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Letter Openers

Nice desk accessories can bring some joy to daily tasks.

Posing with my morning newspaper are two letter openers. One is from Graf von Faber-Castell, and the other from E+M Holzprodukte.

The GvFC letter opener has a beautiful leather handle and considerable heft.

The E+M letter opener continues that company’s beautiful Zebrano […]

Blackwing pencils at the Hollywood Reporter

There is a great new article Why Is Hollywood Obsessed With This Pencil? by Seth Abramovitch at The Hollywood Reporter.

As well as the great writing and careful review of the Blackwing’s story, the article has the bonus of interviewing Sean from The Blackwing Pages!


Les crayons de la maison Caran d’Ache

One of the most referenced posts at this blog was on a pencil series made from multiple species of wood by the former Colleen Pencil Co. One of the regular subjects of direct queries to the blog, the top question is “Where can I buy a set?” Unfortunately, the pencils were never available for retail […]

Caran d’Ache Pencil Sharpening Machine

An icon of the pencil world not yet featured by this blog is the Caran d’Ache Pencil Sharpening Machine. A sturdy all metal desktop sharpener, the product has been in production for eighty years. In honour of that anniversary, Caran d’Ache issued a limited edition of 1933 in a matte black finish.

It’s a […]

Papeterie Nota Bene

Here is a truly notable Canadian stationery store. In the McGill University district of downtown Montreal, Nota Bene features an art gallery, a small stationery museum, and an enormous array of stationery, both practical and fanciful.

It was a pleasure to meet Russell, the store’s proprietor. Russell is a great host, and a stationery (and […]