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The Stamford Notebook

09/21/2014

The Stamford Notebook Company offered me the opportunity to test the paper used in their handsome notebooks. How could I refuse?

Paul Sloggett, one of the partners, had this to say about their choice of paper:

It is what we use in all our main range featuring around 70 colours and textures of notebook cover, in four different sizes. The paper is a 100 gsm off-white wove. It is so smooth because it is calendered during manufacture.

We also personalise notebooks with an individual’s initials using original letterpress type and bind many different special editions for retailers and visitor attractions.

Despite the blue slant of my photos, the paper has a slight warmth to it that is easy on the eyes and quite neutral under fountain pen ink. The lines are faint and offer a guide, but not a distraction. The surface is smooth posing no obstacle to the flow of ink and nib. Even the finest Japanese nib should glide across it. In my test the paper accommodated a variety of pen widths from extra-fine to medium with aplomb. However, my flex nibs laid down too much ink showing mild feathering and bleed-through. The ink dried well enough with finer nibs, but was slow with the wide and free-flowing ones.  Still it handily puts Moleskine to shame.

So if you like fine or dry-writing nibs, this paper should work well. The notebooks come in a variety of colors with good attention to detail based on images from the website. Free shipping if you live in the U.K. Lucky you!

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J. Herbin Giveaway Is Ending Soon

09/21/2014

The J. Herbin Giveaway ends 9/22 at 6 pm PDT so get a move on if you want to participate. Just add a comment to the original post to be entered. Rules are given in the post, but the basics are one entry per person and open to U.S. residents only. Winners will be chosen at random and posted the same evening. So do it today and may the luck be with you!

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Paper, Pen And Ink Reviews In My Queue

09/20/2014

In case you wondered what happened to reviews, my Canon A700 has been producing degraded images of late. Getting things in focus has been a challenge and color accuracy has been iffy at best. To get things back on track, I’ve borrowed a Canon SX160IS that makes images that are much more clear and detailed. We are just getting acquainted and there is a learning curve to be negotiated, but I hope to get back to business in a few days.

In the interim, here are links to some of the products that will get individual posts in the next few weeks. To get the reviews to you as quickly as possible, the text will be pithy but enough to convey the good, the bad and the ugly should there be any.

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Links From Nutella To A Kindle Giveaway To A Music Nib

09/19/2014

This list is getting too long so links are here on Friday instead of Sunday. Enjoy your weekend!

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J. Herbin Orange Indien, Clairefontaine And A Giveaway

09/16/2014

The temperature is a blistering 100°F today, but I’m in the mood for fall. Time to break out some seasonally appropriate colors and at least pretend autumn is on its way.

In recognition of the alleged forthcoming change of seasons, Inkophile has a giveaway sponsored by Exaclair, U.S. distributor of J. Herbin and Clairefontaine. Interest piqued? Four lucky readers will receive a bottle of J. Herbin Orange Indien and a Clairefontaine Basics Duo (memo book). What a sweet deal!

Long a frequent visitor to my rotation, Orange Indien is happily mated this year to my Platinum #3776 Music Nib from Luxury Brands, LLC. Nothing shy about that duo and it is especially perfect on Clairefontaine.

To enter the giveaway, just post a comment and a sentence or two about how you would use your ink and pad. This offer is open to residents of the U.S. only. One entry per person with four random winners to be selected the first day of autumn, 9/22/2014, at 6pm PDT. Each winner will have until 9/30/2014 to respond. If not, a replacement winner will be selected. Fulfillment will be handled by Exaclair.

Thanks, Karen, for sponsoring the giveaway. You’re the best!

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Another Simple Kit

09/10/2014

My autumn watercolor palette has joined forces with a

to form a compact kit for writing and doodling any time space is limited or travel is necessary. The notebook band holds everything securely so I can grab the kit on the go. It also keeps the journal closed so the pages do not get damaged and bits I’ve tucked between pages stay put. However, if I want to play things extra safe, a clear, plastic zipper bag that formerly held a pair of new pillowcases, is the perfect size for the whole caboodle. Another option is to place the waterbrush in a zip lock bag so that even under pressure, no water leaks where it isn’t welcome.

The beauty of this kit is that it holds enough tools for a variety of activities from writing to drawing to painting and all sorts of doodles in between. I do like to be prepared. Do you carry a kit and, if so, what goes in it?

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Lotsa Links And A Chewbacca

09/07/2014

Gotta smile at the little guy…

Cute Emergency: Chewbacca as a baby

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