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

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

My Favorite Notebooks

What's a great writing tool without something to use it on? As a traveler, photographer, writer, and obsessive list-maker, I need my notebooks to fill various roles. Some are used as traditional journals and planners; others may be for project-specific notes, recipes, or explorations of a single narrow topic. Some may document an entire production… Continue reading My Favorite Notebooks

BENU Briolette – Luminous Amber

You know that moment when you're drinking a Thai iced coffee and the sweetened condensed milk is just starting to mix with the coffee — creating that delicious looking gradient of brown and cream? Now imagine stirring a handful of gold dust into it, and you've just described the Benu Briolette in Luminous Amber as… Continue reading BENU Briolette – Luminous Amber

Pepin Press Art Déco Letter Writing Kit

I took my daughter out a few days ago to buy some new drawing supplies at Hyatt's — our local art store that happens to be a massive warehouse of pretty much any creative tool one might find themselves in need of (they also have a pretty good pen section). While browsing some paper and ink, this… Continue reading Pepin Press Art Déco Letter Writing Kit

Five Inks I’m Going To Use A Lot More In Winter 2021

It's was a long year — and I've been writing a lot: journal entries, lists, letters, ideas, and lots of business and marketing notes for when I can get my photography business going full swing again. But in the weeks before the holidays hit, I felt like I'd fallen into a bit of a rut… Continue reading Five Inks I’m Going To Use A Lot More In Winter 2021