There’s been several new Top Five pen lists pop-up on the web in the past few weeks so I thought I’d share them here.
Alt.Haven’s Top 5 Pens. The list is fountain pens but its a great assortment. Brad’s collected Top 5 Pens list includes his top five fountain pens, micro gels, plastic-tipped, inks and more. These lists will keep you busy for awhile. The Pen Habit made a video of his favorite pens for his first year of using fountain pens. While we’re talking about videos, Goulet Pens did a Top Five Graduation Pens video.
And of course, Mr. Dowdy’s Worst Pens list. I was surprised by some of the pens that made his list. I got an Ohto Dude and did not have any problems with it. I found it to be a decent low-priced fountain pen but, in general, I think fountain pens in the $25 range tend to be hit-or-miss in terms of quality control. I concur with Brad’s opinions about the TUL ballpoint but I have also had major issues with the dry time on the TUL gel and rollerball pens. If you’re left-handed or prefer quick-drying inks, I’d give the whole TUL line a miss. As for the Sliccie Multi-pens, I haven’t had any of the issues that Brad had. I’ve used the Pilot Hi-Tec C, the Pentel Sliccie, the Uni Style Fit and the Zebra Prefill and all have worked well for me. They all orbit my desk at work and get used on-and-off for meetings. I’ve not had any issues with any of them. I have even had to replace cartridges in all of them. (I did notice that I have not written a review for the Sliccie singles or multi-pen so I’ll remedy that soon.) The other pens Brad mentioned, the Bic A1 Gel and the Caran D’Ache ballpoint I have not tried because I just can’t use 0.7mm or wider gel pens without making a smeary mess and ballpoints and I do not get along.
Should I do a Top Five list? Do you have a Top Five list of your own?
A lot of topics I’ve mentioned in the past, have made appearances on other blogs this week. I thought I’d start with those…
Note: In this section, the first link is my original post and the links in parentheses are the posts from other bloggers.
And now back to our regularly scheduled Link Love:
Pencils, Pens & Ink:
Fabulous video of a hand-writing automaton boy built over 240 years ago (via Letter Writers Alliance)
Paper & Notebooks:
Pens and Ink:
Letter Writing and Postal Follies:
Pen & Ink:
Notebooks & Paper:
There were lots of hard-to-categorize bits of wonderfulness on the pen-blogospere this week including the epic link list from the Pen Addict Podcast Gift Guide Episode (#81) which is a link list onto itself.
Letter Writing and Post:
Pardon my repeated turns to digital recently. As computers, cell phones and tablet devices are as much a part of our working life as pens, paper and staplers, I feel its worthwhile to include references occasionally.
Two big pen- and paper-related events are happening on November 1. There is the second annual Fountain Pen Day so its time to dust off your collection, clean ‘em or refill them and show your fountain pen pride. And then there’s the annual NaNoWriMo, AKA The National Novel Writing Month, which starts on November 1 and hopes to inspire and challenge anyone who’s considered writing a novel to devote the month of November to getting it on paper. If you’re more inclined to knit than write, you can join me and the other fiber-obsessed for NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater in a Month) over on Ravelry. We use lots of pens, pencils and highlighters to annotate our patterns and keep track of our stitches.
So, how can I inspire you to participate in these upcoming events?
7 Ways to Make the Most of NaNoWriMo (via European Paper)
November 1 is Fountain Pen Day (via Fountain Pen Day)
Paper & Notebooks:
Nock Co. Reviews and Previews:
Paper and Notebooks:
I’m taking off for the Labor Day weekend but will be back, re-inked, freshly sharpened and opened to a clean page on Tuesday. In the meantime, enjoy the diverse collection of links this week and feel free to explore the archives! Happy Labor Day!
Paper and Notebooks:
- There’s been some big news around The Pen Addict and a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter project under the name Nock Co.
- There’s rumors that following the success of the RETRAKT, Karas Kustoms might be making something fountain pennish. You didn’t hear it from me.
- Field Notes 18-month wall calendar is available and it won’t be long before the #20 in the Colors Editions will be announced. Find out more about Field Notes and its co-creator Jim Coudal on this week’s CMD+Space podcast.
Now back to our regularly scheduled program:
I absolutely love perpetual calendars and Oh, Hello Friend has a fabulous collection.
Pens and Pencils:
Notebooks and Paper:
This week, FPQuest inked up a fabulous collection of vintage Esterbrooks. So many lovely examples!
PS: P is for pens, paper, perpetual calendars and pencils. Q is for Quest as in Fountain Pen Quest.
We have almost come to the end of the week of giveaways. My office is looking much tidier now that I’ve boxed up all these extraneous office supplies which will give me room to search for more goodies.
So, the winning number for the black and white giveaway is:
And that coincides with this comment:
Congrats Zee!! I’ll be contacting you by email today to arrange delivery.
Thanks to everyone who entered and left lots of great sites to shop and read.
Here are some of the sites mentioned frequently:
A cherry on top
A Penchant For Paper
From the Pen Cup
Goulet Pens (and their blog Ink Nouveau)
Jetpens (and their blog)
Leigh Reyes: My Life As A Verb
Leo Babuta’s Zen Habits
Lung Sketching Scrolls
No Pen Intended
Office Supply Geek
Rants of The Archer
See Jane Work
Sharing Our Notebooks
Spiritual Evolution Of The Bean
stationerylove and thestationeryaddict on Tumblr
Storage Geek on tumblr
The Five Cat PENagerie
The Pen Addict (of course, and 5by5)
The Writing Desk
Writing by Hand
Writing Through Life
Phew! That was a lot of links. I may have missed a few sites unintentionally since several sites were mentioned multiple times. I hope you find a new source of inspiration from this epic list!
The new Palomino Blackwing Pearl Review is coming! Check out these great photos from Pencil Revolution while you wait.
And finally, I hope you will all take a moment to read and comment on 13-year-old Kayte’s post on how she became a pen addict. Its inspiring to see her enthusiasm and passion. Let’s support her!
Acquired any new pens or office ephemera this week? Put your Instagram username in the comments so I can see your fresh goodies! And if you want to follow me, see the link in the sidebar.
For me, the big news this week was The Pen Addict’s trip to the Atlanta Pen Show so if you read nothing else, check out both of his recaps from the show.
Pens and Pencils
If you are interested in fountain pens, you may already know about Fountain Pen Network. If not, FPN is a chat forum and shop-and-swap for all sorts of fountain pens. The forums are hugely helpful in learning about different vintage and modern fountain pens and inks. Some of the posts I found helpful today were:
I spend a lot of time leafing through all the ink reviews as well which is a great way to get a comparison of different inks from lots of different users, on a lot of different paper stocks, from everyday writing to people who do spectacular calligraphy.
And not to be forum-ist, another great resource is the FPGeeks forum. Enjoy!
This week, I thought I’d share some of the other bloggers who do their own version of Link Love.
Pens and Pencils:
I left out Penthusiasm from Tiger Pens!