2019 contest and 2020 wishes

Bleistift Blog is wishing you all the best for 2020.

If you want to start the new year with new mechanical pencils (from Caran d’Ache, Faber-Castell, Lamy and BIC) you still have a few days left to take part in the Stationery Wiki:Mechanical Pencil Day Contest 2019 (..if you read this blogpost on the day it was published).

The pencils that make up our prize for the mechanical pencil day contest

All you need to do is to improve an article or maybe even create a new article to have a chance of winning.

Good Luck – for 2020 and for the contest.


Highway to pen 1

It’s always nice to drive through Belgium as it gives me a chance to refill my Atoma reserves. As you might know, I’m a big fan of Atoma notebooks.

Stationery in a Carrefour Hypermarket

With such a choice to tempt me (see photo above) I couldn’t resist getting a BIC multi-pen with a pencil to add to my multi-pen plus pencil collection.

BIC in Belgium

Carrefour had an offer on the Pelikano junior for under €10. It’s a great pen. When I bought mine in 2008 I paid £6.80, but these prices are long gone and today €10 seems like a steal.

Pelikano junior, probably bigger in Japan than in Europe

The reason I really stopped was to get more Atoma notebooks. Unfortunately they didn’t have the Bio Atoma which I love. Even Atomas with cardboard covers were rare. Most had thick plastic covers which seem unnecessarily plasticy and not as nice as the cardboard variety. The similar Adoc notebooks were however available with cardboard covers.

No Bio Atomas. Sniff.

When I drove on, into Germany, I noticed another nice stationery surprise. Kids get the excellent Noris colour pencils with a kids meal. Chicken fillets, fries, orange juice and Staedtler Noris for €3.99. The Noris is certainly the star in this combo.

I wish I was a kid

Piece of wood… 2

It’s Christmas Day. In some countries that means it’s time for Christmas crackers with their jokes. Apparently the jokes tend to be bad on purpose to unite the whole table in finding them awful.

Above is a stationery-related one I found earlier.

Merry Christmas.


Geordie stationery blogging

Today I came across a new blog, Dear Analog, after they started following me on social media.

It’s nice to see that a review of my favourite, the Orenz, is one of the first blog posts.

Dear Analog’s home is even further North than Bleistift’s. I suggest you read all their posts with a Geordie accent in your head as they’re from Newcastle 8^) The blog itself is unusual as it is only a few days old but already shows ads, affiliate links and gets free items from big manufacturers. In that respect it reminds me a bit of Lead Fast.

Have a look. I am almost sure there will be many more posts in the next few weeks.


Pencil prize

Previously, I mentioned the start of Stationery.wiki‘s Mechanical Pencil Day Contest 2019, running until 7 January 2020 extended until 31 January 2020.

The pencils that make up our prize for the mechanical pencil day contest

It’s time to show what’s up for grabs: one Swiss-made, two German-made and one Japanese-made mechanical pencil.

Please take part!