Yearly Archives: 2018


The Green Hint 2

The end of the year seems to be a good time to show a calendar I bought for 2019.

I never heard of this calendar until Gunther (from the Lexikaliker website) mentioned that this calendar is available in Japan. It features daily tips for keen gardeners. According to Bundoki it is very popular in Japan, even though the text is only in German.

When I came across this calendar I remembered what I knew from Gunther and couldn’t resist buying one.


Shanghai’s fairy-tale-like Zhongshuge Bookstore

This is a follow-up blog post to my previous blog post about the Bookstore at Oriental Pearl TV Tower’s Gate 8.

 

I also visited the amazingly dreamy Zhongshuge (钟书阁) bookstore in Shanghai’s Reel Mall this June. Have a look at this video, which gives you a short glimpse into this fantastic store. I didn’t add the music, it was playing over the speakers in the store.

 

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019.

I wish bookstores here in the UK would be a bit more like this one.

If you want to see more of Shanghai have a look at his blog post about Shanghai’s Baixin Stationery Store or at my other Shanghai videos.


Pencil Calligraphy: a look at the Manuscript Lettering Pencil Set 3


Thanks to Scribble and the United Inkdom crew I recently had the chance to try out the Manuscript Lettering Pencil Set.

It comes with a glass file for shaping your own leads as well as preshaped leads in assorted colours.

Have a look at my video to find out more about this pencil set.

You can find further information on Her Nibs’ Blog and on Scribble’s Blog.

 

 


Neither Magnetic, Nor Paper: Graphite is King on the Magnetic Notes 2

Neither magnetic, nor paper: Graphite is King on the Magnetic Notes (subtitle: Paper That Clings To Anything) from the Hobonichi store.

I bought mine when I ordered my Hobonichi Techo for 2019 and paid ¥626 (~$5.50; £4.40; €4.90) plus import fees etc. This is for 100 sheets, so the price per sheet is substantially more expensive than  what you might be used to from Post-its.

The back of the pack shows that the Magnetic Notes are made in Finland. You also get some advice on how to handle these ‘notes’.

You’ll find a detailed description of the ‘magnetic’ notes in my video.

Despite the name they are basically some sort of foil. Writing on them with pencil is good, but using ballpoint pens or fountain pens is, in my opinion, not that advisable.

If you want to try them out you don’t need to order them from Japan. Amazon US and Amazon UK sell them, too.


Price: September 2018

Exachange rates: December 2018


Zebra’s Tiny TS-3 3

Ten years ago I bought Zebra’s tiny TS-3 mechanical pencil. Back then it cost £2.50. These days it’s a bit more expensive, but is still quite affordable.

You’d think that a pencil with such a small size, it’s only 10 cm long and has a diameter of just over 5 mm, it can only be used if no better pencil is available..

..but the truth is that it’s much more comfortable to use than many other emergency pencil, i.e. the kind of pencil that comes with some of the Swiss Army Knives.

In May I put a video review online that provides some more information about this pencil.

Compared to a selection of other mechanical pencils the Zebra TS-3 is tiny

It might not be your best choice for a daily writer, but it’s certainly a good choice for a pencil you can store in a pocket or bag so that you have a mechanical pencil when you need it. The comfort to size ratio is certainly better than what you might expect.