The joy of stationery (pens at the ready)

Because a lot of folk just revel at the thought of stationery, and who could really blame them?

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Is it wise to categorise stationery buying? Do I want to know how many moleskine notebooks I’ve bought during lockdown (and not used because they are too nice)?

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Some of mine are even more granular… “Snacks on the way to work” is a category I have.

Can I recommend both 1) getting a fancy fountain pen (TWSBI eco are excellent) to encourage writing, and b) trying out LECHTURM’s (spelling?) soft sided notepads. I find they’re a bit bigger (both in page size offering, and number of pages offering), slightly cheaper, and just as nice to write on as Moleskine.

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You’ve become a pusher of stationery items, Ben. This is a new low.

*goes to Google these lovely objects*

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Just look how lovely they are. You can see the ink and everything.

Ohh, now that’s a point. You’ll need to pair it with an equally nice ink too.

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Left handed person here, I hope you enjoy your snobby pens :sob:

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20-odd years of only really using a keyboard have rendered my handwriting a scrawl to be ashamed of, but those pens are something else (and the range of inks, OMG).

I wonder if there’s a way to retrain yourself…?

Edit: apologies for veering this important discussion onto pens, stationery and handwriting!

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Exquisite penmanship.

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So as my last derailment. If, hypothetically, you did want to spend some money on inks - definitely try Pilot’s Iroshizuku brand of inks - they have so many beautiful colours, and it’s like writing with or on butter. In a good way.

There’s also a British company called Daimine who make hundred of hundreds of inks, and you can get neat little 25ml bottles for a couple of quid that last aaages - and they have ink that is dichromatic, and leaves a beautiful 2-tone shimmer that changes when it catches the light.

Hard to show in pictures but…:

I feel extra fancy going to Tesco with that on my shopping list.

Anyway… Sorry for all the pen chat. Sorry to make you spend. Sorry for being off topic.

On Topic: Update good, connected accounts good.

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What’s with all this pen chat? Been a lot of ink spilled over this. Not sure I see the point.

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I know, I know, I need to nib this behaviour in the bud.

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Where was this helpful inspo before mothers day?

But don’t worry, it’s not been her birthday yet. And I will be taking all credit. “Yeah, there’s this guy that I talk to about my bank account and spreadsheets and he recommended these pens…”

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You’re write about that

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This forum is such a wonderful melting pot of hobbies and interests.

You forgot to add “thermostats” to your list of things we talk about too.

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The looks I get from my partner sometimes when telling her what fun conversation I’ve recently had on the Monzo forum 🥲

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What pen is that? Looks really nice.

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Yes more pen chat in this forum!

That’s a TWSBI Eco, they come in a whole range of colours and nib thicknesses but all of them have a transparent chamber so you can see the ink.

Dream to write with :slight_smile:

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And now I want a pen and some fancy ink but I don’t think I can justify it as I don’t write enough

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I have the fountain pens shop link saved from when @BritishLibrary posted it last time, ready for my Mums birthday.

Left hander here, so I can’t have fancy pens.

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Can you please share the link? I am determined to get a fountain pen now and want to get it from the right place

@BritishLibrary, I’m happy to take any tips on what I should look for! Last time I used a fountain pen was in elementary school when we were forced to learn cursive writing with fountain pens. You can imagine the mess!

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