Posts Tagged ‘stationery’

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Pens, A Talking Dog, And Captain Kirk To The Rescue

04/19/2015

Yep, it’s another links smorgasbord. So dig right in and enjoy the fare.

The performance starts at the 2 minute mark.

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A Handful Of Links For A Midweek Break

12/28/2011

Whether this week seems short or long, here are a few things to help you over that midweek hump…

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Paper, Pen and Ink – Get The Best For Your Money

11/24/2011

There is nothing quite like getting your hands or eyes on something before you buy it. With few pen stores in any community, online retailers are the only option for most aficionados and reviews the only substitute for that hands-on examination. Before the holiday-rush-to-buy strikes, it’s time for a few tips before adding to your collection.

How often have you been disappointed by fountain pen performance on your newest pad of paper? Your favorite reviewer loved it so what’s the deal? Not foolproof but do check the date of any paper review. The current batch may be vastly different from what was used for an older review. This is particularly true of planners since they are printed new each year. Look for recent reviews for the best skinny on your product of choice.

Ink varies less over time. Formulas may get slight modifications but this is rare for most ink makers. With few exceptions, older reviews should be just as valid today as when written.

Though dye batches can vary, colors remain remarkably similar from bottle to bottle. Ink makers just don’t tamper with their offerings. Nathan Tardif of Noodler’s Ink is the most prominent exception. Recently his #41 Brown had a reformulation that by all accounts is an improvement. The same is true for Baystate Blue as evidenced by samples I received in February.

Noodler’s isn’t the only company to modify a formula on occasion. A few years ago I noticed a subtle change in the color of J. Herbin Cacao du Brésil though the properties remained the same. The difference is hardly noticeable in the more saturated line a fountain pen produces.

That makes three inks that have changed in three years out of over two hundred samples in my collection. “Infrequent” really does apply.

None of this should deter reordering these inks or any others that have been updated if you liked the original formulations. There is little difference in color and performance is often improved.

J. Herbin Cacao du Brésil

J. Herbin Cacao du Brésil

Pens are another matter. Few manufacturers change a design once established. When they do, it is often with fanfare. Search the web to determine whether the pen you covet has been “improved.” If so, check reviews to see whether the new model will fit your requirements.

Quality control seems to be the bigger failing with pens. Getting a stinker stinks but it does happen. Reviews will help you find the worst offenders. Most retailers and manufacturers will back up their products so be persistent and get what you deserve, a delightful fountain pen that will give you years of fine writing.

  • Paper – Check review dates for the most recent evaluations. Some manufacturers are very consistent. Others – not so much.
  • Ink – Look for reformulations that improve color or performance. Make sure your retailer ships the version you want.
  • Pens – Consider design modifications or quality issues before you purchase. What is an improvement for someone else, may be a deal-breaker for you.
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A New Bunch of Links

10/13/2011

Ink, stationery, calligraphy, and a bunch of other cool links…

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Eclectic If Not Entertaining Links

09/02/2011

From science to fountain pens to lending a hand, a little something for everyone…

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Half-Price Sale At Swisher Pens

08/02/2011

Chuck Swisher has a half-price sale on some really nice pens and other items. Anything interest you?

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Find The Best Pen Deals On The Web

01/18/2011

Don’t you just love a great bargain? To make your shopping easier, Inkophile will offer a home for retailers and shoppers to share time-limited online deals with the pen community. Just post a comment with the details of the sale or special offer at Pen Deals & More! That way we can all be duly enabled to spend our hard earned cash on the best of the best deals.

Any discounts or sales related to writing instruments, paper, ink, calligraphy, writing, and accessories will be accepted. Since there are some upcoming reviews related to watercolor paper, art supply offers may be posted as well.

The more folks participate, the better this idea will work. Consequently, it will start with a 90 day trial and a button in the sidebar. If there is enough interest, Pen Deals & More! will become a permanent feature but that will be up to you.

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