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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

28 Jan

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Well Appointed Desk: Clairefontaine Crok Book Plain Notebook

Leigh Reyes: Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook

Office Supplies Junkie: Mara-Mi 12 Month Notebook Set

Life Imitates Doodles: Part II-Review of the Leuchtturm Pocket Hard Cover Ruled Notebook 

Ethereal Voices: Quo Vadis Scholar Basic Calendar

Ink Of Me Fondly: Moleskine Green Lego Pocket Plain Notebook

FPGeeks: Clairefontaine Classic Side Wirebound Review

EdJelley: Rhodia No. 16 Graph Notepad

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Palimpsest: The Flying Scotsman Pen  and TomBow Oceanic Mechanical Pencil

From the Pen Cup: Faber-Castell e-motion Fountain Pen and Lamy Safari Apple Green 2012 Limited Edition

FPGeeks: Delta Fusion 82 Fountain Pen – The Awesome Review

Built From Ink & Tea: A Review of the Lamy Safari

FPQuest: Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black Pen

Inktronics: Sheaffer Intensity Carbon Fiber Fountain Pen

Pentorium: Pelikan Souveran M400 Review

Well Appointed Desk: Pilot Varsity Fountain Pen

Economy Pens: Pilot Razor Point II

East, West, Everywhere: Sailor Clear Candy

Does This Pen Make Me Look Fat: Edison Herald: the pen I hated to love

A Penchant for Paper: Sakura Gelly Rolls Gold Shadow & Silver Shadow

Ink Reviews

Inkdependence: Noodler’s Antietam InkDe Atramentis Steel Blue, and De Atramentis Gandhi

Peaceable Writer: Revisiting Namiki Blue

Built From Ink & Tea: Noodler’s Baystate Blue Ink

EdJelley: Diamine Majestic Purple

FPQuest: Noodler’s Walnut

Misc. Reviews

Simplicity Embellished: Kuretake Little Red Gift Set

Recording Thoughts: Drawing versus writing pencils

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All New from Palomino! Shop the Blackwing Notebook & HB Pencils

19 Sep

Shop What's New from Palomino including the Blackwing Luxury Notebook and HB Pencils

Add to your Palomino Blackwing Collection with the new Palomino Blackwing Luxury Notebook!

Enjoy the same prestige and class found in Palomino Blackwing Pencils. Available in plain, ruled, and squared page stylings, the Blackwing Luxury Notebook can be used for sketches and drawings, endless writing, and art journaling. With 160 acid-free, 100 gsm pages to play on, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with this instant classic. Also, check out Palomino’s stellar pencil selection:

Graphite HB Eraser Tipped Pencils (orange & blue sets – each w/ 12 count)

  • Available in brilliant blue or a commanding orange lacquer, Palomino’s Graphite HB Eraser Tipped Pencils come in a perfect package of 12 pencils.
  • Made of genuine incense-cedar
  • High quality Palomino HB graphite core
  • Sleek lacquer finish with embossed lettering on the side
  • White eraser to clear away any mistakes

Graphite Mixed Grade Pencils (8 count)

  • Made of genuine incense-cedar wood
  • Included: 2H, H, HB (2), B, 2B, 4B and 6B Graphite Pencils
  • Sleek finish with embossed lettering on the side
  • Orange Lacquer Finish
  • Set of 8 Pencils

AND as an added bonus, grab the Palomino KUM Pencil Sharpener for 20% off when you also buy any Palomino Pencils!

Palomino-KUM Long Point Pencil Sharpener on EuropeanPaper.com

The Extravagant Tale of a Mere Pencil: Palomino & Blackwing

11 Jul

See all Palomino and Blackwing products on EuropeanPaper.com

Let us start out by saying that for the die-hard fans of the original Blackwing pencils reading this, it is not a fully comprehensive post of Blackwing, and we know that. The history, excitement, and controversy that surrounds Blackwing pencils is much too long to begin with. Which makes it that much more enticing to bring on our site! Over time we hope to do justice to the Blackwing story. Sooo (drumroll please … ), we’re thrilled to introduce Palomino products and their Blackwing Pencils (hard & soft lead) to EuropeanPaper.com’s audience!

Blackwing Origins

It all starts with Johann Eberhard Faber (b. 1822; d. 1879), a descendant of the famous Bavarian pencil manufacturing family, Faber. While he ultimately spent his career life in America and established the first lead pencil factory in New York, he kept close ties (and the same level of high quality pencils) with the Faber pencil factories back in Germany. Even though he did not personally see the launch of the Blackwing pencil, as it wasn’t created until the 1930′s, Johann Eberhard Faber’s family standard of pencils was upheld throughout the decades to produce the ‘best pencil ever made,’ as many have dubbed the Blackwing.

When it first launched in the 1930′s, the Blackwing 602 pencil took off in popularity and was celebrated by famous writers and artists such as John Steinbeck, Vladimir Nabokov, and Chuck Jones over the years. The Blackwing 602 became famous in its own right, not just due to the well-recognized names who boasted of the pencil, but for two design reasons: first, the unique lead that seamlessly glided across the page, and second, the now-iconic rectangular ferrule and eraser that could be replaced easily.

Ultimately, Eberhard Faber was bought by Faber-Castell USA in 1988; then in 1994, Faber-Castell was bought by Sanford Corp. (a division of Newell-Rubbermaid). The Blackwing had survived the turnovers, but was destined to eventually run out as the machine that made the clips for the eraser ferrule was broken for years and never fixed.

When the Blackwing eraser ferrule stock ran out in 1998, Sanford decided not to fix the original machine, and with that the Blackwing pencil’s time was over. Granted, it had built such a name for itself that when it ran out, collectors snatched up every last one and Blackwing pencils would sell on eBay for up to $40, creating an even larger reputation.

Palomino Picks up the Pieces

Palomino Blackwing Soft Graphite Pencils (12 ct.) on EuropeanPaper.com

Palomino Blackwing Soft Graphite Pencils 12 ct. on EuropeanPaper.com

At this point, Palomino, a division of California Cedar Products Company, “the world’s largest producer of wooden pencil slats,” according to their website, picked up the trademark. In 2010, Palomino CEO Charles Berolzheimer, a pencil maker with several generations in the business just like Eberhard Faber, used his unique supply relationships to re-introduce the Blackwing pencil.

However, the “Palomino Blackwing” was slightly modified (made best for artists with an even softer lead) and original Blackwing aficionados balked at the design changes. The power of the Blackwing community pushed Berolzheimer to stick to the trusted Blackwing formula. So in 2011, Palomino came out with the “Blackwing 602,” a homage to the original, best for devotees, writers, and everyday users, for its ability to hold a point.

Form & Function: Why Blackwing Pencils Kick … Butt

Whether you go for the soft or firm lead (or both), the Blackwing pencils from Palomino are guaranteed an instant classic in your daily arsenal.

Palomino Blackwing 602 Firm Graphite Pencils (12 ct.) on EuropeanPaper.com

Palomino Blackwing 602 Firm Graphite Pencils 12 ct. on EuropeanPaper.com

The Palomino Blackwing 602 Firm Graphite Pencil is finely crafted from cedar wood and finished with a thick metallic grey coating. It’s embossed with gold lettering on the sides, detailing “Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed.” Ideal for writers, the firm lead puts down an incredibly smooth line without having to be sharpened after each word. The original, unique rectangular black eraser even pops out so you can replace it after whittling it down after writing your masterpiece. Available in a box of 12 pencils, the Palomino Blackwing 602 Firm Graphite Pencil is the classic 602 you’ve been seeking.

Similar, but oh-so-subtly different, the Palomino Backwing Soft Graphite Pencil is also finely crafted from cedar wood, but finished with a thick metallic black coating (instead of grey). Embossed also with the gold lettering on the sides, this time simply reading “Palomino Blackwing.” Made with soft lead (instead of firm lead like the 602), it is best for illustrators and artists, but of course it can still be used by writers and everyday users. It also comes with a white rectangular eraser that pops out so you can replace it after whittling it down after drawing the day away. Available in a box of 12 pencils, the Palomino Blackwing Soft Graphite Pencil is the ultimate go-to for artists and creatives.

Whichever you prefer, we know you’ll fall in love. Check out all Palomino on EuropeanPaper.com here.

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

 

Be Inspired by Moleskine’s Pen & Pencil Additions

17 Apr

Be inspired to write, journal, and doodle with Moleskine’s Writing Collection. With the focus on daily inspiration, writing, and travelling, each piece is the perfect complement to Moleskine’s legendary notebooks. Designed by Giulio Iacchetti to incorporate signature Moleskine function and aesthetics, the Writing Collection is part of the greater New Collections by Moleskine. The myriad, distinctive accessories enhance the activities of the modern-day nomad in each of us. Below are the latest additions to the Writing Collection – what is your favorite?

Moleskine Click Roller Pen:

The natural travelling companion of the Moleskine notebook, in a new version with a retractable point and no cap.

Moleskine Click Roller Pen on EuropeanPaper.com

Moleskine Click Rollerball Pen

Moleskine Highlighter Pencil Set:

Set of two fluorescent colored lead pencils made of linden wood, plus a sharpener and a special cap.

Moleskine Highlighter Pencil Set on EuropeanPaper.com

Moleskine Highlighter Pencil Set

 

Moleskine 3 Black Wooden Pencils:

Indispensable tools for sketching, drawing and dreaming, Moleskine pencils are made of high quality cedar wood.

Moleskine 3 Black Wood Pencil Set on EuropeanPaper.com

Moleskine 3 Black Wood Pencil Set

 

Moleskine Click Mechanical Pencil:

With its elegant, rectangular shape, inspired by the design and personality of the Moleskine notebook, this refillable mechanical pencil combines convenience with total writing comfort.

Moleskine Click Mechanical Pencil on EuropeanPaper.com

Moleskine Click Mechanical Pencil

Monday Morning Review Round-up

2 Apr

Ink Reviews

Seize the David: Noodler’s Black Revisited

Does This Pen Make Me Look Fat?: My Favorite Inks: DeAtramentis Jane Austen

East, West, Everywhere: Iroshizuku Ku-jaku

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Leigh Reyes: TWSBI meets vintage nib

Economy Pens: Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT 1.0 Black

No Pen Intended: Lamy Pico Pocket Size Extendable Ballpoint Pen & Pilot Vanishing Point Yellow Body Broad Nib Fountain Pen

Well Appointed Desk: Kaweco Guilloch 1930 EF Fountain Pen

Stationery Review: Lamy Nexx

Writing Instruments: Noodler’s Ahab Fountain Pen

Recording Thoughts: Parker Duofold Pen

*We also wanted to wish Brad Dowdy [The Pen Addict] all the best on his new adventures (he’s looking for a new job currently).

Monday Morning Review Round-up

19 Mar

Ink Reviews

Pocket Blonde: De Atramentis Australian Red

East, West, Everywhere: Ink Organization Part Deux: Cataloging

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Pencil Talk: Field Notes Brand vs. the office supply cabinet

A Penchant for Paper: Field Notes Memo Books

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Pentel EnerGel Euro Black 0.5 mm Needle Point

Daydreamers Welcome: PaperMate InkJoy 300 RT 1.0mm

A Penchant for Paper: Uni-ball Signo DX 0.28mm Emerald Green

Ms. Logica: A Look at Lamy’s Interchangeable Nibs

PenInkCillin: Pilot Varsity and Noodler’s HoD revisited

Does This Pen Write: Change of Heart: Barnes & Noble Colored Pencils

Recording Thoughts: Uni Kuru Toga .5mm with Auto Rotate

 

Monday Morning Review Round-up

12 Mar

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Recording Thoughts: Living with the Leuchtturm1917 Master Dots notebook

Plannerisms: Guest post: Millie’s Moleskine weekly notebook as journal!

Pen/Pencil Reviews

From the Pen Cup: The Pilot Acroball 3

Well Appointed Desk: Lamy Studio Brushed Stainless Steel & My Vintage Esterbrook Fountain Pens

Multi Pen Dimensions: Lamy Tipo Rollerball Aluminum Pen

No Pen Intended: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Slim Knock Gel Ink Pen

Note Booker Esq.: Tombow Object Rollerball

Stamp Reviews

365 Letters Blog: Beautiful Stamps & National Postal Museum celebrating women

Mailbox Happiness: Texas Brags Postcard-Texas Size!

 

Carnival of Pen, Pencil & Paper

6 Mar

Welcome to the March 6, 2012 edition of the Carnival of Pen, Pencil, and Paper! We’re thrilled to host this month’s Carnival and we hope you enjoy the selection!

Notebooks

Nifty Notebook presents Early 1980s “Comp” Pocket Memo Notebooks posted at Notebook Stories, saying, “Some gems from my collection: 1908s spiral notebooks that look like composition books!”

Alex Witte presents (Most of) My Notebook Collection posted at Economy Pens.

Sandra Strait presents Bleedthrumanade in Moleskine & Review of the Moleskine Squared Notebook posted at Life Imitates Doodles, saying, “A review of Moleskine’s Squared notebook showing how it holds up to the alcohol marker.”

Sandra Strait presents New Tangle Pattern Malacca & Review of the Moleskine Volant Journal posted at Life Imitates Doodles, saying, “This could be considered for the art genre as well as notebook because I always do artwork to use in my reviews.”

Sandra Strait presents New tangle pattern Twining & Review of the Rhodia Unlimited Pocket size Notebook posted at Life Imitates Doodles.

@EuroPaper presents The Birth of the Book Letter posted at European Paper Company.

Office Supplies

Charles Chua C K presents All About Living With Life: 10 Office Efficiency Tips posted at All About Living with Life.

Liz Shaw presents You Can’t Make This Stuff Up posted at Liz Andra Shaw, saying, “How the lust for office supplies led one woman into a funny situation.”

Pens

Cheryl from Writer’s Bloc presents STAEDTLER Mars Draft 924 Technical Ballpoint Pen Review posted at Writer’s Bloc Blog.

Okami0731 presents Featured Pen – Waterman 42 Safety posted at Whatever.

Heather presents Pentel EnerGel 0.7mm Black posted at A Penchant for Paper.

Miscellaneous

Tiger Pens presents The Fountain Pen Rest Stop posted at Tiger Pens’ Blog.

Charles Chua C K presents All About Living With Life: Office Feng Shui – 5 Great Tips posted at All About Living with Life.

Clement Dionglay presents Ink Review: J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie posted at Rants of the Archer.

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Monday Morning Review Round-up

5 Mar

Ink Reviews

Rants of the Archer: J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

East, West, Everywhere: Postscript: Scabiosa and Poussiere de lune

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Comparison: Large Brown Midori Traveler’s Notebook vs. Large Burnt Cognac Pelle Leather Journal & Mailbox Goodies: Pink Ikea Sketchbook

Plannerisms: Quo Vadis Executive weekly planner

Pen/Pencil Reviews

A Penchant for Paper: Pentel EnerGel 0.7mm Black

FPGeeks: Lamy AL-Star the Awesome Review

Multi Pen Dimensions: County Comm Embassy Pen (Rev. 2) Black & Tombow Egg Rollerball Matte Black

Does This Pen Make Me Look Fat: The Bexley Jitterbug!

Pocket Blonde: Lamy CP1

Rhonda Eudaly:  The Pilot Plumix – Medium Nib Beginner Fountain Pen & The Palomino Blackwing Wooden Pencil

No Pen Intended: Sharpie Liquid Pencil

Stamps

Your Postal Blog: Submarine Mail in New Mexico

Pen Thief: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

 

Monday Morning Review Round-up

20 Feb

Ink Reviews

Gourmet Pens: De Atramentis Wine Series Scented Merlot Ink

Peninkcillin: Noodler’s Kung Te-Cheng ink review

Peaceable Writer: Writing Down the Ink: A Daily Blue

Seize the Dave: Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Stationery Review: Behance “Action Book”

Life Imitates Doodles: Bleedthrumanade in Moleskine & Review of the Moleskine Squared Notebook

Pen/Pencil Reviews

FPGeeks: Noodler’s Ahab Flex Fountain Pen

A Penchant for Paper: Stabilo Pen 68

East, West, Everywhere: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto

From the Pen Cup: Fisher Space Pen

Lost Scribe: Smencil, the gourmet scented pencil

The Pen Thief: Zebra Makes a Fountain Pen

Quo Vadis Blog: Fisher Space Pen

Rhonda Eudaly: The Pentel Tradio Stylo Fountain Pen

Stationery Review: Crayola Twistables Crayons

Tiger Pens: Artline 204 FaxBlac 0.4mm Review

No Pen Intended: Schrade Tactical Fountain Pen / Rollerball Pen

Stamps

The Pen Thief: Danny Thomas

Letter Writers Alliance: Love Stamp Release