Economical Links for 2018.02.16

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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.
-ep

Economical Links for 2018.02.09

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Here are some links to the like-minded…

The Ultimate Guidebook for Chinese Pens (via Frank Underwater)
Exactly what it says on the tin. Frank knocks it out of the park with this comprehensive guide to Chinese pen manufacturers. A must read if you are interested in Chinese pens!
Initial Impressions: Wing Sung 618 and Wing Sung 698 Piston Fillers (via The Gentleman Stationer)
The Gentleman Stationer finally dips a toe into the seedy underbelly economically sensible part of the fountain pen pool. Come on in, the water’s fine! 😛
Fountain Pen Revolution Himalaya | Fountain Pen Review (via Pen Habit)
Swirly plastic pens from India, with modern “flex”.
Buying a New Pen: Some Decision-Making Tools (via Writing For Pain and Pleasure)
Some great tips here, especially if you’re thinking about buying a pen that costs more than a latté.
Renovating A Brass Delike Alpha (via The Indian Marmalade Company)
I’m not a fan of this Kaweco Sport clone, but I do love the DIY ethos shown here in hacking one.
Maruman Reccer Memo Pad Review (via The Pen Addict)
This looks like a nice pocket notebook with excellent paper.
Berlin Notebook assaulted! (via Fountain Pen Inks & Bleach)
I’ve heard good things about these inexpensive, but fountain pen-friendly pocket notebooks, and it looks like they can handle almost anything you throw at them.
Krishna The Earth (via Wondernaut)
A non-IG ink with IG-like properties. Curious stuff!

Economical Links for 2018.01.26

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Here are some links to the like-minded…

A Fountain Pen In “Bad Taste” (via Inkophile)
Kaweco Perkeo (via Her Nibs)
A pair of reviews of the Kaweco Perkeo.
Platinum Plaisir (via Flex and Other Follies)
A look at Platinum’s entry-level pen that isn’t a Preppy.
Pen Review – Pilot MR (Retro Pop Collection) (via Pen, Ink & Paper)
I really need to try to find one of these while I’m in Europe. The MR is everything that’s good about the Pilot Metropolitan, but with standard international cartridges/converters instead of Pilot’s own proprietary ones.

Economical Links for 2018.01.19

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Here are some links to the like-minded…

ClearPens on etsy
Someone is selling Jinhao 992s and Wing Sung 618s modified with fude nibs. Interesting! (I have no experience with this seller, so buyer beware.)
Fountain Pen Review: Wing Sung 618 Demonstrator (via The Well-Appointed Desk)
Ana takes on the chimeric 618.
Review: Sheaffer Pop Glossy Lime Fountain Pen (via Gourmet Pens)
I still think these are overpriced at $20, but this review is a good overview of what you’d get.
CHINESE PEN NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW | JAN 2018 (via Frank Underwater)
Fantasticpaper Color A5 Notebook Review (via the pencilcase blog)
For those of you in Europe, here’s a reasonably-priced A5-ish sized notebook with fountain pen friendly paper.
Cross my Heart and Hope to Dye It, with Cross Violet (via Fountain PenArchy)
Diamine Ink | Hope Pink (via Her Nibs)
How to Resist Temptation (via Fountain Pen Follies)
Delay all dayyyyyy…

The [nib] blank is rolled several times through this machine to give it the proper length and thickness. After rolling, the nib of every pen is stiffened and rendered springy by hammering. This is an important step in the manufacture of the pen, as the elasticity of the nib depends entirely upon this operation.
Scientific American, November 15, 1879