Yard-O-Led: Beautiful silver propelling pencils with a genuine yard of lead

How much lead is there in a Yard-O-Led propelling pencil. Yes, it's a yard, all squeezed into the Sterling silver barrel....

Art of handwriting dies as keyboard takes over the world

“There are some schools in America,” she said, “where they have already stopped teaching handwriting.”

Workflow: The humble typewriter through rose-coloured glasses

Notebooks, typewriters, fountain pens: All should by rights be dead, foully killed off by the computer. But they live on.....

Spooks put new life into the typewriter industry

So the spooks of Germany's Bundesnachrichtendientst (don't you just love that language?) are giving up their hackable and wormable computers for good old fashioned typewriters. The standard Bundesnachrichtendienstbeamtersschreibmaschine¹ (more respect for the German language....) will henceforth grace every secure desk as Merkelland fights a rearguard action against the perfidious NSA.

 

Qwerty heaven with the smartest little wireless keyboard

It’s no secret that I have a thing about typewriters. I spent most of my working life , including my early years as a journalist, clattering away on old Underwoods, Royals and Imperials. I remember the fun of rubbing out mistakes with a special extra-abrasive eraser, later made redundant by messy white Tipp-Ex liquid. In contrast to that nostalgic mechanical clattery, today’s near-silent, micro-throw keyboards are a boring lot.

Email Etiquette: Style, form and convention has gone

Dear Reader - The other day I read a little piece by Derwent May on email etiquette. This is a subject that has troubled me for a long time. As we make more and more use of emails, both business and personal, the angst of knowing how to lay them out gets greater. Hi, Dear, Yo and others vie for the salutation while we have a wide choice of sign offs, including Regards, Kind Regards, Good Wishes, Speak Later, Yrs, Mxx, luv and a dozen others. There is simply no accepted fixed rule that really would be useful.

Berlin: Leuchtturm notebooks, Lamy and Kaweco pens at KaDeWe

Mike has been obsessing about notebooks and pens again. Here he has been scouring the ample shelves of Berlin’s KaDeWe department store.

Text Expander: A little tool to save hours of typing

Over time I download and install many helpful utilities to my Mac. Some I completely forget about them and fall into the trap of believing that their behind-the-scenes benevolence is actually something built in to OS X.

William Hannah’s notebook and the Dumas Dad Montblanc

I have a soft spot for notebooks and writing implements. So what better gift to receive than one of William Hannah’s finely crafted British notebooks and a Montblanc collectors’ item to use with it?

Friday the Founteenth: It’s must be Fountain Pen Day

What a pleasant surprise to wake up and find it's International Fountain Pen Day. Passion blooms anew at Macfilos.....