Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Pelikan Souveran spotted in the movie Nine Lives

A new/old spot on the big screen, because it is a 2016 movie. It is a Pelikan Souveran, probably M1000 fountain pen, green body with black and gold trim cap.
cat fountain pen kevin spacey nine lives
The Pelikan fountain pen is placed on a big classic desk in a pen holder.  The action is taking place in Tom Brand's office. 
cat fountain pen kevin spacey nine lives
If you haven't seen the movie Tom Brand soul is passed in the cat which is adopted by Tom's family.

cat fountain pen kevin spacey nine lives
 Opposable thumbs take you a long way. In cat form, Tom has real trouble using his fountain pen.
tom brand pelikan can fountain pen
Tom's role is played by Kevin Spacey. He looks really cute :)
tom brand kevin spacey pelikan

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Mechanical Pencil Koh-I-Noor Versatil 5216, Prague souveniers

As you can remember from my recent post, I have visited Prague and 2 Koh-I-Noor shops. And of course, I had to bring back home a few souvenirs.
The first rabbit out of the bag is a Koh-I-Noor clutch pencil with 2 mm lead, Versatil 5216.
This first picture is not an exact representation of it's looks as it has a paler purple color and not a blueish tone.
The pencil looks very nice in my opinion, not to mention the price was incredible. Just 65 CZK (Czeck Koruna) which equates to 2.55 EUR or 2.84 USD. A real bargain.

The pencil body is a hexagon, painted in a nice purple color with gold lettering on one side. Koh - I Noor Hardmuth Versatil 5216. The printing could be improved as some of the letters are a bit fuzzy. The barrel I think it is made out of aluminum, while the mechanism inside is stainless steel and what looks like copper.
I have to say I am very pleased with the construction, I was expecting a cheap all-plastic no thrills 2 mm clutch pencil. The pencil has an integrated 4 spike sharpener in the push button as most Koh I Noor lead holders, and no pocket clip. It is a very classic design that I like, with a nice touch of modern brought by the colors it comes in.

The grip on the lead is good as the lead will not rotate when you try to sharpen it and will not slide in when you apply vertical pressure on the lead. This is nothing to brag about, as it should be standard, but Koh I Noor had this issue with some variants of this pencil made out of plastic.
Koh I Noor clutch pencil 2 mm fun colors all metal

All in all, I am very surprised by this mechanical pencil. Its low price and good quality, the feel in hand as well by the colors it is available in. I love it and I recommend everybody to get one or more of these pencils.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy new year

Happy new year dear friends !!
I wish all a great new year, a better year
full of achievements, full of joy and happiness
Enjoy every minute of the new year along the loved ones

 Pilot 2020 shaking mechanical pencil
still shaking in 2020

Monday, December 23, 2019

OEM Caran D'ache

I have spotted on the internet writing instruments branded with watch manufacturer names before. In a previous post, I have shown an OEM Kaweco. Now I came across a Caran D'ache 849 ballpoint branded with Patek. I have also seen Audemars Piguet branding on the 849 Caran D'ache.
I really like the fact that the OEM does not come from China in the form of a cheap ballpoint, but then again if you look at the prices of the watches produced by Patek Philippe ...

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Trip to Prague, Koh-I-Noor shop hunt

koh i noor pencils prague, storefront

I went on a trip to Prague and of course, I had to go hunting for Koh-I-Noor shops. 

As beautiful as Prague is, the weather was not the best, not even close. Around 1 - 3 degrees Celsius and constant rain. I wondered on the streets, but because of the weather and the limited time available, I only got to visit 2 Koh-I-Noor shops. One of the shops I had visited on a previous trip in Prague (link).
What I really like is that Koh-I-Noor knows how to promote themselves and associate the stationary brand to Czech and to Prague. I would say they are very proud of their tradition and that is great. Going to a Koh-I-Noor shop in Prague should be on everyone's tour. In the end, these shops are landmarks just like a church, a bridge...

koh i noor hedgehog pencils
  The first Koh-I-Noor shop visited was in the old town, in center. I was a mix of of pencils and souvenirs, so I don't think it's owned by Koh-I-Noor. Also, it was kind of a tourist trap as everything inside seemed a bit overpriced. On Google maps you will find this shop under the name Koh-I-Noor Pencils.

The second shop was the one I have visited on my previous trip. A very large shop dedicated exclusively to the Koh-I-Noor products (Koh-I-Noor Hardmuth as). It is located in the vicinity of Prague Castle. This shop had a smaller selection of clutch and mechanical pencils and it was more oriented to the artists. But I still managed to find some very interesting products, and not to mention the prices were better.
koh i noor hedgehogs
I really like the decor Koh-I-Noor uses in the shops. It has a feeling of traditional, classy, and very friendly. Also, they address a very wide range of customers. From kids to artists and everything in between.
koh i noor hedgehog

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Preview Koh-I-Noor hunt

souvenir bag koh i noor
This little bag contains the souvenirs which I brought back from my visit to Prague. This and a bag with a few boxes of chocolate that I forgot at the airport. 
The good part about the times we live in is, when someone spots an unattended bag in an airport, the security gets alerted immediately.
The story in a few lines: I went through the security check, just to realize that I am one bag short. I went back to see if I can find it on the bench I waited before. Of course, the bag wasn't there anymore I so I just went through security a second time. While going through the second security check I heard my name through the airport's loudspeakers. The bag was waiting for me at the gate. I got the chocolate back and a nice story to go with it.
If the bag would have been full of beer instead of chocolate I don't think I would've been so lucky :)

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Celebrating 100 posts on Paper and Digital

Paper and Digital has reached a milestone, One Hundred Posts.
It was very cool to see the number of posts was getting closer to the 100 mark but I didn't had a clear idea of what to do to celebrate it.
At first, I was just curious about what will the 100th post be (something random) as I was not preparing something for the occasion.
Then I started working on an interesting post, which has a good amount of research, to mark the milestone. But after the post was developing I thought I want it published later because the content itself was more interesting than a random number I decided to celebrate.

More or less this will be about me and the blog's journey.

I have started the blog in 2013 on the 18th of August, 6 years ago (74 months or 2282 days ago), with a blog post about slide rulers. I started the blog a bit eclectic, and with time I tried disciplining myself to stay in the stationary genre and not drift everywhere. It doesn't work all the time, but it is an ongoing process. It is so difficult because I find joy in a lot of things like: bicycles, wristwatches, knives, among many other things.

In the last year, I have put a little more time into it and posted more and with regularity. This shows in the traffic which has increased even if the numbers are on the low side.
My motivation comes from the fact that I like writing instruments, especially mechanical pencils and this is great that I haven't gotten discouraged or lost the interest over time.

For the future, I wish to improve the content that gets out. I would like to make better posts with more interesting content and better pictures.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Faber Castell Apollo and Grip

I have recently spotted a new pencil in shops, the Faber Castell Apollo. An alternative to Faber Castell Grip I (which has a sort of triangular grip section opposed to the circular one available on Grip II)
Apollo is a circular body and a triangular grip. I found the Appolo available in 4 colors
(barely visible in the background on the left). Black, dark blue, purple and washed out pink.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Pencils in hotel rooms

Recently I have done a little bit of traveling. Most of the times, in the hotels I come across ballpoints, but there are the occasions when I stumble upon a pencil or mechanical pencil.
This time I was greeted by a Bic mechanical pencil with the branding of the hotel on the clip instead of the BIC logo.
The Bic mechanical pencil came with an extra lead inside.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Nature trip

This was a short vacation that recently ended.
It was nice enough that i considered it was worth sharing some pictures, even though there are no pencils here :)
I actually had a small notebook and the Koh I Noor notebook with me, but I was mesmerized by the beauty of the surrounding to take a picture of that as well.

I usually take a pencil and a notebook with me in a zip lock bag. Not that would be necessary as lead doesn't wear off with water. I use the pencil and notebook for route preparation, and during the hike to take notes. I try to rely as little as possible on the phone/gps.

 The waterfall is created by the water coming out of a cave at the top of the cliff, which was part of the visit as well. I must say it was worth it.
But the most use on this trip was not seen by the Koh I Noor pencil or by my trusty Opinel. Besides my camera, of course, the most used item was my newly purchased whistle fox 40.

On the track to the cave and waterfall, around 2 km hike from the main road, we encountered a wild hog and besides clapping and talking loudly I used the whistle to make some extra noise. But no success, it didn't want to move from there. It's a bit of a sad story as we later found out when arrived at our destination that it was probably hit by the train during the night.