The Weekly Wrap Up: May 28th

It has been a while since I did one of these posts, when I got back from vacation there were nearly 300 articles in my RSS feed and I found it a bit daunting to wade through the accumulation. Now that I'm caught up I'll try to keep on top of it.

Fancy Pens

Montblanc Meisterstück 149 Platinum O3B Review
Not really the most practical pen for everyday use.

Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen Review
Pens! Paper! Pencils!
If someone were to ask me what their first gold nibbed pen should be, this is what I would encourage them to purchase. It can be ordered from Japan for $80 US.

Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue

Inks of Interest

Waterman Mysterious Blue Ink Review
The Pen Addict - Jeff Abbott
Fantastic ink at a very fair price, everyone should have a bottle of this.

Lamy Dark Lilac Fountain Pen Ink: A Review
The Pen Addict - Susan Pigott
I thought that this ink was over hyped when it came out but I've received letters written with it and it is truly lovely on Tomoe River paper. I have added it to the buy list.

Good Reads

Target Markets 
Pen Economics
As mentioned in the article:

It took years for other retailers to begin copying the success of Goulet Pens, and although we’re now tracking towards an equilibrium state, it might be some years before we get to that position.

This week Anderson Pens launched their ink comparison tool to rival what has been on offer by the Goulet's for several years now. 

When Good Repairs Happen to Good Pens
The Well-Appointed Desk

And Now For Something Completely Different