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Tuesday, 7 March 2006
Agence eureka
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Agence eureka -- vintage French pen ads. (via P-E Fronning)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Monday, 6 March 2006
Charles Dickens Action Figure
Topic: Quills
Charles Dickens Action Figure -- The novels of Charles Dickens captured the essence of Victorian society so well that the entire period is often described as Dickensian. To this day, none of his novels have ever gone out of print in England. This 14 cm tall, hard vinyl action figure comes with a quill pen and a removable hat!

The Dickens figure is produced by Accoutrements. They also makes Shakespeare, Einstein, Freud, Beethoven, Jesus and many more action figures

»Search eBay for Dickens action figure

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Sunday, 5 March 2006
Lap Desk
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Lap Desks -- I just realized I could use a lap desk. There are some cool models available online, but I think I'll keep searching for a nice antique Lap Desk or Writing Slope on eBay.

posted by niblog at 08:48 CET
Updated: Sunday, 5 March 2006 11:20 CET
Saturday, 4 March 2006
Soyez Freres - Quill toothpicks since 1832
Topic: Quills
The Company Soyez Freres SA, a family firm founded in 1832 in the Paris area, is currently headed by Mr. Gerard Soyez, the founder's great grandson. In 1958 the company moved to Donzy, in central France, its present location. Originally it was specialised in the treatment of feathers for the fashion world, bedding, brushes, sport (badminton shuttlecocks) and catering (goose feather toothpicks). In the 1920s it extended its activity to include drinking straws. Straw production has constantly expanded and, with the disappearance of the feather department, the company has focused its activity solely on plastic extrusion.

"The quill toothpick was invented by Soyez's grandfather in 1832. The Soyez family had raised geese for generations, but it was Grandpa Soyez who discovered that the scrap left from goose quill pens and drinking straws could be shaped into effective toothpicks." Quote from authorized North American importers and distributors of French-made 'quill' toothpicks.

posted by niblog at 02:20 CET
Updated: Saturday, 4 March 2006 02:43 CET
Friday, 3 March 2006
Quill Toothpick
Topic: Quills
Quill Toothpick -- About 150 years ago, in France, a gentleman named Soyez had a brilliant idea. He fashioned a toothpick from a hollow goose quill. When shaped correctly, the quill became a remarkable dental cleaning device.

Gradually, a new business was born. As demand for these remarkable quills grew, it became necessary to find a faster, more uniform way to manufacture more toothpicks. Today's quill toothpicks are manufactured and packaged, under strict sanitary conditions, from the highest quality plastic. The product is more durable, and superior in many ways to the predecessor found in nature.

The plastic quill toothpick has an indefinite shelf life, unlike the old goose quills that tended to dry out and split if stored for more than a couple of years. The plastic quill toothpick is more durable and retains its fine cleaning qualities even with much use. In fact many users report that they will use the same Cure-dent Quill Toothpick several times. Read more at, authorized North American importers and distributors of French-made 'quill' toothpicks.

»Search eBay for quill toothpick

posted by niblog at 09:13 CET
Updated: Saturday, 4 March 2006 02:41 CET
Thursday, 2 March 2006
Is this the end of calligraphy as we know it?
Topic: Quills
No more Quills -- BBC reports the Swedish bird flu case is 'not H5N1' but I am not sure I want to collect bird feathers this summer.

IMAGE: German Swan, "Scientists fear migrating birds may spread the virus further" BBC News, AP.

»Search eBay for quill pen

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 4 March 2006 02:38 CET
Wednesday, 1 March 2006
Ninth Wave Design
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Ninth Wave Designs -- blog about pens and pencils

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Tuesday, 28 February 2006
Dickens Travel Writing Desk
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Dickens Travel Writing Desk -- "Writing desk with 5 drawers and screw on spindle legs. This is a copy of the desk that Dickens took with him when he traveled. The desk was carried in 3 separate cases (not available and not included)." Price $800.00 USD at

The British Officer's Campaign Travel Writing Desk looks nice too -- "Writing desk with 3 drawers and folding legs." Price $450.00 USD

Search eBay for new and vintage Campaign Desks

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Wednesday, 1 March 2006 16:47 CET
Monday, 27 February 2006
Minilivs Font
Topic: Typography
Minilivs -- superexclusive font by Jonas Torvestig. (via bold)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Sunday, 26 February 2006
Japanese Ex-libris Stamps
Topic: Art
Japanese Ex-libris Stamps -- "Ex-libris ownership stamps were imprinted in books to clearly indicate to which collection these literary works belonged. They were first seen in China from where they were brought to Japan. While we can trace Japan's oldest ex-libris ownership stamps back to the Nara period (710 to 794), we cannot pinpoint when nor how they were introduced to Japan." (via the cartoonist April 2005)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Friday, 24 February 2006
Dux Inkwell sharpener
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Dux Inkwell sharpener -- "The colors were beautiful, and the sharpeners had the weight and aesthetics to be genuine desk accesories. Overall the sharpener seemed to be supremely functional. A standard, silver-metal blade sharpener is mounted into the black cap and is fitted with a stainless steel blade." Read the review at

posted by niblog at 06:55 CET
Wednesday, 22 February 2006
FLY pentop computer
Topic: Pens, Pencils
FLY pen -- my brother says this is a cool product. "Computer power on paper! FLY pentop computer's power comes from an optical scanner that sees everything you scan and write on special dot-matrix FLY paper. It's got a brain (a built-in computer processor) and it's got a voice. It's even got its own language. If you've got a math problem, FLY pentop computer can solve it. You can schedule anything and FLY pentop computer will remind you. You can draw drums and keyboards and record your own tunes. Play games with your friends -- anywhere, any time!"

posted by niblog at 07:42 CET
Tuesday, 21 February 2006
Montblanc 100 Years Solitaire Mountain Massif Skeleton 2006
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Montblanc 100 Years -- To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Montblanc brand, the firm has created this magnificent pen in a very limited edition of 3 pieces only. The Montblanc 100 Years Solitaire Mountain Massif Skeleton 2006 is not only skeletonised (solid 18kt white gold), but covered in 1,277 white and 123 blue diamonds. An exceptional feature is the design of the transparent cap head: inside floats a glittering diamond in the shape of the Montblanc star. After several years development, this star-cut diamond was created and patented especially for the 100th anniversary of the firm. It has 43 facets to ensure maximum brilliance and glowing fire. The pen sells for 120,000 Euros (approx. USD $ 140,000). [via]

posted by niblog at 07:46 CET
Monday, 20 February 2006
Collectible Soup Cans
Topic: Art
Limited Edition Campbell's Soup Cans for sale on eBay. "This auction is for a four can set of the limited edition Andy Warhol / Campbell's soup cans."
Auction ends 20.Feb.2006. View eBay item #7219435011. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for Campbell's Can

posted by niblog at 00:02 CET
Sunday, 19 February 2006
Playboy Pamela Anderson limited edition toy car
Topic: Motor Racing
Playboy Pamela Anderson collectible die cast car for sale on eBay. "This auction is for a Playboy Pamela Anderson limited edition car, released by Previews Exclusive. The car has a picture of Pamela on the hood and 53 on the sides, to represent the year Playboy started. It also comes with a 'centerfold' with a celebrity profile, and includes rare unpublished outtake photos. The cars are Johnny Lightning stock cars, but not identified as such."Auction ends 19.Feb.2006. View eBay item #7007887870. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for playboy die cast

posted by niblog at 07:41 CET
Saturday, 18 February 2006
Campbell's Collectible Die-Cast VW Beetle
Topic: Art
Campbell's Die-Cast 1952 VW Beetle for sale on eBay. "This Campbell's model represents the 1952 VW Beetle. The pop art design is representative of the free art expression that prevailed during the 1960's. This die-cast model has been made with care and attention to fine detail by skilled craftsmen. Made in England by Lledo PLC " Auction ends 18.Feb.2006. View eBay item #7007884980. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for Campbell's VW

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 18 February 2006 20:13 CET
Friday, 17 February 2006
Candy Magazine
Topic: Design
Candy is a bi-monthly, independently produced digital magazine.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Thursday, 16 February 2006
Bad handwriting
Topic: Typography
The Guardian blames bad handwriting on Times New Roman. (via microsoft typography)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Wednesday, 15 February 2006
Rappers don't Photoshop
Topic: Music
Brandweek interview with in-demand graphic designer and tattoo artist Mister Cartoon. "A rapper wouldn't do it Photoshop, wouldn't do it in Illustrator font and turn it in with Pantone color. A rapper don't know nothing about that stuff." (via microsoft typography)

posted by niblog at 08:54 CET
Tuesday, 14 February 2006
Happy Valentines! I Choo Choo Choose You.
Topic: Animation
Valentine cards from the Simpsons -- Download the "I Choo- Choo- Choose You" and the "Bee Mine" Valentine's Day cards from the Simpsons at Geoff Stearns' blog,

posted by niblog at 07:22 CET

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