The pen addict reviews the first Pencil that makes me take notice – Pen Addict
Peninkcillin looks into the Heart of Darkness – Peninkcillin
Pocket Blonde looks at a nice case – Pocket Blonde
Drawing with a Squirrel has some unbelievable Calligraphy – Drawing with a Squirrel
Carpedavid looks at some pigment based ink – Seize the Dave
Office Supply Geek shows us the Field Notes Steno Pad – OSG
Leigh Reyes has a creative use for ink – Leigh Reyes
Julie gives us a peek at her Tom Bihn bag – Whatever
Pocket Blonde has a nice Pilot LE Grance – Pocket Blonde
The Classicist takes a look at a rather interestin ink, Noodler’s Blue ghost – Penned House
Note Booker wonders about matcing pens and ink – Note Booker Esq.
Leigh Reyes looks at the Noodler Creeper and Australian Roses – Leigh Reyes
Economy Pens shows off a range of blue ink – Economy Pens
Brian Goulet shares a video on how to clean your Noodler Flex – Ink Nouveau
Julie has some thoughts on the TWSBI – Whatever
Drawing with a Squirrels has new toys – Drawing with a Squirrel
Okami reviews Pen Quivers – Whatever
Julie writes about letters to Santa – Letter writing revolution
Carpedavid has a nice review of Diamine Monaco Red – Seize the Dave
Diane looks at Sailor Gentle Blue Black – Pocket Blonde
John writes about Arches Textured Paper – Pencil Wrap
AK looks at a couple of Notebooks – Notebook loves pen
Economy Pens shows us the finer points of Pilot’s Purple Vball – Economy Pens
Snarky’s Machine looks at the year ahead and talks Planners – Does this pen write?
Tao writes about the Parker 61 – Bleubug
Paper-Papier is located at 178 Clarence Street in Ottawa’s famous Byward market. It is a lovely store and has many fans, some of whom have already said a few kind words about it, but I thought I would focus on their Fountain Pen and Ink related products.
As you enter the store many people will notice how beautiful the store is. It is well lit, well decorated and most importantly well stocked with paper of every colour. The store is elegant and very well configured. I am drawn, of course, to the rear corner where the glass cabinets containing the Fountain Pens, Inks and Sealing Wax are kept. They carry a variety of brands and a large selection of each.
There are pens from Monteverde, Waterman, Lamy, Diplomat and Shaeffer. The Day I visited the store co-owner Gary Stern was happy to show me the newly arrived Faber-Castells. The pens are well displayed and lit and the staff is more than happy to open up the cabinets and let you have a good look (and feel) at your potential purchase.
Waterman Pens and Ink
Lamy Al-Stars and Rollerballs
The ink selection is also quite good as they carry Waterman, Lamy and a large selection of J. Herbin. You should be able to find an ink for any taste or mood. One interesting find was a bottle of J. Herbin’s anniversary ink, 1670 Rouge Hematite. There are conservative business blues and blacks and adventurous reds and greens. Most of the inks are available in bottles but there are some cartridges available.
J. Herbin Inks
Pens and inks are great but for your fine instrument to perform at its best you need proper paper. In case you couldn’t guess from the store name, they have whatever you could need. They carry a HUGE variety of papers, but the ones that most Fountain Pen users are familiar with are; Rhodia, Clairefountaine and G. lalo. My personal favourite is the Clairefountaine Triomphe pads that I love to use for my correspondence. I was also happy to learn from Gary that anything that the suppliers carry that isn’t in stock can be ordered. I will be taking him up on this as I am anxious to try some of Clairefountaine’s Seyes ruled notebooks.
One of my favourite aspects of Paper-Papier is the personal touch. I love going in, being greeted and browsing with the knowledge that the staff is always glad to answer questions or to demonstrate a product. Some of the pens and inks they carry can be found online for slightly less, but when you are looking at buying a pen and spending a significant amount of money on it (especially for first time buyers) it is really great to be able to handle the pen and feel its weight and fit before purchasing. This is the service and intangible qualities embodied in a brick and mortar store like Paper-Papier.
The Whole Package
Brian Goulet of Ink Nouveau and The Goulet Pen company is having a very exciting contest over at his blog. Simply fill out the survey that will be posted on thursday and you will have a chance at some fabulous prizes.
Ink Nouveau contest details can be found here.
The Inkophiles favourite products of 2010 – Inkophile
AK share some cool gift ideas – Notebook loves pen
Kalina Wilson reviews a bunch of brown pens – penaddict
Diane reviews the Rhodia reverse book – Pocket Blonde
Diane reiews Rohrer & Klingner Alt Bordeaux – Dizzy Pen
Julie reviews the Tom Bihn field journal – Whatever
A nice review of Everflo’s Orchid ink – Pocket Blonde
A review of J. herbin Vert D’empire – unposted
Brian shows off the Noodler’s Flex – Ink Nouveau
A look at the Varsity (Vpen) – Economy Pens