Heyaaa! Long time, eh? Well, we’ll just rip the bandaid off and get right back into it. Today’s offerings are the Pentel Arts 8 Color Automatic Pencil and the Ogami Professional Notebook. Both are pretty nifty!
The automatic pencil is basically a lead holder with replaceable leads. It comes with light blue, blue, green, yellow, red, pink, orange, and brown, which seems a bit odd. Personally, I would have ditched the light blue and pink in favor of black and purple but maybe with only 8 colors, it is pretty hard to get everything you want. The colors are rather pastel in nature (not my favorite shade) but they’re at least smooth and don’t flake. One drawback is that they don’t really erase well but as the intention is for art or whatever it probably doesn’t matter. I got mine on Amazon for about $15, which is pretty good considering it was originally $25!
Now onto the notebook! It was a cool find in a shop near where I live (and their website is down, boo) so you’ll have to find a place to buy them. Here‘s a link to a Design Milk post about them with more pretty pictures! The paper is made of stone dust and resins, which makes for an interesting texture but it’s waterproof, tree free, and recyclable. I really like the design, colors, and sizes the notebooks come in. And you get a nifty pocket in the back for papers and whatnot! Writing on it is a bit tricky. The smoothness (due to the waterproof nature of the paper?) requires rather long drying time for some pens/inks but old fashioned petroleum ink ballpoint pens work very well. I would stay away from gel pens and those with very fine tips (I’m talking about you, Pilot Hi-Tec-C!). I picked up mine for about $12, but it’s worth it for a sweet new notebook that’ll make you the envy of all your office supply aficionado friends!