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 is approximately a compact 3.75″ when closed…
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
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.
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.
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.