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Hobonichi 2020

It is that time of the year again. Hobonichi is gearing up for next year’s planner line-up with preview. Stay tune on this page as one sneak peek is released day by day through the month of August. The sale will begin officially on September 1, 2, and 3 at 11 AM Japan time. Even […]

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Happy belated new year! I hope everyone has a peaceful beginning of 2019. As some of you may notice, pictures from most entries have disappeared from this blog. Due to Flickr’ recent change on storage policy, I have downloaded all (if not most) photos, uploaded them to another cloud-based storage, and deleted the copies on […]

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Brownie planner A5 Slim

No, we do not have a crossover between pastries and stationery (though I wish that combination will happen more often); my planner pick of 2018 is named after a dessert. I have been dragging my feet on talking about this planner, partly because it is not as accessible as Hobonichi, Midori, Maruman, and other arrays […]

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Hobonichi 2019

It is hard to believe that August is already here, let alone the next year. I am a bit late to the scene but as usual, Hobonichi has announced previews and releasing schedule for 2019 planners. If you have purchased from Hobonichi directly, you may recall that on the first day of release (September 1) […]

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Yak Leather Pen Case

Even though pen pouches in various formats are reviewed a few times in this blog, actual fountain pen case/storage is a rare sight. Besides the one I have cobbled together several years back, most of my fountain pens still live in their original packaging and are collectively stored in a plastic tub. Thanks to staff […]

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Platinum Century with SF and UEF nibs

I have always wondered how similar are the Pilot Falcon and Platinum Century soft fine (SF) nibs. This curiosity was left on the back burner for several years because many fountain pen enthusiasts commented on how Platinum’s SF nib does not flex as much compared to Falcon. Curiosity kills a cat. More than a year […]

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Friday Read

I came across an older article that analyzes how ballpoint lens has runes cursive writing. It reminds me of my own schooling; younger grade students (first and second) were disallowed to use ballpoint pens, for the reason that ink was too smooth. Writing itself consisted of many fine motor skills and requires more developed muscles […]

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Friday Read

When I encounter articles that mentioned stationery stores back home, my heart usually skips a couple beats. Taiwan, very similar to Japan, is a stationery paradise. Here, Junee Lim of Alt. Haven wrote about a well-known fountain pen store, which I happened to stumble upon several years back. My little sojourn to stationery shops in […]

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Friday Read

Creative Boom, a UK-based online magazine, published an article that listed 22 online stationery stores for addicts. Have you been to any of them?

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Friday Read

Happy belated new year! I hope the new year has treated you well. While perusing the news, I have stumbled upon a photo essay on one of the last pencil factories in America in The New York Times Magazine. Even though pencils are not often featured on this blog, it is an indispensable and constant presence in daily […]