Ask The Desk: The One Pen, Jotter Hacks & A5 Notebook

Portia asks: If you could only use one fountain pen, what would it be? I’ve never had one before, but I also don’t need another expensive hobby/collection, so I’d like to stick to just one purchase. I really like a smooth feel to my writing (so gels and ballpoints over felt tips!) if that matters.…

Ask The Desk: Good (and Pretty) Stationery

Cialina asked (me way back in October): Hello! Holiday season is coming up and I’m looking for fountain pen-friendly stationery to gift to my friends. I’m looking for more than just blank writing tablets like Clairefontaine and more in line with Rifle Paper Co products. Any ideas? Thanks! This is a question that frequently comes…

Ask the Desk: EU EF Nibs vs. 0.5 mm gels, 3-Hole Personal Size & Planner Stamps

Renee asked: I was interested in getting a pen that writes with a line similar to that of a .5 mm pen. I was considering a Kaweco sport given your enthusiastic reviews. Would a European extra fine do that? The Kaweco might give a little bit wider stroke depending on the paper and/or ink combination…

Ask The Desk: Address Books (Fountain Pen Friendly and/or Refillable)

Amy asks: Any suggestions for an address and occasion book that is fountain pen friendly? I don’t want a full blown planner/calendar. A bonus would be refillable pages. Thanks!!! I keep rolling this over in my mind. There are a lot of possibilities for an address book. You could actually use a Filofax or other…

Ask The Desk: Landscape Notebooks

Anna Marie asks: I’m looking for landscape orientation notebooks. I know there’s a landscape orientation Rhodia Webnotebook, but I wouldn’t mind a color that isn’t orange or black. (Sacrilege, I know.) Do any other quality notebook companies make blank landscape orientation options, with binding on the short side? Fountain pen friendly always a bonus! The…