Wednesday Weekly 20 August

Little sketches

From around the web:

Relay.fm: Pen Addict Podcast It’s great that it’s back but also I get a mention!
Sketches and Studies: Quote Monday I could probably link to these every week! I love them. Here’s a store where you can buy some.
Ink Nouveau: Sheaffer 300 Metallic Grey and Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-same These are always beautiful but I especially liked this one because Kiri-Same is my favourite ink for sketching. (As above, for example.)
My Antique Pens: Waterman Emerald Green Patrician Always wonderfully knowledgable articles.
andrea joseph’s sketchblog: i am still right here Perfect, as always.

From the site:

Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji ink review
Staedtler Mars Technico 780C clutch pencil review
Gran’s seat (sketch)
Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad review

Staedtler Mars Technico clutch pencil branding

Staedtler Mars Technico 780C clutch pencil review

Staedtler Mars Technico clutch pencil review

The Staedtler Mars Technico 780C is a 2mm clutch pencil. It has a plastic body with metal clip, knock and grip.

Staedtler Mars Technico clutch pencil branding

All works as it should. The lead is held tightly, the clip is firm, there are no unfortunate rattles or wobbles. The knock includes a very functional lead pointer.

Staedtler Mars Technico clutch pencil pointer and knock

This pencil is comfortable to hold and feels substantial and solid without being overly heavy. The fact that the grip is metal helps give the impression of reliability and quality. The design is simple yet classic.

Staedtler Mars Technico clutch pencil on a table

As far as I can tell the Staedtler Mars Technico 780C is only available in blue. This is a shame as there’s no grade indicator so if you want to use this pencil with a range of different lead grades you’re going to have to resort to DIY labelling or suchlike. This, really, is the only fault I can find.

[Update 20/08/14: Martin pointed out in the comments that if you buy Staedtler's replacement lead you get a replacement push button that's colour-coded according to the lead grade. That negates the one and only fault I had with this pencil, making it pretty much perfect.]

Staedtler Mars Technico clutch pencil pointy end

The Staedtler Mars Technico 780C is a great clutch pencil. There is a slightly cheaper version (the 788C) which has a plastic knock and grip but I’d suggest it’s not worth the small saving you make. This pencil just feels lovely to use. It’s one of my favourites.

Staedtler Mars Technico clutch pencil handwritten review

Many thanks to Cult Pens for sponsoring this post. I’ve tried not to let their generosity influence my views. You can buy this pencil direct from Cult Pens here.

Gran’s seat (sketch)

Gran's seat

My Gran was 100 yesterday.

Up until a few years ago she would come with us each year when we went to France. She would always sit on this seat outside the house and watch her great grandchildren play football or soak their dad in very one-sided water-fights. Even though she’s too frail to make the journey now, we still call this bench Gran’s seat.

Here’s a picture I did of Gran herself earlier this year.

Copic Multiliners, Pink Pig sketchbook.

Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad review

Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad review

Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad review

The Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad has 70 sheets of bright white paper. It’s available plain or with a dot grid and in sizes from A7 up to A4. This is the A5 version.

Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad front cover

The pad is meant to be used in landscape format but there’s no reason you have to, of course. There is a margin along the top (if you’re using it landscape) that says ‘Title/No.’. Just above this there are extremely easy to use perforations and then the ring binding.

Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad close up of ink

The quality of the notebook as a whole is excellent. The front cover looks classy, there’s a spiffing inner front cover and there’s a sturdy cardbook backing that makes it possible to use the pad on your lap.

Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad back cover

The paper is beautiful. It’s crisp and bright and smooth. Very fountain pen friendly. It is better than Rhodia paper. It is! I love it.

Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad with pen

Most recent ink reviews have been done in this pad. There’s no feathering and only the very wettest inks in the very wettest pens show or bleed through. (In fact in normal use I doubt it would be a problem.)

Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad inner cover

Rhodia notepads are wonderful but the Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad ever so slightly beats it in every respect. The perforations tear a little more easily. The cover is a little better. (Okay, the cover is a lot better.) The paper is a little better. However: it is an awful lot more expensive. For me, Rhodia is at a price where I can comfortably use it day to day, for everyday things: work, letters, scribbling notes to myself or others. The Mnemosyne is beautiful, and I will get myself another one once it’s finished, but it’s too expensive to use without a special purpose in mind.

Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad handwritten review

Thank you to The Journal Shop for sending me this notepad to review and keep. I’ve tried not to let their generosity influence my review. If you’d like to buy this directly from the Journal Shop you can find it here.