LAMY Pico – An Innovative Ballpoint Pen for Your Pocket

The LAMY Pico ballpoint pen is the ultimate handy travel companion if you like to carry a pocket-size pen. With one push on the top end of the pen, the sophisticated press mechanism smoothly extends the pen to a comfortable writing size. When closed the writing tip retracts neatly into the metal pen body. The small chrome LAMY logo on the side of the pen protrudes to keep the pen from rolling off your desk. The bottom end can be screwed off to easily refill it with LAMY M22 compact ballpoint refills. Designed by Franco Clivio, we’re not surprised that it won a Red Dot award for product design.

The LAMY Pico ballpoint pen is a compact pocket size when closed.

The LAMY Pico ballpoint pen is a compact pocket size when closed.

The LAMY Pico is approximately a compact 3.75″ when closed…

The LAMY Pico ballpoint pen opens to a comfortable full size for writing.

The LAMY Pico ballpoint pen opens to a comfortable full size for writing.

…and a comfortable 5″ when opened for writing.

LAMY Pico closed and pocket size compared to the Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen, Kaweco ICE Sport Ink Roller and Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen

LAMY Pico closed compared to the Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen, Kaweco ICE Sport Ink Roller and Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen

Here’s the LAMY Pico side-by-side with a few other well-known pocket-size Kaweco pens, from top to bottom: Kaweco AL Sport fountain pen, ICE Sport ink roller, Liliput fountain pen and the LAMY Pico ballpoint pen.

LAMY Pico open and ready for writing compared to the Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen, Kaweco ICE Sport Ink Roller and Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen

LAMY Pico open and ready for writing compared to the Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen, Kaweco ICE Sport Ink Roller and Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen

The metal body of the LAMY Pico pen is available in the following finishes:

Do you travel with a pen? What’s your favorite pocket-size ballpoint or fountain pen?

A Variety of LAMY Pico Ballpoint Pens

A Variety of LAMY Pico Ballpoint Pens

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Dot Grid Paper: Think Outside the Box and Color Outside the Lines

Have you tried dot grid paper? It’s the new freckled kid on the block! In contrast to traditional wide rule, college rule, narrow rule, French rule, graph, grid, blank or plain paper, dot grid paper has a grid of evenly spaced dots designed to be subtle guides for your writing or sketching. Frequently these dots are spaced at 5mm intervals across the page and could be compared to the intersections of the lines on 5mm graph paper. However, since there are only light colored dots instead of the busy lines on graph paper, the dotted format is a much less intrusive way to guide your pen or pencil across the page.

If you wanted to give dotted paper a try, what options are available to you? This blog post is our shopping guide to some of the dot grid paper we love.

Dot Grid Paper Journals

Rhodia Webnotebook - Medium, Orange, Dot Grid

Rhodia Webnotebook with Dot Grid Paper

The dotted Rhodia Webnotebook has deliciously smooth ivory colored 90g paper that pairs well with fountain pens. The Italian leatherette hard-cover comes in either orange or black, and the journal comes in both medium and pocket sizes.

 

Leuchtturm 1917 Hard Cover Dots Notebook - Gray Cover

Leuchtturm 1917 Hard Cover Dots Notebook – Gray Cover

Leuchtturm1917 makes a classy hard cover journal with quality 80g off-white dot grid paper. A cool feature of these journals is that they have numbered pages and a blank table of contents so that you can easily find your place when you need to.

Dotted Reporter Style Notebooks

Rhodia Webnotepad - 3.5 x 5.5, Black, Dot Grid

Rhodia Reporter Style Webnotepad – 3.5 x 5.5, Black, Dot Grid

When you need to take notes or make sketches on the go a reporter style notepad sure comes in handy. Take some dotted paper on the road with the Rhodia Webnotepad.

Dot Grid Top-Stapled Notepads

Rhodia DotPad No. 18 - 8.25 x 11.75" Black Cover

Rhodia DotPad No. 18 – 8.25 x 11.75″ Black Cover

Rhodia DotPads have bright white paper with a 5mm grid of pale violet dots. These notepads are so versatile you can use them just about anywhere!

Dot Grid Sketch Pads

Clairefontaine Graf it 90g Sketch Pad - 6x8, Dot Grid Paper

Clairefontaine Graf it 90g Sketch Pad – 6×8″, Dot Grid Paper

When you frequently use a pencil for writing or drawing, paper with just the right amount of tooth is much appreciated. The Clairefontaine Graf it Sketch Pad has white 90g acid-free paper with a subtle grid of pale violet dots. These notepads are versatile enough to be used as either a sketchbook or a notebook.

What’s your favorite dot grid paper? What do you like to use it for?

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