Retro 51 popping Flying Tiger LE

The Flying Tiger LE version was hard to resist.

Retro 51 Tornado Popper Flying Tiger LE – A pictorial review.

I have already reviewed the Retro 51 Tornado and you can read it here. Nothing has changed as to my opinion on the pen. You can read my review here. The review is almost three years old and with exception of the cosmetics, it is the same pen.

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RichWorks Gear Field Coates

The Field Coates loaded Up

RichWorks Gear Field Coates This has been a review that was long overdue. I enjoy using pocket-sized notebooks for my everyday note taking and for work. These notebooks are small enough to fit just about anywhere without being obtrusive and provide enough writing space until you can get your thoughts into a more permanent form.

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TWSBI Eco - Might that little lip on the section be a weak spot?

TWSBI Eco – Might that little lip on the section be a weak spot?

TWSBI ECO Let me start this by saying I have several TWSBI pens in my collection. TWSBI was one of the first brands I was introduced to after the Lamy Safari broke my death grip. My first TWSBI was the Diamond 530. It was right before the 540 was going to be introduced and the 530 was being cleared out. A few years later and I now have the 530, 540, Micarta (v1), and the Mini. That’s where things just stopped.

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The Echo Six Designs card wallet made for Inktronics

The Echo Six Designs card wallet made for Inktronics

  I have done small leather projects for myself from time to time. Mostly simple things that don’t involve a lot of the more difficult leather work. Some things I have done in the past, with help from my wife are, pen cases and cell phone cases. I have done a leather notebook cover for myself that included staining the raw leather. Read the rest of this entry »

Eighty pages review

EightyPages embossed logo on back cover

Eighty pages review at

EightyPages Notebook spine after 3 months of use

I don’t remember exactly how I came across but I think I either saw a post on Twitter or Instagram and was instantly drawn to their Kickstarter page. Shortly afterward I had a review copy in hand. EightyPages is an outfit out of New York that makes notebooks in small batches. Each edition is limited and as such are individually numbered. My review copy is 00-002. The first number is the volume and the second number is the production number. Based on that definition, I received the second notebook in their production.
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A5 Paper Ondulo Cahier

A5 Paper Ondulo Cahier


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Paper-oh cahier ondulo review

Paper Oh Cahier Ondulo A5

On June 7th, I published the Paper Oh Cahier review. Thanks again to Paper Oh for providing this example of the Ondulo in A5. I must say, since this is basically the same notebook, all of my comments in that review apply to the A5 with 2 exceptions. Check it out here: Read the rest of this entry »