Friday, July 21, 2017

NEW Atoma Notebooks

Atoma Notebooks
We are very excited to introduce our new line of notebooks by Atoma. These disc bound notebooks can be refilled over and over again allowing you to pull out pages to print or scan, and return them back again into your notebook or put them into a different one.  We are also carrying all the paper refills so you can easily mix paper styles into one notebook- creating a versatile system that works for you.   

We are carrying the full line which inclueds covers in Cardstock, Felt, Transparent Poly, Opaque Poly and Leather. All these choices have a variety of size options as well!

Atoma paper- Seyes (French Ruled), Blank, Graph and Lined

Check out the variety of option in the Transparent Poly line!  Click on any of the photos to go directly to our store and see the complete line.

Atoma Notebooks in A4, A5, A6, A7 Sizes

Here's an example of the Cardstock cover in orange- the photo is from our friend @randomthinks on Instagram.

photo by @randomthinks- Instagram

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Green & Yellow

University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum

I don't know about you, but yellow and green just say Michigan summer to me. Michigan is a very green place in the summer- and we have tons of yellow wildflowers in fields and meadows. Hence, we chose these colors for inspiration for our July photo montage.

Products featured in this photo:

Pens/ Pencils

J. Herbin Hand Blown Glass Dip Pens have a tapered handle with frosted glass and flame design. These pens also come in Amber and Blue. J Herbin's calligraphy inks are richly pigmented to enhance lettering with a visible luster. The inks are suitable for use on either dark or light colored papers.

The Caran d'Ache Infinite Series comes in mechanical pencil (884) and ballpoint pen (888). Caran d'Ache is Switzerland's only manufacturer of pencils, and writing instruments. This company has a international repuration for products of exceptional quality and beauty.  Also pictured: the Fisher Space Pen in Lime Green, and E+M Allwood ballpoint pen.

Pelikan Edelstein premium ink collection is comprised of nine brilliant colors with a special ingredient to ensure extra smooth writing and high- performance care for your fountain pen.

Worther's Shorty sketch pencil is very highly reviewed and recommended.  The lead refills come in 8 vivid colors. The leads are densely pigmented and they are all quite hard.  The Shorty sits comfortably in hand and it's refillable and long lasting. No need to sharpen the leads, they self-taper as your write.

Palomino Blackwing Limited Edition Pencils

Vol. 56- "Lake Tahoe"

New from Blackwing-  Limited Edition Blackwing Vol. 73 - inspired by the beauty of Lake Tahoe.  The Blackwing 73 box contains 12 pencils in a Tahoe blue finish and raised texture that mimics the lake's topography. The number 73 references Lake Tahoe's last measure Secchi depth of 73 feet. (The Secchi disk is a circular disk used to measure water transparency. ) Each pencil features a silver ferrule, white eraser , white imprint, and the Blackwing soft graphite formulation.

Blackwing "Volumes" pencils are custom designed limited editions released 4 times a year. Each pencil features a model number and design intended to honor and celebrate cultural icons and events.  If you love Palomino Blackwing pencils, and you are interested in purchasing previous limited edition releases, we still have a limited quantity left of a few. Scroll down to view, and click on any photo to go directly to the listing in our store! 

Vol. 205- "Jade"

Vol. 205- released March 2017. In 138 BCE, Chinese explorer Zhang Qian set out on an expedition west. The journey lasted more than 13 years and laid the foundation for the Silk Road, a trade route that was instrumental in opening up communication between Asia and Europe. One of the most prominent goods traded along the Silk Road was jade. Besides its natural beauty, jade was believed to protect its owner in their travels, encourage creativity and stimulate mental agility. The Blackwing 205 box contains six green jade pencils and six white jade pencils. The number 205 references the molecular weight of jadeite, the most sought after form of jade.

Vol. 530- "The Eureka Moment"

Vol. 530- Released December 2016.
 The model number, 530, is a tribute to Sutter's Mill, California Historical Site No. 530, where gold was first discovered. The Blackwing 530 has a gold barrel and striped ferrule. The graphite is extra firm, the same as the sold out John Steinbeck model released last year.

Vol. 344- "Dorothea Lange"

Vol. 344 released September 2016.
The Blackwing 344 celebrates the 80th anniversary of the historic photo "Migrant Mother" and the artistic legacy Dorothea Lange left behind. The deep red barrel, red foil imprint, bright red ferrule and black eraser reflect what a Blackwing 602 pencil would look like in a darkroom. The model number references Library of Congress LOT 344, which contains a number of her photographs, including the iconic 'Migrant Mother." 

Vol 56- "Joe DiMaggio"

Vol. 56 released July 2016. The Blackwing 56 pays tribute to New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio. His legacy is cemented by numbers. In a historic 13 year career, his teams won 10 American League pennants and 9 World Series championships. He appeared in 13 All Star games and was named American League MVP 3 times. However, the number he is best known for is 56. Joe DiMaggios's 56-game hitting streak, the longest in baseball history, began on May 15, 1941 and ended on July 17. The streak remains one of the most unreachable records in all of sports. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Caran d'Ache 849 Series Fountain Pen

If you are a fan of Caran d'Ache chances are you already own a 849 ballpoint pen.  They have been extremely popular pens since the 1960s with good reason. Swiss made, hexagonal shape, and well made, the 849's have a great reputation.

 Caran d'Ache has expanded its popular 849 collection to now include a fountain pen.   The Caran d'ache 849 fountain pen has the same hexagonal shape found on the emblematic collection. On the fountain pen the design has a streamlined linear design with a slight more rounding than found on the ballpoint version of the pen for a contemporary and causal look.

Each Caran d'ache 849 fountain pen is made of aluminum for a durable pen that resists impacts and lasts. Fitted with a stainless steel nib and compatible with Chromatics cartridges, and standard international ink cartridge Available in a wide assortment of bright vibrant colors- neon pink, green, orange, and yellow, matte blue and black and white.

So what do you think? Will the 849 fountain pens be as popular as their ballpoint pens?  What color do you like best? Let us know in the comments below.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Rosetta Quattro 4-in-1 Multi-function Pen

The classic multi-function pen is a great tool for home or office. For those who alternate between writing in pen and and pencil, or regularly switch pen colors when illustrating, editing, or taking notes, the multi-function pen is a must have.  Perfect for travel so you have one tool for all your needs, multi pens are the way to go.  We think our new Rosetta Quattro Multi-function pen is the best multi-function on the market for the price.

Our new Rosetta Quattro 4 Function pen features an all metal barrel. Choose from two different finishes - matte black or satin silver, both with silver trim. The diamond-cut knurled grip provides increased writing control and comfort.

Quattro has 4 different points- black, red, and blue medium ballpoint and 0.5 mm pencil. 

To activate each point, hold pen parallel to your desk top and turn the barrel so that the desired point is at the top then simply press the cap.

It's very easy to refill the Rosetta Quattro because it uses the standard international "D1" mini size ballpoint refill (inexpensive and readily available here) and .5 mm leads.  The eraser is under the cap and the instruction sheet is included with the pen.

The Rosetta Quattro is available for only $17.97- and it's the best quality multi function pen for that price on the market. Have you tried the Rosetta Quattro? Let us know what you think in the comments below!