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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
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
Sunday, 12 February 2006
The Good Old #2
Topic: Pens, Pencils
The Good Old No. 2 pencil -- "I read yesterday that some schools are going to stop teaching cursive writing and instead kids will be taught how to write using a computer keyboard." Read more in Trevor's Blog

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Monday, 6 February 2006
Digital Ink well 2001
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Digital Ink Well -- "The e-mail pen combines leading edge electronics and industrial design expertise with a creative vision and gives an everyday familiar object an incredible new function. It enables users to read and write e-mails from their home without the need for being at your computer. Writing with the pen as you would with a normal pen, but on any chosen surface the e-mail pen captures the message digitally and displays it on the screen. By twisting the top of the pen the user selects an address and presses the button to send. The data is transferred via a bluetooth link to the ink well for processing and then via a land line, or GSM link to the internet and on to the recipient." (from a Cambridge Consultants Ltd press release 2001.)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Monday, 6 February 2006 06:55 CET
Wednesday, 1 February 2006
JUPITER pencil sharpener
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Jupiter, vintage pencil sharpener for sale on Swedish auction site (I am not bidding, and I don't know the seller.)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Saturday, 28 January 2006
Dandy Chicago - vintage pencil sharpener
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Dandy Chicago -- cool old pencil sharpener for sale on Swedish auction site Auction ends 28.Jan.2006. (I am not bidding and I don't know the seller.)

»More like this in the Early Office Museum's Mechanical Pencil Sharpener Gallery
»Search eBay for Vintage Pencil Sharpeners

posted by niblog at 09:00 CET
Friday, 27 January 2006
The dream fountain pen 1958
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Scripto 1958 ad found at by P-E Fronning of Martin Klasch

posted by niblog at 00:48 CET
Wednesday, 25 January 2006
Lamy 2000 -- a 'writing-a-novel sort of pen'
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Neil Gaiman asks: "What are the characteristics of a 'writing-a-novel sort of pen' as opposed to a 'signing-your-name pen'?" He says: "The Lamy 2000 is a poor signing pen, it skips and scratches when you go fast, but it's fine if I've slowed up enough to write words rather than to do a signature." Read more in Neil Gaiman's journal.

»Read the new Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review by Mike Shea
»Search eBay for Lamy 2000
» -- Lamy website

posted by niblog at 07:04 CET
Tuesday, 24 January 2006
Pencil Box with Abacus
Topic: Pens, Pencils
I like this old wooden Pencil Box with Abacus, ('Anker-Kasten mit Druckknopf gesetzlich geschultzt') sold on Swedish auction site, 22.Jan.2006. Winning bid: 205 SEK approx. $ 27 USD (I didn't bid, and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for new and vintage pencil boxes

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 24 January 2006 07:19 CET
Sunday, 8 January 2006
My Pen Is Huge
Topic: Pens, Pencils
My Pen Is Huge -- funny cheap offensive t-shirt from deezteez

posted by niblog at 17:05 CET
Wednesday, 4 January 2006
Paul Smith Fountain Pen
Topic: Pens, Pencils
The Paul Smith Fountain Pen looks cool. "Luxury lacquered fountain pen with silver key line and silver nib featuring the signature Paul smith 'twist' clip.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 6 January 2006 11:32 CET
Saturday, 24 December 2005
Give them the best in writing...
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Esterbrook Christmas 1948 ad, found at Bamboo Trading

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Monday, 12 December 2005
School bans pencil cases
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Pupils as young as four have been banned from taking pencil cases to school - in case they are used to smuggle sharp weapons. The drastic action was taken after a boy was cut with a letter opener during "boisterous play". Paul Starkie, aged nine, suffered minor cuts to his chest and leg following the incident at St Anne's Primary School, Denton, earlier this week. Teachers discovered that the steel blade had been brought into school hidden in a pencil case. Now all 209 girls and boys at the Tameside school have been banned from taking pencil cases and their contents into the classroom to prevent any other "potentially harmful instruments" being brought into the school.
Read more in Manchester Evening News 10th March 2005

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Sunday, 11 December 2005
Pencil sharpeners banned after attack
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Pencil sharpeners have been banned from a primary school after a pupil dismantled one and used the blade to slash another child's neck. Read the news story in Manchester Online 9th Dec. 2005. (via zerointelligence and pencil revolution)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Saturday, 10 December 2005
Batoen: Dragon Quest Battle Pencils!
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Batoen: Dragon Quest Battle Pencils! "Much like Pokemon is short for Pocket Monsters, Batoen is short for Battle Pencils... just the word for pencil in Japanese is enpitsu. It's a simple idea. Take pencils, write stuff on each of the sides, so that the pencil becomes a sort of six-sided die. You roll the pencil and the pencil, which represents a monster from Dragon Quest, does something, like damage or healing of hp, or other interesting effects" read more in the revecess blog (via boing boing) [see also pencil cricket]

posted by niblog at 01:46 CET
Updated: Saturday, 10 December 2005 10:37 CET
Monday, 5 December 2005
Topic: Pens, Pencils
TWO-YEAR INK SUPPLY can be carried in a fountain pen invented by L. J. Biro, an Argentine newspaper man from Hungary. The writing point is an unbreakable ball bearing to which a gelatinous quick-drying ink is fed from a copper tube. Composition of the ink is not divulged, but is supposedly a combination of glycerin and anilin fed from two copper tubes. The pen is sealed and can be refilled only by the manufacturer. The inventor claims the pen will not leak at high altitudes, and that one filling lasts one to two years.
Popular Science 1-1945 large scan (via Modern Mechanix)

posted by niblog at 00:14 CET
Monday, 28 November 2005
Marker - Science History Study Guide
Topic: Pens, Pencils
"The felt-tip pen was invented by Sidney Rosenthal in 1953. This inventor from Richmond Hill, New York, placed a felt tip on the end of a small, stout bottle of permanent ink and discovered that the resulting marks saturated a heavy, absorbent surface, yielding rich color and permanence." Read more at

posted by niblog at 22:12 CET
Thursday, 17 November 2005
Eraser Maintenance Tip
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Eraser Maintenance Tip: "To prevent the erasers from hardening, I soak them in warm water mixed with dish washing detergent (once a year). Then I towel dry them and soak them in Armor-All and towel dry them again. This product is normally used to keep tires and dashboards from dry rotting in the sun but it's excellent for erasers too!" a tip from Joe Woodworker's Eraser Collection (via

posted by niblog at 06:40 CET

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