New Lamy Scala Titanium on the Horizon


We just received information from Lamy's US distributor that the Lamy Scala is now available in a rich, Titanium finish. We are expected to receive inventory next week, which is cutting it close for Christmas, but this one is nice enough to wait for.

The pen material is predominantly stainless steel with a hard-wearing, natural titanium plated finish. The heavier weight of the pen compliments the sense of luxury that the titanium and chrome trims exude.

The new Scala line is available in a twist-action ballpoint pen ($175 MSRP), rollerball pen ($190 MSRP) and fountain pen. The fountain pen will be available in either a stainless steel nib ($250 MSRP) or 14kt solid gold nib ($375 MSRP). There is also a mechanical pencil as part of the set, but this one will be a special order from Germany and may take 6 weeks to arrive.


Winner of 2013 Pen of the Year. We Have a Three-Peat!

The pen-loving public hath spoken and decreed that the Edison Menlo Pump Filler is your 2013 Pen of the Year. With this victory, the Ohio-based Edison Pen Co completes its three-peat of this title, starting in 2011 with the Edison Collier taking the crown. Big congrats to Brian and the team at Edison Pen Co on this historic achievement.

The end results were a staggering landslide for the Edison crew, engulfing the competition with over 50% of the total votes cast. Almost 600 total votes were cast in this year's ballot. The TWSBI Diamond 580 won out the battle for 2nd place honors with 13% of the vote. The Pilot Metropolitan and Pelikan Souveran 800 Brown Tortoise rounded out the top 4.

The Edison Menlo Pump Filler is a Signature Design offered directly through Edison Pen Co that can be customized in any acrylic material you wish. The filling mechanism works similarly to that of a Parker Vacumatic, where ink is "pumped" into the body of the pen by depressing the brass piston revealed under the blind cap. Pushing down on the piston forces air out through the nib. Releasing the piston creates the vacuum that draws up the ink through the nib and into the pen's massive reservoir. Check out the animation below for a detailed look at the filling action.

The Menlo Pump Filler design is not offered as a production model to retailers. You may purchase your custom made Menlo directly through the Edison Pen Co website.


Like Pens Much?

It's always fun when we have one of our sales reps in the office to show off all the pretty pens. We took a few pictures of the spread at this pen buffet. This post is drool-resistant, so feel free to view with mouth agape.

Bonus : spot the most expensive pen on the table and get a free congratulatory pat on the back.

The last photo is of some luxury lifestyle items that we are contemplating carrying in our online catalog. They certainly make some handsome, high quality items including clocks, pocketwatches and leather wallets. What do you think?


Vote for the 2013 Pen of the Year

Now that we've voted all the politicians to office, here comes the fun part : voting for your favorite pen released in 2013! We asked for your nominations and received an outstanding response to put together a solid list of nominees that all deserve to be considered for this prestigious honor.

The images below are a reference for each nominee. You may find more information about each pen by clicking the name of the pen.. Click here to cast your vote (via SurveyMonkey).

The Nominees Are :

Please note that you can click on any of the nominees to find a larger pic or more information to help you decide. There is also a write-in option if your choice is not present on the list (Please keep it clean, folks.) Voting will be open until Monday, November 18th at 11:59pm Pacific US Standard time. The winner will be announced next Tuesday, the 19th.

Have fun and cheer on your favorite pen from this year!


November 2013 Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper

Welcome to the November 2013 Blog Carnival!


Pen Reviews

Azizah Asgarali presents Kaweco AC Sport Carbon Black Body Fountain Pen - Double Broad posted at Gourmet Pens.

Brad Dowdy presents the Pelikan M205 Review posted at Pen Addict.

youstruckgold presents Ecclectitbits: Pelikan Twist - Pen Review posted at Ecclectitbits.

Inktronics presents a Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen - Broad Nib Review.

Pen Paper Ink Letter Presents a Noodler's Ahab Clear Flex Nib fountain pen review.

Paper & Writing Accessories

Dan Smith presents Monsieur Fountain Pen Notebook Review posted at FP Geeks.

Brian Greene presents Slickynotes Self Adhesive Dry Erase and Sticky Notes posted at OfficeSupplyGeek.com.

Heather presents The Next Step: Lamy Z24 Converter posted at A Penchant for Paper.

Pondering about Pens & Pencils

Vadim Koystinen presents Alphabet Pencil Sculptures posted at Bestylus.

youstruckgold presents Ecclectitbits: Why Fountain pens? posted at Ecclectitbits.

TonyB presents Why Do People Say ‘Ink Pen?’ posted at Tiger Pens Blog.

Thanks for reading the November 2013 Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper. The next edition will be held by Life Imitates Doodles on Dec 03, 2013. Click here to submit your article for December's Carnival.


Happy Fountain Pen Day!

Started in 2012, the movement to make November 1st National Fountain Pen Day is catching fire! This year, we've joined in on the fun.

Goldspot Fine Writing and Luxury Gifts is sponsoring this year's Fountain Pen Day with a weekend-long special deal for those who want to celebrate by purchasing a new pen.

Simply purchase a new fountain pen of $99 & up on our website's store between now (Friday) and Monday, 11/04/13 (until 2pm) and we will  include a FREE bottle of Noodler's fountain pen ink (value up to $13.50 Retail). You may select the particular color in the order comments section of the website order form. If no ink is selected, we will include Bulletproof Black by default.

Even if you're not in the market for a new fountain pen, ink up the pens you do have and spread your enthusiasm for writing with your stylo plume! Wear your inky fingers proudly today!


Noodler's Pinstripe Homage, Brooklyn Brawn and Legal Blue are Available

As some folks in the pen community know, Arthur Brown in New York City had to shutter their doors this year, which left many of their devoted fans and customers shocked and devastated in the wake of their closure. Art Brown was one of the more prominent pen stores in New York City and in the Nation. They carried a number of fine pen brands, including Visconti, Dunhill, Montegrappa, Parker, Delta and son on. Included in their selection was a number of items exclusively sold by their store.

Goldspot was able to obtain the last of Art Brown's inventory of the Noodler's Exclusive colors Pinstripe Homage, Brooklyn Brawn and Eternal Legal Blue.

Crafted in honor of New York City (practically our neighbor, since we are a short Turnpike trip away from the Big Apple), The Pinstripe Homage and Brooklyn Brawn are characterized by the comical catfish illustration. In typical Noodler's fashion, the whimsical drawing on the label is of a catfish slugger in baseball uniform with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.

Pinstripe Homage could be considered a teal-black. Leaning toward the blue side of teal, this rich color has a moderate degree of shading.

Brooklyn Brawn is a rich brown with an influence of green that shades to a higher degree.

Eternal Legal Blue is a contract quality ink, which resist the effects of time - moisture, humidity, UV light, acids, water exposure, and many common detergents. The blue is medium-to-light toned with less saturation and a good degree of shading.


Call for Nominations 2013 Pen of the Year

With October comes the changing of the leaves, sipping of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, political campaign mudslinging and, most importantly, the Goldspot Reader's Choice 2013 Pen of the Year. We need nominees from you, the pen-loving public, for your favorite choice of pen that was released in 2013. That could also include new finishes or colors of a pen model that has been around longer than the last year.

We'll sort through your comments to compile a list of nominees to vote on starting Tuesday, November 5th (Election Day). Voting will last one week and will conclude with the official crowning of this year's winner. The Poll & Results will be posted here and on our Goldspot Pens Blog. So, please give us your suggestions and remember, it's all in good fun!

Here are some examples of pens made in 2013 : Lamy Safari Neon Yellow, Cross Year of the Horse, Pelikan m605 Marine Blue, Edison Menlo Pump Filler, Parker Premier Art Deco, Visconti Dali Surrealist, Montegrappa Fortuna Skull, Pilot Justus 95, Pilot Stargazer, OMAS 360 Vintage Ltd Ed Smoky Black, Platinum Cool, Monteverde Intima, etc. Remember, these are examples meant to get the brain juices flowing. Feel free to suggest any other pen, even if you aren't 100% positive it was made this year.

Past winners include:
Can Edison complete a 3-peat with this year's Menlo Pump Filler fountain pen? Or will a new pen rise to the challenge? YOU, the pen fans, DECIDE!

Please leave a comment below with the pen(s) you feel should make the 2013 Pen of the Year ballot.


Submit your Links to Our Upcoming Pen Carnival

We are currently accepting links of fresh content to present on the Blog Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper that will be hosted on our blog on November 5th. Click here to submit your article. Please note that you must have a BlogCarnival log-in to submit an article, but if you want to by-pass that, leave a comment below with the link to your article and it will be submitted just the same.

We've been host to the Blog Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper a few times now and have really enjoyed the congregation of content from all corners of the internet pen blogosphere.

The Carnival is a great opportunity for bloggers to get their content seen by a wider audience with the possibility of gaining new readership. It's also a solid roundup of content for the pen enthusiast to digest, complete with product reviews, displays of pen geekery and all other pen ephemera.

So, if you would like to contribute to this Carnival, please do so by November 3rd. If you are interested in reading the Carnival once it is published, subscribe to our blog or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


Filofax Malden Sighting

Filofax Malden Organizers aren't just hard to come by, they are nearly impossible to get a hold of, especially the personal size. They are almost as rare as the Sasquatch, with only whispers of its existence. Our customers have been looking high and low for these elusive organizers, but have been put on a backorder / waiting list since July. Finally, there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

We received information from Filofax USA this morning that the Malden personal organizers are due to arrive in on the following dates :

Personal Ochre : November 15th
Personal Aqua : November 15th
Personal Purple : November 21st

However, as anyone who has hunted the Filo-Squatch knows all-to-well, the Malden can evade capture and has done so in the past. After all, we were told in the summer that they were supposed to arrive in August. Then, when August came, we were told October. However, only one thing can console the hunter, and that is the Filo-Squatch WILL be captured. Our hope is that, with the 4th quarter here and the peak Holiday season looming, there is enough pressure on Filofax to deliver these organizers to the US market prior to Thanksgiving.

Are you hunting for the Malden? We feel your pain and anguish. We will dutifully e-mail all of our Filofax customers the moment we receive the Malden Personal in-stock. Sign up for our e-mail list today. Alternatively, you can be put on the shortlist of those who choose to wait for the backorder to arrive by placing an order on Goldspot.com. Placing your order with your credit card will allow us to immediately ship you the organizer the moment it arrives and before the inventory goes public on a first-come, first-serve basis. As per our store policy, we do not authorize the charge on your card until the backordered items arrive and your order is ready to ship.


Winner of our October Social Giveaway

Last week, we kicked off our fourth Social giveaway because our Goldspot Newsletter giveaway prize went unclaimed. We opened up the contest to our Facebook fans and Twitter followers. We also sweetened the pot by including a second pen to the giveaway. Out of over 40 possible entries on Facebook and Twitter..

...the Winner is @ghers2686 from Twitter. Congrats!

We have contacted the winner via Facebook to arrange shipping this new Cross Classic Century 14K Rolled Gold Ballpoint Pen ($137 retail value) and the ACME P2-C Pentagram Rollerball Pen ($90 retail value).

 Thanks to everyone who entered, tweeted and Liked! We still haven't had a response from our most recent newsletter winner for September's giveaway, so there very well may be another social giveaway in early November. If you would like the first chance at our monthly giveaway, please sign up for our e-mail newsletter.


Goldspot's Social Pen Giveaway Doubleheader

Holy Moly, not only did August's newsletter giveaway prize go unclaimed, but we still never got a hold of the winner for last month's Social giveaway for the Cross 14K ballpoint pen. So, naturally that means we have to put both items in this giveaway, making this a double-header of a pen giveaway!!

Everyone with a twitter or facebook account can now enter this giveaway! The odds are certainly now in your favor to win this Cross Classic Century 14K Rolled Gold Ballpoint Pen ($137 retail value) and the ACME P2-C Pentagram Rollerball Pen ($90 retail value).

 Here is How to Enter (no purchase necessary) :

  1. Click over to our page on Facebook or Twitter
  2. Find the link to this giveaway post.  It should be the most recent link.
  3. "Like" or Re-Tweet the link.
...and that's it! We'll keep track of all the entries and then choose a fan using a random number generator to select one lucky winner. Deadline for Entries is Thursday, October 10th at 12p ET.

We will contact the winner directly through either Facebook or Twitter to obtain the shipping information and send out your ACME and Cross Pen!


Pens that Contribute to Breast Cancer Awareness

October, as we all know, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most companies and organizations will do their part to contribute to donating toward this social cause by donning pink uniforms, using pink in their marketing design colors and creating pink products, etc. This year, three pen manufacturers are creating noteworthy pens that also help by donating the proceeds to charity.
Parker is now offering a Pink Ribbon Jotter ($7.35 retail) that donates 10 cents of every sale to the City of Hope Breast Cancer research, treatment, and education. The Jotter is a classic ballpoint pen that is possibly one of the most recognizable pens made since the 1950's. Jotters have been created in a wide array of colors over the years and have become an affordable collectible for pen enthusiasts. The Pink Ribbon Jotter would be a nice idea to include in a donation basket for silent auction, or as a giveaway item to donors that participate in an awareness walk or as a simple "thank you" to charity volunteers.

Known for their fine crystal patterns, Waterford's fine writing arm offers the Arcadia Pink ballpoint pen ($30 retail). With each purchase of the twist-action, pink-lacquered ballpen, Goldspot will donate 10% of each sale to Breastcancer.org. Complete with a Waterford gift box, the Arcadia could be a nice raffle prize at a charity event or a special gift a charity event organizer.

While NASA takes the day off today due to the government shutdown, Fisher Space Pens is up and flying through the wild blue yonder with this Pink BCA Bullet Pen ($27 retail).  Goldspot will also be donating 10% of each sale to Breastcancer.org. Compact and convenient, the Bullet pen is supplied with Fisher's patented pressurized ballpoint ink. This Fisher Space Pen is capable of writing upside-down, under water and in harsh temperatures. It will also look great in your purse or in your organizer's pen loop.

All the marketing and advertising aside - Breast Cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers that affects our society as a whole. Everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed or has succumbed to breast cancer. Contribute to research and treatment in whichever way you can, whether it be participating in a walk, donating to a charity or buying a pen. The more we can invest now in trying to solve this disease, the better off we can all be in the future.


The Best Pen Accessories for your New iPhone 5S or 5C

Cross is adding style and functionality to the typical touch screen device accessory with the expansion of their Tech series of writing instruments. Newly available and on sale at our shop, these tech-friendly pens combine the inherent quality of pen and paper writing with the ability to harness the power of modern mobile computing.

Last year, Cross debuted the enhancement of their popular Tech 3 multifunction pen by adding a conductive rubber stylus crown. The dual ballpoint pen inks and mechanical pencil rounds out the other functions. The Tech 3+ is a fantastic multi-tasker for those who have a lot on their to-do list.

The Tech 2, a line of ballpoint pen + conductive stylus instruments, simplifies the pen to one allow for either paper writing or touchscreen jotting. The narrow 6mm conductive stylus allows for precise drawing, writing and selections on your mobile device.

The Tech 1 is a mobile office warrior's dream come true.  The colorful miniature stylus securely attaches to your mobile device through the headphone jack tether attached to the opposite end of the stylus. Other stylus-only devices can cost upwards of $30-$50. Cross' Tech 1 is a reasonable investment to keep your phone fingerprint free at a $10 retail price.

Monteverde, one of the manufacturing pioneers of pen stylus technology, introduces the ultimate in multi-tool pen utility with the One Touch Stylus Tool Pen.

Coming soon, Monteverde will introduce the fountain pen version of the One Touch Stylus Tool. It has all the capabilities of the original Tool Pen, but will have a stainless steel, cartridge-filling fountain pen nib instead of a ballpoint pen tip. Due to arrive in early November.


Fight the Flu with this New Cross Pen

Combat the common cold with the natural, anti-microbial qualities of this new Cross Classic Century Copper ballpoint pen.

Especially with the flu season on the horizon, it is more important to keep your hands clean from any potential pathogens. The slim profile of the professional-style Cross Classic Century is combined with anti-bacterial copper, providing a clean, anti-bacterial surface for the writer's hands.

You may have heard about the anti-microbial qualities of raw brass from the ACME Hatch pen released earlier this year. This Cross Century Copper pen replicates the same clean touch surface with CuVerro Anti-microbial Copper, which contains 91.3% pure copper. The surface is EPA Registered and Laboratory Tested, remaining effective if used as directed.

Uses standard Cross Ballpoint Refills.
Due to ship Mid October, 2013.


Coming this Halloween - Montegrappa Skull Pens

Whether you're into Ed Hardy, Harley Davidsons or the macabre themes of Halloween, the new Montegrappa Fortuna Skull Pen Design should be right up your alley. Due to arrive right around All Hallow's Eve, this Montegrappa pen gets dressed up with a pattern of engraved skulls around the acrylic resin barrel of the pen, and a large skull emblazoned on the top cap portion, positioned 180 degrees from the location of the clip. The cap band, trim and clip are all dark gunmetal colored to match the "black" theme of the pen.

The Montegrappa Fortuna Skulls design will be available in three standard modes : twist-ballpoint pen, screw-off capped rollerball pen and fountain pen fitted with a black, stainless steel nib that fills via cartridge converter.

We were just informed by our Montegrappa US distributor that the prices on these pens will come in significantly less than originally anticipated at the $600 level (fountain pen). Prices are not official yet, but we are being told the price of the fountain will be in the high $300 range, which is far more reasonable.


Sneak Peek at New Parker Pens for Fall 2013

As Summer comes to a close, new colors are usually brought to us by the changing of the leaves.  In the pen world, new colors take the form of new pen designs. Parker has brought to us the first bushel from the harvest with a new extension from their popular and affordable IM and Urban collections.

The Parker IM and Urban collections are known for their contemporary design that honors the prestige of the Parker brand for a new generation of writers. The new Premium extension of the IM and Urban pens accomplish this goal with vibrant color and style. The cap and barrel are finished in anodized aluminum to provide a satin-like tactile feel to the metallic surface. Each color was chosen as an homage to historical Parker Pens.

I'll let our readers guess the names of each of the colors. The hint is each one of them are named after a popular, historical Parker Pen.

These will be available at our store Goldspot.com at the beginning of November. We will begin to add them to the site soon to allow pre-orders.

The Urban Premium will be available as a twist-action ballpoint pen, capped rollerball and fountain pen (in medium point only, stainless steel nib). Prices will range from $37 for the ballpoint, $46 for the rollerball and $60 for the fountain.

The IM Premium will be available as a click-top ballpoint pen, capped rollerball and fountain pen (in medium point only, stainless steel nib). Prices range from $45 for the ballpoint, $57 for the rollerball and $75 for the fountain pen. Prices indicated are MSRP. Final sale prices have yet to be determined.

In case you were wondering, these new finishes engrave fantastically and make great gifts. Below is an example of our laser engraving on the Urban fountain pen.