It’s been a quiet month here on the blog. I haven’t posted anything for ten days, which is a long spell for me. But I do want to shout about a few things, so it’s time for a Snippets.
Bye to Instagram
Thanks to those of you who took the time to email me to check on my mental health after seeing my most recent post on Instagram — let me reassure you that everything is OK!
Regular readers may have sensed a desire in me to be more appreciative of the things I have, and less frantic in my acquisitions — as well as more careful in how I spend my time.
To that end I’ve uninstalled Instagram from my phone and closed the browser tab on my laptop. Same for Facebook. I don’t want the endless scrolling through beautiful objects that I then am tempted to buy.
Schon P6 faceted aluminium
I succumbed to the temptation of Ian Schon’s Pocket Six once more, this time the new faceted aluminium version.
At $260, this was not impulse territory. It was really interesting to compare it against the prototype faceted brass version I already owned. The finishing of the facets is much better: there’s less visible chatter and smearing of the work surface. But I have found myself missing the heft of the brass.
John Garnham JG6 Oversize
This only landed today: the latest model in John Garnham’s model range, sitting between the svelte JG6 and the chunky JG8. It still features a Bock #6 nib like the JG6, but is noticeably chunkier than the original in all dimensions.
I’m finding it very comfortable, but the strongest first impression is one of quality. I believe this pen has the best threads and the best surface polish of any hand-turned pen I’ve ever used. And if John’s usual pricing is any indication, it’ll also be an incredible bargain.
GLP Author B5
Look at this bad boy. One of my favourite Tomoe notebooks (I’ve been through about eight of them) is soon going to be available in a maxi size, and I’ve got my hands on a prototype. It’s not quite B5 — comparing against a Galen B5, it’s a bit longer — but close enough, and it’s awesome to see another entry in the ‘bigger than A5’ space. Seen here against my A5 Elia Note.
GLP has got the page count spot on at 256, meaning it’s not slim like an exercise book, but still portable and flexible. And unlike most of the larger Tomoe options, it also features lined paper and page numbers, so it’s much more usable day to day. Keep an eye out for this one!
Pebble Stationery Liberty x Cosmo
The nice folks at Pebble Stationery in Australia were kind enough to get me two of their notebooks made from Liberty London fabrics enclosing the hottest paper of the moment, Cosmo Air Light. They cost me an arm and a leg, but they are gorgeous and I think I’ve found a paper that can stand up to Tomoe for my affections. Now I just need to find something worthy of writing in them — something tells me they’re too good for a work notebook.
Sometimes the world has a way of reminding me that for all my experience, I shouldn’t get cocky. The Cross Peerless 125 is a case in point. Cross pens are for graduation gifts, I think. They’re a relic of the 80s. Sure, the Peerless has a Sailor nib but isn’t it meant to be bulbous and slippery and generally not great? Well, at last I bought one, for a good price, and after a lot of use… I absolutely love it. It has earned a place in my tray of 20. The nib is great, and definitely feels like a Sailor fine, but what blew me away was how good this pen feels in my hand. I have some niggles — what is with that clip, and the crystal on the end? — but the comfort and writing experience are just so perfect that any shortcomings are swept away without second thought. This is a Cross I’m keeping.