My Daily Desk Set (January 2021)

In the before times, we all had an EDC (every day carry). Those few pens and notebooks that we had to have with us. As we move around less in the pandemic era, many of us are working from home and no longer carrying anything anywhere. So today I’m going to tell you about my EDDS (every day desk set). These are the pens and notebooks I can’t do without right now.

From left to right: TWSBI Eco, M Nib; TWSBI Eco Rose Gold, F Nib; Caran D’Ache 849, F nib; Vanness Exclusive Pocket 45 from Franklin Christoph, F Nib

Let’s start with the pens and inks!

TWSBI Eco, M Nib and TWSBI Eco Rose Gold, F Nib

I’m grouping these two together because with the exception of aesthetics, they’re both the same pen. TWSBIs aren’t the most elegant or the most refined, and they don’t have the precision nibs of Sailors. What they do have going for them is that the write every single time. Whether I wrote with them yesterday, or 6 weeks ago, every time I pick up my TWSBIs they’re ready to write. This makes them tops in my desk set, because when I’m on a phone call and need to jot a note down, I don’t want a pen that is a little dry and doesn’t start. Add in that I feel safe putting any ink in them, they’re sturdy and can take a bit of a beating, and I can see exactly how much ink I’ve got left and I love ’em. My clear one is inked with Robert Oster Fire & Ice (from recent Christmas card addressing!) and my Rose Gold is inked with Lamy Vibrant Pink.

Caran D’Ache 849, F Nib

This pen is actually one of the few purchases I made in 2020 and is the newest to the crew so it’s hanging out on my desk. Yes it’s really this bright – I needed something cheerful! I didn’t bother with a converter when I got it, just played cartridge roulette (remember all those random cartridges you have? The ones you throw in a random container? Pick one!) and got going. This one is a quick writer, has a fun snap cap (oh the fidgeting) and can store an extra cartridge in the barrel so you never run out of ink.

Vanness Limited Edition Pocket 45 from Franklin Christoph

This one might be my favorite pen in my entire collection, at least for the joy I get from  writing with it. Like the TWSBIs it is always ready to go as a writer. And between the Jim Rouse nib that was expertly tuned and smoothed by Audrey Matteson, it writes like butter. I went with a darker shade of green for this one – so far I’ve stuck with Colorverse Morningstar since I got the pen.


I’ve also got a stack of notebooks that I’m using. For the post part, I’ve decided that I like spiral bound the best. I love being able to lay the notebook completely flat, and the spiral keeps things tidy and easy for me to flip between pages. From top to bottom my current notebooks are:

    • Leuchetturm 1917 A6 Dot Grid in a Coal Creek Bainbridge A6 Leather Cover – This notebook carries all my knitting design ideas. Perfect to jot down a quick not.
    • Story Supply Co. Ithaca – This holds all my work notes that I want to keep for future reference. Notes I take at seminars or professional development, procedures I want to document so I don’t forget them, etc. This notebook I’ll be keeping even when it’s full.
    • Write Notepads Dot Steno Notebook, A5 – This one holds all the work notes that I don’t need to keep forever. It’s my notes from phone calls, team meetings, to-dos that I need to add to my calendar, etc. Eventually, when it’s full I’ll throw it away, but it’s still useful to refer to at various time
    • 2021 Year of the Optimist Planner – I wrote about this one last week, so you can find more info and links in that post.

So that’s it for my daily desk set for January of 2021. What are your favorites right now? Do you still do an EDC?

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  1. I very much love this post because I have a very similar daily desk setup.

    The amount I have spent on pens is…a number I don’t want to think about. However, literally 98% of my writing happens with a TWSBI ECO (blue w/blue ink), and a TWISBI 580AL (red hardware with red ink).

    Everything else is just…window dressing. It’s not that I never use them (there was 2% left over after that 98% above), but they are not daily workhorses. I love my Visconti Homo Sapiens – I think it has the best writing nib of the lot. However, it’s fiddly to refill and the cap lock always gets ink in it, and then on my fingers.

    TWSBIs are super-simple to refill and hold a ton of ink. I love how visible the ink level is. I love how easy they are to maintain, even if I want to completely disassemble them for re-greasing or whatever I need to do.

  2. Lovely post and photos! I’ve got 7 inked fountain pens on my desk. A new rose gold TWSBI mini is a sweet workhorse. Also getting a lot of use out of a Sailor Pro Gear from BunguBox. In addition, I’ve started doing a weekly rotation of 1 Retro 51, 1 Pentel Kerry, and 1 Caran d’Ache 849 ballpoint, because I have many to choose from in each of those categories. And I’m using the very same Write notepads spiral top bound dot grid Pistachio cover notebook! It’s perfect for work and whatever. Not really doing an EDC, but sometimes I stack the Write notebook and my Hobonichi Weeks and stuff a couple of Pocket 6’s into my pocket to move around the house!

  3. Where did you get the Lamy Vibrant Pink in a bottle? I love that ink but want to put in pens other than the Lamys. Lamys were my first love for the less expensive pens, but when I discovered TWSBI that changed.
    Right now I have ten pens inked and am trying to empty them to start using different pens and inks. I takes a while to empty the TWSBIs but I don’t worry about running out of ink in the middle of things. I had my Aurora Optima convert to a piston filler and get much more use out of it. Keep up the good work.

  4. Oh, thank you for the idea! I’m going to write a post like this for my own blog. 😉 Man, I sure love that pink Caran d’Ache! That is the pinkest pink I’ve seen in a while!

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