Year: 2019

Line variation

Earlier today Lexikaliker published a blog post about uni-ball’s Jetstream. Have a look, his Slim Compact looks really good.

One detail is rather curious. He never experienced line variation issues with his Jetstream pens whereas I regularly experience these issues with all my five Jetstreams. This makes me think that this is not a one-off quality control issue. Instead, it might have to do with writing pressure or writing angle (The latter seems more likely, just because I assume my writing angle deviates more from the average Jetstream user than my writing pressure).

Have a look at the two ‘e’s and the ‘y’ in the example below.

Jetstream line variation

The joy of ink

Papermate’s Inkjoy gel pens are really nice. Unfortunately it’s very difficult to get the 0.5mm version in the UK. It’s easier to find a really good deal on the 0.7mm version (finding a good deal is something that happened to me three times in the last two years) than to find the fine version at any price (something that has happened to me zero times in the last two years).

When I came across those three good deals I always bought them and every time I ended up with different versions. My oldest Inkjoys, retractable big barrel ones, were Made in Korea, but the later versions I bought, the retractable 300RT and the capped big barrel ones, were Made in India.

They all write great, but the cap of the capped version is a bit loose and less practical than the retractable version.

Eraser tipped

If you’re in the UK you might be interested in Lidl’s recent offers, including eraser tipped coloured pencils from Staedtler.

I didn’t buy them, but will probably go back to get a pack. They might be quite useful as I use coloured pencils for writing in notebooks I use at work.

New arrival

My Hobonichi order for 2020 has arrived.

Hobonichi's Mother 2 leather cover box

It even comes with an official Nintendo Seal of Quality.

Hobonichi's Mother 2 leather cover box Nintendo Seal

So far I nearly always went with the A6 avec version (2 x 6 months) [1]Two years ago, I tried the A5 version for a change). This year, for the first time, I went with the English year-long version. I was surprised to see that time-wise only 12 noon is marked. Compared to the Japanese version this might be an opportunity to use two lines per hour of the day, i.e. allow more space for day-time and less for night-time. I’m looking forward to trying the new layout next year, but I will start using the new leather cover this year. I wonder whether it will age as nicely as Gunther’s [2]His cover in its 2014 state can be seen here. The 2019 state can be seen here.

Hobonichi's Mother 2 leather cover

References

References
1 Two years ago, I tried the A5 version for a change
2 His cover in its 2014 state can be seen here. The 2019 state can be seen here.

Gigantic

Australian stationery chain Typo is becoming more and more common in the UK.

Typo in Manchester’s Trafford Centre

Their gigantic pencils are the best thing I found in store.

Gigantic pencils

Since we’re talking about high street chains in the UK: The Pen Shop seems to focus on more affordable pens. In this case Lamy.