Eye Candy Friday – Galen Leather Co. Zippered 10 Slot Pen Case

We don’t need to tell you how wonderful Galen Leather Co. pen cases and writing accessories are. We’ve done it a million times before: the 40-pen case, the 1917 A5 Notebook folio, the Note Board, the Leather Flap Case for Three Pens and the Zippered 6 Slot Pen Case, and the Zippered 5 Slot Pen Case.

What we DO need to tell you is that:

Galen Leather Co. pen cases and writing accessories are now available in the US through Vanness Pen Shop!

Galen Leather Co. will be attending the San Francisco Pen Show – if you’re planning on attending you can browse their wares and meet them in person next weekend!

Happy shopping!


Giveaway: Back to School with JetPens!

Each year when back to school rolled around, I was most excited to stock up on school supplies. Trapper Keepers, fun graphic folders, mechanical pencils, new highlighters….

Well back to school is here and we want to help all of you celebrate so we’re giving away a $50 gift certificate to JetPens.com!  Also because this is a gift card we’re opening it up to our international audience!


TO ENTER: Leave a comment below and tell me what you would order with your gift card! Play along and type in something. It makes reading through entries more interesting for me, okay? One entry per person.

If you have never entered a giveaway or commented on the site before, your comment must be manually approved by our highly-trained staff of monkeys before it will appear on the site. Our monkeys are underpaid and under-caffeinated so don’t stress if your comment does not appear right away. Give the monkeys some time.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Wednesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your actual email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 7 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner.

DISCLAIMER: The items included in this giveaway were provided free of charge by JetPens.com. Please see the About page for more details.

Giveaway Winner: Opus88 Koloro

Giveaway Winner: Opus88 Koloro

I enjoyed reading all the comments for the giveaway this week. Lots of people reminisced about school memories like covering school books with paper, buying school supplies and backpacks and seeing friends after a long summer. Some folks dreaded going back to school because they were freckly or the new kid (I can totally relate) but the school supplies made it a little better.

So, now it’s time for the winner of the Opus88 Koloro in yellow, generously donated by Appelboom.

Congrats to Tony. Hopefully, the Koloro will not bring back any school pen memories.

Link Love: Vertex Vortex

Link Love: Vertex Vortex

This week is the public unveiling of the Karas Vertex Fountain Pen and the new Blackwing Volumes 42. Ferris Wheel Press also unveiled new ink colors. Pantone also released 112 new colors in its palette though those are more “virtual” color as they are formulas and digital chips.

I guess the summer lull is over and the push to the end of the year had officially started. Next stop, planner mayhem!




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Notebook Review – JetPen’s Kanso Sasshi Booklets

Review by Laura Cameron

Last time I browsed JetPens.com I was excited to see a new (to me) notebook that I wanted to try. I went ahead and ordered the JetPens exclusive Kanso Sasshi Booklets (pack of 2, $20.50).

These notebooks are simple booklets with brown cardstock covers and 96 pages of plain white 52gsm Tomoe River Paper. The paper is advertised as acid free, eco friendly (the pulp comes from sustainable forests), and fountain pen friendly.

I purchased the A5 size (5.8″ x 8.3″) but they are also available in pocket size. The books are staple bound and each booklet comes with a handy cardboard lined guide (6mm). The booklets are named for their simplicity. “Kanso” means simple and “Sasshi” means notebook in Japanese.

I found these notebooks lovely. The paper is smooth and performs beautifully as Tomoe River does. The 52gsm paper does have quite a bit of ghosting on the opposite side, but no bleed through. I tested it with my fountain pens (Fine to Broad nibs) as well as gel pens and fine liners. Drying time was fairly quick for me although with wider nibs and sheening inks, it might take a bit.

Personally, I generally prefer slightly heavier weights of paper because I like using both sides of the page, but these notebooks are lovely and would have a variety of uses – throw them in an A5 cover to document your adventures, start writing your next novel, or take in a pen show!

DISCLAIMER: Some of the items included in this review were provided to us free of charge for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Please Stand By…

Please Stand By…

I don’t normally do a “OMG! I’m sorry I’m too busy to post” post. However, my dear friends, since I got home from DC, I have been working at my “jobby-job” non-stop.

Not exaggerating here. It’s Monday morning at 7am and I have worked everyday since I’ve returned until way past my bedtime. Sadly, that has left no time for anything else. My house is a wreck, the laundry is in heaps, and I am starting to look like the walking zombie I joke I am.

So, today was supposed to be a review about one of the new notebooks I received from Nero’s Notes or even a sneak peek at the special ink from Papier Plume that will be available at the SF Pen Show. I also have several bottles of the new Vinta Inks, a Kaweco Apple Pencil Sleeve and probably a dozen other things piled up.

I hate to neglect my pen reviews but sometimes the jobby-job wins out.

Eye Candy: Herbin 1798 Kyanite du Nepal

Eye Candy: Herbin 1798 Kyanite du Nepal

I know lots of other folks have already reviewed the latest sparkly metallic Jacques Herbin ink. It’s not that I meant to put it off but we’ve been pretty busy here at The Desk. So, now it our turn to show off the latest sparkly goodness from the House of  Herbin. As it’s been mentioned, 1798 is the name that Herbin give to their annual sparkly ink with silver particles versus the 1670 which contains gold particles (unless it’s Rouge Hematite and then all bets are off). So, the latest iteration is 1798 Kyanite du Nepal ($28).

To quote the J. Herbin web site:

Since the discovery of the famous mining region of Nepal, Kali Gandaki, Kyanite has been recognized as a noble mineral because of its similarities with the rich tones of sapphire.

Herbin Kyanite duNepal

There is a good deal of fine silver in the ink and the turquoise color is  gorgeous.

Herbin Kyanite duNepal

When it come to turquoise ink, there are a lot of options so I had a lot to compare Kyanite with. I was able to compare Kyanite to both metallic inks and non-metallics.  First and foremost, I was able to find the closest non-metallic Herbin ink which is Bleu Pervenche ($12.95). The two Robert Oster inks that were closest were Blue Water Ice and Soda Pop Blue ($17 each). The metallics that were close matches were Robert Oster Shake-n-Shimmy Blue Moon ($24), De Atramentis Pearlescent Cyan Blue Silver ($14), and Diamine Shimmer-tastic Blue Lightning ($24). PenBBS #275 Claude Monet ($20) is a metallic turquoise but a little lighter.

Herbin Kyanite duNepal

Herbin Kyanite duNepal

Given the options, is Kyanite du Nepal worth the few dollars more per bottle than some of these other metallic inks? I don’t know. Diamine and DeAtramentis both seem more sparkly in smaller writing but all of them, including Kyanite, require constant movement to keep the particles evenly distributed. So, if you prefer the upgraded packaging and the slightly more aged silver look to the brighter, whiter silver of the others, then consider Kyanite. What I don’t recommend is buying all five metallic turquoise inks with silver particles. It really is s bit excessive.

DISCLAIMER: The items included in this review were provided free of charge by J. Herbin* for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

*I really wish that House of Herbin would go back to calling themselves J. Herbin. All these J. Herbin/Herbin/Jacques Herbin variations are tiresome. Louis Vuitton is always Louis Vuitton, Chanel is always Chanel and Hermes is always Hermes. It seems un-French to change your name three times in as many years.