Posts of the Week:
I’m handing this award over to Matt at the Pen Habit who rigorously documented his trip to the Arkansas Pen Show in documentary style. He made a series of videos of his adventures in Arkansas that included copious footage of his forays into eateries including his maiden voyage to Waffle House.
Paper & Notebooks:
Art Supplies & Creativity:
Other Interesting Things:
Thanks to the programming genius of Alexander Kramer, the hare-brained idea of having Pen Addict podcast bingo cards is a reality. So, add this page to your bookmarks tab, click the run/refresh button each week and play along while you listen to each episode.
You can print out your card or play onscreen.
If you have suggestions for more ideas to add to the pool of phrases in the pool, tweet them to @alexkramerblogs or leave them in the comments below and I can pass them along.
I’ll definitely be playing along tomorrow!
The guys over at Studio Neat have once again decided to enter into the fickle world of stationery products with the Mark One Pen (pledges start at$50). They launched the Kickstarter a few days ago and it was backed almost instantaneously. The Mark One is an all-metal pen covered in a ceramic coating available in black or white.
I was lucky enough to get one of the prototype pens in ceramic white with a copper click mechanism. The pen does not have a clip which makes the pen aesthetically gorgeous but it does tend to roll around a bit. I clearly must not have a level surface in my house or office because this is a bigger issue of not having a roll stop than not having a clip. Being a girl means seldom clipping a pen to anything.
The Mark One is designed to hold the well-loved Schmidt 8126/27 refill and Parker-style refills. It’s well-loved by everyone but me. Generally speaking, for note taking, grocery lists and random purse pens, I keep a few gel pens handy. None of them are Schmidt refills.
As the “refill queen,” I immediately tested several different refills with the Mark One, including a Tofty D1 adapter so that I could use a Zebra 0.4mm Gel refill. I was able to easily swap out standard ballpoint, rollerball and gel style refills from Parker, Monteverde and the coveted Moleskine 0.5mm Parker-style refills with no issues. I did repeatedly shoot the spring across the room several times though. Don’t lose it. The Mark One really likes the spring it ships with over haphazard springs culled from other pens. Trust me on this.
Compared to other non-fountain pens in my collection, the Mark One is wider but not heavier. The ceramic coating makes it smooth but not slippery. The copper click mechanism looks good next to the rose gold of the Caran d’Ache and makes it look puny. The Mark One is only slightly wider than the Baron Fig Squire. The click mechanism is notable on the Mark One. When I was putting the pens away, the Caran d’Ache and Mark One both have easy to close click mechanisms making them perfect on-the-go pens. While I love the look of the Baron Fig, the closing mechanism makes it a two-hand operation and less likely to be chosen when jotting down a quick note when I’m out and about.
So, I probably don’t have to tell you that the Studio Neat Mark One is a project worth backing if you like rollerball, ball point or gel pens. You probably backed the Panbook project or listened to the Pen Addict podcast or the most recent episode of Thoroughly Considered on RelayFM.
DISCLAIMER: The items included in this review were provided free of charge by Studio Neat for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.
Easy Tiger has a way with words and great design. The Kicking Ass and Taking Notes pen ($25) is no exception. It is a stunning brass tube with gold foil lettering in perfect Futura with the message “Kicking Ass and Taking Notes” down the barrel.
It is packaged in a stunning matte black and gold foil box to match. The pen is held in place in its foam packing with a black satin ribbon printed with the words “Your new pen pal.”
The pen contains a rollerball refill which is a fairly standard Euro rollerball refill.
Ever inclined to hack my pens, I swapped out the medium black with a Zebra JF (Sarasa) 0.3mm refill in green. Chances are, something from a big box office supply store with fit into this pen or JetPens or RefillFinder should have an adequate replacement.
My only complaints with this pen is that it takes a few too many turns to uncap the pen and that the black paint is going to chip off way too quickly. But as a gift for the budding pen enthusiast or as a novelty on your desk, its quite a delight.
There are several other pens available too if you want to see their other sass.
It has come to my attention that the Baron Fig Lock & Key set is no longer available. While the “Lock” notebook is still available, the brass “Key” pen is sold out. So…
I thought I might be a generous soul and give my set away to one lucky reader. The set has been opened for review but has not been used. You will receive the box, all paperwork and packaging as shown in the review.
All you have to do is tell me a “I got locked out” story. I’ll pick one winner from entries who PLAYED BY THE RULES in this giveaway. Let’s do this!
FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Thursday. 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. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US and APO/AFO only, sorry.
Before there was the Pantone Matching System, there was Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Anatomy, and the Arts. According to the wrap around the cover, this was the book (not this specific edition or copy) that Charles Darwin took with him aboard the HMS Beagle on his journey to research species evolution and natural selection.
The book is a slim volume with wide margins (for notes?) and reproductions of paint chips and descriptions next to each of the colors as well as lengthier descriptions included in the text. It was the first known attempt to create a unified language for describing color for science and art using materials available in the animal, vegetable and mineral world available to folks in England and Scotland in 1821.
It’s interesting to see the range of colors and descriptions. So many of the color names live on today in the names of paint colors for art like Sap Green and Gamboge Yellow that I’m hardly surprised by the naming. That Gamboge is compared to the mineral Sulphur is very interesting though.
There’s some weird references to colors being the “sky blue of Werner” and such which is odd as if he couldn’t be bothered to add an actual sky blue suggesting he might have been a bit of a primadonna about his color palette.
Regardless of which colors were left out, whether they could not be found in the natural world of 19th century England, or because Werner was a bit of a fuss bucket, the book is fascinating and currently in reprint for less than $15.