The joy of ink 1

Papermate’s Inkjoy gel pens are really nice. Unfortunately it’s very difficult to get the 0.5mm version in the UK. It’s easier to find a really good deal on the 0.7mm version (finding a good deal is something that happened to me three times in the last two years) than to find the fine version at any price (something that has happened to me zero times in the last two years).

When I came across those three good deals I always bought them and every time I ended up with different versions. My oldest Inkjoys, retractable big barrel ones, were Made in Korea, but the later versions I bought, the retractable 300RT and the capped big barrel ones, were Made in India.

They all write great, but the cap of the capped version is a bit loose and less practical than the retractable version.


Eraser tipped 2

If you’re in the UK you might be interested in Lidl’s recent offers, including eraser tipped coloured pencils from Staedtler.

I didn’t buy them, but will probably go back to get a pack. They might be quite useful as I use coloured pencils for writing in notebooks I use at work.


New arrival 4

My Hobonichi order for 2020 has arrived.

Hobonichi's Mother 2 leather cover box

It even comes with an official Nintendo Seal of Quality.

Hobonichi's Mother 2 leather cover box Nintendo Seal

So far I nearly always went with the A6 avec version (2 x 6 months)1). This year, for the first time, I went with the English year-long version. I was surprised to see that time-wise only 12 noon is marked. Compared to the Japanese version this might be an opportunity to use two lines per hour of the day, i.e. allow more space for day-time and less for night-time. I’m looking forward to trying the new layout next year, but I will start using the new leather cover this year. I wonder whether it will age as nicely as Gunther’s2

Hobonichi's Mother 2 leather cover
  1. Two years ago, I tried the A5 version for a change []
  2. His cover in its 2014 state can be seen here. The 2019 state can be seen here. []

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.