Nero's Notes — Review

My Struggle with Staedtler

Posted by Scribble Monboddo on

Good old Staedtler - 'can't pronounce them, can't live without them.  Seriously, how do you say that name? I've been wondering for literally decades. It could be steedler, stightler, staydler - heaven knows. But the reason I've been puzzled for so long is that they actually made the device that I learned to write with. Back in those days, there were boxes of the red and black sticks that Staedtler now markets as the Tradition up there on the teacher's desk, next to a big hand-cranked sharpener that only the most trusted children (not me, obviously) were allowed to use....

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Blotter on the landscape

Posted by Scribble Monboddo on

There are all sorts of ways to compare how inks behave, from the deck of cards on a ring to the dedicated paper-based blog - but this new solution to the age-old problem comes as a handy little notebook, in standard pocket size (90x140mm) too. One of the great things about this is that it really works. The paper is thick enough to test for bleeding, sufficiently high-quality to give a fair picture of performance re feathering, and the grid captures every lovingly obsessive point of order that one could wish for. 

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The Night Sky in your Back Pocket (but don't ask where the sun shines)

Posted by Scribble Monboddo on

This particular pair of notebooks, dedicated to The Night Sky, neatly illustrate the constellations to be seen from north and south hemispheres of the planet. Admittedly Google Sky will do that too, but as the old tag-line has it: forget the app, there's a notebook for that.

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Stationery for Hiking

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

What stationery to take on the Camino de Santiago in September? I'm in the lucky position of having quite a lot to choose from.

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Seed A6

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

When it comes to pocket notebooks, I prefer simplicity. I have tried plenty of covers, but always revert to 'bareback' and slip the notebook into a pocket with an EDC pen or pencil. A little wear and tear on a notebook doesn't worry me too much. However, there is one use case where a cover makes sense for me: Hiking. I walk in all weathers, either in 90 minute snatches as commuter or longer when I go on walking holidays. Weather and paper is not necessarily a great mix. If it's hot, then I can soak a notebook from the...

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