Stick it to Me: City of Industry

Stick it to Me: City of Industry

Correspondence Kit Pencil and Envelope Pen Set

How could you not love the clean graphic simplicity of the enamel jewelry created by City of Industry? I particularly like the Correspondence Set ($20) that includes both an enamel pencil and envelope lapel pin.

City of Industry Enamel Ruler Necklace

The Ruler Enamel Necklace ($28) is also darling. It includes a gold plated 30″ chain. There are also some summer themed options as well. Enjoy!

(Shout out to StoneZebra for the tip!)

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Smart Travel Tips for Pen Geeks

Smart Travel Tips for Pen Geeks

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I’m about to embark on a little holiday getaway which always leads to seeking out good travel tips. Buzzfeed posted one of their silly lists called 13 Travel Tips to Make You Feel Smart. There are a couple good tips on the list but most will be things you’ve probably already heard.

My favorite tip:Ask the desk at your hotel for cords or chargers if you forgot to pack yours. It sounds like their…

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The Epic Refill Reference Guide: Rollerball, Gel and Ballpoints

The Epic Refill Reference Guide: Rollerball, Gel and Ballpoints

Lots of pens available these days accept either a “Parker-Style” G2 refills, a Pilot G2 refill (adds to the confusion for sure) and the Pilot Hi-Tec C style refills.  I thought I’d try to come up with a list of refills that fit into these categories. This is by no means a definitive list but should provide you with lots of options for your favorite non-fountain pens.

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There are so many potential…

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Link Love: Paper v. Digital

Link Love: Paper v. Digital

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This week’s post of the week is actually two sides of the divisive discussion: paper or digital note-taking. I’ve waffled around on this issue for years and have come to the conclusion that I prefer paper to digital unless it involves a URL.

Post(s) of the week:

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Cover Unveil: The Typewriter Book from Uppercase

Finally, the cover for the long-awaited The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine has been revealed.

Cover Unveil: The Typewriter Book from Uppercase

Finally, the cover for the long-awaited The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine has been revealed.

Review: Kuretake Fudegokochi Regular Brush Pen

Review: Kuretake Fudegokochi Regular Brush Pen

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Last week, I reviewed the Kuretake Fudegokochi Extra Fine Brush Pen which is a fun, little, budget brush pen. Then, I had my world rocked by its slightly beefier cousin, the Kuretake Fudegokochi Regular Brush Pen this week.

Aesthetically, its a plain barreled cylinder brush pen with a plain metal clip. If I had to find it in the bottom of my bag by feel, I might mistake it for a Pilot Precise…

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New Sponsor: Pen Chalet

New Sponsor: Pen Chalet

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I’d like to welcome Pen Chalet as a new sponsor on The Well-Appointed Desk. Pen Chalet stocks fine pens from some of our favorite brands like Lamy, Kaweco, Pelikan, Namiki, Pilot and many more. Pen Chalet stocks inks, refills, notebooks, pen cases and more as well.

And to help sweeten the deal, Pen Chalet is offering an extra 10% off for Well-Appointed Desk readers. Enter the code wellappointedd…

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Ask The Desk: Long-lasting, Archival Notebook

Ask The Desk: Long-lasting, Archival Notebook

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Brody recently emailed me this question:

Since I got back into pens, I have become really enamored with Fountain Pens. I have been burning through notebooks trying to find good fits for FPs. I also started journalling – one for my daughter, one for my son, and one for me. I started off with the Piccadilly leather-something… and now I realize that if I keep going with this journalling, when I…

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Video: Make Your Own Midori-style Traveler’s Notebook

Video: Make Your Own Midori-style Traveler’s Notebook

Make your own Midori-style Traveler’s Notebook in any size (traditional Midori sizes or a leather cover perfectly sized for your Field Notes-sized books) with this great video tutorial:

After you’ve made your own Midori-style TRaveler’s Notebook, don’t forget to check out my previous post about customizing your notebook.

(Thanks to

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Three Drops in One: April, May and June Ink Drops

Three Drops in One: April, May and June Ink Drops

For some reason, doing Ink Drop reviews seem to take forever. Maybe its because I have to dip and clean a pen five times. Then I get behind and have to dip and clean a pen TEN times. This time, I’m THREE months behind. So, hopefully, this was worth the wait.

Here’s the colors from the April, May and June Ink Drops:

April 2014: Islands in the Sun

May Ink Drop 2014 "Garden Party"

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