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For the love of pens, paper, office supplies and a beautiful place to work

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    Ever wondered about india ink or calligraphy ink versus “fountain pen” ink? Meg posed this great question about just such a topic. … I’ve been refilling the Pilot Petit1 cartridges with some bottled india ink that I have left over … Continue reading

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  • 04/18/13--10:40: Counterfeit Pens
  • What an odd coincidence occurred this week. I had just recently come across the “replica” Parker 51 pens made in China called the Hero 616 only to find an fascinating article on counterfeit pens on the Tiger Pens Blog. The … Continue reading

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  • 04/20/13--08:57: Link Love: Instagram Love
  • Acquired any new pens or office ephemera this week? Put your Instagram username in the comments so I can see your fresh goodies! And if you want to follow me, see the link in the sidebar.

    wellapptdeskCLockwise from top left, photos by: _______, TagTeamTompkins, Ben Jones, and new button badges from Emma at LetterLoveswellapptdeskCLockwise from top left, photos by: _______, TagTeamTompkins, Ben Jones, and new button badges from Emma at LetterLoves

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  • 04/24/13--10:57: Link Love: Inkscellany
  • This week is another hodge-podge of pens, paper and digital tools but mostly a lot of ink reviews… mmmm… ink! Paper: Midori Traveler Star Edition Review (via Gourmet Pens) Pens and Ink: Pen Hack: Converting a Kaweco Sport into a … Continue reading

    wellapptdesk(Vetted X Calepino Notebooks Set via Vetted)(Geometric Desktop Patterns available in four colors from How About Orange)USB multi-toolcal23-550x411wellapptdesk(Vetted X Calepino Notebooks Set via Vetted)(Geometric Desktop Patterns available in four colors from How About Orange)USB multi-toolcal23-550x411

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    I had recently seen the Pilot Metropolitan pop up on JetPens but noticed that most of the color options had sold out immediately. Then I heard Brad of The Pen Addict Podcast discuss his rather blah reaction to it and … Continue reading

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    Well, well, well… what do we have here? Is this an aerometric squeeze filler for small enough to fit inside a Kaweco Sport fountain pen? Why, yes it is! Go forth and rejoice, all you Kaweco Sport users! For a … Continue reading

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    After my post about reproduction Chinese pens, my good friend Donovan of The Letter Writers Alliance (LWA to those in the know — including my father-in-law!), offered me three HERO 329 pens from China to review and giveaway. So, here … Continue reading

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    Pens and Pencils: TWSBI shows off new designs (via FPGeeks) In anticipation of the release (today!) of the Palomino Blackwing Pearl, a review of the Palomino Blackwing 602 (via Pencil Revolution) Why I use wooden pens (via The Pen Company) … Continue reading

    wellapptdesktwsbi_vac_mini_fountain_pen_concept_comparison-798x598A sample of Mont Blanc Toffee Brown from IvanR via InstagramFlora Chang has released some of her whimsical designs as exclusive covers fr iPhone 5 and iPads through Redbubblewellapptdesktwsbi_vac_mini_fountain_pen_concept_comparison-798x598A sample of Mont Blanc Toffee Brown from IvanR via InstagramFlora Chang has released some of her whimsical designs as exclusive covers fr iPhone 5 and iPads through Redbubble

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    If I wasn’t such a fan of the vintage Esterbook pens, I don’t think I ever would have imagined myself as someone who would buy a pink fountain pen. But… I have a secret desire to own an Esterbrook in … Continue reading

    wellapptdeskPink pink pinkEsterbrook Pastel Pink Purse PenOriginal 9668 nibEsterbrook purse pen vs. standard J Series double jewelEsterbrook Pink Purse PenEsterbrook 9555 nibEdelstein Turmaline InkwellapptdeskPink pink pinkEsterbrook Pastel Pink Purse PenOriginal 9668 nibEsterbrook purse pen vs. standard J Series double jewelEsterbrook Pink Purse PenEsterbrook 9555 nibEdelstein Turmaline Ink

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  • 05/08/13--06:45: Vintage Parker 21 Review
  • Prior to acquiring the reproduction style pens known as the HERO from China, I purchased a Parker 21 from Ebay. It turned out to have a crack in the plastic that caused ink to leak out of the pen which … Continue reading

    wellapptdeskParker 21 writing sampleParker 21 writing sampleParker 21  vs Chinese Hero 329Parker 21  vs Chinese Hero 329wellapptdeskParker 21 writing sampleParker 21 writing sampleParker 21 vs Chinese Hero 329Parker 21 vs Chinese Hero 329

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    Pens: Sailor 1911 Clear Demonstrator Review with Noodlers Van Gogh Starry Night (via JustDaveyB) Pentel Stylo Sketch Pen Review (via Ink of Me Fondly) Paper: Whitelines product development video (via Notebook Stories) Miquelrius notebooks are perfect for fountain pens (so … Continue reading

    wellapptdeskbrown1Here are a few of the great photos I found on Instagram this week: (clockwise from top right) Empty cartridges from Brad Dowdy, well-holstered pens by Patrick Ng, an old Parker Washable Blue cartridge from Ivan R, notebooks from PaperBlanks, Osmiroid nib from Ivan R, typewriter at Arch Drafting Supplies Letter Writing Social by The Black and the Red, Pelikan ink cartridges from Rad + Hungry, demonstrator fountaun pens by slotracer and wellapptdeskbrown1Here are a few of the great photos I found on Instagram this week: (clockwise from top right) Empty cartridges from Brad Dowdy, well-holstered pens by Patrick Ng, an old Parker Washable Blue cartridge from Ivan R, notebooks from PaperBlanks, Osmiroid nib from Ivan R, typewriter at Arch Drafting Supplies Letter Writing Social by The Black and the Red, Pelikan ink cartridges from Rad + Hungry, demonstrator fountaun pens by slotracer and "Smooth writing" sample by BakesanThe new Palomino Blackwing Pearl Review is coming! Check out these great photos from Pencil Revolution

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    Inside this box is something I stumbled upon on Ebay. It contains a NOS (that’s New Old Stock) Sheaffer Cadet fountain pen. So, NOS the white lettering printed on the body is still visible. I don’t mean to gloat but … Continue reading

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    Pencils: Picking the perfect lead hardness (via JetPens Blog) Pencils and Camping (and pencil shavings as tinder) (via Pencil Revolution) Deli Pencil Sharpener (via Bleistift) Pens and ink: Pen currently in use by DaveyB Noodlers Bernake Blue Ink Review (via … Continue reading

    wellapptdeskLamy 2000 with custom 0.2mm nib grind by Mike Masuyama by Brad Dowdy (AKA The Pen Addict)Pelikan M800 and Apica Notebook: Daily Arsenal by Jose NoyolawellapptdeskLamy 2000 with custom 0.2mm nib grind by Mike Masuyama by Brad Dowdy (AKA The Pen Addict)Pelikan M800 and Apica Notebook: Daily Arsenal by Jose Noyola

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  • 05/18/13--07:23: Ink Sac Replacement Tutorial
  • My talented and kind friend Rob offered to show me how to re-sac a vintage Esterbrook using my recently acquired purse pen. He was also kind enough to let me document the process. This process should basically work for any … Continue reading

    wellapptdesk1. scrape off old ink sac2. measure  new sac3. leave a little room4. cut sac to the right length5. use shellac as glue6. pull sac open7. carefully put sac over nib unit8. make sure sac is flush to the topTool for adding sacwellapptdesk1. scrape off old ink sac2. measure new sac3. leave a little room4. cut sac to the right length5. use shellac as glue6. pull sac open7. carefully put sac over nib unit8. make sure sac is flush to the topTool for adding sac

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  • 05/21/13--09:50: News from the Pen World
  • …. this just in…. TWSBI released their new notebooks… three sizes available in lined, grid and blank….STOP New ink from Noodlers called Blue Nose Bear… blue with fluorescent, black-light reactive tones…STOP in other news… The Pen Addict now has a … Continue reading

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    Pens: Pentel Recycology Pens (via Economy Pens) Uni Mitsubishi Pure Color-F Double Sided Sign Pen (via A Penchant For Paper) J. Herbin Refillable Rollerball Pen Review (via Ink of Me Fondly) Books: The Missing Ink Book Review (via Behind The … Continue reading

    wellapptdeskClockwise, from top left: Hermes Typewriter cleaning by DovBee, Grocery list and calligraphy practice by Bakanekosan, Render K collection by imyke and Old School Vanishing Point by Pen AddictmyInstagramwellapptdeskClockwise, from top left: Hermes Typewriter cleaning by DovBee, Grocery list and calligraphy practice by Bakanekosan, Render K collection by imyke and Old School Vanishing Point by Pen AddictmyInstagram

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    Pens and Pencils: Paper Mate Flair, Brown (UPS Edition) (via Clickypost) My Fountain Pen Evolution (via Fountain Pen Quest) TWSBI Vac 700 Review (via Ed Jelley) Retro 51 Tornado Vintage Surf Review (via From the Pen Cup) Tale of Two … Continue reading

    wellapptdeskLove Objects via Behind The Curtain(via East...West...Everywhere)wellapptdeskLove Objects via Behind The Curtain(via East...West...Everywhere)

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    Paper & Notebooks: TWSBI Notebook Review (via Inktronics) Tomoe River Paper Review (via Pen Addict) Rhodia Webnotebook Review (via Ed Jelley) Pens and Inks: TWSBI Diamond 580 1.1 mm Stub Review (via Delectable Pens) Pilot Custom Heritage 91 Broad Nib … Continue reading

    wellapptdeskThe Cake Eraser (via DovBee on Instagram)Pantone swatches matched to the world (via Laughing Squid -- Thanks, Annie!)Coccocoino paste from Italy (via Patrick Ng on Instagram)Created with a Copic Sketch Marker (via 26Symbols)wellapptdeskThe Cake Eraser (via DovBee on Instagram)Pantone swatches matched to the world (via Laughing Squid -- Thanks, Annie!)Coccocoino paste from Italy (via Patrick Ng on Instagram)Created with a Copic Sketch Marker (via 26Symbols)

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    I am sorry I waited so long to show off the great collection of ink favorites from the Ink Drop for May 2013. This selection is called  “Because We Felt Like It” from the Goulet Pens staff as opposed to … Continue reading

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  • 06/13/13--14:19: Link Love: Book It, Dan-o
  • Pens, Pencils and Inks Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk (F nib) (via From the Pen Cup) Papermate InkJoy Quatro Review (The Clicky Post) Pencil Quiver (via My Pen Needs Ink) Retro 51 Tornado Snapper Pen Review (The Clicky Post) Noodlers Inks … Continue reading

    wellapptdeskWord Notebooks have four new cover designs that can be mixed and matched with their existing designs to make your own pack of 3.Scout Books just released a new, larger sized notebooks. At 5x7, it includes the same kraft cardstock covers as its little brother but with more room to write. Available in grid, dot, lined or blank. Two-pack for $10wellapptdeskWord Notebooks have four new cover designs that can be mixed and matched with their existing designs to make your own pack of 3.Scout Books just released a new, larger sized notebooks. At 5x7, it includes the same kraft cardstock covers as its little brother but with more room to write. Available in grid, dot, lined or blank. Two-pack for $10

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