I got to see a Platinum Curidas in person today. The nib is excellent and the retractable mechanism seems spot-on. The translucent plastic body looks a lot like the material used on the Prefounte.
Do you see the plastic nub in the bottom right hand photo above? That is just above the nib opening. It looks like a rollstop but since this pen also features a clip, it seems redundant and makes me wonder why it’s there, right by the nib so that it could affect your grip. WTH?
Also, I got to see the new Opus 88 Omar colors. The pink and purple colorway was put into my hand with a “Does this match your hair?” question. It does not. And the pen is HUGE. I know the business direction for Opus88 is to “go big or go home” but I am going to continue to cling to my Fantasia pen until they come to their senses and make some more small pens. We are not all giants.
So, exactly where did I see all these wonderful treasures? Vanness Pen Shop, of course. I drove down on Tuesday to help load up the van and drive to the upcoming Baltimore/Washington Pen Show. That’s right, not only will Vanness Pen Shop be setting up a selection of inks and papers from the around the world but Ms. Jesi and I will also be at the show. I will be behind the ink towers at the Vanness table and Jesi will be manning a table of Esterbrook pens and a selection of other pens and such. Come by and say hi!
Now, back to the Vanness Shop… if you have not had a chance to make the pilgrimage to Little Rock to check out the store, put it on your bucket list. The Arkansas Pen Show is just a few weeks away and one of the highlights of the weekend is the Open House held at Vanness Pen Shop on Friday night. You never know who might be behind the counter (Me? Gentleman Stationer? Cary from Kenro? You never know!) or standing on tables (That’s almost always Lisa Vanness!).
So much good stuff to see at the shop.
I’m sure you’re ready for your weekly Link Love now though, right? This is a “pen week”. It’s kind of like when you go to the gym and have an “abs day” versus a “leg day”. This week, we are concentrating all our energy on pens. There’s two reviews for the new Wancher Bakelite. As a fan of vintage Bakelite bangles and assorted jewelry, the Wancher Bakelite pen didn’t capture how I think of Bakelite. Not that most people would want a vintage vibe as much as I would but why else would someone choose to make a pen out of a material that stains if not to have it imbued with the appeal of Bakelite jewelry?
Maybe next week will be a “notebooks week”?
- Pocket Size Review 40: Deep Pockets with the Wancher True Urushi Dream Pen (via Penquisition)
- Wancher Bakelite Seven Treasures Fountain Pen Review (via The Pen Addict)
- REVIEW: JAQUES HERBIN CLIPPER FOUNTAIN PEN (via The Pencilcase Blog)
- TWSBI ECO White Rose Gold Fountain Pen Review (via The Pen Addict)
- AmazonBasics Fountain Pen Review (via Penquisition)
- Pelikan M620 Athens, M620 18K Medium, inked with Franklin-Christoph Black Forest (via TooManyPelikans)
- Pocket Size Review 41: Stipula Passaporto Baltimore Blue Harbor, Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue (via Penquisition)
- Retro 51 Dino Fossil Review (via Writing at Large)
- Pilot Custom Urushi Vermilion (via dapprman)
- Montblanc Meisterstück 149 Calligraphy Flex Pen and a More Affordable Option (via Gourmet Pens)
- Monteverde Sweet Life Mango Mousse (via Inkdependence!)
- Kobe 18 Sannomiya Panse (via Mountain of Ink)
- robert oster signature morning mist (via Ink Sharks)
- Mirado pencil discontinued after one century (via pencil talk)
- A Pencil Book You Should Know. (via PENCIL REVOLUTION!)
Notebooks & Paper:
- There is nothing to writing; all you do is sit down at a notebook and (via Nero’s Notes)
- Offline with your bullet journal (via Flow Magazine)
- Neil Gaiman on Notebooks and Fountain Pens (via Notebook Stories)
- Notebook Review: Taroko A5 Enigma Dotted (B Grade) (via Resdiscovering Analog)
Art & Creativity:
- Brush Pen Ink Test (via An Inkophile’s Blog)
- How to Choose a Sketchbook (via My Giant Strawberry)
- Prismacolor Art Stix: Crayons for Grownups (via Fueled by Clouds & Coffee)
- Book Review: The Urban Sketching Handbook: Drawing with a Tablet (via Parka Blogs)
- Book Review: Secrets of the Traveling Sketcher (via Parka Blogs)
- Pencilling + Painting (via Abigail Halpin)
Other Interesting Things:
- Inside Stationery (Pt. 02): Wolfgang Fabian – Lamy Safari – Scrively – note taking & writing (via Scrively)
- School Discovered a Purse That Is a 1950s Time Capsule (via My Modern Met)
- Why reading is good for you (via Flow Magazine)