (61cm) of the white stuff fell in this part of Bulgaria.

Fortunately, the Bulgarians administer rakia (aka homemade rocket fuel) as a cure-all and a restorative, so I’ve been staying very warm indeed!

Anyway, here are some links to the like-minded…

Makrolon and a black Schmidt nib for $11.
Faber-Castell WritINK Fountain Pen Review (via Gourmet Pens)
Faber-Castell nibs are highly regarded, so this might be an inexpensive way to get your mitts on one.
Maruman 3Feet Notepad – A7 (via The Passionate Penman)
A cute little notepad with fountain pen-friendly paper.
A warning about pens in ultrasonic cleaners (via David Nishimura at Vintage Pen News)
Something to be aware of if you use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean your pens and pen parts.
Kokuyo Harinacs Stapleless Staplers (via Bleistift)
Cool and clever. I want one.

Economical Links for 2018.02.23


Here are some links to the like-minded:

Pilot Petits: Mini but Mighty (via Fountain Pen Follies)
I found one of these in my Christmas stocking but haven’t had a chance to try it yet.
PenBBS – a review of a beautiful and inexpensive acrylic fountain pen (via Write eXperience)
I’m seeing more Chinese pens enter the market in the $30 price range — could this be a sign of an upwards price correction, or are these just “premium” offerings?
My Old Faithful! Diamine Majestic Blue (via Fountain PenArchy)
READ THE TASTING NOTES. (Also: pics or it didn’t happen!)
Ink Price Evolution (Japan 2005-2018) (via Crónicas Estilográficas)
This makes me glad I never got into Sailor inks.