I am sad to report that Pear Tree Pens, an online purveyor of fine pens, inks, notebooks, papers, and handwriting paraphernalia, is closing its doors. Through October 1, the proprietor is offering 1/3 off when you buy three of anything in its Special Deals section, and almost the entire inventory is being added to that section.
There are undoubtedly some fabulous deals to be had in notebooks, pens, inks, and other articles dear to the writer's heart. I'm especially going to miss the ink sampler, four tiny bottles of your choices of inks, so you could try before you buy. The small bottles are wonderful for mixing your own colors, or for decanting small amounts of ink to fill a pen. Not dipping the pen directly into the bottle reduces contamination and spoilage, and the narrow bottle raises the level of liquid over the nib for easier filling. I have four of the wee bottles already; I need to pick colors for a couple more samplers before October 1.