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Paper for pencil

2022-04-21 00:00

Paper for pencil is a interesting subject, and far less complex than fountain pens.

What I look for in a good paper for a pencil is neither too slick or too gritty. The former means the graphite won’t stick well to the paper and you just smear graphite all over, while the latter means that you’ll be grinding down the pencil much faster than you should.

My two go to papers in general is LT1917 and Rhodia.

How I shop

2022-04-19 00:00

I try not to get too into the hype of new products and colors and all of that bullshit.

Here is my process:

  • When I see something interesting I collect it and add it to a list
  • Once a month I look over it and delete stuff I no longer have any interest in
  • Then I try to look for stuff on that list that would sove something for me right now
  • When I see a fit I add a due date to it. Typically 2 or 3 weeks. If I still feel like a want it after that time I buy it

This system is in place to solve multiple problems for me. It makes it easy to collect all kinds of cool crap. And I can just get rid of all the stuff that looked interesting but isn't. And then I can follow my principle of only buying stuff that I have a use for. The 2-3 weeks between deciding to get it and doing it is just to keep myself from buying stuff that I thought was a really awesome idea this week but had moved away from in 10 days.

Why I love pencils

2022-04-14 00:00

Pencils are not the most practical writing instruments. You need to sharpen them, and most likely on the go if you bring them anywhere. This is probably a running theme with the kind of writing instruments I like. If I’m not using a pencil it is most likely a fountain pen.

What I like about pencils is how many different options there are. Most of what I use are the top end or “premium” market. They are very different in every single way from the stuff I learned to hate in school.

They look different, feel different., perform different and sharpen cleaner than the stuff I used.

My preference is smooth and dark lines. But I also like pencils I don’t have to sharpen that much. What kind I usually end up picking depends a little on what I’m doing. Usually softer for taking notes. While harder if I’m writing long form.

No matter what you are looking for there are many different aspects you can use to pick pencils. Price, colors / looks, how the “core” feels etc.

I don’t like scratchy pencils (or pens for that matter) so that excludes a lot of the market from the kind of stuff I’m going to check out. That doesn’t mean they are bad, and there are probably a lot of cool stuff there if you are into that kind of stuff.

Get rid of stuff you don't use

2022-04-12 00:00

I'm a stationery person that come from the using it and not the collector perspective.

Most of us end up buying stuff you don't end up liking or using for what ever reason. It might be that you didn't like it after all or that you were into something for a long time but found something that worked better or that you got it for a use case you no longer have. The reason for it isn't that important.

Here is my process for this, it is more of a process I use for everything in my apartment. I try to do this every couple of months. I collect everything that is either junk or stuff I don't feel is necessary. The latter is usually things I never use and don't have any emotional attachment to. I just put it all in a giant pile in the middle of my kitchen / living room.

Then I first sort out all the junk and put it in bags and throw it out. Then I put the rest in bags and tape a piece of paper with a date on it and put it in my storage unit.

I usually throw stuff out because I don't want to deal with selling a ink bottle or $20 pen. Seems like too much of a hassle. It would be different for a $100 pen. You may have different reasons for doing things differently.

Now. Two to three times I year I start with the stuff I've been storing for the longest without recovering it to my apartment and have been in the bag for at least six months and fit as much as possible of it in my car and throw it out.

I'm very much of the opinion that you should not keep stuff for sake of keeping it.

Caran D'Ache Technograph B

2022-04-07 00:00

I got this pencil as a part of a free sample pack when I bought some other stuff from Tudos. Most of the other stuff was too artsy for me. But this pencil caught my eye. There is something awesome about a yellow pencil. I have no idea why, it just is.

Like most European pencils this one came pre-sharpened. I really hate that, because they I have to break off the point and sharpen it to how i like it to get a proper idea of what it is like.

I actually like this pencil a lot, and I think I might order more of it. It isn't smooth like a Japanese or Blackwing. But it isn't very scratchy either.

What I love about German pencils is how great the build quality is, and this one is no exception.