Welcome to the 11th Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper, created by Nifty at Notebook Stories. Below you'll find a collection of submissions on all kinds of great writing-related topics, from fountain pens to quality notebooks.
As always, this month's posts are brilliant, containing bits of information, thought-provoking analysis and fun for all of us who are dedicated to our writing instruments. Be sure to visit all of the excellent pen and paper blogs and let the penthusiasts know how much you appreciate their work.
Now, let's get to it.
Tom at Goldspot Pens makes the argument that handwriting is not dead by pointing out that it is...and is leading us to a dystopian future of nebulously managed information. Absolutely spot on.
Dave at Seize the Dave gives us a detailed review of the new J. Herbin 1670 anniversary red ink, Rouge Hematite. In addition to some outstanding handwriting in his review, he tells us that the ink is the colour of blood, and is, in fact, so named.
Heather at A Penchant for Paper explains why she's just not that impressed with the Zebra Sarasa 0.4mm Olive.
Dowdyism at The Pen Addict gives us his detailed and thoughtful review of the new Uniball Uni-Ball Fanthom Erasable Gel 0.5mm. Check it out before you decide to replace your FriXion.
Julie at Peaceable Writer shares her secret: the reliable workhorse Autopoint Big Cat fountain pen that she uses when she doesn't want to attract attention to her writing instrument.
The ever-aesthetic Margana at Inkophile reveals that turquoise is the colour of the year, with a list of great inks to celebrate, including her favourite, Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku.
Note Booker, Esq. gives us a look at the samplers of fountain pen inks he received from Pear Tree Pens, from Diamine Umber to Rohrer & Klingner Leipziger Schwarz.
Cheryl at Writer's Bloc presents the results of an interesting little experiment she conducted mixing J. Herbin Gris Nuage with various other colours to create her own subtle shadings.
Lito at the Palimpsest introduces us to Rubinato CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements pencils. You should see these pencils, they're gorgeous.
Julie at Whatever shows her ingenuity by hacking the Levenger Circa System Junior Size notebook into her own specially organised planner for tracking inks and letter-writing.
Diane at Pocket Blonde visited the National Stationery Show and presents us with news and photos of Ecosystem's new notebooks. "The only negative is that they won't be for sale until the Fall."
Alberto at Lung Sketching Scrolls provides an amazingly detailed review of the art-worthy Maruman S163 Croquis Pocket Sketchbook.
Cynthia at Journaling Arts takes us inside Daycraft's Vogue 2010 planners, including both the daily and weekly versions.
Nifty, the notebook expert at Notebook Stories, gives a detailed review of an Ecosystem Architect notebook. Her take: Meh, not bad. But not a Moleskine, either.
So that's it for this edition of the pen carnival. Don't forget to send in your submissions to next month's Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper.
Special thanks to Nifty for allowing us to host this month. We've certainly enjoyed it!