The Weekly Wrap Up: May 9

This week saw the Faber-Castell Basic reviewed on two of the blogs that I follow, but the take away was very different between the two. Cody's review on the Pen Haul found the product wanting while Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! thinks that it may be the premier pen for a novice fountain pen user.

It's always nice to get away and this post entitled Breathing Space/NYC Vacation, featured on the Ink & Flour blog, allowed me to do this vicariously. An enjoyable read that hits two of the New York stationary stores that we have heard about a lot recently.

How are you set up for pen storage? These cigar box pen cases shown on The Desk Of Lori sure look like they would fit the bill.

Ray at Fountain Pen Quest reviews the Namisu Nexus Minimal Fountain Pen that was funded through Kickstarter late last year. At the time I gave this one a pass because I thought that a section diameter in excess of 13 mm was just too large. 

Joe at The Gentleman Stationer wrote a post entitled Ink Mixing: Putting Unused Colors to Work. I have a lot of partially used ink samples on hand so maybe I should give this a try. 

My favorite color — and my all-time favorite ink — is a 1:1 mixture of Waterman Violet and Waterman Florida Blue.
— Richard Binder

Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! also did a review of the Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter Organiser and Notebook Cover this week. This isn't a product that was made for me but those who like it, like it a lot.

Finally, Dr. Deans at Fountain Pen Economics tackles the question How does China make such cheap fountain pens? I'm sure most of us have an El Cheapo fountain pen that we purchased off of Ebay because it was too inexpensive to pass up. Are you using it on a daily basis? Is it your go to pen? Me neither. 

Inks Reviewed This Week