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Top Five Best (and Worst) Round-Up

@mrmikedudek the groove came to work. Contains an assortment of pens and my Wacom pen which would only fit upside down.

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?

Link Love: Instagrammatical & TWSBIs (made-up words!)

Image credits (clockwise from top left: Noyolajose, Mary Kate McDevitt, Tuesday Next [that's me!],  FPGeeks, Rad And Hungry, MyCoffeePot, Rad And Hungry,  Elltbr, and GouletPens)

Image credits (clockwise from top left: Noyolajose, Mary Kate McDevitt, Tuesday Next [that's me!], FPGeeks, Rad And Hungry, MyCoffeePot, Rad And Hungry, Elltbr, and GouletPens)

Yeah for awesome Instagram friends! If you’re not following the folks in the photo collage above, I highly recommend them for wonderful office accoutrement photo yummies.

In other news:

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For Valentine’s Day:

(via Creatively Curated)

Download the hi-rez file at  Creatively Curated

Link Love: Puns and Paper

Link Love

(Ironic artwork)

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Link Love: The Deja Vu Edition

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:

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Link Love: Boxing Day Edition

Fabulous video of a hand-writing automaton boy built over 240 years ago (via Letter Writers Alliance)

Paper & Notebooks:

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Pen Pal Interview with Josh Scruggs (via Jet Pens Blog and 26symbols)

Pens and Ink:

Origami Santa

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Link Love: Heart-Stealing Pens, Paper & Inks

Pen Buying Process

Pen Buying Process by Andrew Tan of Drewscape/Wibble Wibble

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Link Love: Holiday Mail and More

USPS Holiday Post Deadlines

Letter Writing and Postal Follies:

Neil Gaiman and his Lamy 2000

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Link Love: Miscellany Loves Company

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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.

Fabulous Miscellany:

Letter Writing and Post:

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Pens:

Pencil stylus by FiftyThree

Digital:

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.

Link Love: Notebooks, Scanners and Places to Go

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Link Love: Fountain Pen Day and NaNoWriMo

Kaweco Liliput Nib EF

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)

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Link Love: I HAVE ALL THE LINKS!

Hot News:

Nock Co. Reviews and Previews:

Postal Enthusiasm:

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Link Love: Long Labor Day Weekend Edition

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!

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Link Love: The Gossip Edition

The Gossip:

  • 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.
My darling friend Sandi did this fabulous sketch and kindly included the pens she used -- the ever handy Sakura Pigma Microns

My darling friend Sandi did this fabulous sketch and kindly included the pens she used — the ever-handy Sakura Pigma Microns. 

Now back to our regularly scheduled program:

Link Love: Handwriting, Pencils and Rollerball Refills

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Link Love: Minding the Ps and Qs

I absolutely love perpetual calendars and Oh, Hello Friend has a fabulous collection.

I absolutely love perpetual calendars and Oh, Hello Friend has a fabulous collection.

Pens and Pencils:

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Ink:

Misc.

This week, FPQuest inked up a fabulous collection of vintage Esterbrooks. So many lovely examples!

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.

Link Love: Inks, RETRAKT and general pen love

Remind yourself to take a break throughout the day with this desktop wallpaper from How About Orange.

Remind yourself to take a break throughout the day with this desktop wallpaper from How About Orange.

The BIG NEWS:

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Inks:

The Great Gatsby in pencil

The Great Gatsby manuscript in pencil (via Pencil Revolution)

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Other link lists:

Black and White Winner and Loads of Links!

Black and White Assortment

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:

Saturday Winner

And that coincides with this comment:

Black and White Winner

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
Apartment Therapy
Black Cover
Bleistift
Clickypost
Contrapuntalism
Cult Pens
D*I*Y Planner
Design Sponge
Doane
Economy Pens
EdJelley
Fahrneys
Field Notes
FPGeeks
FPN
From the Pen Cup
Goulet Pens (and their blog Ink Nouveau)
Gourmet Pens
houzz.com
Inkophile
Jenny’s Sketchbook
Jetpens (and their blog)
JustDaveyB
kawaiishopjapan.com
Lady Dandelion
Leigh Reyes: My Life As A Verb
Leo Babuta’s Zen Habits
Lexikaliker
Lung Sketching Scrolls
Missive Maven
Moleskine.com
No Pen Intended
Notebook Stories
Notebookism
Office Supply Geek
Okami-whatever
Paper Crave
Paper Lovestory
Paper Source
Pencil Revolution
Pencil Talk
Pencils.com
Peninkcillin
Pentulant
Philofaxy
Pocket Blonde
Rants of The Archer
Recording Thoughts
Rhodia Drive
Richard Binder
Scription
See Jane Work
Sharing Our Notebooks
Spiritual Evolution Of The Bean
Stationery Review
stationerylove and thestationeryaddict on Tumblr
Storage Geek on tumblr
The Five Cat PENagerie
The Pen Addict (of course, and 5by5)
The Writing Desk
Went Sketching
Writers Bloc
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!

Link Love: Inky Minky Meinie Mo

Love Objects via Behind The Curtain

Loved Objects (via Behind The Curtain)

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(via East...West...Everywhere)

(via East…West…Everywhere)

Link Love: Brown, Instagram and Feedbin… to name a few

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Favorite products in brown by A Penchant For Paper

Pens:

Here are a few of the great photos I found on Instagram this week: (clockwise from top right) Empty cartridges from Brad Dowdy, well-holstered pens by Patrick Ng, an old Parker Washable Blue cartridge from Ivan R, notebooks from PaperBlanks, Osmiroid nib from Ivan R, typewriter at Arch Drafting Supplies Letter Writing Social by The Black and the Red, Pelikan ink cartridges from Rad + Hungry, demonstrator fountaun pens by slotracer and "Smooth writing" sample by Bakesan

Here are a few of the great photos I found on Instagram this week: (clockwise from top right) Empty cartridges from Brad Dowdy, two-toned pens by Patrick Ng, an old Parker Washable Blue cartridge from Ivan R, Shiraz notebooks from PaperBlanks, Osmiroid italic nib from Ivan R, typewriter at Arch Drafting Supplies Letter Writing Social by The Black and the Red, Pelikan ink cartridges from Rad + Hungry, demonstrator fountaun pens by slotracer21 and “Smooth writing” sample by Bakanekosan

Paper:

The new Palomino Blackwing Pearl Review is coming! Check out these great photos from Pencil Revolution

The new Palomino Blackwing Pearl Review is coming! Check out these great photos from Pencil Revolution while you wait.

Digital Bits:

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!

Link Love: TWSBI Future Releases, Inks, Notebooks and Bag Check

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Pens and Pencils:

A sample of Mont Blanc Toffee Brown from IvanR via Instagram

A sample of Mont Blanc Toffee Brown from IvanR via Instagram

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Paper:

Flora Chang has released some of her whimsical designs as exclusive covers fr iPhone 5 and iPads through Redbubble

Flora Chang has released some of her whimsical designs as exclusive covers for iPhone 5 and iPads through her very own Redbubble Shop.

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Link Love: Instagram Love

CLockwise from top left, photos by: _______, TagTeamTompkins, Ben Jones, and new button badges from Emma at LetterLoves

Clockwise from top left, photos by: Pilot Falcon by Bakanekosan AKA East…West…Everywhere, a new stash of Pilot Hi-Tec C pens straight from Japan by TagTeamTompkins, PMS3965 inked up on a Heidelberg windmill press by Benjamin Cole Jones, and new button badges from Emma at LetterLoves

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.

Link Love: Eraser Day and His Bradness Goes to a Pen Show

Happy (belated) Eraser Day from Present + Correct.

Happy (belated) Eraser Day from Present + Correct.

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

Notebooks

Misc. goodies

Fountain Pen Network

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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!

 

 

Link Love: Links

This week, I thought I’d share some of the other bloggers who do their own version of Link Love.

pencil pouch

Slide Sideways made this darling cotton pencil print pencil case.

Pens and Pencils:

Shades of Purple from A Penchant for Paper

Shades of Purple from A Penchant for Paper

UPDATE:

I left out Penthusiasm from Tiger Pens!

Link Love: Unicorn Ink and More About Google Reader

A collection of clips from Present & Correct. (via Twitter @PresentCorrect)

A collection of clips from Present & Correct. (via Twitter @PresentCorrect)

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Misc:

DeAtramentis Unicorn Brown ink with scent. Wonder what it smells like? (via Gourmet Pens on Instagram)

DeAtramentis Unicorn Brown ink with Unicorn scent. Wonder what unicorns smells like? (via Gourmet Pens on Instagram)

Digitial:

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