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Calepino... mean, green writing machines

Posted by Amanda Fleet on

I love stationery. That's no big surprise. But I also love this planet we're on and over the last few years have become acutely aware of how much plastic is used, everywhere. It hasn't stopped me loving stationery, but it has made me think more than twice before buying products that aren't biodegradable. It's difficult. Even when I think I've found something great, it then arrives in shrink-wrapped plastic.

Enter Calepino!

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The Agony of Choice

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

“Oh woe is me!” So much stationery, so little time. If you’re here, you probably have little or no sympathy for my difficulty. I’ll admit, it’s a wonderful problem to have. Several people write for our blog - Paw Prints. Regular articles come from Amanda, Scrib and me, Stuart. All three of us are fountain pen users. As we’re all super-powered nerdy hipsters, we hang out in Slack (which is where super nerdy hipsters used to hang out) and the talk often turns to “ink-friendly” notebooks, and how we don't stock enough of them. (Honestly, the grief I get.)We do...

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Pull on your moleskins

Posted by Scribble Monboddo on

Available in a range of cover hues including 'Myrtle Green' - as GI as it could possibly be, frankly - these sturdy little notebooks have robust sewn bindings, a handy pocket in the rear cover for tickets and the like, and about half the pages are perforated for easy detachment in order to compose epic billets-doux in recently mastered exotic languages, crucial international peace missives or, more likely, quick notes for the dashboard about how the parking meter is out of order. They can handle some rough treatment, though, that's for sure.

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Best pens for Moleskine?

Posted by Amanda Fleet on

Over the last few years, Moleskines have been getting a rough press over the quality of their paper. I've not been a huge lover, to be honest, but then, I'm also one of the few in the world who wouldn't use Field Notes because of the paper quality. So, how bad are Moleskine (and Field Notes) with different pens? And if you're not a fountain pen user, do you even care that the paper doesn't cope with a Conklin Durograph laying down a lake of ink with every stroke? (No, probably not!) Okay, well here are the specs on some Moleskines....

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What is it about Field Notes?

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

“Inspired by the vanishing sub genre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers, and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list, the Draplin Design Co., Portland, Ore. - in conjunction with Coudal Partners, Chicago, Ill. - brings you “Field Notes” in hopes of offering “An honest memo book worth fillin’ up with GOOD INFORMATION.”48 pages. Militantly imperial (3-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches). Card-stock cover. OK paper.As someone who is fond of a notebook, Field Notes are, in the most objective terms, OK. The paper is generally, well, ...OK. The covers are ...fine. Take a fountain pen to them, and...

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