My 2021 Journaling & Notebook System

Every year, in the week between Christmas and the New Year, I schedule several days off to take a sort of personal retreat. I'll usually turn on my auto-responder and go dark for 4-5 days to focus on planning, self-reflection, and getting ready for the year ahead. Part of this retreat is assessing and revising… Continue reading My 2021 Journaling & Notebook System

Adding Fuel to The Fire – What Inspired Me In March 2021

I love the different cutaway shapes on the sections of these vintage Montblanc pens. Favorite Traveler's Notebook Accessories (via The Gentleman Stationer) Adobe Photoshop's 'Super Resolution' Made my Jaw Hit The Floor. (via Peta Pixel) The Absolute Best Way to Boil Eggs According to So Many Tests (via Food 52) The Best Fountain Pen in… Continue reading Adding Fuel to The Fire – What Inspired Me In March 2021

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta

Are we too quick to blame our tools for things that aren't their fault? Does an inability to perceive our own flaws influence how we form an impression of something? Can we push back and adapt to these issues to grow long-term? I promise you this is still a pen review. But I need to… Continue reading Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta

Blank Slate Paper Co. Custom Pads

(The paper pads in this review were purchased by me at a discount using a code that Blank Slate Paper provided for review purposes — Stick around till the end of this article to get your own code for 15% off Blank Slate products). How long have you been searching for the perfect paper pad… Continue reading Blank Slate Paper Co. Custom Pads

Always Inked — Lamy Studio

The first "nice" pen I ever bought was a Lamy Studio. Until that point, I had been on the periphery of writing with fountain pens — preferring to use cheaper disposable fountain pens like the Platinum Preppy, or buying and then immediately losing Pilot Metropolitans). I liked how they wrote and how they felt in… Continue reading Always Inked — Lamy Studio

Adding Fuel to The Fire – What Inspired Me In February 2021

St. Patrick's day is just around the corner — time to break out the green pens. James Baldwin on The Impossible Cool As someone who loves discovering new music — I've been really inspired by the weekly roundup of albums that Brad from Pen Addict has been sharing on Instagram. I've even started keeping a similar… Continue reading Adding Fuel to The Fire – What Inspired Me In February 2021

Clairfontaine Flying Spirit Notebook

While browsing the Vanness website, looking to pick up the green Diplomat Aero I'd had my sights on for a while, I came across the Clairefontaine Flying Spirit line of notebooks. Perhaps because the Diplomat's design had already plated some aviation-inspired seeds in my mind, I was instantly smitten with the style and look of… Continue reading Clairfontaine Flying Spirit Notebook

Five Slot Pen Case — Galen Leather

The day you buy your first nice pen is the day you start to think, "how can I stop myself from ruining this." I'm notorious for buying something nice — like a pair of headphones or sunglasses — and then either destroying or losing them immediately. (I have lost too many sets of headphones on planes… Continue reading Five Slot Pen Case — Galen Leather

Always Inked — The Schon Pocket Six

If you come to me one day and ask, "Luke, what is the most useful pen I could buy" I'm going to put a Schon DSGN Pocket Six in your hand. You didn't ask for the fanciest. You didn't ask for the prettiest (although Ian Schon's pens are gorgeous). You didn't ask for the most… Continue reading Always Inked — The Schon Pocket Six