The love for stationery is worldwide, and it’s wonderful seeing fans and bloggers pop up anywhere and everywhere. Dries has the Belgian scene covered on The Pencilcase Blog, and I appreciate him taking the time to answer Three Questions.
1. What role do analog tools such as pens, pencils, and paper play in your day to day life?
As a student, I rely heavily on analog tools. During lectures, I always take notes with pen and paper, even though laptops have become the 2015 standard. Taking notes by hand helps to keep me focused (Not that lectures can be boring or anything… [COUGH]).
I have to admit that I couldn’t live without my smartphone either. My Samsung Note 4 is my music library, it helps me keep my social media up to date and check my mails. I also use it to take quick notes on the go, the stylus and large screen make it super easy and fast to jot down important stuff (admittedly, easier than pen and paper).
In my spare time, I’m a pen collector, and I try out pens for my blog. I guess about 90 percent of my daily activities involve pens, pencils, paper,… but I keep it balanced with just a bit of tech.
2. What are your favorite products you are currently using?
I love my Ray Ban Wayfarers! I’m quite sensitive to harsh sunlight, so I decided to invest in a decent pair of shades. It makes going out on a beautiful, sunny day so much more enjoyable!
To keep things pen-related: I’m in love with my new Omas Paragon fountain pen! It’s a beautiful pen and a great writer! For EDC, I tend to lean more and more towards pencils. You can see a few of them in the picture. I love leadholders (pictured above are my two favourites: the David Hayward Hexagonal, and Parafernalia Linea), just because they look cool, and they are great to doodle with. Last but not least, I couldn’t live without Rhodia paper pads. The quality is unmatched, and they are affordable.
3. What post are you the most proud of on your blog?
I recently did a re-review of my Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen, and I really like how it turned out. I was pretty impressed with how much my opinion changed in just two years! I also hope/think that it shows how my blogging style changed and improved over time.