Sharpener Showdown: Hand Cranks

Review by Tina Koyama The venerable Carl Angel-5 hand-crank sharpener (also known as a “classroom-friendly” sharpener) is a popular, reliable favorite for many pencil users. With a metal body and “original quality,” it has a classic, sturdy build. I’ve had mine for several years, but sadly, I don’t love it. For one thing, its pencil…

Notebook Review: Ink + Volt The Founders Notebook (and Giveaway)

Notebook Review: Ink + Volt The Founders Notebook (and Giveaway)

Ink+ Volt collaborated with Japanese stationery brand Kunisawa to create the new Founders Notebook ($33). The Founders Notebook is a classic A5 size with a manageable 112 pages. The covers are a flexible soft cover with subtle shimmery patterns that look cool and professional. The Founders Notebook is available in three different cover options. When…

Review: Kokoyu Systemic Notebook Cover A5 Fabric in Real Life Usage

Review: Kokoyu Systemic Notebook Cover A5 Fabric in Real Life Usage

Often, the reviews I write are after using a product for just a couple days or even a couple hours.  However, I have been using the Kokoyu Systemic Fabric Notebook Cover in A5 size ($23) for several months now.  This gives me the opportunity to talk through its real-life usability. It also means my photos…

Paper Review: Yamamoto Fountain Pen Friendly Paper Collection

Paper Review: Yamamoto Fountain Pen Friendly Paper Collection

The Yamamoto Fountain Pen Friendly Paper Collection ($39.50) is an A4 paper pad containing EIGHTEEN different kinds of Japanese paper. There are five sheets of each stock which will give you plenty to test and experiment with or share with friends. The papers, in order are as follows (copied from JetPens description page because I…

Fountain Pen Review: ystudio Weight of Words Resin Fountain Pen in Red

Fountain Pen Review: ystudio Weight of Words Resin Fountain Pen in Red

When I saw the new ystudio Resin fountain pen in red ($71.99), I was at the Baltimore Pen Show. Cary from Kenro Industries had just told me that they would distributing ystudio in the US and that the Resin fountain pens are new and would be one of the first models they were bringing in…