Blackwing Slate Review — Woodclinched

Blackwing Slate Review

Andy Welfle for Woodclinched:

Man. I love, love this paper. It boasts a 100gsm paper, compared to the Palomino luxury notebook’s 90gsm and Rhodia’s 80gsm paper. It’s so thick and plush, you guys.
It’s available in both lined and plain. Since the guys at know I am not an artist, they sent me a lines one to try out. The grey lines are set apart 0.25” on an off-white paper. The paper is smooth, but not as smooth as Rhodia paper. It has a little tooth on it, specifically engineered — I hope — for pencil. It’s the perfect amount to grab your graphite but still feel smooth.

It appears that fountain pen users may see some feathering due to the fibrous nature of the paper, but then again, this notebook was made for pencils.

“Going Analog” and Finding the Balance – Sanspoint. – Essays on Technology and Culture by Richard J. Anderson

"Going Analog" and Finding the Balance – Sanspoint. – Essays on Technology and Culture by Richard J. Anderson

When we pick up a pen and a notebook to write, or we play the “Phone Stack” game at dinner, we make a conscious choice to define the terms on which we use our technology. Even something as simple as “no computers or smartphones” in the bedroom is a powerful dividing line in establishing a limit in our technological relationships.

The Power of the Doodle: Improve Your Focus and Memory – WSJ

The Power of the Doodle: Improve Your Focus and Memory – WSJ

Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information. A blank page also can serve as an extended playing field for the brain, allowing people to revise and improve on creative thoughts and ideas. The Glass Box And The Commonplace Book The Glass Box And The Commonplace Book

Unlike modern readers, who follow the flow of a narrative from beginning to end, early modern Englishmen read in fits and starts and jumped from book to book. They broke texts into fragments and assembled them into new patterns by transcribing them in different sections of their notebooks. Then they reread the copies and rearranged the patterns while adding more excerpts. Reading and writing were therefore inseparable activities. They belonged to a continuous effort to make sense of things, for the world was full of signs: you could read your way through it; and by keeping an account of your readings, you made a book of your own, one stamped with your personality.

Really good article on the history, practice, and purpose of the Commonplace book. A subject I have long been fascinated by (I wrote about them on my personal site in 2005)

Journaling Feels Juvenile | James Shelley

Journaling Feels Juvenile | James Shelley

Maybe this is exactly why journaling is important. It is a glimpse (or whisper) of your future perspective penetrating the present.

And, this is exactly why I find it so important.

The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries – Education – The Atlantic

The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries – Education – The Atlantic

“Little Free Libraries create neighborhood heroes,” says Bol. “That’s a big part of why it’s succeeding.”

This Week’s Pens — 7.21.14 – 7.25.14

Here are the pens I chose to use this week:

  • Monday: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Slim Knock Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Blue Black – — Decided to start the week off with some tiny ultra-portable pens. What’s not to like about a blue-black Hi-Tec-C in a tiny package? It’s a sweet little pen. That said, this is one for jotting quick notes. Longer form writing with a pen like this becomes quickly uncomfortable. Still, a pen that pretty much disappears in your pocket until you need one has a lot of practical utility.
  • Wednesday: The Tactile Turn Mover in Olive Green w/ Pilot G2 (0.38mm, black ink) Refill — This is a pen that initially launched via a successful Kickstarter project. It’s a custom machined barrel made of aluminum, brass, copper, and titanium and made to accept a wide rage of refills to suit your needs. It comes with the refill mentioned above. Also, the “clicker” is very, very quiet which I find to be a bit disconcerting (I actually like some “click” on my clicky pens). Writing wise, I found it to be a very good if not a bit heavy. It’s got a bit of ribbing at the grip so it wont slip. My only complaint is that my clip is really loose. Not sure why. Feels like it has to be a manufacturing defect as the rest of the pen feels so solid. I will likely contact the company about it.
  • Thursday: Today’s Pen: Pentel Slicci Techo Mini Gel Ink Pen – 0.3 mm – Orange Body – Black Ink — Another tiny ultraportable that I picked up based on The Pen Addict’s review. It’s OK, I guess. Very solidly made but a bit hard to write with because it is so small and slim. That Japanese 0.3 is doing it no favors in the smoothness department either. In fact, the whole experience feels like I’m poking out letters with a needle. Let’s just say that Brad’s take was better than mine, so don’t just take my word for it. Just because it’s not my thing does not mean it might not be yours.
  • Friday: Pilot Juice Gel Ink Pen – 0.38 mm – Black — I liked this pen well enough in the coffee brown color so I thought I’d try the traditional black. Writes pretty well, if not as smooth as I’m used to. That’s OK. A good pen with a nice grip and a solid clip. What’s not to like?

Also, a reminder. I usually post what I’m using each day on my personal Twitter account and use the hashtag #todayspen. I welcome everyone to join in. I love seeing what other people are using.

Notebooks Explained –

Notebooks Explained –

There’s no better place than a paper notebook to pour out your blood, sweat, and tears. It helps you to slow down and be more thoughtful about what you write, whether it’s deep, dark secrets or lyrics to the song you’re writing. With so many different variations out there, we want to help you sort through all of your options.

This is a really good guide from one of our fave online retailers. Helpful stuff.

Porridge Papers — Paper By Hand

Porridge Papers, an independently owned, local paper mill and letterpress studio in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Via: Locally Crafted

Staedtler pigment liner and Moleskine notebook – Matt Gemmell

Staedtler pigment liner and Moleskine notebook – Matt Gemmell

It’s my view that if you’re going to carry something through life with you, it should be the most beautiful and pleasurable object you can find. That applies to my phone, my laptop, my wristwatch and most definitely my notebooks and pens.

And, here is the other thing about this idea — A tool you love to have is a tool you will love to use. I could not constantly keep a daily journal for more than a few months at a stretch until I found one I really, really, loved to use.