Here’s installment #15 of my fortnightly Sunday Inkings. Here I’ll list out a variety of topics that may be of interest to you, and watch out for my InCoWriMo pledge later on!
- General news:
You all may know about the weakening Euro. On one hand, this means that my boyfriend (who is French) is getting poorer by the day, but on the other hand, is this a good chance to buy more European fountain pens, or fountain pens from Europe, such as Fontoplumo? Read about business and the falling euro on The Economist.
And if you are going to buy stuff on Fontoplumo, you can use discount code OFP10 upon checkout to enjoy a 10% discount, specially for readers of this website! The discount code is valid until March 31, 2015.
I’ve totally missed out on National Handwriting Day (Jan 23), which is pretty sinful of me. In any case, check out the article on this topic by International Business Times. I like how they featured a dip nib on the first picture of the post!
To the dismay of handwriting advocates, and delight of technology geeks, here is an article from Fast Company about using a machine/robot arm to write “handwritten” letters. Unbelievable.
- Fountain pens:
FP Geeks talks about the beautiful Montegrappa Genio Creativo Kahlil Gibran Fountain Pen.
Parkablogs reviewed the Sailor Professional Gear fountain pen, with lots of pictures. Now that’s a pen I’ve tried out lately, which I really like! He also reviewed the Sailor Profit 21 with a zoom nib.
Alt Haven reviewed the Super Rotax fountain pen. It’s a piston filler!
FP Geeks also did a comparison of the Montblanc Corn Poppy Red ink with some other red inks. The MB Corn Poppy Red is an ink which I also have received for Christmas and I’m pretty happy with it!
Inkophile made a list of discontinued inks she would like to resurrect, if possible. What inks are on your wishlist to bring back into production?
Ink2Pen shared an infographic by the Pen Chalet, about a variety of types of fountain pens inks.
Pete Denison reviewed the Delfonics Rollbahn Spiral Bound Notebook.
Now, today is the first day of February, which is also the International Correspondance Writing Month (InCoWriMo). Yes, we write letters to one another during the month of February! I have taken part in the 2014 one, but hardly kept up with all the letters. This year I’m definitely going to participate again, and let’s see how I will progress this year!
In my original plan, I wanted to write to a bigger bunch of people than last year. However due to multiple work commitments, I realised that I wouldn’t be able to cope much. I should work on having fewer recipients this year, plus better quality letter-writing.
Here’s my InCoWriMo pledge for this year. Sorry, I did not write as per the original pledge, but modified it according to my own plan: