The Weekly Wrap Up: August 1

We arrived home from our summer vacation on Monday and have slowly been getting back into the daily grind. Part of that was catching up on a huge backlog of unread posts by my fellow bloggers. It is interesting to have a large volume to read in a go because you start to see trends in stories. I would guess that this is because we are all reading each others stuff and it affects what we have percolating in our brains. Regardless, there are a few links this week that will be to a pair of stories that I find to be tangentially related.

The first of these pairs have to do with the purchasing of expensive pens. Ray of FPQuest wrote a blog post entitled Expensive Fountain Pen Buying Strategies that discusses what it says on the tin. The main take away from the post though is that Ray has standardized on purchasing his pens from a single retailer. With this still ringing around in my head I had a post pop up from Jonathon Deans of Fountain Pen Economics entitled Benefits of a Relationship with a Retailer where he describes how more experienced pen users tend to develop preferred vendors and build their relationship with them. I enjoyed both articles. On a side note, Dr. Deans will be a guest on this week's episode of the Pen Addict podcast so don't forget to tune in.

Another trend that I stumbled upon were bloggers having a come-to-Jesus moment over pen and stationary excess. Both Todd of That One Pen and Mike Dudek of The Clicky Post touched on this. Todd's post is entitled A conclusion but not an ending and Mike's is "It's just a pen...." 

While there were a lot of pen reviews in my inbox, this one by Julie from the Peaceable Writer stuck out. She wrote a fantastic review of the Pilot Fermo vs. the Decimo and Vanishing Point entitled Tale of a Vandal Pen Collector: Let’s Do the Twist. If you have ever wondered about the differences between these pens this post will answer your questions.

Another great review was done by Ray of FPQuest, this time for the Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite that he purchased a few months ago. This pen was all the hotness in the spring but it is nice to read a well thought out review after many months of use. Good stuff.

Finally, Bruno Taut of Crónicas Estilográficas wrote a post entitled Early Cross Nib that has some great examples of Sailor cross nibs. Do click on the photos to enlarge them. Most of us will never have the chance to see one of these up close.

And Now For Something Completely Different

My friends Amanda and Wesley are currently driving across the US to a new life on the East Coast. They had been working in train signalling so this is a shout out to them. Drive safe guys.