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Blackwing Volume 10 – Limited Edition Now Released
The latest limited edition Blackwing pencil is now out. It is the Volume 10, so called because it celebrates the origins of investigative journalism and the 10 days journalist Nellie Bly spent…
london stationery show 2019
The London Stationery Show 2019
The London Stationery Show 2019 is the UK’s only trade show dedicated completely to stationery, and it takes place every April at the Business Design Centre in Islington, North London. I go…
Review - Stojo reusable coffee cups
Review – Stojo Reusable Coffee Cups
Introduction With the current focus on plastic and its effects on the environment plus the interest in the reusable water bottles, reviewing refillable coffee cups seemed a logical next step. Not keen…
review max compact mini stapler
Review – Max Compact Mini Stapler
Introduction The background to this review is that I am notoriously reluctant for us to stock another stapler. It’s not that there isn’t a demand for them – we use them all…
what is the best album cover of all time?
What Is The Best Album Cover Of All Time?
What makes a classic album cover? Inspired by the new Blackwing Volume 33 1/3 pencil, we got to thinking about vinyl and all our old albums languishing in the loft. How fondly…
mark's days ballpoint review
Review: Mark’s Days Ballpoint Pen
Introduction The Mark’s Days ballpoint pen is something of a sleeper hit. Around for many years now passing under the radar, but actually quite popular. So I thought I would address the…
5 top reasons to use a Leuchtturm1917 notebook
5 Reasons To Use A Leuchtturm1917 Notebook
Notebooks are all the same... aren't they? Well, details make all the difference. Leuchtturm1917 hit the nail on the head with their motto. The details do make all the difference, especially when…
how to choose the right ink
Q&A: Guide to choosing the right ink
How to make the decision on which ink to buy So you have maybe decided to buy some new ink, but where do you start? With so much choice, it is hard…
What People Do All Day – Our Man In Parliament
Stationery reviews from inside the house This post was written by Richard Inspired perhaps by Richard Scarry’s “What do people do all day?” and the adventures of Farmer Alfalfa, Stiches the Tailor…
world calligraphy day 2017
World Calligraphy Day 2017
It's World Calligraphy Day today! We get stuck in and have a go from a beginner's stand point and show what a little practice can do 🙂 In order to prepare for…
Q&A: How To Make A List
The art of a to-do list and getting things done Introduction Lists come in all shapes and sizes, from a shopping list to a 'Top 10' favourite list, but there is one…
The History Of Papermaking Part II
Click here to read Part I of the History of Papermaking Papermaking from the 18th to the 19th century Introduction In an earlier blog, we looked at the development of paper from…
A Brief History of Writing
A Brief History of Writing
Or why all roads lead to Mesopotamia Introduction If you’re ever asked where something originated, always say Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago, that’s what I always do. And today is no different. Even…

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