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Is Handwriting Dead?

Is handwriting dead? Not if Tanja Tiziana has her way! See the delightful short documentary film “Ink”, by Ryan Couldrey.

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Basics: Categories of Vintage Mechanical Pencils

The world of mechanical pencils isn’t what it once was. If you visit a stationery or office supply store today, you will generally find two sorts of mechanical pencils: click, and clutch. A click pencil is the one with skinny little leads, which are advanced with a “click”, by pushing the end button. Clutch pencils […]

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About Descriptions

When it comes to describing antique and vintage items, there are no standards. This is both a blessing, and a curse. For example: the term wet noodle. This term is used by some to describe a pen which writes with a high ink flow, and whose nib is extremely flexible. But there are some real […]

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Tomoe River Paper Group Buy

One of the major issues for a fountain pen user is the constant quest for quality paper. Some time ago, the online pen community discovered, to their delight, a hitherto unkown paper: Tomoe River (pronounced toe · moe ´ eh). Manufactured by one of the largest Japanese paper companies, Tomoegawa, this paper is very un-Japanese […]

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Re-purposing a Box—Part 6, Pen Storage & Conclusion

With our century-old box cleaned, finished, and re-lined, the only remaining job is to make a custom-fitted pen storage space, using the existing tray. Pens are designed to be used, but can also be inherently fragile, so this is an important detail if this box is to be truly functional. 1. Materials We need a […]

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The Great Inkwell Experiment Part Two—The Subjects

We are happy to announce that the experiment is up and running, starting on February 18, 2011. Details of the Inkwells are as follows: glass well with a simple gravity-closing hinged lid metal well with glass insert and a hinged outer cover (thus with space between the insert and the cover) glass writing-box bottle, with […]

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