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?
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 life. A seemingly humble pencil is a silent yet organic giant with many hidden intricacies.
My one gripe about Kaweco is that almost all models come with stock stainless steel nibs.* Do not get me wrong, I am a proud owner of Lilliput and Ice Sport, but I just wish that some of the “higher” models are differentiated with a nib in different material. Last week, Goulet Pens has a buy one get one 50% off offer on Kaweco Perkeo, which I could not resist. Against my better judgement, I got two in Cotton Candy, a soft pink and warm taupe gray combination. Besides Cotton Candy, other color choices are: Chambray (white and teal), Bad Taste (black and hot pink; is it not a wonderful name? :)), and Indian Summer (mustard yellow and black).
I notice some subtle differences between Perkeo and Ice Sport. Even though both pens are made of plastic, Perkeo’s material is matte. Instead of a screw-on cap, Perkeo has a snap-on one. The faceted cap facilitates removal of the cap, as one can get a better grip on it than a round and smooth one. On Perkeo, the brand name is not stamped on like the one for Ice Sport, but probably done by injection molding. The raised lettering can withstand further wear and tear. As you can see in the picture below, the the imprinted brand is rubbed off on Ice Sport because of time. Another noticeable difference is the barrel. Perkeo, on one hand, has a faceted body similar to the cap, but with more facets. Ice Sport, on the other hand, has a cylindrical body. Personally I prefer the faceted one because it does not roll off the table as easily as the cylindrical one (can you tell I am accident prone?)
The grip section of Perkeo is very similar to Lamy Safari and Al-Star, where the two concaved sections on the side is where one can rest the thumb and index finger. This set-up can seem unnatural to some, depending on how one holds the pen, but it feels pretty comfortable. It is evident that Perkeo is full-size pen; hence the longer grip section, but it also means that this pen can be comfortable for those with larger hands as well. While using it, I also feel that it could be a suitable first pen for youngsters who start dabbling in fountain pen, as the pen body seems to be sturdy to withand any roughing.
Another difference that I have observe is the tip of the nib. It seems that Ice Sport has more tipping material than Perkeo, as seen in the picture below:
So far, the less is doing more. Perkeo writes smoother than Ice Sport and needless to say, I am please with my acquisition.
Some may not think much of the aesthetic of Perkeo, but I have found this chubby pen endearing. Girth wise, it is wider than Ice Sport but it is not so cumbersome to small hands. It may be too “plasticky” for some, but I can see that this pen will be one of my daily go-to.
You can purchase Perkeo at the following fine stores:
I am not affiliated with any of the stores listed above. Only recommending them as a satisfied customer!
Have you made any new discovery recently?
*Kaweco does have replacement nibs in 14K gold, but I believe all stock nibs are in steel.
Posts on Hobonichi planner are no strangers to this blog, but I often wonder whether there are alternatives to Hobonichi that will work for my current two-planner situation. Plus, trying out new stationery items is always fun. Obvious win-win!
Have you been following Hobonichi’s feed for news about the imminent 2018 release? The wait is almost over as the store will be active for purchase on September 1, 2018 at 11AM Japanese time (that is August 31, 2018 at 7pm for Pacific Standard Time; August 31, 2018 at 10pm for EST; September 1, 2018 at 3AM BST; September 1, 2018 at 4AM CEST). The Hobonichi store layout has some useful changes. A prominent one is currency display. On the top of the page right next to the cart icon, one can change the currency by using the drop-down menu with a list of major currency (I interpret the list as places where Hobonichi are popular). It can be a handy reference to see how much damage you have done 😉 Another is the favorite feature that you can use to save items that capture your heart. Since the store front is only for browsing now, I am unsure whether a function of adding all items on your favorite list to shopping cart, but it is something to look forward to.
I am not sure about you, but I am more drawn to the varieties of cover-on-cover more so than the covers themselves; therefore, I am inclined to keep using covers I already have and opt in for one of the whimsical cover-on-cover. How many planners will I purchase? That is a difficult question because I am ruminating on several possibilities. One, combine work and life by purchasing a larger cousin. Two, keep work and life compartmentalized in two planner, one in Weeks Mega and the other in Cousin. Three, streamline life in general by using Weeks Mega only. Obviously first world problem, but I shall sort it out eventually.
Head over to the store for a peek!
KWZ ink started with Konrad Zurawski’s interest in improving saturation in one of his ink. This passion has flourished and it has caught the stationery world’s attention with its extensive iron gall line. The premise of Konrad’s story and ink line reminded me of Organics Studio (I have reviewed its Foggy Bottom, an ink specially made for one of the D.C. Fountain Pen Show several years back).
How is everyone's progress on the choice planner this year? In case you are jumping on the wagon for a Hobonichi in 2018 or just curious of which covers would be part of the line-up, check out this link (sorry for the late notice on my part!). Hobonichi will unveil one cover a day until August 12th. The full line-up will be announced on the 18th.
Are you looking forward to your future planner?