I don't know why, but I have a soft spot for inexpensive, entry level fountain pens.
This new one from Pelikan looks really interesting to me. Goldspot pens has a preview article here.
On the other end of the price scale, Susan Pigott of The Pen Addict has posted the Montblanc Heritage 1912 Review. The mechanics of these safety pens really appeal to the designer in me. It will be awhile before I'll be purchasing one of these for the cool factor though.
Everybody is reviewing Emerald of Chivor these days but the Calligraphy Nut has come at this from a different angle, paper selection to get the best results from the ink. Read the results in his post entitled Chivor Shimmer Showdown.
I have sworn off Kickstarter but Ed Jelly tweeted this tonight.
If this shows up on our favourite crowd funding site I know that I'll cave and gladly shell out the cash.
Speaking of Kickstarter, Ian Hedley of Pens! Paper! Pencils! has a new installment in his interview series Fulfilling a Kickstarter Campaign: An Interview with Kevin Hayes of Blank Forces. I always enjoy these interviews that Ian publishes.
Finally, Pete Denison discusses his collection gold and steel nibs in his post entitled
Fountain Pen Nibs: Of Steel and Gold.
My honest opinion? I would not advise you to spend more money on gold simply for gold’s sake. Will the writing experience be better if you do? Not necessarily, however it will certainly be different. Would I say any of my steel nibs offer a better writing experience than the gold? Probably not. Asking the same question of the gold however — I’d say probably yes — some of my gold nibs do write more smoothly and effortlessly than the steel.
And Now For Something Completely Different
I like Radiohead so I was interested to hear this Radiohead/D'Angelo mashup. It and five other Radiohead mashups can be downloaded for free from the Soundcloud page for the EP entitled OK LADY.