Ray of Fountain Pen Quest is giving away a Sheaffer 300, to enter you have to send a handwritten letter. I have a personal hate for give aways that use Rafflecopter or similar sites; you always feel like you are prostituting yourself to enter a contest with their requirements for Facebook likes and Tweeting about the contest. Ray, my letter is already posted.
It's not a fountain pen but I think I'm going to pre-order one anyways.
Mary talks about her new favourite ink, SBRE Brown, in her most recent post. You can no longer get this ink but I received a letter from Mary last week and I think you could cook up your own version with 3 parts Diamine Ochre plus 1 part Ancient Copper.
Finally, I really enjoyed this Peaceable Writer post about repairing an inset nib on a Namiki pen.
And Now For Something Completely Different
I'm a machine designer and it is always fun to see what other types of machines get designed.