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Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

13 May

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Review: @Exaclair G. Lalo Verge de France A5 Tablet – Blue

EdJelley: Clairefontaine Classic Notebook – Handwritten Review

These Beautiful Pens: More Paper Love: Le Typographe Writing Pad & Journal

Ink of me Fondly: Rhodia No.11 Notepad

Notebook Stories: Review: Piccadilly Softcover Notebook

Pens, Paper, Inks, Whatever: Clairefontaine Back to Basics 1951

Rants of the Archer: Review: Unlimited Notebook by Rhodia

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Comfortable Shoes Studio: Review: Palomino Blackwing Pencils

Well Appointed Desk: Ticonderoga Sensematic Mechanical Pencil  and Vintage Parker 21 Review

Ink of me Fondly: Lamy Raspberry Al-Star with J. Herbin Rouge Opera

Pencil Revolution: Review of Palomino Blackwing 602

Built from Ink and Tea: The Grand TWSBI Review – Part 2. A Review of the TWSBI Diamond 530 Fountain Pen

EdJelley: Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen – Handwritten Review

Pentorium: TWSBI VAC 700: Unboxing, First Impressions, and Writing Test! (Video) and TWSBI VAC 700 Long-term Review

On Fountain Pens: Review: Platinum Pocket Pen – from the 1970s!

Ink Reviews

EdJelley: J. Herbin – Terre de Feu – Handwritten Review

Ink of me Fondly: Tchaikovsky – De Atramentis Ink Review

Inkdependence: De Atramentis Moss Green and Noodler’s Gruene Cactus Eel

Inked Up & Happy: Requested review: Iroshizuku´s Ku-Jaku

FPGeeks: Inkcyclopedia: Cross Blue

Built from Ink & Tea: Review of Noodler’s Nightshade Ink

PenInkCillin: Private Reserve Invincible Aqua Blue


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Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

25 Mar

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Life Imitates Doodles: Review of Stillman & Birn’s Zeta Paper #Stillman&Birn

EdJelley: R by Rhodia No. 18 Lined Notepad – Handwritten Review

Plannerisms: Moleskine Action Planner

Pen/Pencil Reviews

FPGeeks: Edison Beaumont Pneumatic – The Awesome Review

Well Appointed Desk: TWSBI Mini Review…Finally

Ink of me Fondly: Lamy Safari & Al-Star Nib Size Comparison

Fine Points: Review: Pentel Slicci .25

Built from Ink and Tea: Review of the Hero 616 Jumbo Fountain Pen

Gourmet Pens: Review: Airmail 444 Eyedropper Fountain Pen – Flex

Fountain Pen Quest: Review: TWSBI Vac 700

From the Pen Cup: Icon: Lamy 2000 (Makrolon)

Pentorium: Fountain Pen Guide Series, Session 2: The Difference A Filling System Makes

Ink Reviews

EdJelley: Noodler’s Apache Sunset – Handwritten Review

Built From Ink and Tea: Review of Noodler’s Blue-black Ink

Fountain Pen Quest: Ink Notes: J. Herbin Cafe Des Iles

Pentorium: Ink Review: Noodler’s Bulletproof Black



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‘Best of 2012′ Pen & Paper Community Link Love Edition

14 Jan

Image Sourced via Creative Commons User MaxxTraffic - click the image for more of his work2012 was such an amazing year for and we want to thank all of YOU, our readers and customers, who helped get us to where we are today.

  • We added multiple brands to the website that included Field Notes, Blackwing and Palomino, Lamy, Whitelines, and Stillman & Birn, among others.
  • Rhodia and Moleskine continued to lead the pack as our top selling brands, and we revamped our website toward the end of the year with easy-to-search product filters, integrated brand stories, and so much more!
  • Not to mention we added over 200 new blog posts throughout 2012, and our busiest day on the blog culminated in 1,500+ blog views!

And that’s just a taste of what’s to come in 2013 on! To start, we’ve got tons of blog posts with productivity tips to get your year started on the right foot, new brands and new offerings from current brands, and plenty of fun giveaways and contests to keep you delighted. We’ll keep you updated as we go, and if you ever have comments, requests, or questions, you can always leave a comment on our blog or email (and if you want to guest blog with us, email specifically).

Cheers to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013 for everyone! And have some fun perusing the below ‘Best of 2012′ Pen & Paper Community Link Love Edition we pulled together.


Inkophile: A Simple 2013 Fountain Pen Resolution
A Bunch Of Links Including Your Favorites And My Lists

A Penchant for Paper: Best of the Blog 2012

Kaizen Journaling: What I read in 2012 & KJ Book Awards

Leigh Reyes: 2012 Top Ten Pens & 2013 Fountain Pen Wallpaper

Plannerisms: Goal, Resolution, Project, Task: Definitions and Examples

52 Letters Project: Happy New Year from The 52 Letters Project!

Well Appointed Desk: Top Ten Most Popular Posts for 2012

Papered Thoughts: The Resolution

On Fountain Pens: Top 10 pens of 2012

Ink Circles: End of the World Remix

Letters from a (Someday) Editor: 30 Lessons 2012 Taught Me


Did we miss your Best of 2012 blog post? Leave the link in a comment below and we’ll add it!

Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

7 Jan

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Life Imitates Doodles: Leuchtturm Pocket Hard Cover Ruled Notebook

Comfortable Shoes Studio: Semi Review: 2 Budget Friendly Sketchbooks

East, West, Everywhere: Rhodia Weekly Planner

Quo Vadis Blog: Guest post: Notebook Inspiration

Fountain Pen Quest: Rhodia DotPad Quick Look

Gourmet Pens: Clairefontaine Basics Wirebound Notebook + Pockets

Well Appointed Desk: Paperblanks 2013 Weekly Planner

Pen/Pencil Reviews

EdJelley: Lamy Safari – Handwritten Review

Inktronics: Wancher 807 Fountain Pen Review – Handwritten

From the Pen Cup: Platinum #3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen

Economy Pens: Pilot EasyTouch Pro (Medium) Black, Blue, and Red

FPGeeks: Hands-on with the Lamy 2000M stainless steel fountain pen

Ink Reviews

Well Appointed Desk: J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite Anniversary Ink

EdJelley: Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron – Handwritten Review

Inkdependence: Diamine Ancient Copper

East, West, Everywhere: De Atramentis Magenta Purple

PenInkCillin: Diamine Cerise Ink Review

ACME Studio: Pens as Famous as Their Designers

24 Oct

Shop all ACME Studio Pens on EuropeanPaper.comACME Studio pens are functional pieces of pop culture and design that lend inspiration to everyday life. Constant reminders to keep an open mind, ACME’s tasteful and fun pens embody ideas from some of the world’s most groundbreaking design minds.

ACME Studio is a design company that was founded in 1985 by Adrian Olabuenaga and his wife, Lesley Bailey. The company began when Adrian and Lesley launched a limited edition jewelry collection with Peter Shire, a member of the world-renowned Memphis Design Group. Writing utensils become a natural complement to ACME’s ideal of inspiring creativity in daily life, and became a waypoint for the company to collaborate with creatives in every industry.

ACME’s commitment to design led to such collaborations as with Frank Lloyd Wright, Stefan Sagmiester, and Michael Graves, to name a few. The diversity of artists from a multitude of design backgrounds ensures ACME’s outstanding catalog of unique pens that live up to the collaborator’s standards.

Read the full ACME Studio Brand Story on our blog here and shop the full line here!

Have a Ball & Add to Your Lamy Family

3 Oct

Add to Your Lamy Family with Rollerballs & Ballpoints on

We’re thrilled to add more Lamy pens to our site, just for you! Now the uber-popular Lamy Safari Fountain Pen is available in a Rollerball and Ballpoint version.

Meet your new favorite rollerball: the Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen is ideal to use in all writing situations, whether it’s at home, in the office, or on the go. Made of sturdy ABS plastic, the Safari Rollerball’s unique design has a flexible wire clip, plus molded triangular grip for comfort when writing. The Safari Rollerball Pen uses Lamy’s M63 Refills and comes with a black refill already inserted in the pen so it writes right out of the box!

Love the smooth style of Lamy pens? Grab the Lamy Safari Ballpoint Pen to use around the office, for letter writing at home, and in your everyday life. Made of sturdy ABS plastic, the Safari Ballpoint’s unique design has a flexible wire clip, plus molded triangular grip for comfort when writing. The Safari Ballpoint Pen uses Lamy’s M16 Refills and comes with a black refill already inserted in the pen.

Plus, check out the transparent Lamy Vista Rollerball Pen! The Lamy Vista gives you an intimate look inside the rollerball pen as you write. With a clear, non-fade plastic pen body, the Vista Rollerball comes with Lamy’s Black M63 Refill that is a smooth writing experience right out of the packaging.

Staff Favorite: Moleskine Classic Rollerball Pen

24 Aug

Moleskine Classic Rollerball Pen on

Everyone in the office agrees that the Moleskine Classic Rollerball Pen is a must-have! As part of the Moleskine Writing Collection, it’s the quintessential accessory for every Moleskine fan. Easily refillable, available in a fine or medium tip, and with the ability to clip to the cover of your hard cover Moleskine notebook or planner, the Classic Rollerball Pen is our latest favorite!

EPC Brands Made in the USA

29 Jun

Made in America!

These products have earned their stars & stripes …

Field Notes Pocket Mixed Notebook (Set of 3)

Noodler’s Bulletproof Inks (3 oz.) – Black

Mudlark Eco Kiko Memento Boxed Note Cards

Quotable Cards Live the Life Journal

Rite in the Rain Large Side Spiral Bound Notebook

Stillman & Birn Epsilon Side Spiralbound Sketchbook

Fisher Titanium Bullet Space Pen

Caran d’Ache: A Creative Beauty with Swiss Charm

29 May

Caran d'Ache Brand Story on

Caran d’Ache is a Swiss company that manufactures fine writing instruments that pay homage to the tradition of Swiss innovation, precision, and excellence. Combining several sought-after raw materials with modern technologies and expert craftsmanship, Caran d’Ache creates distinctly perfect pens down to the last detail. Caran d’Ache is, in fact, the only Swiss manufacturer of “pencils, fine-arts materials and luxury writing instruments.”

The Beginning of Excellence

Caran d'Ache Varius Collection Chinablue Fountain Pen on

Caran d'Ache Varius Collection Chinablue Fountain Pen on

Caran d’Ache opened in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1924 after Arnold Schweitzer acquired the Ecridor Pencil Company (originally founded in 1915) and renamed the company. The name Caran d’Ache comes from the pseudonym of a famous 19th century French satirist named Emmanuel Poire. That pseudonym came from the Russian word for pencil, “Karandash,” which stems from the Turkish words “kara dash,” literally meaning black stone (referring to graphite). The deep roots to writing materials in Caran d’Ache’s name are backed up in their authentic products.

In 1930, Caran d’Ache launched their Ecridor mechanical pencils in both silver and gold models. Next came the Prismalo, the first colored pencil with water-soluble lead, in 1931. Ultimately, Caran d’Ache’s first fountain pen was launched in the Madison Collection and thus began the company’s intimate workings with myriad writing instrument types. Their creativity and skill has blossomed over the years, and to this day Caran d’Ache handcrafts some of the most exquisite pens and art pencils in the market.

Noble Materials

Caran d’Ache pens and mechanical pencils use quality materials that make for a writing instrument unlike any other.  One of these materials is Rhodium, a rare metal valued approximately at 10 times the price of gold. It is an amazing material to use in a writing instrument because it does not oxidize, and therefore preserves the silver shine of the pen.

Another fine material used in Caran d’Ache pens is 18 Carat Gold. This soft metal is used to decorate, engrave, and polish each gold pen, creating unique art. Each gold nib carries the certified mark of the raw material, as well as the trademark of the craftsmen.  Caran d’Ache is also one of the few pen manufacturers to use Chinese lacquer, an ancient material steeped in the traditions of Eastern craftsmanship. This magnificent glimmering lacquer goes through an incredibly complex application after the natural process of extracting the sap of a Tsi Cheou tree.

Caran d'Ache Varius Collection Ivanhoe Silver Fountain Pen on

Caran d'Ache Varius Collection Ivanhoe Silver Fountain Pen on

Another innovative practice at Caran d’Ache is the creation of a coat of mail for certain pen bodies to create a unique grip. This material is made from woven links of stainless steel. Once a legendary technology to protect medieval knights, now this material is also engrained in the history of one of the highest regarded companies of Switzerland, Caran d’Ache.

By combining ancient tradition and elegance with modern and artful design, Caran d’Ache creates authentic pens that live up to the Swiss standards of quality and precision. Their products inspire the timelessness and passion of an imagination that is set free at the grasp of a pen.

Fisher Pens: Innovation Engineered for Space

1 May

Fisher Brand Story on

The Fisher Pen Company created a legacy of innovation through precise engineering based on the values of founder Paul C. Fisher (1913-2006). An engineer, political candidate, philosopher, author, and mentor, Fisher believed that the “scientific technique was the common sense approach to the solution of any problem.” Though the Fisher name is often synonymous with the creation of the “space pen” used on NASA missions to the moon, Fisher Pens are a relevant tool for many professions … not just astronauts!

Fisher Classic Bullet Space Pen

Fisher Classic Bullet Space Pen

Fisher History

Founded in 1945, The Fisher Pen Company began as a division of the Fisher-Armour Manufacturing Company in Chicago, Illinois. Fisher moved to California briefly before settling in Boulder City, Nevada, in 1976.

The company began manufacturing pens after one of one of its clients, the Reynolds Pen Company, decided to sell their business. Reynolds was the first company to manufacture the ballpoint pen in the United States, introducing a model replicating inventor László Bíró’s ballpoint pen which was being sold in Argentina at the time. Initially they had great success, but as the ballpoint skyrocketed to popularity, Reynolds saw less opportunity in the over saturated market and sold their manufacturing facilities to Fisher. Taking on the challenge of this new industry, Fisher set out to design a quality pen that stood out from the rest.

Engineering Pens for Space

With his strong background in engineering, Paul C. Fisher wanted to make a functional pen that was durable, ergonomic, and would not leak. The first working model of this pen was conceived in July 1948. Named the Fisher Bullet Pen, it remains one of their most popular products. The Bullet Pen was such a revolutionary invention that it has been on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Fisher added further contribution to the pen industry when he released the “Universal Refill” in 1953. The refill broke off at 15 different lengths to fit the most popular pens of that era, making it infinitely easier for dealers to stock pens.

Fisher Titanium Bullet Space Pen

Fisher Titanium Bullet Space Pen

After a large controversy concerning NASA’s decision to use a mechanical pencil that cost $128.84 on the Gemini 3 Mission in 1965, Fisher independently engineered a nitrogen pressurized ink cartridge that could write in zero gravity and would cost as little as $4! Patented in 1965 as the AG7, the Anti-Gravity Pen would make its first appearance in space on the Apollo 7 mission of 1968. Later it made a few appearances in pop-culture. Ronald Reagan used the pen to inaugurate Air and Space Bicentennial Year in 1983 and the premise of a 1998 Seinfeld episode was based on the pen as a gift of friendship.


While Fisher has a deep and rather entertaining history, don’t be fooled into thinking their products are mere novelty items. The quality and functionality of their design has won the hearts of many around the world. Backed by an unconditional lifetime guarantee, Fisher Pens are built from durable materials (chrome, titanium, and other metals) and their thixotropic refill is known to write for more than three times longer than a regular ballpoint refill.

Fisher Original Astronaut Space Pen

Fisher Original Astronaut Space Pen

Featuring a Tungsten Carbide ballpoint fitted perfectly to a stainless steel socket, and a hermetically-sealed cartridge, the pens guarantee consistent ink flow with absolutely no leaking. The nitrogen pressurized cartridges make writing possible in the most extreme conditions, guaranteeing performance in temperatures from -30 to +250 degrees Fahrenheit, underwater, in zero gravity, at elevations up to 12,500 feet, and at any angle!

The versatility of these pens makes a perfect fit for military, contractors, mountaineers, maintenance workers, and those who want to be ready to write under any circumstance. (Try writing with a Fisher pen on a Rite in the Rain Notebook and who knows, you could be working from the hot tub next winter!)

Impression & Innovation

Fisher is a great example of a company that was truly built from the ground up. Their focus on durability and accuracy in every detail has led to great products that were interesting for space exploration, but pivotal for the pen industry as a whole. Whether you are a pen aficionado, a professional in need, or just looking for a way to impress your coworkers, try out a Fisher pen and experience the innovation that earned them the distinction as one of the most coveted pens in the world.

Monday Morning Review Round-up

30 Apr

Ink Reviews

PenInkCillin: Private Reserve Electric DC Blue

Seize the Dave: De Atramentis Aubergine

Notebook Reviews

East, West, Everywhere: Kokuyo Campus High Grade MIO Paper A5 Notebook

Ethereal Voices: Canson 5×8 Sketchbook

Plannerisms: Planner Pad

Tyler Dahl: Apica Mini

Pen/Pencil Reviews

On Fountain Pens: kikki.k: Kontor Fountain pen and Silver Flower Gel pen

Rhonda Eudaly: Blue Timber Wood Studios Cigar Style Artisan Pen

Gourmet Pens: PaperMate InkJoy 700RT 1.0mm Ballpoint Pens

Stamp Reviews

Your Postal Blog: Remaining Stamp Releases for 2012 & The José Ferrer Stamp

Letter Writer’s Alliance: Twentieth-Century Poets, The Civil War:1862, & José Ferrer


Monday Morning Review Round-up

23 Apr

Ink Reviews

Stationery Traffic: Pelikan Blue Black

PenInkCillin: Noodler’s Dragon’s Napalm

Pen/Pencil Reviews

On Fountain Pens: Noodler’s Ahab Flex Nib Piston Fill Fountain Pen

East, West, Everywhere: Pilot Plumix

Rhonda Eudaly:  Stabilo Bionic Worker

Simplicity Embellished: Disposable Fountain Pens

From the Pen Cup: The Rotring Skynn

Gourmet Pens: Itoya Paper Skater Gel Pen

No Pen Intended: Pilot Acroball Smooth Writing Ballpoint & Pilot Prera Clear Body Fountain Pen

Office Supply Geek: Pilot G-TEC-C .4mm

Multi-Pen Dimensions: Schrade U.S. Army Tactical Pen

FPGeeks: TWSBI Micarta Fountain Pen

Tiger Pens: Pentel Sterling Executive Rollerball

Crazy Suburban Mom: Whitelines Spiralbound Notebook