Hugo Boss Stationery And New Old Sailor Inks Now At Anderson Pens

You already know Hugo Boss, but did you know they make stationery? And not just in passing either, they are all-in with a collection of pens and paper now at Anderson Pens.

The Hugo Boss Rise Dark Chrome Rollerball is a design standout in a lineup full of them, and the Storyline Ballpoint is made to match the covers in the Storyline A5 and A6 pad series. I was able to test out a Hugo Boss paper sample and it is amazing for all ink, including fountain pens. It has the performance of Rhodia, but with more sheen and faster dry times.

You can test out the Hugo Boss paper with Sailor’s new old ink colors, featuring some of their all-time classic shades. Apricot, Epinard, Grenade, Peche, Sky High, and Ultra Marine make their triumphant return to the Sailor Jentle Ink lineup. You know my love for Apricot and Sky High, so it is great to see these colors back.

Anderson Pens has everything - and I mean everything - you need to fill your life with pens, paper, and ink. My thanks to them for sponsoring The Pen Addict this week.

Posted on May 22, 2017 and filed under Featured Sponsor.

Lucrin A5 Leather Notebook Review

Lucrin first came on my radar last year when they sent me several leather pen accessories to review. They were well designed and well made, and I have the three pen tray in use on my desk to this day.

The A5 Leather Notebook is the latest Lucrin product to hit my desk, and my feelings are much more mixed on this one. There is no doubt it is beautiful, but the performance is lacking. At over $150 as configured I expect more. Like it should clean my pens and re-ink them when I’m done writing more.

This notebook sits solidly in the gift category at this price point, so is it fair for me to review it from a daily stationery users perspective? Absolutely. Why buy, or gift, a product if you don’t expect it to be used?

The exterior of the Lucrin A5 Notebook is the standout feature. The pebbled Sky Blue leather looks amazing, and the stitching and construction are top-notch. It is a pleasure to look at and carry. My name embossing is sharp, although I’d prefer a choice of fonts, and you can select the stitching color as well.

If everything on the outside is a 10 out of 10, the insides are along the lines of 6 out of 10. Good, but not great. A tick above average. For the price, I expect excellence.

Let’s start with the line rulings: They are too dark and too narrow. I was immediately taken aback by their darkness against the ivory page when I opened the book. They actually look better with words between the lines, but still, appearances mean a lot, and they are too strong. With only 5 mm between them, they are too narrow as well. I write small enough to make it work, but for general use, lined paper needs to have 6 mm to 7 mm spacing. The spacing also makes the line darkness look darker.

The paper quality is average at best. If this were a blind test I would say this paper stock is equivalent to what Moleskine uses. That makes it fine for some pens - like gel and ballpoint - but hit or miss with liquid inks like rollerball and fountain pens. You have to keep your writing pace up when using wider, wetter pens or risk them bleeding or feathering. And even if they don’t, the ghosting level is high if you are planning on using both sides of the page.

You could argue the acceptability of some of these flaws if the price point of the notebook weren’t $150. But when we as users have options for nearly perfect paper in the $20 price range, the issues become glaring.

I don’t see how I could recommend this notebook to anyone who cares about the writing experience. Lucrin is a leather company first and foremost, and that shows in this product.

(Lucrin provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Posted on May 22, 2017 and filed under Lucrin, Notebook Reviews.

Tom Bihn Sketchbook And Pen Giveaway Winners

The Tom Bihn Sketchbook and Pen is a fun new product from one of my favorite makers, and they were kind enough to offer up three sets to readers of The Pen Addict. And the winners are…

Congrats Shane, Mark, and Angie! I’ll be in touch via email to collect your shipping addresses.

Thanks to everyone who entered and special thanks to Tom Bihn!

Posted on May 21, 2017 and filed under Giveaways.