DC Pen Show 2018 Recap

Have I really been to three DC Pen Shows now?! I can still remember the overwhelming feeling of walking it to the old hotel and seeing rows and rows of pen vendors in 2016. Wandering though, bewildered, geeking out over some of the pen community “celebrities”, unsure of what I should buy, or what I was even doing there. At one point, I walked out into the lobby and had to just sit and close my eyes from the sheer overload of it all. Contrast that with this year, where…

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Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Review

Each year since 2012, Pelikan has released a new ink of the year for the Edelstein line of inks. Last year was Smoky Quartz, the year before was Aquamarine, and this year’s ink is Edelstein Olivine. This year’s color was chosen through community submission, and the community spoke out and chose a interesting olive-green color. The Edelstein inks come in a squat, glass, 50ml bottle with a nice, wide, open mouth which makes filling pens of all sizes easy. The box that the bottle comes in has a…

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The Paper Series: Life Airmail Letter Pad Review

“What was that paper you used in your last letter?!” was a common refrain over InCoWriMo. As I mentioned in my post about the month, my primary paper for letter writing in February was Life’s Airmail Letter Pad. I had thought it was a fairly well known paper, but it was quickly apparent that lots of people had never seen it. So, a review is in order. To best explain what airmail paper is, we need to have a bit of a history lesson. In the early 20th century,…

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Paperblanks Holographic Mini Notebook Review

I have a confession to make. I stereotype notebooks, and it can make me overlook really good products that are out in the market. I tend to focus on Japanese-made products, because their aesthetic and quality appeals to me, with a smattering of products made in the US to round things out. So, when Lisa Vanness from Vanness Pens handed me a Paperblanks notebook to review at the Baltimore Pen Show, I didn’t have high hopes. The Moleskine-style, hard covers and plethora of designs reminded me of the Stifflexible…

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My Hobonichi Setup

A few different people have asked me how I’m using my Hobonichi Planner lately, so I thought it might finally be time for a blog post about it. I got my Hobonichi as a Christmas present this year, and started using it on the first of year. Since then, I’ve used my Hobonichi almost every day in, what I think is a fairly unique way. A big part of the “Hobonichi Community” that you find on Instagram focuses on using a Hobonichi for artistic purposes, but I’ve…

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