Seen in the wild


Penna a sfera 1

Previous Bleistift blog posts have shown examples of fictional Sicilian detective Inspector Montalbano using Staedtler’s Noris pencil.

Episode: The Safety Net (Image © RAI)

As it turns out, he is also happy to use the Noris stick ballpoint pen, as can be seen in the picture above, taken from the last episode of 2020: The Safety Net (original title: La rete di protezione).

The Noris stick seems to be particularly popular in Italy. Here are some photos from a tv ad campaign

Unfortunately, this pen are not very common in the UK. I assume its speciality is the long brass point, which should make it easy to have a better view of what you are writing.

The information from this blog post has been added to the Noris in the Wild collection.


The images in this blog post have been taken from the RAI TV series Il commissario Montalbano and from Italian TV ads for the Noris stick. I believe that the use of the images shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.


Magazine on paper and writing culture 5

Last weekend, when scavenging the web for stationery related information came across an extremely well made website: The Bartleby. After reading an English article there I was quite surprised to find out that this online magazine is bilingual: English and German. I couldn’t believe that I never came across this treasure trove of beautiful stationery content before, so checked with Gunther and Stephen of Lexikaliker and Pencil Talk fame who didn’t know about it either.

How come we missed such a well made site for so long (It’s been around for a few years). Please have a look, if you don’t you’re missing something.


Shall we play a game? 3

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Greetings Professor Falken.

Image © MGM/UA Entertainment Company

It’s amazing how a movie from the Eighties knew the password I am going to use decades later 😜

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I believe that the use of these photos falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service. I also belive that camelCase, as used in this movie’s title, should be used more often.

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