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Waiting for Scriptorium pens

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I have
metal pens     ⇒    many ☺ ebonite pens  ⇒    many ☺ acrylic pens    ⇒    many ☺ wooden pens  ⇒    not a single one 😣 I thought "How can I live with such a manko?" The solution was easy, I ordered some from Scriptorium Pens.  I was discussing another pen with Renee from Scriptorium Pens, when we happened to talk about wooden pens and she mentioned that she actually started from making wooden pens.
She showed me some wood she has, some pens she made - and I knew I will let her make a pen for me. The problem was only, which wood and which shape should the pen be. Despite the many wood types, they were quite easy to choose, the shape was the problem. To talk in "Sailor pen language", the question was "should it be a 1911 shape or should it be a ProGear shape". My typical solution in such a case is, neither 1911 nor ProGear but both.
The 1911 shaped pen is made from Amboyna Burl. In this case, it is the highest grade of Amboyna available which is dif…

ISOT "International Stationary and Office Products Tokyo" Trade Fair

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Last week, I went to the 30th ISOT trade fair, where ISOT is the abbreviation of "International Stationary and Office Products Tokyo". This trade fair is held twice a year in January and June at one of the main exhibition grounds of Tokyo, Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Centre).
As most of the readers will not have the opportunity to visit, I will show some pictures of the Tokyo Big Sight centre. It is located on a man-made little island in the Tokyo Bay; link to Google Maps


As you can see, it is big. The exhibition takes place behind this tower and in a near second exhibition centre.

While the pamphlet says, 340 companies would present their products, a short count of the number of booths reduces this number to 200. This was also my impression. Among these 200 were at least 100 from China, Taiwan and Korea. Only a few companies from other countries were present. If I compare with last year, I think much less Japanese companies were present. Are stationary p…

More inks from Germany

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A short overview of the 20 inks made by Octopus Fluids from Germany.

I did this overview just for me (didn't think that I would publish it), so I used one of the notebooks which I am regularly using, Kokuyo Campus. Pen was a glass dip pen, about F-sized. So, it is only temporary, I am going to redo it with much more information. I hope it is still a bit useful.

The Octopus inks are sold at their online store or at Amazon. I have already added the new inks which will be available from middle of May 2019.


Black


Royal Blue


Ultramarine



Caribbean



Lilac




Purpur



NEW: Orchid



Red



NEW: Brilliant red



Burgundy



Caramel



Pinie




Bronze



NEW: Sepia-black



Dark green



Moss green



Lime green




Spring green