Appreciate Our Teachers!

Our school teachers face many challenges and work very hard to educate our young people, so they certainly deserve much appreciation and thanks. Why not show your appreciation with a gift of quality pens and paper? One of my elementary school teacher friends shared what her picks would be:

1) Highlighters. Highlighters are part of a teacher’s daily arsenal. The skinny ones with a fine tip on the other end are my friend’s favorite, such as Zebra Optex Highlighters or Tombow Twin Tip Highlighters.

Zebra Optex Highlighters
Zebra Optex Highlighters

2) Colorful Pens. Smooth writing colorful pens are good for grading papers. We like the STAEDTLER Triplus Roller pens – they have an ergonomic triangular barrel and the dry-safe feature enables these pens to be left uncapped for days at a time without drying up.

STAEDTLER Triplus Roller Pens
STAEDTLER Triplus Roller Pens

3) Pencil Pouch. A leather pen & pencil pouch is just what a teacher needs to corral a bunch of these colorful pens and highlighters. The Clairefontaine Basics Trapezoid Leather Pencil Case is just what your child’s geometry teacher needs, or the Aston Leather Pencil Pouch is another classy choice.

Aston Leather Pen & Pencil Pouches
Aston Leather Pen & Pencil Pouches

4) Fountain Pen. This old fashioned writing tool is making a comeback! It reduces writing fatigue because compared to a ballpoint pen less pressure is required when writing. This might just be the special gift that your teacher takes home to treasure for themselves! The Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen is a great deal for the price, or the LAMY Safari is noteworthy for its worldwide popularity. Remember to get some extra ink refills to go along with it!

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Dots, Medium Nib
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen – Dots, Medium Nib

5) Book Darts. Book Darts are metal line-markers that easily slip onto a page to mark important points so that you can find them later on. They can be reused over and over again in teacher books.

Book Darts
Book Darts

6) Organizing Notebook. A teacher needs a good notebook for taking notes during teacher training and meetings. We recommend the Clairefontaine Multiple Subject Notebook or the Rhodia Meeting Book with its Cornell note-taking page format.

Rhodia Classic Meeting Book - Large, Orange Cover
Rhodia Classic Meeting Book

7) Academic Planner. Help your teacher stay organized and on top of all of their meetings, activities and classroom events with a planner designed with teachers and students in mind. The Quo Vadis Minister Academic Weekly Planner provides your teacher with a detailed 8am to 9pm weekly schedule. The Minister and other academic planners are due to arrive in our shop towards the end of May or in June.

Quo Vadis Minister Planner - Black Soho Cover
Quo Vadis Minister Planner – Black Soho Cover

How do you like to show your appreciation for your favorite teacher?

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Retractable Fountain Pens: LAMY Dialog 3 vs Pilot Vanishing Point

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Gun Metal Gray w Black Trim
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Gun Metal Gray w Black Trim

Thinking of buying a capless, retractable fountain pen? We’re comparing features of two popular models, the LAMY Dialog 3 and the Pilot Vanishing Point, to help you decide which fountain pen is best suited for your pocket!

Opening/Closing Mechanism

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Blue Carbonesque
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Blue Carbonesque

Vanishing Point: One click of the button on the top of the pen makes the nib appear or disappear. This can easily be done with one hand. When the nib is retracted into the pen body a protective shutter mechanism closes over the tip.

LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen - Palladium
LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen – Palladium

Dialog 3: Grasp opposite ends of the pen with each hand, give the barrel a twist and the nib smoothly glides out the bottom or retracts back into the pen. When retracted, a protective ball valve closes over the nib.

Clip

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Yellow
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Yellow

Vanishing Point: Stationary clip mounted near the nib end of the pen. When clipped to a shirt pocket the nib points up to reduce the chance of any leaks, and when writing the clip points away from your hand.

LAMY Dialog - nib, clip, palladium

Dialog 3: Movable clip mounted near the nib end of the pen. When the nib is advanced the clip recesses slightly into the body, creating an ergonomic writing experience. Once the nib is retracted the clip can be lifted and secured to a bag or pocket. This design is a great example of genius German engineering!

Nib

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Blue Carbonesque
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Blue Carbonesque

Vanishing Point: 18k gold compact hooded nib in either gold or rhodium finish. Extra-fine, fine, medium or broad.

LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen - Matte Black
LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen – Matte Black

Dialog 3: 14k gold, bi-color gold and rhodium finish. Extra-fine, fine, medium or broad.

Filling System

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Black Carbonesque
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Black Carbonesque

Vanishing PointPilot/Namiki IC50, IC100 ink cartridges or a Pilot CON-50 ink converter (included).

LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen - Matte Black
LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen – Matte Black

Dialog 3: LAMY T10 ink cartridges or a LAMY Z26 ink converter (included).

Body Material & Weight

Vanishing Point: Metal, 1.1 oz.
Dialog 3: Metal, 1.69 oz.

Pen Colors

Vanishing PointBlack Matte, Gun Metal Gray, Blue Carbonesque, Black Carbonesque, Yellow, Desert Orange, Copper Red, Mountain Blue, Tropical Purple, Valley Green, Red, White, Black, Blue, Raden, Chrome and more…
Dialog 3: Palladium, Matte Black

Pen Size

Vanishing Point: Pen length when nib is retracted: 5.5″; Nib extended: 5.4″; Diameter (not including clip): 0.5″.
Dialog 3: Pen length when nib is retracted: 5.5″. Nib extended: 6.2″. Diameter (not including clip): 0.5″.

Do you use a retractable capless fountain pen? If so, what do you like about it?

LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen - Palladium
LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen – Palladium
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A Dozen Inks to Match Your Neon Coral LAMY Safari Fountain Pen

LAMY Safari Neon Coral & Matching Fountain Pen Inks
LAMY Safari Neon Coral & Matching Fountain Pen Inks

The Neon Coral LAMY Safari Fountain Pen is the new collectable limited edition color for the year 2014. What a vivacious, lively color this is! If you’re the fun-loving type that likes to match your ink to your colorful fountain pens, what color of ink could you choose to match the Neon Coral Safari?

The obvious choice would be the special new LAMY T10 fountain pen ink cartridges with coral colored ink! If you would rather use bottled ink what choices do you have? We’ve come up with a dozen ideas in varying shades for you shown in the photo above (actual colors will vary from what will be displayed on your electronic device).

Left column, top to bottom:

Right column, top to bottom:

If you’re not a fan of matching your ink to the bright color of the Neon Coral Safari, we do have some suggestions for contrasting ink colors. We especially love navy blue or blue-black ink with this pen, but would also suggest black or grey ink. Even a dark brown ink such as J. Herbin’s Cacao du Bresil would be nice. What color of ink do you like to use with the Neon Coral Safari Fountain Pen?

 

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14 Inks To Match Your Blue-Green LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen

LAMY Al-Star Blue-Green & Matching Fountain Pen Inks
LAMY Al-Star Blue-Green & Matching Fountain Pen Inks

Looking for a blue-green shade of fountain pen ink to match your brand new Blue-Green LAMY AL-Star? We’ve got 14 suggestions for you! These colors range from bright to muted and from light to dark. Some shades of ink are more blue and other shades are more green. We chose a variety of inks to accommodate the variety of tastes fountain pen users might have. Of course, a photo on the internet isn’t going to give you an exact representation of the actual color. It’s helpful to look at the colors side by side to give you an idea of how they compare. Our list shown in the photo includes:

Left column, top to bottom:

Right column, top to bottom:

If you’re not the matchy-matchy type and want a contrasting color of ink that looks great with the Blue-Green LAMY AL-Star our first choice would be blue-black or navy blue, especially Noodler’s Air-Corp Blue-Black fountain pen ink. Black, gray and even dark brown inks are a good match too. What color of fountain pen ink do you like to use with your Blue-Green AL-Star?

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LAMY Pico – An Innovative Ballpoint Pen for Your Pocket

LAMY Pico Ballpoint Pen Imperial Blue
LAMY Pico Ballpoint Pen Imperial Blue

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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