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My dear friend picked up one of the original Midori Mini Cleaners on her last trip to Japan and I’ve been dying to have one ever since. So much so, that I emailed Jet Pens and begged for them to restock these. Then, last week, I got a tweet to let me know that the Midori Mini Cleaners II were back in stock.
Mine is in the mail and I will be picking up little gritty bits of eraser dust with glee from the moment it arrives.
From the “Oh, God, No” files: A typewriter is modified to type in (argh!!!!) Comic Sans!
(via FastCo Design)
For the Fall edition of the Colors subscription series, Field Notes is definitely keeping it under wraps, figuratively and literally. This collection is called “Unexposed” and sounds like it will feature a random assortment of books from a range of six possible covers.
What do you think it will be? Are you annoyed or intrigued?
Leigh Reyes of My Life As A Verb put together a lovely video of her pen strokes along to the lyrics of Feathers by The Twilight Singers. Lovely.
Why Write is a sixteen minute Ted Talk from Master Penman Jake Weidmann waxing poetic about the love of penmanship and writing.
(Shoutout to Fountain Pen Physicist for the link as I hadn’t yet seen this!)
Make your own Midori-style Traveler’s Notebook in any size (traditional Midori sizes or a leather cover perfectly sized for your Field Notes-sized books) with this great video tutorial:
After you’ve made your own Midori-style TRaveler’s Notebook, don’t forget to check out my previous post about customizing your notebook.
(Thanks to @mattwillgo for the tip)
Its not Christmas but I couldn’t wait to share this. What do the guys over at Tested love to write with? Karas Kustoms pens and Field Notes, of course!
(Link via Field Notes)
David Rees of Artisanal Pencil Sharpening sharpens Blackwing Pencils using an array of tools including a box knife, a Classroom Friendly Sharpener and the El Casco. Is it ridiculous? A little bit, but in his ostentatiousness he gets to the heart of it: anyone can use a pencil and sharpen it with little more than a knife or pocket sharpener.
(via Art Directors Club)
Fabulous video of a hand-writing automaton boy built over 240 years ago (via Letter Writers Alliance)
Paper & Notebooks:
- Studio Ghibli Moleskine (not for sale) (via Notebook Stories)
- Overview of the Word Standard Memorandum (via East, West, Everywhere)
- Doane Flap Jotter Notepad Review (via Ed Jelley)
- Scout Books Mega DIY Notebooks (via Design Concussion)
- Nock Co. Hobonichi Planner Cover Review (via The Pen Addict)
- Hobonichi Planner Review (via Unroyal Warrant)
- Gift Suggestions for Pen Pals (via Letter Writers Alliance)
Pens and Ink:
- Designing the Karas Kustoms Ink fountain pen (via Design Concussion)
- Ink Fountain Pen reviews (via From the Pen Cup and Clicky Post)
- Esterbrook J Fountain Pen Review with Gregg Shorthand 9556 nib (via The Pen Addict)
- Listening While You Write (via My Pen Needs Ink)
- Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen Review (via The Pen Addict)
- Montblanc Toffee Brown (via The Pencil Case Blog)
- Private Reserve Orange Crush (via Ink of Me Fondly)
- Kaweco Sepia Brown (via Ed Jelley)
- “Expensive” Fountain Pens Just 30 or Under (via No Pen Intended)
- Origami Santas (via How About Orange)
- Foldio Kickstarter: Paper foldable portable photo light box (via Design Work Life)
- Doxie portable scanner review (via Notebook Stories)
How much does your Field Notes soul weigh?
(via Field Notes)
My husband stumbled across this video of staplers found in Japan by this colorful Brit from The Grand Illusions web site, a site that sells toys, illusions and other novelty items.
I dug through his videos in search of other tidbits that might be interesting to readers and also found his glass pen demo. He comments that washing the tip with a little soapy water helps to make the ink adhere much better. Good tip!
This video was featured on The Verge this week and features Hallmark and focuses on the precarious state of the greeting card as a means for communication in our modern age. The video also features views of the halls I walk and many people who I’ve worked with over the years (I spent several years in the humor and Shoebox group. Yes, it really is a tiny little division of Hallmark). There are images of our legendary Crown Room (not during lunch), the outside of the building and even some peeks into the cubicles of people I know.
As folks who appreciate analog tools, I hope you also appreciate cards as a way to communicate with family and friends. Not to mention that, without the lovely steady paycheck from Hallmark, this blog might not be here.
PS: Even the Ford ad that bookends the video was filmed in Kansas City.
(Sorry I was unable to embed the video.)
Edit: Updated video and article links on Tuesday, Sept 10 as the original links went bad.
Feeling kind of Hobbitsy? Moleskine is re-releasing the Hobbit line of products in time for the release of the second film in the Hobbit series. So I guess its not so limited anymore, is it?
The covers are accented with debossed designs and metallic foils. Four versions are available in pocket sized including a Bordeaux Red cover and two black with red foil accents and black debossed designs and one black cover with red foil and gold foil. They are pretty but its still filled with mediocre paper stock. Sigh.
After writing my reviews of the hybrid ballpoints, I found an ad for the Pilot Acroball that sort of horrified my senses. So then I had to look further to see if Pentel, Uni Ball or Zebra stooped to similar stereotypes. So I’ve collected them all for you here.
Seriously? This is another Bic For Her travesty (read the reviews for entertainment). Shame on you, Pilot.
This Uni Jetstream video just sells the pens and stops trying to stereotype all women as shopaholics with a penchant for matching their pen to their outfits.
Both Surari and Vicuna features ice skating as a metaphor for the pens’ smoothness. Points to Surari for weirdness of the ice skating zebra.
Judged entirely based on the promotional videos, I give the lead to Zebra Surari. Runner-up is Uni Jetstream but they lost first place because of the goofy music.
How would you rate these? Are you more or less compelled to buy any of these pens?
I’m not at all as enthusiastic about ballpoints as the announcer in this video but it is interesting to see how much work is put into making the Bic Cristal ballpoint pen.The beginning of the video paints fountain pens in a very poor light indeed.
Let the comment raging begin.
(Shoutout to Andy of Woodclinched for finding this video)
I forgot to include a link to these videos in yesterday’s Link Love but this is more of a Friday waste-a-few-minutes-on-the-company’s-dime activities anyway. Tipping my hat to Brad at Pen Addict for posting these videos. If you’re a fan of shows like “How Things Are Made” AND you like pens and stationery, especially from Japan, you’ll like these a lot. For more information and detailed descriptions of the episodes, check out the NHK World TV web site.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9bCBFbi6iY&w=560&h=315 [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqjC76rWSiM&w=560&h=315
So grab a doughnut and a fresh cup of coffee. Bonus points if you decide to play Name-That-Tool as the camera scan across products.
About every few months, someone publishes a story about the death of handwriting or some variation on this theme. Today’s grim reaper is the BBC with a video article about North Carolina Congresswoman Pat Hurley, who is drafting a bill to mandate handwriting be taught in primary school. A professor of linguistics provides counterpoint describing handwriting as “nostalgic”.
The whole video raised my hackles especially because neither camp mentioned the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills that are developed as a result of writing. Not to mention that handwriting in the joined-up version helps to speed up writing so that students (and later adults) can more quickly capture thoughts and ideas on paper.
On the whole, I think the story was a bit of sensationalist, shoddy journalism and I’m going to be all grr-argh! for the rest of the day as a result.
Argue, agree or debate at will.
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