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Poppin pencils

Poppin was kind enough to send a few samples this way. Their pencils and erasers form a nice duo. (They also sent some ballpoints, but we won’t speak of those.) The pencil is round and has black dyed wood and black finish with an integrated (black) eraser without metal ferrule. The lettering and trim are [...]

Design.Y notebooks

It seems to have been a while since this blog has been so excited about a new stationery product. The notebooks shown here are from Design.Y, the brand of Mr. Hiroshi Yoshino-san, a bookbinder from Sendai, Japan. The products are amazing because every aspect of the notebook is of exceptional quality – the cover, the [...]

Aaron Draplin All Points Ontario Tour

To my surprise, the Aaron Draplin All Points Ontario Tour landed in Waterloo, Ontario tonight. Luckily for me, I learned about this mid-afternoon today. It was a thrill to meet Mr. Draplin, a successful (by both conventional and unconventional measures) graphic designer, the creator of Field Notes, and a notable pencil collector. There was a [...]

California Cedar: What’s going on?

California Cedar, a global pencil slat business, is known online for their pencils.com website, their Palomino pencil line, and now – a type of marketing dishonesty that completely shocks many of us who have admired them for years. The company has introduced a “Blackwing 602″ pencil that takes the name of the Eberhard Faber Blackwing [...]