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Currently Inked #6 – 2016 July 21

This episode of Currently Inked is sponsored by Tom Barrington Leather Goods and Accessories. If you’re looking for something a little bit different to protect your valuable pens, check out these beautiful pen cases and pen sleeves made from sustainably and ethically-farmed Ostrich, Stingray, or Crocodile leather.  Now available at...

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Season 3 Finale – Top Pens

The sun is out. The garden needs to be watered and weeded. The dog needs to go swimming at the dog park. And I hate to miss the short Seattle summers sitting alone in a padded room and talking to a camera…even about fountain pens. That can, sadly, mean only one...

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Stylo Art Taut

My first experiences with wood pens were not great. I was brand new to fountain pens (literally…my first ever pen was wood) and I couldn’t have told you what made a good pen from a bad pen. I just saw rows and rows of polished, waxed, or varnished wood, and...

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Hieronymus Green 01

Hieronymus is a Swiss retailer that got its start in letterpress printing. Over the years, they have expanded their offerings to include a series of writing instruments, paper, notebooks, desk accessories, leather goods, and most recently, fountain pen inks. Their ink line is based on five colors: black, blue, green,...

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Giveaway: End of Season 3!

It’s that time again! (“To put cucumbers in our ears?” “To make fun of the Disney Channel?”) No, it’s time for The Wheel of Morality The Pen Habit End of Season Giveaway! Now, the season isn’t quite over yet. There are still a couple of videos and blog posts to...

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Delta Dolcevita Oversize

Brand identity can be a tricky thing. How do you develop a look or style that is easily identifiable without allowing that look or style to lock you into a long-term design direction from which it may be difficult to escape? How do you establish a look and feel that...

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Peyton Street Pens / Ranga Zayante

The terms “mass-produced” and “handmade” are, in many ways, polar opposites. It’s difficult to scale handmade products, as production can’t be increased simply by investing in capital (i.e., manufacturing space, machinery, etc.) Scalability, especially in markets that require a large amount of specialization (like pen-turning), is reliant upon the number...

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J and J Wood Designs Custom Pen

Custom pens are fun. They are a bit hard to review, though , because what are you reviewing? The material and design are transient things, changeable on each and every pen. What, then, do you base a judgement on? When Jeff Johnson from J&J Woodworks reached out to me about...