Rapid Fire Review: Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencil

Rapid fire reviews are quick and dirty reviews. Normally I write a bible’s worth of words in each review, so if you prefer shorter posts, here we go.

Palomino Blackwing 602

Palomino Blackwing 602 Review

The Blackwing was a legendary pencil from way back with a cult status as the best ever made. They are so rare that a single pencil can go for upwards of $100, even used. Palomino hoped to recreate this masterpiece in their line of Blackwings, and whilst some would have you believe they’re utter crap compared to the real deal, I think they’re just nice pencils in general.

Continue reading

VIDEO: Now n Then Eco Essential Pen & Pencil Review

Ishuja Now N Then Eco Essential Pen and Pencil

Now n Then contacted me recently, wondering if I’d like to get my hands on their Eco Essential pen and pencil they successfully funded on Kickstarter. Of course I said yes.

Now n Then comes from Ishuja, a group of three guys with some pretty interesting product ideas. Based in Taiwan, the three of them put their heads together to make some beautiful pens. Their latest, the Retro Essential pen, well exceeded the funding goal last month, so go check out what they’ve been doing lately on Kickstarter here.

The Eco Essential pen was funded mid-last year, and the pencil a few months after that. It’s obvious that people love the cool design and modern functions of these pens, and they’ve consistently raised many times their goal figure for their projects. So, are they deserving of all this support? Let’s see.

Check out the video review below, and read on to see my detailed thoughts on this set.

 

Continue reading

This is One Cool Pen

Apollo Pen Kickstarter

Flicking through my emails, I saw this pen featured on the JetPens newsletter. It looks incredibly cool, and with just under two days left on their Kickstarter, I thought I’d share it with you guys quickly. It’s called the Apollo pen.

Reading through the description, it looks like a metal drafting pen that’s completely modular, and takes a huge variety of refills. I mean, look at the list of compatible pen refills at the bottom of the page. That’s immense. It also has a stylus tip on the other end, and even takes a Lamy mechanical pencil refill!

I tend to only use fountain pens, not ballpoints, so I won’t be backing it, but if you’re after what looks like an extremely well made pen that takes all your refills (plus more), you may want to take a look!

Check out the Kickstarter here

My Midori Traveller’s Notebook: The Perfect Organised Life

Travellers Notebook Full Photo

I’ve done it. I’ve finally got my Traveller’s Notebook right where I want it.

For those of you that don’t know about the Midori Traveller’s Notebook, think of it as a super DIY Filofax, except cheaper, nicer, and with a better philosophy (at least in my opinion).

I’ll get on to those points later, but first a reason for this post.

My lovely girlfriend, Charlotte, gave it to me a couple of years ago for my Birthday (I don’t remember exactly when). I said I had to have one, and she agreed. I never really loved it, although I always liked it, because it didn’t quite encapsulate my whole life until about two weeks ago. Previous to that I had tried putting all manner of different things inside it without really liking the result, and so it became just another random notebook in my (fairly vast) collection. However, I did nickname it “Travers” (pronounced “Travis”), which created a little bit more of a bond with it.

This post is me convincing you of why it’s very rewarding having something personal and unique to write your thoughts, ideas, and tasks in. If you organise yourself in a more effective, private, and personal way, you feel more connected with your work. Once your notebook is filled with your ideas, you feel like they’re truly “yours”, be it a Filofax, Moleskine, a Midori, or others.

Continue reading