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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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A new dawn

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Those of you on social media or who listen to the podcast 1857, will have heard that Nero, beloved CEO has been promoted to non-exec Chairman. Enough has been said and written about that already. First - I want to thank all of those who took the time to ‘like’, comment or message us. We were overwhelmed by the support that we received. Second - I would like to share one message. It came from a golfing friend, Simon. More accurately, from his two little boys, Toby and Oliver. The family had, earlier this year, lost their two West Highland...

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The story of Story Supply supplies, with orange staples

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As the autumn colours start to turn the leaves various ruddy shades, it's good to be reminded of the summer...

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The best paper... in the world

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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

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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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