From Jenni Bick come the Paperblanks line of bound planners and diaries. Diaries are available in sizes from micro 2.5”x3.5”, 3.5” x 5”, 3.5” x 7” slimline, 4” x 5.5”, 5” x 7”, 7” x 9”, 8.25” x 11.75” — pretty much something for everyone in designs that are ornate and rich looking with prices that range from $8.95 for a micro to $29.95 for the Grande Week -on-two-pages.
There are also options available in an academic calendar year (starting with September and either including 12 or 18 months). Paper Source has a variety of simple academic wall, desk and pocket options.
And last but certainly not least (or the only other options because I could have gone on for days with this post), is the classic and ever-present Moleskine. Moleskine also offers academic planners in a variety of configurations and sizes so you can get organized ASAP or you can choose your favorite 2013 planner now before they sell out. European Paper is currently having a sale on the Moleskine Academic planners, just so you know.
Kaweco Allrounder vs. Student: The Purchasing Debate
Let me start off by saying I have not yet handled either of these pens but based on the descriptions listed, let me go through the differences (and similarities) between the Kaweco Allrounder ($106) and the Kaweco Student ($56). Also, let me clarify that I started this research for my own benefit as I was trying to decide which full-sized Kaweco I wanted to purchase and decided I might go ahead and share with you, my fine readers. Shall we proceed?
The Kaweco Allrounder has an anodized aluminum body while the Kaweco Student has a plastic body. Both have stainless steel, iridium-tipped nibs. The Allrounder is slightly longer at 5.3” to the Student’s 5.125”. Both have twist threaded caps like the Sport Classic and AL Sport models and because of the larger pen size, both can be used with a converter or you can store a spare cartridge inside the pen body.
At present, JetPens stocks the Student in black, white and demonstrator blue in fine or extra fine nibs. The Allrounder is available in red, blue, black and silver with a wider range of nib sizes.
So, for me, only question is whether the $50 price difference for an aluminum body fountain pen is worth it. I have an aluminum body Lamy that I’m lukewarm about. If you require a medium or broad nib, then the Allrounder may be your best option but, at the $100+ price point, there may be other fountain pens in the running. In my opinion, once you go over the $100 price point for a stainless steel nib pen, there are lots of other options and I am a diehard loyalist of the Kawecos when you talk about the under-$30 fountain pen.
I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard about the recent union between Moleskine and Evernote but I thought I’d go ahead and include info here for those who might not have heard the news.
Moleskine announced an Evernote-specific “smart” notebook last week at the Evernote Trunk Conference. The book includes stickers that, when scanned or photographed and stored on Evernote, will automatically help to tag your page. The embossed covers are really pretty and the grids and/or lines on the page are actually dots to help correct the skew when taking digital snapshots of your pages though I’ll have to see it to believe it.
The 3.5x5.5” size can be pre-ordered for $24.95 and the 5x8.25” is $29.95.
UPDATE: Our sponsor, Notemaker in Australia will also be stocking the Evernote X Moleskine Smart Notebook. You can pre-order now for delivery the first week of October. Their prices are $29.95AUD for the pocket-sized and $39.95AUD for the larger size. Don’t forget to use the discount code WELLAPPDESK at checkout to receive a 10% discount.
I’ve had a couple questions floating around in my organizationally-obsessed head and I was hoping you fine readers might have some input.
What is your favorite way to get your news? I’m talking weather, politics, big news — not just RSS feeds from Gizmodo and the Pen Addict.
How do you collect and track online tidbits — articles to read, review or remember for later? Do you use Readability, Delicious, Pocket or something else entirely? Do you use different services for personal content and business? Do you use the same app to track to-dos, projects and other digital detritus?
I’d prefer a service that can be accessed via web-based/cloud AND iPhone for both news and article/tidbit collecting.
Please leave your recommendations in the comments here. I’d really appreciate any input as I’ve floated from one option to another without finding one I’ve been really happy using.
The Saki Collection pen roll (P-661) is a fabric pen roll available in six different traditional Japanese fabrics. The P-666 which is another variety of the same design available in seven solid colors with contrasting ties, if you are not a pattern lover.
The case holds about six pens, two in each of the three divided areas. Thinner pens or pencils might fit up to four in each compartment. Its a good option to keep finer pens from rubbing against one another if you store just one pen per compartment. My pens aren’t so fine that I need to be that cautious. It definitely is a better solution for full length pens, my little Kawecos and Ohto Tasche got sort of lost in the compartment though they did seem quite cozy all tucked in.
The Saki Collection pen roll is a lovely, elegant option at a reasonable price. Is it time to give your pens a classier home?
The financial calendar is designed to align with the Australian fiscal year but as it starts in July, its more than adequate to start those long term planning goals stateside. It clocks in at a whopping 33” x 23.5”. The months are listed across the top with the days below in long columns. In a small team or office, it would even be great to use to track time-off, holidays and other activities that effect the whole team. It could even be used as a family activity calendar.
The planning pad is a substantial 11.75” x 16.5” with 65 heavyweight sheets glue padded on the left edge — more than enough for a whole year with a few extra for mistakes. Along the left side are spaces for tasks for Monday through Sunday, in the center is space for general to-dos, Best of Web and rewards and at the far right is a space for notes. I keep thinking it would make a great desk blotter for an individual or wall-mounted to track activities for a whole team. Since the paper seemed so sturdy, I reached straight for a Sharpie pen and a Le Pen and didn’t even get any show-through on the back. Later, I tested with a Sharpie marker and only got slight show-through on the reverse of the stock but no bleed-through. This is some quality paper!
The to-do stickies have been divided up into areas to list to-do, notes, the owner of the task and the finish date. Its A7-sized, about 2.75” x 4.25” and has 50 heavyweight paper sheets.
The whole line of Notice Life products are available through our esteemed sponsor, Notemaker. If you order any of these products, you can receive a 10% discount when you enter the code WELLAPPDESK at checkout.
If you would like to win this Notice Life office collection (the planning pad is less one sheet used to test pens), please leave a note in the comments.
FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, August 27, 2012. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Tuesday. Winner will be select by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money.
I have been a subscriber to Rad + Hungry’s STMT kits for almost a year now. Every month I get a package of stationery goods from somewhere in the world. In July, I received a patriotic USA kit with General Pencil Co pencils, a small hardcover blank book from Treetop Publishing and real wood pushpins. Excellent kits indeed!
The outside of the plain brown wrapper was embellished with a woven bracelet from Cusco which I love!
Inside, the kit held two notebooks: a large blank wire-bound sketchbook and a grid paper notebook both from a company called Minerva. Also enclosed was a 2B graphite pencil and a red/blue pencil!
Rad + Hungry STMT kits always come wrapped in brown kraft paper and embellished with a print or a little goodie found on their travels. Each kit costs $16 or a subscription can be had for $144 per year.
Monsieur Notebooks are now being stocked with our favorite Aussie online stationery supply company. Check out my review and then hop over and order one for yourself. Remember, Well-Appointed Desk readers receive a 10% discount when you enter the code WELLAPPDESK at checkout.
The Pilot Frixion erasable highlighter is available in five colors and uses the same friction-activated erasable technology that all the Frixion series pens use. If you’re prone to rethinking your highlighting, this might be a good option. $1.65 each.
The fountain pen highlighter:
A fountain pen highlighter is a slightly more posh option but something I’ve always kind of wanted to own. The most notorious fountain pen highlighter option is the Pelikan m205. Its a extra wide BB nib and a clear, bright yellow plastic casing. The pen ships with a bottle of Pelikan Highlighter ink for about $120. A Kaweco Ice Sport in yellow with a B nib or replace the nib with a calligraphy nib in 1.1mm or 1.9mm and then fill it with Noodler’s Firefly Yellow ink would be about $50 which might be a more cost-effective option.
Are there any other kinds of highlighters I might have overlooked? Do you have a favorite brand or color of highlighter?
The Seeso Better Day Planner is a slim softcover planner with weekly planning on the left hand side of the page and a blank right hand page for notes and sketches. The Better Day ships with 2012 and 2013 sticky calendars that can be added to the book or write in your own dates. Available in four colors, each $14.
Vintage Year is also a simple undated weekly and monthly planner with stickers for highlighting and creating tabs for each month. I particularly like the quote on the cover: “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan A plan backed by actions makes your dreams come true. Greg S. Reid” It appears to be a hardcover volume though the description is not specific. Its 4”x6” in size for $20 from Anthropologie.
In honor of Left-Handers Day, and because our fine friends at JetPens also care for the lefties among us, I’ve decided to host a lefty-centric giveaway this month. This is for all the lefties out there though I won’t exclude lefty-lovers from entering as well.
Tell me what your greatest lefty challenge is in the comments below and enter to win a $25 gift certificate. All you non-lefties have to say something nice about the lefty/lefties in your life in the comments to be entered to win. Maybe there’s the perfect product for your “lefticentricities” or those of a loved one at JetPens. I love composition and perfect bound notebooks like a Kokuyo Campus, Field Notes or Pelle Journal because I don’t have to rest my hands across wirebound rings or, heaven-forbid the giant rings of a 3-ring binder!
The drawing will be held on Monday, August 13, 2012 — Left Handers Day, at 10pm CST.
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FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, August 13, 2012. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Tuesday. Winner will be select by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money.
The Pentel Pocket Brush pen is one of the best, if not The Best, brush pens on the market. First, the understated look of the pen is a pleasure to behold with nothing printed on the pen but one elegant character. The pen has a simple silver clip and a solid black plastic body. The cap clicks solidly onto the pen. The pen comes with two permanent black ink cartridges.
The tip is what makes this pen so notable. Unlike other brush pens that use a porous sponge tip shaped like a brush, the Pentel brush pen is an actual filament brush so that it gives and flexes like a real brush. It allows for delicate fine lines and bold strokes, quickly and easily.
While actually drawing and writing with a brush is not my forté, I did want you to see what a variety of line weights were possible with this pen. Clearly, I could use some practice writing with it!
Pen and refills available from JetPens. I purchased my pen from Utrecht.
The fine folks at JetPens recently sent me the Ohto Japan Tasche FF-10T compact fountain pen to review. I went over to their review page and noticed several comments that suggested that the pen did not perform well so I was a bit concerned. I am truly spoiled by the high-quality performance and low price of the Kaweco Sports which are direct competitors to this petit pen. What I discovered though was fairly flawless performance. The thin, pocket-sized brushed metal pen is both a fine performer for the price and lovely to behold.
I’ve spent over two weeks using this pen almost daily for work notes and general on-the-go writing with not so much as a hiccup in performance. I’ve been using the cartridge that shipped with the pen and while I am not usually inclined to reach for black ink with my fountain pens, I’ve found this to be a good ink.
The nib is marked as “Iridium Point Germany” so that would extend comparisons of the Tasche with the Kaweco Sport as they both use German nibs.
Capped, the Tasche is a tiny bit shorter than the Kaweco Sports and clearly much narrower but the metal body gives the pen a little bit more weight than the plastic-bodied Kaweco.
When posted, the Tasche is much longer at almost 5.75” long compared to the Kaweco at 5.125” long. The Tasche has a simple built-in clip as opposed to Kaweco where the clip is an added extra, if you don’t want it, you don’t have to purchase it.
The Tasche nib is a bit longer than the Kaweco but with similar filigree details on the nib, though silver and not gold-toned.
The only flaw I’ve found is that the logo on the pen cap is quickly wearing off. I’d be fine if it wore off completely as I prefer stealthy, understated looks but some people prefer to have the logo proudly displayed so the rub off might be an issue. Also, because of the very small space in the pen body, there are no converters available so it must be filled with a cartridge only. Like the Kaweco, it takes a standard international short cartridge so there are many options for ink brands and colors or you can refill it yourself with an eyedropper or syringe.
All in all, if you are looking for a reasonably-priced, metal, pocket fountain pen with a fine nib, the Ohto Tasche is a good option at $16.50. Kaweco offers a brushed aluminum fountain pen but its about three times the price.
Start over, anytime, anyday with the 365 Journal. Its a clothbound, hardcover journal with simple number in the top corner. Start your journaling, writing, photo-a-day or other project anytime. Make today the first day of your new year.
Its available in red or black, with a matching ribbon marker and blank pages, roughly 6.5”x10” for $29.95 AUD.
This fantastic desk is meant to be a visual representation of the process of developing a brand, from concepts and color chips to the final product, created by Oneighty Creative. Its, of course, a lovely desk and workspace as well.
While visiting the local Utrecht art supply store this weekend, I got into a discussion with the stockist about various pens and she commented that she preferred the PITT pen over the Micron. Well, that was a challenge I was willing to undertake.
While the store display featured almost exclusively the brush style pens, I was able to find a black in XS (their demarcation for extra-superfine) and a dark sepia in S (superfine). As best as I can tell, Faber-Castell only produces the Artist Pen in black, sepia or sanguine in XS, S, F, M and brush. Both colors are remarkably waterproof.
I found the pens to be comfortable, easy-to-use and the quality of the tips are quite good. I do think they could give the Microns a run for the gold if only they were available in a wider variety of colors.
The darling Oh, Hello canvas zip pouch is 6.5” x 5” and ships with two matching temporary tattoos designed by Mike Lowery. It’s just big enough to protect small items from the rough-and-tumble life inside your bag but not quite as long as the average pencil pouch. If your favorite pens are Kawecos, this would be perfect! $15
The Victorinox Secretary in all-metal finish is the perfect solution for on-the-go needs of the Well-Appointed reader whose work may be done on a coffee shop table, park bench, front seat of the car or other far-flung locales.Use it to “open envelopes, pry open staples, cut out crossword puzzles, clip articles/pictures” (a direct quote from a reader). The name alone makes it a covetable item in my book.
Just remember to check it in your checked baggage when traveling. $22 from Victorinox
(tip from a reader of The Well-Appointed Desk, thank you very much!)
The most recent Kickstarter project for the pen-obsessed is the Pen Quiver created by Alicia Klein. It is a 3-compartment case to contain your favorite writing tools. Back the project for $30 and be the first to get one of these leather pen quivers. The project is about halfway to the goal with about three weeks left.