Ipenstore was kind enough to send some items for review. The products are from their “Rosetta” line, which I take to be an in-house brand. I’ve ordered items from Ipenstore in the past, and have always been happy, especially with their range of unusual items and expert packaging.
They sent me a 2.0mm leadholder in a mechanical pencil format, a combination pointer/eraser, and some lead refills.
The pencil has a blue plastic body, and metal knurled grip. It does resemble the product of a well established manufacturer. The eraser pointer is a handy combination to have.
The cap also has a built-in pointer.
The 4B leads are okay. They shine in price: under $4 for the box of 12. That’s a fraction of the price of the top brands.
Overall, the Rosetta products offer entry into the 2.0mm drawing realm for a reasonable price. The metal knurled grip is a distinguishing feature.
P.S. More Rosetta products in the future.
Doing some fall cleaning, I found a dozen Clairefontaine A4 notebooks from student days in the late 1980s/early 1990s.
The notebooks strongly resemble the current offerings, and have held up very well over time. Good job, Clairefontaine!
A 250th anniversary pencil from Faber-Castell.
Though – it unfortunately looks like products we’ve already seen. The special imprint Castell 9000 pencils given out at Paperworld probably have more cachet as an anniversary item.
I’ve been enjoying some Zebrano wood writing implements from e+m Holzprodukte of Germany:
A ruler with embedded lead pointer, a ballpoint pen, a pencil extender, a 5.6mm leadholder, a 1.18mm mechanical pencil, and a 5.6mm leadholder.
A couple of the historic shapes (the all wood 1.18mm and 5.6mm pieces) are less practical, but all of the implements are very pleasing to look at and hold.
My apologies – I am far behind in responding to email. Further, the router that connected my previous mail server to the net died. It was in this state for some days before corrective action was taken, and messages may have bounced. If your message to me was returned, I did not receive it. Other email should still be on the server, but is currently inaccessible. Newer email (August 26th onward) has been received, and a new system is online.