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Yoseka Notebook. A year ago, we made our first notebook with Conifer, a Taiwanese company that has been making notebooks since 1955. In the past few years, they started working on some interesting papers. Their notepad - 習慣寫字 (The Habit of Writing) - sits at the center of our pen testing table. The Habit of Writing notepad uses their first version of paper called KBU, and the notepad is an iconic notepad that represents the writing trend in Taiwan in recent years. Earlier 2018, they came out with KBU2 - a smoother, thicker paper that’s more suitable for writing on...

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Tsubame Note started in 1936 in Japan as a stationery company. Ten years later, in 1946 they started making their own paper and notebooks. Tsubame's paper, named Fool's paper, was a response to the popular high end Foolscap paper from England at that time. (Fool's Cap was used as a watermark for paper long before, and it became a standard unit for paper size and a synonym for good paper.) Typically, when a paper is designed for fountain pen, it comes with a tradeoff. It's smooth, but it takes longer to dry. It often takes so long to dry that ink...

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Mini Dust Cleaner by Midori. Mini Dust Cleaner is a super adorable and functional eraser dust cleaner. When you push it across your desk, the little brushes sweep the dust into the back of the car. It might take a few runs to clean completely, but it makes work a lot more fun. It was first introduced in 1998, more than 20 years ago. A few improved versions have came out since then, and many kids from Asia grew up with it. Neil had one in elementary school too 😄See it in action here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BuChSLPhAWh/

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So in love with our new store window. Over the weekend, Thoka (https://www.thokamaer.com/) designed and hand drawn our new window for us. It looks amazing and we are loving it right now! Thoka is an illustrator based in New York. Her works often feature in The New York Times, Calvin Klein, United Nations, Buzzfeed and many more. We are honored to feature her work on our window, and you can find her at hello@thokamaer.com

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A new fun read for browsing in store. The book titled ‘500 Stationery Selection’ is produced by 趣味の文具箱 (Hobby Stationery Box). The title is self-explanatory. We have their magazines in our store for browsing too, and this book is a really condensed version of their magazines. From top 2018 trends, pencils, mechanical pens, pens to fountain pens, the book covers them all. Since 趣味の文具箱 focus more on fountain pens, this book goes more in depth comparing specific nibs between brands, and showing the nib differences in writing. This is published in Chinese, but mostly in pictures. Browse them in store...

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