Gigantic 2

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.


Back to school, sci-fi style

In many countries back to school offers have arrived in the shops. Why not do back to school in style: Sci-Fi style – with The Wandering Earth-themed stationery.

The Wandering Earth is a novella from Liu Cixin and also a Sci-Fi movie based on the novella. As far as I know the movie can be watched on Netflix in many countries.

I first came across Liu Cixin though his Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy – when the first book The Three-Body Problem was dramatised for a German radio station. A year later the dramatisation of the trilogy’s next book The Dark Forest was broadcast on the same radio station. By that time I was so hooked that I didn’t want to wait another year so I read the English version of the final book of the trilogy (or rather I let my phone read me the ebook on my work to and from work).

M&G, a Shanghainese stationery manufacturer that made several previous appearances on bleistift.blog, approached Frant Gwo, the director of The Wandering Earth movie for this cooperation.

Grant Gwo

The Morning Light Award Series won the iF award in 2019.

The Morning Light Award Series

The Morning Light Star Universe Series is the girly high-end stationery from the Wandering Earth stationery.

The Morning Light Star Universe Series

There’s also the Morning Light Flavour Series.

The Morning Light Flavour Series

The images in this blog post has been taken from an M&G post and fall under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.


Pencil Pot Of The Month – August 2019 2

For this blog post I want to temporarily revive the Pencil Pot Of The Month series that was running for 24 months from 2015 to 2017.

Description: Set of four pencil cups

Price: UK £5, DE €3.99 (i.e. much cheaper), USA: currently not available

Material: cardboard

IKEA Lankmoj Pencil Cups

Further information: On a recent trip to IKEA I saw these sets of four pencil cups. The specialty? They have built-in magnets and can be attached together magnetically.


Prices: August 2019


A handmade tale 1

Today’s featured article in the App Store

…features familiar tools.


The image in this blog post has been taken from the Apple’s App Store. I believe that the use of the images shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.