Here in the UK it’s a heatwave and frankly I’ve spent less time thinking about pens than I normally would.
My pen-buying has trickled to a halt (although these gorgeous designs are tempting me), my pen selling nearly so, and I’m satisfied with how my Toyooka tray is looking. I’ve been using and reinking my pens with gay abandon.
But it’s not totally quiet in the world of UKFP…
I have an exciting (but embargoed) summer release from Esterbrook incoming, which has genuinely put a spring in my step. I think I’m going to love it, and you will too. It’s not uber-premium, but it’s fun and what writing is all about.
I also have the new, utterly crazy and uber-engineered pens from Drillog inbound too. They have a Kickstarter currently underway, which you should check out just to see the design. If you’ve ever had a glass nib pen break on you, I’m sure you can see the appeal.
Regardless of the much-discussed jacked-up pricing, I have also sprung for the brown LE Lamy 2000, supplied by the lovely folks at Write Here (at full retail price, I might add). I don’t buy many pens nowadays, but I stand by my love of the Lamy 2000, and frankly I’m also excited to read the bio of Gerd Muller that’s included in the box. It arrives tomorrow.
Looking out a little further, I have assurances from the fine crafstmen at Elbwood, Gioia and Scribo that I’ll have some interesting things in my mailbox soon. I don’t go out of my way to hunt down new products to review any more, but apparently people are still interested in my opinion!
And, amazingly, it’s the London Pen Show this weekend. I’ve had a lot of people contact me (some via Facebook, which I’ve deactivated!) to ask if I’m going. In short, I expect I’ll be poking my head in the door to show support, and I have dutifully purchased an earlybird ticket, but I won’t be making a day of it, so I probably won’t be stopping to chat much. I figure that the longer I spend there the greater the chance I’ll be tempted to buy a pen. And truthfully I am trying to avoid that!
But I will be looking to pick up some more Venvstas inks from Stonecott, and I’ll see what other interesting inks are out there. I could be persuaded by the right Montblanc writer’s edition with the right nib, or a Nakaya in Milky Way or ama-iro. But let’s not go there, shall we? That way madness lies…