pack your bags and move away

Hey everybody! Just wanted to let you all know that I am officially moving the blog to Blogger. I have a couple reasons for that (which I’ve detailed over there) but the basics of it is: I’m tired of WordPress!

I hope you’ll make the journey with me over to my new (old) home. We’re posting reviews again! See you there!

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massdrop’s writing start bundle (and a partnership)

I’d like to announce some (fairly) big news: I’m now partnered with Massdrop to bring you more items for review!

First off: I’ve been given a link to a starter bundle that you can take a look at. The starter kit includes an A5 Rhodia Webnotebook and a Pilot Metropolitan, along with ink cartridges and a converter. This isn’t just a good bundle for a beginner; even if you’ve long been steeped in the fountain pen community, an extra notebook and pen could never hurt.

Rhodia is a European manufacturer of paper products. They’ve been around for a good, long while, and not without reason: their Rhodia Webnotebooks were all the rage for fountain pen users a couple of years ago. While I think they’ve likely ceded a little ground to Japanese manufacturers now that they’re easier to get your hands on, Rhodia is still easy to find in your local arts and crafts or bookstore.

I think I got my first Webbie way back in 2015 or so, when I was lucky enough to receive a giveaway package. They’re stuffed with thick, ivory paper that feels great to write on, and are very fountain pen friendly. While I received the pocket size (closer to A6), the paper in all the Webbies is the same. I think I ended up using my pocket Webbie within three months writing journal entries almost every day.

Of course, everyone knows about the Pilot Metropolitan, too. They’re incredibly ubiquitous, thanks to their inexpensive price, good looks, and nice build quality. I own two of them myself (although one of them is, ostensibly, for my mom). Regardless, they’re a great throw-around pen: the price tag shouldn’t fool you, as the nibs write smoothly with no effort on your part.

I don’t make a single penny if you use the link I provide to catch a glimpse of this package. I wanted to provide more details on the particulars of this partnership.

I insist on receiving sponsorship items on loan only: when I’m done with my review, it goes straight back to Massdrop. In the case that a loan isn’t possible, I will ask for samples of a product rather than an entire item. I feel like this is only fair for you, a person who reads these reviews. I don’t think it’s right for me to receive hundreds of dollars worth of review items for nothing on my part other than having fun with it and typing up a couple hundred words.

If you have any questions on my policy for Winter Sharks, please feel free to ask them.

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updates with the nanami paper seven seas line

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Because Nanami Paper doesn’t have much of an online presence other than their webshop, I thought I would try to compile a little bit of information that I have found in the hopes that other Seven Seas fans can find it useful.

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stalogy 365 a6 notebook

318This is my first review in a while! Phew! Today I’ll be giving you a quick overview of the Stalogy 365 A6 notebook.

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thoughts on the pilot custom heritage 92

I’ve had this pen in hand for, let’s see, a few months now. I’ve got some thoughts together about it, and here you go. I hope this helps for anyone who’s been on the fence about buying this pen!

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on mail art, disposability, and special occasions

(This is a short essay I wrote very quickly because I have capital-T Thoughts about mail that I wanted to share with you. I’m an academic and there’s no escape from essays, it seems!)

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Nanami Paper Seven Seas Standard: 13 Month Update

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IMG_8405I can’t believe it’s been thirteen months since I purchased and started using the Seven Seas Standard! (Not to mention about thirteen months since I last posted…) Thirteen months may not seem like a long time. In my opinion as a stationery lover, however, if you still feel amicable towards a notebook-type product after thirteen months, not a whole lot can rend that relationship apart. Maybe you also know of the despair that comes with your own stubbornness as you gnash your teeth and refuse to leave behind a journal you didn’t really like. You become very familiar with a product’s lovable traits and quirks and detestable flaws.

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nanami paper seven seas standard

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IMG_8082I was using a Rhodia “Webnotebook” , but as I began to near the end, I decided to look for a different journal. I liked the webnotebook, but I wanted something that was larger (A5-ish is my favorite size) and that had a lot of paper. I’ve had plenty of experience with Tomoe River paper, so I was hoping to find something that had an abundance of it inside. Tomoe River paper notebooks aren’t new at all (Jay at Paper for Fountain Pens makes hardcover styles, and I love his correspondence-sized pads) but I never really found something that fitted what I wanted until I found the Nanami Paper Seven Seas Standard.

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review: stipula splash

318IMG_8021I won a Goulet Pen Company Monday Matchup giveaway a few weeks ago, and received a Stipula Splash and a bottle of J. Herbin Stormy Grey. I was so surprised and excited when I found out I’d won–and I would like to thank the wonderful people over at the Goulet Pen Company for their generosity!

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review: j. herbin stormy grey

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IMG_8024Do I need a lead?

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