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  • Top 5 Fountain Pens under £75

    What are my top five fountain pens under £75.00?  There's certainly plenty of choice below this price point and, although you probably won't get a gold nib,  and, if you're looking at European manufacturers you probably won't get anything other than a cartridge converter filling system.  However, there is a choice of some good looking, characterful and interesting pens in this range.
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  • TWSBI Jr. Pagoda Mechanical Pencil Review

    At the time of writing, TWSBI Jr. Pagoda is the latest mechanical pencil from the popular Taiwanese pen manufacturer, TWSBI. It also happens to be one of the most affordable pencils we have on our website. Continue reading

  • 10 ways bullet journalling can make you more productive

    Bullet journalling is a fancy name for using a pen and notebook to organise your diary, to-do list and personal affairs.

    It swaps touchscreens for pens and paper and, as a result, is another example of an old tradition that’s making something of a comeback.

    If you’re yet to be convinced, here’s ten reasons bullet journalling could make you more productive than you’ve ever been before:
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  • TWSBI ECO-T Review: Taiwan nods to Heldelberg!

    Fans of the TWSBI ECO will be very interested in the new TWSBI ECO-T, a development from our favourite Taiwanese pen manufacturer, TWSBI. The popular – and reasonably priced - ECO has something of a re-vamp, with possibly a nod to Lamy. Continue reading

  • Conklin Pens - 120 years of pens

    Roy Conklin got into the pen business the 1890's, so there can be no doubting the companies heritage. In the early years of the 20th Century, Conklin was up there with the "Big Four" manufacturers - Parker, Sheaffer, Eversharp and Waterman - but was eventually squeezed out of the market in the 20's and 30's. In the early 1900's Conklin came up with a number of innovative and attractive pens, using classic material such as vulcanite. Continue reading

  • How to create the perfect to-do list with just a pen and paper

    A to-do list that has been given the love and attention it deserves will stand a far better chance of guiding you towards a successful conclusion each day.

    In the digital age, most of us turn to apps to create and manage our to-do lists, but a growing number of people are taking a few steps into the past by turning instead to pen and paper. Continue reading

  • How to get back into handwriting after relying too heavily on your keyboard

    The great thing about the digital age is that we have countless devices to which we can turn whenever we need to make a note, record a diary entry or adjust our to-do lists.

    The downside is that many of us have become completely disconnected from the process of physically writing.

    Think about the number of times you’ve picked up a pen recently to scribble something down. The chances are - firstly - it hasn’t been very often and - secondly - whenever it did happen, your scribblings were pretty illegible.

    The art of writing with pen and paper isn’t going anywhere, but it’s a life lesson we could all do with a refresher on occasionally.
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  • The Gold Standard - Is a Gold nib worth the money?

    A fountain pen with a gold nib is a serious investment. Typically, it will cost at least £50 - £60 more than the equivalent pen with a steel nib, and a top end gold nib can cost up to £300 on it's own.  So, is this a sensible investment or a vanity purchase that will have fountain pen cognoscenti laughing up their sleeves?

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  • The Surprising Benefits of Analogue Life

    When you bear in mind that most kids wouldn’t know what to do with a CD if it was placed in their hands, it may come as something of a surprise to discover that vinyl records are making a significant comeback.

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  • Introduction to bullet journaling

    We’re swamped with choices for taking digital notes. Despite this, a significant number of people are now turning to something rather more traditional.

    Bullet journaling is, at it’s base level, simply a to-do list, journal and note taker in one analogue package. Continue reading

  • Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil review


    Lamy was founded in 1930 by Josef Lamy, and is German producer of high quality writing instruments. In this review, we take an in-depth look at the Lamy 2000 Mechanical - or should we say ‘propelling pencil’.


    The Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil is part of the Lamy 2000 series . Of course, the most famous of the series being the very popular Lamy 2000 fountain pen designed by Gerd A. Müller and released in 1966. The mechanical pencil joined the Lamy 2000 collection in 1970.

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