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diary formats explained
Q&A: What different diary formats are available?
Introduction If you are looking for a paper diary then it might seem daunting when faced with such choice but this short guide should help with explaining diary formats. And yes, despite…
Q&A: How Do I Use A French Handwriting Exercise Book?
An Introductory Guide To How To Use Each Book And Progress Your Handwriting This is a guide to how to use the six-stages of French handwriting books from Clairefontaine. It will guide…
what is seyes paper?
Q&A: What Is Seyes Paper?
A simple explanation of how this seemingly complicated French paper ruling system is meant to work Summary It is a question that many, if not most people, will ask when confronted by…
naoto fukusawa
The Lamy Noto Pen – An Unsung Hero
Naoto Fukasawa – The man behind the Lamy Noto pen At first glance, the Lamy Noto pen is a simple plastic ballpoint - in fact it is the cheapest Lamy pen we…
Why Should I Use A Spiral Bound Notebook?
Q&A: Why Should I Use A Spiral Bound Notebook?
The benefit of lying flat What is a spiral bound notebook? We call them spiral-bound, others call them wirebound. The common link though is that the notebook is bound with a spiral…
What Are The Different Envelope Sizes?
Q&A: What Are The Different Envelope Sizes?
If you are confused by the terminology, and don't quite get the difference between A5 and C5, then this simple envelope size guide will hopefully explain everything. An explanation of standard envelope…
the history of paper part 1
The History Of Paper Part I
From the 1st to the 18th century The wasps and the bees The history of paper provides a fascinating insight into the shifts in world power and industrialisation over the past two…
Top 6 Suggestions For Looking After Your Fountain Pen
6 Suggestions For Looking After Your Fountain Pen
There has been a big rise in the demand for fountain pens in recent years. As anyone who has bought and used a fountain will know, they are fantastic writing instruments that…
j herbin metallic inks
Review: J Herbin Metallic Inks
Watch as people gather around like a flock of mesmerised birds. It's the J Herbin Metallic inks... Brace yourselves! I was thinking about how to talk about these inks but figured that…
reasons to switch to dot paper
3 Reasons To Switch To Dot Paper
Have you ever wondered what the fuss about dot paper is about? As a dot paper convert of many years I thought I would share my feelings on dot paper and give…
Review: J Herbin fluorescent inks
Hand on heart I know nothing about calligraphy. I would like to learn, but at this very moment it is what it is. There are all sorts of supplies you can pick…
The President's Pens - American Association of University Women members with President John F. Kennedy as he signs the Equal Pay Act into law
All the President’s Pens
A Return To Normal Service? We were pleased to observe that in the recent pictures of President Biden signing his first Executive Orders in the Oval Office, he was using a proper…
paper styles
Q&A: Paper Rulings Explained
What are the main types of paper? You could spend all day covering every last detail of the different paper rulings that are available, but we have narrowed the choice down to…

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