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Pocket Notebooks: Field Notes and Calepino

Back in the late 17th century French explorers and traders arrived and started trading with the Potawatomi Indians in the area that would eventually become known as the city of Chicago, Illinois. 'Chicago' is the French version of the Miami-Illinois word 'shikaakwa' meaning stinky onion named for t...

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7th May: Lookout Saturday

All change this week as I received a new pen in the post and wanted to spend some quality time with a review pen to make sure I truly found out how it performs.

Left: Parker Duofold Platinum Trim, 18k Gold medium nib. When I bought this pen I thought I had ordered a Duofold Senior, the descriptio...

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Dex Smooth Soft Fountain Pen

How much do you have to pay for a fountain pen that writes consistently? I used to think that you had to pay a whopping £16 for a LAMY Safari, and then be tied into their proprietary cartridges or make the leap to bottled ink. It turns out that I was wrong, for only £12.50 you can get a cracking...

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Faber-Castell E-Motion Fountain Pen

When I first saw this pen I knew that I wanted one, the clean lines and distinct design really appealed to me.

Barrel and Exposed Nib

The barrel of the pen is made from pear wood, this one stained black. Other stain finishes and materials are available including a rather stunning Pure Black version. Pear wood is a...

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Every Second Carry

Some people carry a bag all the time containing their essential items and every day when I go to work I also do so. Having a bag allows me to carry a good selection of pens, pencils, paper and electronic gadgets and accessories with me to take advantage of all the situations I find myself in.

At ...

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