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Christmas cards are alive and kicking! It’s not all email.

By on December 1, 2017 in Pens & Pencils with 0 Comments
Christmas cards are alive and kicking! It’s not all email.

Are you sending Christmas cards to your workmates this year? Despite predictions of their imminent demise in a digital age, Christmas cards are alive and kicking! It seems that most people enjoy the novelty of a hand-written message from friends or loved ones as a contrast to everyday emails and text messages. And this trend […]

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A brief history of reed pens. Find out how to make your own.

A brief history of reed pens. Find out how to make your own.

  I love my Pilot V5 Hi-Tecpoint – it’s my favourite everyday writing utensil – but I reckon I could have managed with a reed pen back in the day as I have a liking for calligraphy. A reed pen, as its name suggests, is an ancient writing implement made by cutting and shaping a […]

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The Sprout Pencil Combines Writing and Seed Germination

The Sprout Pencil Combines Writing and Seed Germination

Creative designs in stationery have reached a whole new level in recent times, including an eco-pencil which contains seeds for sprouting! The Sprout pencil is made of cedar, but instead of lead, it houses graphite and clay. The pencil top looks pretty standard at first glance, but it’s actually a small capsule containing three seeds. […]

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5 Reasons Why Kidults Love Colouring Books

5 Reasons Why Kidults Love Colouring Books

Demand for coloured pencils has rocketed over the past few years – but enthusiastic kids with their colouring books are not the main reason. No, it’s stressed-out adults who have been buying themselves huge sets of pencil crayons, so that they can relax from their workaholic lifestyles! The adult colouring craze really took off in […]

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Pens vs. Pencils? Don’t Write Either Off

Pens vs. Pencils? Don’t Write Either Off

Which do you prefer, a pen or a pencil? Your preference may depend on your personality and personal style: eco-warriors and artists often love pencils, while top CEOs and big celebrities generally lean towards pens. Let’s get to the point about the virtues of the pencil first: It’s made of natural substances- wood and graphite- […]

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Too Cool To Do Drugs

Too Cool To Do Drugs

It seemed like a good idea when a youth welfare organisation in New York decided to hand out pencils printed with an anti-drugs slogan: TOO COOL TO DO DRUGS. But the organisers of the health education campaign had failed to think about the consequences of sharpening the pencil, which converted the slogan to COOL TO […]

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China Conquers Ballpoint Pens

By on February 1, 2017 in Pens & Pencils with 0 Comments
China Conquers Ballpoint Pens

China has finally triumphed after a long, elusive quest to produce a ballpoint pen under its own steam. The rapidly developing nation has spent years trying to master the complex technology of manufacturing delicate ballpoint tips. But despite making 80% of the world’s ballpoint pens – a staggering 38 billion per year – it didn’t […]

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Pencil Head – Writing Implements and Hair-Dos

By on December 2, 2016 in Fun, Pens & Pencils with 0 Comments
Pencil Head – Writing Implements and Hair-Dos

Where do you keep your writing implements? In your desk drawer, maybe, or a pencil case? Perhaps you keep a pencil just above your ear for easy access. You may be surprised to know that some people keep their pens and pencils in their hair! Pictured here is an American nurse who calls herself Evil […]

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What Links Correction Fluid and MTV?

What Links Correction Fluid and MTV?

Here’s a stationery story with a musical twist. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… In the far off days before word processors existed, when documents were bashed out on typewriters, making a mistake was a BIG problem. There was no ‘delete’ key, so red-faced typists had to use an ink rubber which could damage […]

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The Humble Pencil’s Proud History

By on July 26, 2016 in Pens & Pencils with 0 Comments
The Humble Pencil’s Proud History

The humble pencil has a proud history. Before the days of word-processing it had a vital role to play for authors of many genres. Back in the day it was a straight choice between pen and ink and the more sympathetic pencil which could be erased when the writer had second thoughts. Nobel Prize winner […]

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