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Exciting New Colours from Kaweco 4

Today: Another one of those ‘Something new from Kaweco, you read it first at bleistift.blog‘ posts.

The big news

China got two new limited edition colours: Strawberry Pink and Peacock Blue.

Kaweco Strawberry Pink and Peacock Blue

Kaweco Strawberry Pink and Peacock Blue (Image © wfjsb)

In other news

The AL Sport in rose gold is so popular that it is now available in many more countries.

Kaweco AL Sport rose gold

Kaweco AL Sport rose gold (Image © Kaweco)

..and the pen from the KAWECOxJECKYBENG cooperation is out now.

KAWECOxJECKYBENG

KAWECOxJECKYBENG  (Image © Kaweco)

..and a video

Since we are talking about Kaweco anyway: If you subscribe to my YouTube channel you have noticed my series of mechanical pencil reviews. Here’s a look at Kaweco’s mechanical pencil from the Special series. I will introduce this series of videos at some point in the future, but I thought with today’s topic being Kaweco this video can act as a quick preview to my new video series.

Watch on YouTube for fullscreen / HD.


I believe that the use of the images shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.

 


Smelly Pens – Zebra Sarasa Chupa Chups Edition 1

Welcome to what is probably my first gel pen focussed blog post: a quick look at the Zebra Sarasa Chupa Chups Scented Pens – and at the Staples gel pens.

Staples Sonix gel

The Staples Sonix gel pens were on offer and only 50p each: they are a mixed bag. The fluorescent pink usually writes well, other colours do sometimes smudge and don’t always have a good ink flow… This is very different to the experience Bob from my pen needs ink had. I’m not sure whether this is because of poor quality control, the difference between different colours, declining standards or the fact that my pens were too old, i.e. stored too long in the store before I bought them.

Staples Sonix Gel

Staples Sonix Gel

The performance of the Staples Sonix made me think of this video from the Wall Street Journal:  What Took China So Long to Master Ballpoint Pens?

Zebra Sarasa – Scented Chupa Chups pens

The Sarasas, on the other hand, are excellent performers. My green / yellow / red pack, bought from this seller, smells very nice, but the orange / blue / black pack has an artificial, bought here, slightly unpleasant smell to it. $9.50 for a pack of three seems a good price.

Zebra Sarasa - Chupa Chups Flavour

Zebra Sarasa – Chupa Chups Flavour

In the video review, you’ll also see my first scented pen, or at least the first I remember – a Hello Kitty Pen I got in the early or mid-1980s.

Scented Hello Kitty Pen

Scented Hello Kitty Pen

You can watch the video review here.

Or in full screen on YouTube.

More Sarasa Chupa Chups goodness at The Well-Appointed Desk. There are also several other smells, including from the Mister Donut series reviewed at The Pen Addict.


Lamy specs

Earlier this month Lamy released their new magazine ‘specs’, you might have seen my tweet about it at the time.

It’s a bilingual magazine that comes with an AR (augmented reality) app. I got mine today and had a quick look.

After ordering my free copy at https://specs.lamy.com it took about a week for it to arrive.

Here’s a little video where I share my first impressions.

Open in YouTube to watch bigger or in full-screen.


This and that (hexagonal cedar eraser edition) 2

A parcel from Japan

Last month Tombow released a new eraser (Japanese announcement, Google translation). It’s quite similar to an old, familiar friend, the Staedtler Mars plastic, but with a Tombow Mono inside. The eraser stick has a diameter of 6.7 mm and a length of 100 mm.

Tombow’s new Mono Stick and Staedtler’s Mars plastic

Tombow isn’t the only company with new erasers. Look at this special eraser from Seed. Seed’s Radar is one of their famous erasers. This version has a sleeve made from 300 year old cedar wood.

Cedar Seed

Here it is again, next to some other Seed erasers.

Comparison: different Seed erasers

Since we are talking about Japanese erasers: in case you were wondering about the symbols you can find on them: have a look at this document from JEMA, the Japan Eraser Manufacturers Association (Google Translation). It also contains explanations regarding testing.

from the JEMA document (Image © JEMA)

I also noticed the Orenznero, discussed previously, in the Bun2 magazine…

 

..as well as a nice sharpener and organiser from Nakabayashi. There’s an automatic (~£28; $39, €31) and a manual version (~£9; $13; €10) of the Pacatto sharpener.

The Stationery King1 did of course have several appearances, too).

…and now for something completely different. I dare to include it because it has hexagonal in the title: Hexagonal Phase.

The computer animations from the TV series were actually hand drawn.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is back. The Original Cast of the Original Radio 4 Radio Comedy in new episodes, written by written by Eoin Colfer.

Image © BBC Radio 4

 


I would like to thank Yumiko for the nice parcel and Gunther and Sola for the additional information.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy images in this blog post are from the BBC series of the same name. I believe that the use of the image shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.

  1. Sean rightly wonders whether he shouldn’t be the emperor of stationery. []

Kokuyo Harinacs Stapleless Staplers 4

I’ve been using stapleless staplers for quite a while and have a clear favourite, but in this blog, I didn’t really give them the attention they deserve. It’s time to change that with this blog post.

Kokuyo Harinacs stapleless staplers

My most commonly used stapleless staplers are from Kokuyo / Harinacs. You can see them in the photo above. Kokuyo itself is a Japanese company that can trace its root back to 1905. They are linked with many companies and brands… not only with Harinacs, also with Camlin, the Indian pencil manufacturer, and with Gambol – you can see Kokuyo Gambol paper in this recent blog post.

Kokuyo Harinacs stapleless stapler

This green stapler, also available in other colours, is the SLN-MSH110G. It can staple up to ten sheets. When I bought it several years ago it was £7.73, but these days you can get it for £6.14 in the UK and for $8.37 in the USA.
Kokuyo Harinacs stapleless stapler

This white stapler, however, is my favourite. A few years ago I paid £9.79 for mine. It also got cheaper. It’s now £7.20 in the UK and $9.25 in the USA. It can only hold five pages, but they are crimped together, so it doesn’t look that bad if they somehow get detached.

To watch the video about the staplers in 4K please open it in YouTube.