Three Questions With Bruno From Cronicas Estilograficas

I'm not sure I have learned more from another blog than Bruno Taut's Cronicas Estilograficas. The items he gets his hands on - primarily vintage Japanese - and the knowledge he shares have been supremely helpful through the years. My thanks to Bruno for answering Three Questions.

1. What role do analog tools such as pens, pencils, and paper play in your day to day life?

You ask about the role of analog tools and not about what I use and how often… That is a tricky question. I do not think in terms of what is analog and what is digital when using that specific tool. In fact, thinking about this point, and checking other people’s responses, I came to realize that I do not have a clear idea anymore of what is analog and what is digital.

Yes, I use pens and papers everyday, but there is nothing special on that. I use those because I like pens, and that is all about it. I think, though, that the popularity of stationery goods might be very well related to the fact that we can bring some fun – those products — to very tedious and routine tasks.

What other analog tools do I use? A pair of loudspeakers, albeit I am enjoying silence more and more.

If speaking specifically about pens and paper, the answer is easy — I use those everyday. Most of my writing is done on paper with a fountain pen. My blog entries are first written on paper – a notebook — with a fountain pen, and only after a couple of revisions I transcribe those texts on the computer.

Now, what other analog tools do I use? Typing on the computer keyboard seems to be a digital task; writing with a pen, an analog one… What about typing on a typewriter? Oh, excuse my digression — I love to deconstruct concepts.

2. What are your favorite products you are currently using?

I enjoy a lot my coffee grinder – a Porlex with ceramic mill, but that might only show how much I love coffee. My bicycles – a Giant and Marin, both made in Taiwan - are also sources of sanity, and that despite how bicycle-unfriendly Tokyo is.

3. What post are you the most proud of on your blog?

I like the series of entries made on those Platinum pens sold overseas under other brands — Hifra, Joker, Presidente (see here, for instance,). That information was new – Platinum does not seem to know about them -, and it was also the result of the collaboration with a reader –Kostas K—I got to know solely due to my blog. So, I think we made some actual contribution to the history of fountain pens, even if very minor. Minor indeed they are as those Chronicles are far from being among the most popular ones.

Posted on November 22, 2014 and filed under Three Questions.

Tombow AirPress Ballpoint Pen Giveaway

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I am a fan of the utility of pressurized ballpoint pens and there are none better in my book than the Tombow AirPress. I first reviewed it in 2010 and to this date I have not found a pressurized refill pen to perform any better, including the Fisher Space Pen.

Tombow USA reached out and has offered up three of these great pens for giveaway, all in the Stormtrooper-esque white body, as pictured above. The 501st Legion would be proud.

Here is how to enter:

  1. Leave one comment on this post anytime between now, and Saturday night at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. You are limited to one entry. This contest is open to US and International readers..

  2. For this contest, I will pick three winners at random from the comments section of this post. The comments will be numbered in the order they are received, i.e. the first comment is #1, the second #2, and so on. The Random Integer Generator at will be used to pick the numbers of the winners.

  3. The contest winners will be posted on Sunday, November 23rd. The winners will have one week to email me via the Contact link at the top of the page.

My thanks to Tombow for sponsoring this giveaway, and be sure to check out all the excellent Tombow products available from JetPens.

Posted on November 21, 2014 and filed under Giveaways, Tombow.

The CUBE By Karas Kustoms

Dan Bishop sent me a pre-relase version of The CUBE, the latest Kickstarter collaboration from Karas Kustoms and Mike Dudek, and I am taken aback by how much I like it. I had already backed the project before receiving this from Dan, and while I didn't need to have the product in hand to be happy about backing it, I am ecstatic that I have a second one heading my way.

This is a pen holder I don't want just sitting around the desk. It is so well done and feels so incredible that I want to hold it, play around with it, take it with me in my backpack, all just so I can be around it. I may even ask it to marry me, which I'm sure my wife would not approve of.

I made the point with Dan on this week's podcast that this is not a six-walled hollow center pen holder. This is a solid block of aluminum with 9 holes drilled and filled with Delrin sleeves to keep your pens protected. The CUBE weighs in at 1 lb., 14 oz. An almost two pound block of goodness to sit on your desk and look beautiful.

The Kickstarter project has already met its goal, so you have 20 days to get in on the action and take a CUBE of your own home. And maybe marry it.

My thanks to Dan, Mike, and Karas Kustoms for sending me this CUBE for review.

Posted on November 20, 2014 and filed under Kickstarter, Karas Kustoms.