Miscellaneous

Respective: Friday January 9th

  • My 2019 Analogue System (Wonderpens) ✑ I love reading these overview articles about someones general approach to analogue tools. Always beautiful photos as well.

  • Let the Fountain Pens Flow! (New York Times) ✑ There’s nothing particularly interesting about this article from the point of view of someone already deep down the fountain pen rabbit hole, but it’s always great to see this little niche hobby reach the ‘normal’ world and the New York Times is certainly one of the best places to breach that divide.

  • Kyo No Oto Aonibi (by Stalówka) ✑ I very nice lower saturation blue. Also one of the Staionery TAG inks that’s nice and wet.

  • 2018 Annual Review: What I liked, didn’t like, and want to see next year (Gentleman Stationer) ✑ Joe covers the whole fountain pen world (compared to my ink focused article). I definitely agree with is Joe’s points on “Return to Classic, Vintage-Inspired Design” and “Consolidation in Ink Lines”.

  • 12 inks for 2019 (UK Fountain Pens) ✑ I’ve never understood the appeal of wanting to empty a bottle. I’d get way too bored and if you have a larger ink collection then the variety that comes with it is much more attractive to me than being able to say you finished an ink. Plus I’d be sad that the ink bottle died… Poor baby. Still This is an interesting approach to bridge the difference between my approach and the #emptyinkbottlechallenge.

  • A Peek into LAMY’s 2019 Special Editions (Frank Underwater) ✑ nearly everything here doesn’t interest me. But those three pastel colour safaris… ♡♥︎

  • my top five inks of 2018 (inksharks) ✑ Some interesting and different choices! No bad choices (though I don’t find Barkley’s Blue Teal particularly exciting). I definitely need to try some Lennon Tool Bar this year.

  • Diamine Exclusive - Ortloff (Nick Stewart) ✑ honestly I love sheen but even I’m feeling a little fatigued by them all. This does look beautiful but is it too similar to Cult Pens Robert? It looks more orange and less magenta which is nice.

  • Bungubox Melancholic Gray (Wondernaut) ✑ I quite like this grey and I need to grab it some time soon.

Sponsors

  • Pen Savings (60% off Diamine Inks with “diamine”) ✒︎ Diamine (30ml inks available only) is currently a whole 60% off which is extremely cheap. Buy now! Shipping is very decently priced They are my go to place for US inks such as Organics Studio, Noodler’s, Monteverde, and Private Reserve and if you aren’t buying Diamine then use the code ‘MACCHIATOMAN’ for 12% off everything.

  • Pen Classics ✒︎ Sailor Ink Studio 100 inks are available! These are 100 unique inks based on the ink mixing studio Sailor put on in Japan. Lots of great colours to choose from. I’m a huge fan of Opus 88 pens, and a great place to grab Krishna’s increasingly sheeny inks and Stationery TAG’s Kyo-no-oto and Kyo-iro!

  • Desk Bandit ✒︎ The only place I know that stocks Carpink! Full range of the beautiful Nagasawa Kobe inks as well as Nagasawa’s Sailor Pro Gears! Full Range of Colorverse. So many great things! My favourite Kobe inks are #38, #41, #19, and #69! Desk Bandit are also selling Sailor’s Ink Studio and Shikiori.

  • La Couronne do Comte (10% off with MACCHIATOMAN10) ✒︎ pre-order the Pelikan Ink of the Year 2019 ink Ruby Star of the 2019 AL-Star LE Bronze.

  • Pen Chalet (10% off with MACCHIATOMAN) ✒︎ Taccia Pinnacle Fountain Pens are on sale. They are curious looking pens but the steel nib is made by Sailor so it will be great to write with.

Respective: Thursday November 15th

Some more editorialised content this week with fewer photos but some great reading (OK and some pretty photos).

  • Hello Sailors! ✑ A good friend who has an even larger collection of Sailor inks than me has started a blog that will be highlighting sailor exclusive inks (and eventually some pens). The blog covers some misconceptions and some commentary related to Sailor collecting (though don’t expect any buying guides). Highly recommend this blog if you are interested in Sailor inks!

  • Review: Leonardo Officina Italiana Momento Zero Resin Fountain Pen ✑ Dries reviews an interesting albeit reserved Italian fountain pen.

  • Kyonooto Bengarairo ✑ I’m quite a fan of this ink!

  • Inside the maelstrom ✑ Anthony has a great little editorial style pieces that covers a few topics. My two cents on what a “grail” is: far too often these days grail is being used to describe “a pen I desire but can’t justify the cost at this moment”. Granted the definition can be personal but the most important factor is unobtainability. I recently saw a $150 pen being labeled a grail and there is no way in a hobby like this that $150 is almost unobtainable within a lifetime. There isn’t a strict definition but but the definition is being weakened to meaninglessness! There does need to be a word for a pen you can’t justify right now but covet! Any ideas?

Sponsors

  • Pen Classics ✒︎Pen Classics have a great range of interesting and covetable pens and inks. Always a good port of call!

  • Desk Bandit ✒︎ Desk Bandit recently got the Nagasawa Exclusive Pro Gear Rokko Shichidank in stock for a very good price. Lots of unique items for sale well worth checking out.

  • La Couronne do Comte (10% off with MACCHIATOMAN10) ✒︎ LCdC currently have 50% off the Lamy Vibrant Pink Al-star!

    Pen Chalet (10% off with MACCHIATOMAN) ✒︎ The metallic Pilot Vanishing Point is 30% off, the Lam Lx is also 30% off, and the Pelikan M600 Turquoise White Fountain Pens is also 25% off!

  • Pen Savings (12% off with MACCHIATOMAN) ✒︎ great international shipping prices and my go-to place for most American brands of inks including Noodler's and Organics Studio.

Weekly Retrospective: Monday October 15th

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks for me so I missed out on this last Monday, my apologies! I have also been quiet with proper articles but don’t worry I have three ink reviews ready to be photographed, and a pen review and a notebook review planned so lots to come!

Sponsors

  • La Couronne do Comte (10% off with MACCHIATOMAN10) ✒︎ LCdC recently got stock of the beautiful Platinum #3776 Celluloid models and they are stunners!

  • Pen Chalet (10% off with MACCHIATOMAN)✒︎ Always some good sales going on at Pen Chalet including right now with a ver nice price on a Platinum Century Nice Lilas and Lavende.

  • Pen Savings (12% off with MACCHIATOMAN) ✒︎ great international shipping prices and my go-to place for most American brands of inks including Noodler's and Organics Studio.