Nero's Notes

The best paper... in the world

Posted by Scribble Monboddo on

If you like using a fountain pen, you want a surface which is fairly smooth, but not like glass, so that it's pleasant to run the nib over but offers just enough traction to draw some ink onto the page. You want ink absorption not to be too enthusiastic, so that bleeding or feathering are minimal. You want it to be sturdy enough not start wrinkling as you write on it, and you want it to be the right colour to contrast nicely with your chosen ink. Hitting all those needs at the same time turns out to be quite a big ask. 

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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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Getting to Know....Peter Koval, Creative Director of Berlin Notebook

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Ink or pencil? Both! I have been collecting pencils for many years now. I bought or got most of them as souvenirs, so while using them, they remind me of a certain place I visited. I really enjoy how they get smaller – it’s a beautiful metaphor for fading memories, isn’t it? – Being transformed into new words or drawings. But I also love to write with fountain pens. They force you to slow down a little bit, to be more attentive. Especially today, when you can’t be fast enough to instantly respond any request, it’s good to hold something more...

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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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Semi-Retirement

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Nero is heading for the sun. In less than a month, the CEO and his human servants will be in new Mediterranean quarters.Loggedoff will carry on operating as it always has, Clare and Kaylee will be fulfilling orders, dealing with queries and any and all logistical and service issues from Pocket Notebook Towers, here in Andover. Nero and chief walker, Stuart will set up a new sales and marketing office on Aphrodite’s Isle, Cyprus.Despite his youthful appearance, Nero is a senior citizen. English winters play havoc with his arthritis. The dry mild winters of Cyprus will be much more to...

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