A Word or Two on Ink Testing Paper

Looking back to all sorts of ink reviews/test I have done on this blog, one element I have noticed is the change in paper.  In the earlier days, most ink testing is done on Rhodia classic N°16/N° 18, either grid or dot ruled.  As time goes on, I shifted to Japanese paper, mostly Maruman, with…

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Prantl Dr. Thomas Mann Schreibblock

I count myself extremely lucky that people around me appreciate my stationery obsession.  Not only I can talk to them about it , but they also think of me whenever they see interesting stationery items.  That is this Schreibblock (notepad) by Fr. Ant. (Franz Anton) Prantl,  one of the oldest printing press in Munich, Germany, since…

Monologue Notebooks

Exploring new notebooks is probably one of the most fun activities because it means a series of experiment:  what kind of media does the paper take?  How does the paper feel?  What is the notebook range that a given brand offer?Grandluxe is a company based in Singapore that offer several lines of notebook, stationery goods,…

Dialogue Too A5 Notebook

A problem with liking nice designs is that many notebooks will involuntarily follow you home.  When I received a hefty box from Grandluxe sometimes last year, Dialogue Too notebook was the one that caught my eyes with its embossed motif on the cover.  Like many GrandLuxe notebooks that I have reviewed1,2 Dialogue Too is made with…

Hobonichi Techo Planner

Besides the meaning of "notebook", 手帳 (techo) also denotes pocket diary.  The format of the Hobonichi Techo planner definitely encapsulates both meanings.  Though I have the habit of using planners, I must admit I am horrible at using them.  The attraction was almost immediate when I first saw Hobonichi's planner and detailed explanation of different…

Overview of Word. The Standard Memorandum

Word. Memorandum, a set on Flickr.Since I am giving away The Standard Memorandum by Word. Notebook, it would be nice for those who entered and those who are still looking for a new planner for the new year to know how it looks like inside.  Instead of embedding individual pictures within the post, I post…

Word. Notebook

Back in the school days, taking notes might be the most enjoyable for me besides the lectures.  A common challenge for note-taking is what to include in the notes.  Should we take down every word uttered by the speaker?  Of course, if we try to do so our hands probably go out before our minds…