Buying a New Pen: Some Decision-Making Tools

So, let's pretend that I'm in the market for a nice, new fountain pen. It's a stretch of the imagination I know, but stay with me. I am going to imagine that I have done a little homework, read a few reviews, and fixed a budget of somewhere around the $220–$240 CAD price-point. So it's not … Continue reading Buying a New Pen: Some Decision-Making Tools

TWSBI Diamond 580AL—Silver And Rose

Wayyy back in the sunny days of July last year, before the Ontario winter and the snow, when I could still see the land around our house, the garden furniture, and even the lake come to think of it, I wrote a review of the TWSBI Diamond 580AL in turquoise, with a steel 1.1mm nib. … Continue reading TWSBI Diamond 580AL—Silver And Rose

The Traveler’s Notebook—With A Leather Thong

If you're one of those people that looks for stationery or nice pens on the interwebs, then you have probably found it difficult to avoid reading about the Traveler's Notebook (from The Traveler's Notebook Company in Japan, formerly Midori). They're written about on almost every pen and stationery site you may stumble across, and—I should … Continue reading The Traveler’s Notebook—With A Leather Thong

TWSBI Precision Ballpoint Pen

So, I didn't have a decent ballpoint pen... well, that's not strictly true. I have a Cross Century II ballpoint in black lacquer, and it's a lovely pen. It's just that Cross refills, which you are limited to with Cross pens, are a bit like a lucky dip in your cat's litter tray—you know that whatever … Continue reading TWSBI Precision Ballpoint Pen

Clairefontaine Triomphe A4 Pad

I've been attending quite a few more meetings than usual recently. All of them related to my PhD dissertation, and all of them require me to take copious notes. Until recently, I had been using a Life Noble Report A4 pad, but I'm starting to run low on sheets, and my nightmare would be to run … Continue reading Clairefontaine Triomphe A4 Pad

Life Kappan Writing Paper

I don't usually buy loose-sheet writing paper, as I don't really write correspondence in hard copy; but the Life Kappan writing paper pad is an exception. Firstly, it isn't strictly loose sheet, as it is lightly glued to its cardboard backing along the top edge. And secondly, this paper is just phenomenal. It makes you look … Continue reading Life Kappan Writing Paper

Rhodia DotPad Notepad No. 12

Why would anybody write a review of the Rhodia Dotpad? It's ubiquitous—everybody's got one, they're everywhere, and they've been around for years. Exactly. Everybody's got one, and they've been around for years. There must be something about them right? So what's the fascination with this little pad? First-off, it's small; which in this case, is … Continue reading Rhodia DotPad Notepad No. 12