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    Analog Tools Resources

    This is a work in progress. I’m open to suggestions regarding resources for people who use non-digital tools (pens, especially fountain pens, paper, typewriters) to write and plan.

    Forums and Communities

    • The Fountain Pen Network
      This is the largest and oldest forum for fountain pen lovers. It's moderated, so do read the FAQs and stickies. Lots of fans and experts here. They're not as female friendly as I'd like. Use a generic non-gendered name if you post.

    • Fountain Pen Geeks
      This is a smaller, quieter forum, also carefully moderated.

    • InCoWriMo
      This community is all about "vintage social media," aka writing letters by hand and delivering them, especially during International Correspondence Writing Month, or February. The goal is to write one a day, every day, during the month of February.

    • Postcrossing
      Postcrossing is a community that allows you to send (via post) postcards and receive postcards back from random people around the world. The basic process is:
      1. Join (it's free)
      2. Request an address and a Postcard ID
      3. Mail a postcard to that address
      4. Receive a postcard from another postcrosser!
      5. Register the Postcard ID you have received
      6. Go to number 1 to receive more postcards!

    • Reddit
      Reddit is a little wild and wooly; this is not a strictly moderated forum. But there are lots of useful subreddits with knowledgeable people about fountain pens, notebooks and typewriters. Read and lurk, and read the stickies before posting.


    • Erasable Podcast
      From literature to carpentry, accounting to space travel, the wood-cased pencil and its ancestor have undeniably been at the center of the creation and innovation for centuries. Join Johnny, Tim and Andy on the Erasable Podcast as they discuss and pay homage to these seemingly simple tools of human expression. Hosted by Johnny Gamber, Tim Wasem and Andy Welfle.
    • RSVP Podcast
      A podcasts where 3 people talk about pens, pencils, paper, fancy chalk, the evils of whiteboard markers, coffee, and so much more. Sometimes we’ll get philosophical, sometimes we’ll crack bad jokes. We’ll be off topic and there will be plenty of bells and dings as we clean up our act.
    • AW's Amazon Store
      AW has an affiliate relationship with Amazon; we get a small percentage of items you purchase using our link.

    • Cult Pens
      Cult Pens is a much loved UK retailer and stationary store, with a huge inventory of pens, pencils, refills, inks, and paper, and accessories.

    • CW Pencil Enterprises
      A giant pencil inventory, emphasizing wooden body pencils but including mechanical pencils, paper, erasers, sharpeners and pencil cases and related merchandise. If you're bewildered by the gigantic selection, they are extremely helpful in terms of offering more information or suggestions about what pencils you might want for a particular use.

    • Ebay
      Ebay is often a great source for fountain pens, especially vintage pens, as well as notebooks and paper, including hand-made notebooks and journals. Watch out for knock-off pens of brands like Safari, coming from China. But do notice Chinese pen makers like Jin Hao; they often have pretty good pens for beginners or those who are simply curious, at bargain rates.

    • Etsy is particularly good for hand made, hand-bound, notebooks, journals, and covers. You can also find hand-made glass dip pens, and hand-turned pencils and pens with wooden bodies that use fountain pen nibs or ballpoint and roller ball.

    • The Goulet Pen Company
      Goulet Pens is not only a vendor, the site offers a a wealth of information about fountain pens and inks, much of it in the form of videos. See especially their Fountain Pen 101 videos and their swab shop, which lets you compare different ink in terms of color.

    • JetPens
      JetPens is a U.S. based store specializing in Japanese stationery, including gel pens, rollerball pens, fountain pens, pencils, a large variety of paper and notebooks, as well as inks, stickers, refills . . . They are also a great source for information and reviews.

    • The Epic Refill Reference Guide: Rollerball, Gel and Ballpoints
      Via The Well Appointed Desk:
      Lots of pens available these days accept either a “Parker-Style” G2 refills, a Pilot G2 refill (adds to the confusion for sure) and the Pilot Hi-Tec C style refills. I thought I’d try to come up with a list of refills that fit into these categories. This is by no means a definitive list but should provide you with lots of options for your favorite non-fountain pens.

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