My first official Hobonichi cover 2

Thanks to Shangching I got to know about the Hobonichi Techo Archive Campaign.


Well, I couldn’t resist and do now own my first official Hobonichi cover. It’s not as good looking as my Harris Tweed one from Esplanade London, but inside it is much more practical – and the outside pocket is even big enough for big mobile phones (5.5 inches, e.g. Nexus 6, iPhone 7plus).


 


The Treasury Tag – A Very British Stationery Item? 17

 

Getting ready

 

It’s May 4th, but if you want to see a Star Wars post at Bleistift today you’ll have to look at an old blog post.

Instead, today’s post will be about an item of stationery I’ve never seen before I came to the UK.

I’ve been working for a university for 16 years now, but even though I usually see this item when I go to the my department’s stationery cupboard I never really found much use for it, except during exam time.

I’m talking1 about the treasury tag.

Well, this morning me and my colleague were invigilating an exam for our first year students and the treasury tag came in very handy indeed. If you haven’t seen one: It’s a piece of string with mini metal (or plastic) bars/rods at the end. You use to to connect different hole punched documents – in this case exam answer books and graph paper or supplementary exam answer books.

Treasury tags are usually much longer than needed, so the connection is quite loose, but the length of the bars mean that the tag won’t fall out unexpectetdly

I’d like to know whether treasury tags are used or known outside the UK. Please let me know whether these are known or maybe even commonly used in your country.

Gott Connect ‘Em All

I also came across a few Staedtler Noris pencils from students and even some Noricas – they tend to be blue in the UK, unlike the American ones which tend to be black.

Before the storm…

  1. actually: writing ;^P []

Mysterious Mono 100s 7

Sean and Gunther are the detectives of the pencil world. While Sean has specialised in solving cold cases Gunther is investigating up-to-date issues.

In Gunther’s latest blog post (in German / automated English translation from Google here, from Bing here) he is having a closer look at the new Vietnamese made Tombow Mono 100s.

Mystery solved – thank you, Lexikaliker.

I support his hypothesis that the blind code on the pencils is in the format YYMM. I bought most of my Mono 100s in 2009 and the blind codes of my Monos start with 08 and 09.

In case you wonder about my photo: After some of the original occupants of my Mono 100 case moved out the remaining Monos invited the two Faber brothers to move in.

 


Pencil Pot Of The Month – April 2017 2

 

Description: A note organiser with a pencil pot that can be folded out

Price: £1.49 ($~1.95; €1.75)

Material: Cardboard

Further information: A cardboard note organiser from Lidl UK. The pencil pot part can be folded out, so it is possible to fold it all up in a space saving way.


Price and Exchange rates: April 2017


Happy National Stationery Week 2017

National Stationery Week 2017

Look what letter I got today.
It’s nice that Royal Mail is in on National Stationery Week.

More blogs in the new pencil world

Something else I wanted to mention: There’s a new blog from the ‘new pencil world’. FI started linking to it in my blog link list a few weeks ago, but didn’t get round mentioning it yet, it’s A New Kind Of Pencil. Like The Weekly Pencil it features a series of blog posts about members of the Erasable Facebook group.

In case you wonder why some of my blog links don’t have the latest post displayed, that is usually because my software can’t read their RSS feed, often because it is a Square Space site. If I find a way of getting it to work I will change it, so that their latest blog posts are displayed, too.