Stationery Review What it says it is, but with more pens! Mon, 12 Oct 2020 19:52:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rotring 600 Sun, 22 Apr 2018 23:13:00 +0000 Hi everyone! I was recently contacted by Executive Pens Direct?to review some of the pens the offer. They have also provided a discount code which I will include after my review.

I have had my eye on the Rotring range for quite some time. The all-metal build, the premium look and the extra features really made the whole product line feel very top-of-the-range when you talk about mechanical pencils.?When I was contacted by Steven who offered to let me review one, I couldn’t say no.


In the hand the 600 feels quite light, but very solid. It weighed in at 22 grams with the lead that came with it, which I think surprised me a little. But it means you could use this pencil all day without hand fatigue.

It has an excellent balance which means you can both write, rule and sketch with great control. The knurled grip has a lot of… well… grip, and assuming you don’t hold it too tightly (as I am prone to do) there shouldn’t be any issues using this as a daily writer / note taker.



At the top the 600 has?some of the best features I have seen in a while.?A swivel indicator for lead grade, a metal eraser-holder so you can get to every last millimeter of the eraser (and makes it easy to replace), a solid clip and a metal eraser cover to complete the look.



Down at the pointy end (no pun intended) you can see the excellent grip and the fixed 4mm long lead sleeve. This will prevent breakages and gives you an excellent view of what you are working on, but can get a little sharp if you put it directly into a pocket. The HB lead provided with the pencil was a little light for me, but that’s just personal preference.

In conclusion, this is an excellent tool for someone who is in a drafting industry, or uses mechanical pencils to sketch a lot. At ~30GBP ($40USD) it could seem a little expensive to someone who is used to buying $3 Bic’s, but it is a solid instrument that will be with you for a long, long time.


Thanks again to Steven from?Executive Pens Direct?for the sample to review! They currently have a promotion running for this week (National Stationery Week in the UK, 23rd – 29th of April) so if you use the code “NSW2018″?at checkout you will get 15% off everything!


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The Importance of Good Notebooks for Your Business Sun, 11 Feb 2018 02:31:05 +0000 Hey guys, this is a guest post by Jeremy Raynold, a top freelance writer. Stationery Review would just like to thank him for his time and his unique tips on using notebooks for your business, so you can find these tips here and in many other blogs, such as andersfogh that have all the information you need.


How many times has it happened to you, that you have your morning coffee and a creative idea for your business just appears in your head? But then you leave home for a work and forget about it. Or you have a good motivating phrase in your head, but when the time comes to speak to your employees, you forget about it too. Or you read an interesting article and really want to pick some useful facts from it but the next day you barely remind yourself what the article was about. Or you definitely know how unproductive and a total waste of time it is to have a business meeting where nobody is taking any notes.

A good notebook may become a place for your inspiration, life-changing ideas or everyday working notes. It might become your best and most useful personal Wikipedia. Paper notebook or electronic notebook could drive your business, increase your personal productivity and form organisational habits.?Wondering to how to edit PDF Files? Do it online?on? free PDF editor.

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Here are a few reasons why you should consider having a notebook for your business:

Ideas Become a Reality?

We aren’t saying that getting a planner will automatically bring millions of good ideas into your life, but like the Bible says “In the beginning, was the Word”. We could add that at first, there was a word written down on a paper.

So, when you write down the idea, it has much more chances not to be lost in everyday routine and become a reality.

Even the bluntest pencil might be better than the sharpest memory

We simply forget thigs. And it’s absolutely normal for human beings. But if you have it written thing down, you can go back to it anytime it’s needed and remind yourself all the details. Especially here we will see the importance of a notebook for your business – if your employees don’t write all the tasks they most likely will forget something.

It helps you to be more creative

Not just in everyday life but also for your business. When you write down the quote that inspires you or some creative idea that someone already used, you keep your own level of creativity high. You like to train your creativity the same way you train your muscles at the gym.

Blank pages will encourage you ask the questions: Why? And How?

When you see a blank page, and you start to wonder how to write down some plan, your brain focuses more on details. So, you can write down very accurately, step by step how to achieve your goal. When you have the plan depicted on paper, it’s easier to see what small details are missing and how to make a plan more accurate.


Your planner becomes sort of your personal manager. If you write down your future steps that were done to achieve some goal, you can use it to control yourself and motivate yourself to keep moving.

Promoting your brand

If your business notebook is well designed, made from quality paper and it is branded with your logo, it will become an additional and very effective marketing tool, remember, you need to think about the future of work. People will see your business logo when you take your planner for a business meeting. They will see it when your employees use it in everyday life. You know what I mean – there is never too much branding.

Showing your personality

A notebook is the same important accessory as your watch or belt. If your desire is to show people that you or your business are very open-minded and modern, you might pick a bright, good quality Moleskine. If you aim to show that your business is hi-tech or you have a paper-free company policy you might buy an electronic notebook. Your notebook will tell your partners or clients what to expect from you and who you are. Use it.


Jeremy Raynold – a top freelance writer from– has been using planners since his childhood age. At first, it was a habit to write down his thoughts or feelings. But when he became older and started building his career, this habit became a useful tool. He is using it to write down good quotes that he uses in his articles. Also, Jeremy writes down all the inspiring content that helps him to stay creative. Recently he started to use an electronic notebook that helps him to find information faster. As he says, a notebook is a must-have tool for a writer.

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Karst Stone Paper Stationery Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:52:10 +0000 Kast-logo-tag-black_preview

We all know that paper is made from trees.?To be more specific, it’s made from pulp wood fibre. In today’s society, paper can be made from multiple materials, including rice, water plants and cotton. But have you ever heard of paper made from stone? I bring you: Karst Stone Paper stationery; a stationary range with paper made entirely from stone. Here’s now it works.


Karst Stone Paper transforms recycled stone into simple, functional and beautiful products.? To do this, they re-purpose waste stone produced by the mining and construction industry, crush it into powder and combine it with a non-toxic, recyclable binding agent. This means that none of their notebooks contain any trees, water, wastes, acids or bleaches. The best part of all this? the paper is waterproof and tear resistant. That means you can carry your notebook on-the-go, accidentally drop it into the sink and your valued words are still going to be completely safe.


I’ll get down to the specifics. Karst Stone Paper notebooks are available in two sizes, A5 and A5. They also offer a pocket journal – and all of these products are available in five different colours. You can choose from both hardcover and softcover, blank or lined, and they even have a dot grid notebook for sale due to popular demand; better get your wallets out now! A 2018 planner is also available on their website, a wonderful organising tool with weekly and monthly views, tasks, goals and note sections.


Karst Stone Paper is the world’s smoothest and whitest paper and allows you to write freely with any pen as it guarantees no ink bleed-through. I’ve yet to get my hands on one of these, but when I do I’ll make sure to test out the pages with my trust-worthy Lamy fountain pen. Another great initiative which makes buying one of these gorgeous notebooks even better is that they’ve partnered with the One Tree Planted foundation to help aid the growth of global reforestation. With every notebook bought, they plant a tree in North America, South America, Asia and Africa.

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If you’d like to learn a little more about Karst Stone Paper and their initiative, you can watch their inspiring promotional video here.? There’s also a bunch of information available on their website at

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Minimal Mechanical Pencil: Modern Fuel 2.0 Sun, 05 Nov 2017 05:38:13 +0000 Have you ever been to the store and bought multiple pencils, different brands, sizes, trying to find the ‘one’? Well, when Andrew Sanderson couldn’t find his perfect pencil, he designed his own: a minimal mechanical pencil that will last a lifetime.

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From the first design now comes the Modern Fuel pencil 2.0 which is now perfected, with a bunch of new features. The mechanical pencil can help you to achieve and create great things because of its design, reliability and dependability to the creator: you. What’s more to love than a custom designed mechanical pencil that will last you forever? Well, here are some of its specifications:


  • Machined from one solid piece of metal, resulting in amazing strength and durability. You can choose from titanium, tellerium copper, phosphorous bronze and stainless steel.
  • Has a seamless look and is blended by hand to appear as one single piece of metal. Where else can you find this much beauty in a pencil?
  • Designed and engineered using the same inspection standards used in aircraft engineering; you know that it will last a lifetime. But if it doesn’t, and your pencil happens to break, you can send it back and get it fixed or be given a new one for free. Simple!
  • You can choose which led you’d like to use, between 0.5mm, 0.7mm and 0.9mm.
  • Nothing is made of plastic. I think this is the best design feature of all.

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I’ve personally never been a huge fan of using pencils, so a mechanical pencil has always been my choice. But after a few months of using one, the plastic would break, it’d stop working or I’d lose it from my bag and it’d smash into pieces. The Modern Fuel Pencil will put my worries at ease, and all of yours, too. It’s minimalist design makes it the perfect addition to any work-space, and the ability to pick bronze: who doesn’t love some rose gold in their life? Plus, the bronze C5100 which is used to make the pencil is typically reserved for high-end watches, so you’ll never find a mechanical pencil like this one out in the wild.

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The Modern Fuel Pencil 2.0 is currently on Kickstarter, where you’ll be able to find more information and back the project here: A Minimal Mechanical Pencil that will Last a Lifetime 2.0.? The campaign also comes with a bunch of add-ons, like engraving, a cork case, eraser plug and additional mechanisms to personalise your mechanical pencil either as a gift, or for yourself.?I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one to test, and if you think you need this beauty in your life, go ahead and support the campaign; you won’t regret it. If you’d like to view?Andrew Sanderson’s? projects and learn a little more about the founder, you can visit his website, Modern Fuel Design.?

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Trigg Life Mapper by Moving Stationery Wed, 09 Aug 2017 05:50:54 +0000 Trigg3

The big question is: what is Trigg? Well, I’m here to explain to you all about this awesome new diary (or planner, whichever you prefer), and how it will benefit you.

Trigg Life Mapper is an advanced page-a-day diary that guides you towards your most valued goals, which includes short-term and long-term goals. The diary fuses together planning, productivity, habit, mindfulness and gratitude to provide a daily, weekly and yearly framework that will ensure you work less (who doesn’t enjoy a good break?), get more done and constantly strive towards achieving your goals.


Personally, I’ve been using planners for a number of years. Each person will have their preferences, but the sound of this mindfulness planner is definitely something I’d love to try out. Here are the specs:

  • A5 size: 210mm x 148mm
  • 90 GSM ivory paper (fountain pen friendly, hooray!)
  • Hard cover
  • 400 pages section sewn
  • Elastic strap
  • Bookmark Ribbon
  • It’s also an awesome aqua blue


The Trigg Life Mapper?contains 10 innovative structures, so here they are:

  1. An annual forecast section
  2. A weekly planner page
  3. A daily productivity page
  4. A daily productivity quad
  5. A weekly gratitude section
  6. A weekly reflection section
  7. A daily inspirational quote
  8. A weekly ‘call to action’
  9. A six month review section
  10. A final annual review section


When I get my hands on a sample product I plan on giving you all an in-depth review of the Trigg Life Mapper and also upload some more pictures. ?If you’d like some more information, or wish to purchase one of your own, head on over to Thinktrigg.?

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The Weskin – Product Review Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:36:39 +0000 My previous post gave an overview of Bookblock’s new flagship product, the Weskin. My sample product finally came in the mail and I can give you the full guided tour. I’m not disappointed. Let me warn you that my photo’s aren’t quite as good as Bookblock’s professional ones, but they definitely show how awesome this notebook is.


The Weskin contains several great features, which are mentioned here, so I won’t go over all of them again. Some major features do stand out though. At first glance, I thought the Weskin was actually a hard-cover – until I picked it up in my excited little fingers. The geometric patterns on the end-pages are very sophisticated.


The cloth-bound cover is a great touch and adds to the modern design of the notebook. Having two bookmarks is brilliant – I always find that when I take notes I need to be in two places at once. With the Weskin, anything is possible.


My favourite part of the Weskin has to be the pages. Not only are they soft and silky to the touch – my fountain pen doesn’t bleed through.


If you’re on the market for a new notebook that looks fancy with gilded edges, but is also extremely practical, then you’ve come to the right place. ?The Bookblock Shop will be up and running soon, so you can get your paws on one of these fantastic notebooks.

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The Weskin Notebook by Bookblock Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:14:51 +0000 If you’ve read any of my previous reviews on Bookblock, you’ll understand how great their notebooks are. ?The company has taken another step and created the Weskin, a one-of-a-kind notebook.


The Weskin is your perfect notebook companion, whether you’re working, studying, or just writing. The notebook is A5 in size (not too big, not too small), ?comes with a pretty gilt edge, and is available in classic navy blue, contemporary yellow or muted grey. The Weskin also has a geometric lining, and comes complete with a double grosgrain ribbon – all of the must-have notebook essentials.


Other essentials include that the notebook lays flat, has a semi-flex (not quite as soft as a soft-cover, but not a hard-cover), is covered in durable textured cloth and comes with a silver, metallic geometric bellyband – a great bookmark alternative.


The launch of Bookblock’s flagship product, the Weskin, comes with the introduction of the Bookblock shop – an easier way for you to get your hands on everything Bookblock by purchasing online. The shop isn’t quite ready yet, but when it’s up and running in the next few weeks, you can get your personal Weskin?here at the Bookblock shop.?

Bookblock has been kind enough to send me a sample product too, so when I get my hands on the notebook I will make sure to give you all of the testing details. Until then, let these images entice you.


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ROSSI 1931 2017 Notebook Collection – Gold Foil Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:25:57 +0000 ROSSI logo

Back in September 2015, I reviewed ROSSI’s products for the first time. Their new 2017 notebook collection is just as wonderful as ever, and I have the fantastic opportunity of reviewing some of their samples. First up, the gold foil collection.

Gold foil collection

In my previous posts about ROSSI,?I reviewed some of their gorgeous notepads. To be honest, I believe these colourful gold foil notebooks are even more beautiful. These notebooks come in two different sizes, A5 or A6, and an array of colours to suit your needs (and especially wants). I’ll start with the soft-cover notebooks.

soft-cover notebooks

The mint and honey notebooks on the left are A5 in size, whereas the pink and cobalt blue on the right are A6. Each notebook colour has coloured pages to match, which makes these notebooks one of my favourite. These notebooks are also jam-packed with 50 pages, so they’ll last you a long time when needing to write down notes. On to the hard-cover notebook.

hard-cover notebook

The A5 hard-cover notebook can also be customised with gold foil edging. There are 120 lined, thick pages inside, so that when you write with a fountain pen (like me), the ink won’t bleed through. The hard-cover notebook also comes with a front ‘about you’ page, where you can display your name, address and other details in case it gets lost (see below). The only thing missing would be some form of bookmark to keep your page. Other than that, this beautiful notebook is simply perfect.

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These notebooks come in eight different colours for you to enjoy:?honey, mint, lavender, azure blue, pearl, scarlet red, pink and tobacco. ROSSI’s stationery collection is one of a kind, so if you enjoy their notebooks as much as I do, please head on over to their website.

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Bellroy’s Notebook Cover Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:43:41 +0000 Over at?Bellroy,?they’ve created something new that everyone can enjoy. ?On November 8th, Bellroy launched their notebook cover; a leather cover for your notebook, cards and a pen.


Bellroy’s notebook cover is for those who are looking for a better way to protect their notebook or sketch pad. The cover is made from premium vegetable-tanned leather and is ideal for creative professionals who need to jot down ideas quickly, or record thoughts and lists to free their minds from the clutter.

“We wanted to design a jacket that compliments the notebook it covers. With an invisible closure and storage that hides your cards, we were able to deliver that pure experience.” – Hadrien, M, Head Product Designer.

The notebook cover comes in five main colours: black, blue steel, caramel, eucalyptus and java. ?Being made out of pure leather means that colour variations are small, but for a product that is going to protect whatever is inside, it is very attractive and appealing.


Bellroy’s notebook cover comes with a magnet closure that keeps your notes secure, while having debossed detailing which holds your pen in place when clipped over the spine. There is also extra storage inside that can hold a couple of cards if you’re using it on-the-go.

The idea of the notebook cover is to keep your ideas protected in a cover that is worthy of its contents. Being a writer myself, this product is definitely something I would use without a doubt; especially considering it is made of leather and will last me a lifetime.

Notebook cover features:


????????????????????? Fits a small (3.5 x 5.5 inch) notebook or 1-2 passports

????????????????????? 205mm x 103mm

????????????????????? Pre-loaded with a free Bellroy notebook

????????????????????? Space for a pen

????????????????????? 4-6 cards

????????????????????? Magnetic closure

????????????????????? Premium vegetable-tanned leather

????????????????????? Covered by our 3 year warranty


If you’d like to know more about Bellroy and their products, or get your hands on one of their new notebook covers, please head on over to their website.?

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DroodleBooks Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:59:02 +0000 I was contacted by DroodleBooks a few weeks ago and the time has finally come for them to launch their new professional notebook.

At DroodleBooks, they’ve crafted a professional notebook to help reduce stress and inspire creativity. Their mission is to integrate the creative advantages of colouring and doodling with the professional benefits of a regular notebook in order to fill the needs of working people, students and anyone in between.


I’ve always been a fan of colouring from when I was little, but with all of these adult colouring books available on the market today it’s hard to know what to choose. DroodleBook’s creative design can let you have two books in one, so that instead of carrying around a colouring book and a notebook, all you have to carry is a sleek and stylish DroodleBook.


DroodleBooks is great for art therapy to help reduce stress in their everyday. If you work full-time, are a busy student or even a parent, this notebook can help you find inner solace through self-expression. Droodlebooks also wants to bring out your inner creative. Even if you’ve only ever drawn stick figures, everyone deserves the right to feel and be creative, and with Droodlebooks that can be you.

Not only would this be a great gift for yourself, but also for that busy person in your life who you think just needs to sit back and have some time out.

If you’d like to get some more information about DroodleBooks, or even back their new Kickstarter project that goes live tomorrow, please head on over to their website.?


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