I used to write quite a lot of posts about paper. Recently I've been all about the pens. Time to redress the balance. Let me give you a tour of the many different notebooks that have been across my desk recently. And boy, I've had a lot of paper. But before that, let me cut … Continue reading Notebooks, notebooks, everywhere!
I'd wager that most stationery addicts are also rather into books. For me, the joy of travelling to a city and discovering a new pen shop is squarely matched by that of finding a good bookstore. I used to be a bookseller, back in the day, so I feel somewhat of a connoisseur of good … Continue reading Review: Made by Foyles terracotta red notebook
Way back last year I reviewed quite a few notebooks, including a fetching red number from Dingbats' Wildlife series. (If you're interested: Summary was here. Recap was here.) I was hugely impressed by the spec of the Dingbats notebooks, but I commented that the feathering and bleedthrough bothered me. So, when the founder of Dingbats got in … Continue reading Review: Dingbats ‘Serengeti’ Earth notebook
I write a lot about pens and ink, but I've not blogged much about paper recently. Of course, I've been writing as much as ever: journalling in my Hobonichi, keeping lists and notes in my pocket notebooks, and ploughing through nine work notebooks in the past nine months. There are brands here from Japan (Life, … Continue reading Eight different notebooks put through the wringer
I've been on a buying spree lately (when am I not?). Here's my quick-hit initial verdict on a few products to cross my desk. Field Notes Dime Novel I subscribed to Field Notes for a few years, but as I got more into fountain pens I grew more and more frustrated by the lousy paper. … Continue reading Field Notes Dime Novel, Col-o-Ring, Herbin glass pen, Organics Studio inks…
If you spend any time at all on Instagram following pen-lovers, you'll see photos of swatches. People have elaborate systems, and there are even products specifically dedicated to creating swatches — like the Col-o-ring, and "Currently Inked" notebooks. There's a very good reason for creating swatches. Simply, ink in bottles doesn't look anything like ink … Continue reading Ink swatches: more fun than filing has any right to be
At last, desk accessories for fountain pen geeks... Desk accessories have, until now, passed me by. I mean, I've watched over the years with interest as companies like Grovemade have built out their ranges of gorgeous minimalist laptop stands, plant pots and the like — but they've always seemed like they'd take up valuable space … Continue reading Powering up my desk game with Dudek and Off.Lines
Stationery is a hobby that's full of joy. Writing can be art, and so can the objects that produce it. But stationery is also a tool, a means to an end... in other words, work. And we all get bored of work from time to time. If you're finding that the spark has gone from … Continue reading Three ways to freshen up your pen life