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#701 Misfit

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 05:55

Because of the uncertain future of Retro 51, I ordered a Retro 51 Traveler Folio in bamboo green. Ive noticed these before in catalogs, but the price was rather high. Found it on yep amazon for $10 less, and impulse got the better of me.

Edited to add, junkie is spot on for this thread. I was not going to get anymore leather notebooks. That is what the Retro 51 notebook is made from. But its bamboo green, and I have bamboo green ink. Aaugh! It just doesnt end.

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 09:43

I just saw an offer from Milligram for Rhodia A4 80g/m² ruled notepads forA$3 apiece, with free shipping included if you clean out its entire stock...

 
That's actually easier said than done. I've placed two orders of 24 units each — that being the minimum number I need to buy to make the free domestic shipping threshold while getting the maximum effective discount (i.e. has to be a multiple of 3, due the current "buy 3 clearance items for the price of 2" offer) — and both orders have been fulfilled in full.

 

The parcel for the first order has been received today, and it weighs nearly 13kg. I'd hate to think how much Australia Post charges Milligram as a high-volume business customer to deliver that!

Just for the hell of it, I went back to Milligram's web site and put 240 units into the shopping cart, and the system seems to be prepared to accept an order for that number of units. After a bit of trial and error, it appears that its online shop platform thinks there are 472 units remaining in stock, as of three minutes ago.


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Posted 12 February 2020 - 22:37

I feel like I should begin these posts, "Forgive me fellow stationery junkies, for I have sinned..."

 

So, bought three more personalized journals from the Graphic Image Winter sale and used the Cult Pens coupon to stock up on Rhodia paper pads, Pelikan refills, and try some new inks. It's been a stressful few months, but this is not a healthy coping mechanism.  :wallbash:

 

Well, at least I resisted the Pelikan M600 and K600 violet set.



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Posted 12 February 2020 - 22:48

I feel like I should begin these posts, "Forgive me fellow stationery junkies, for I have sinned..."

 

So, bought three more personalized journals from the Graphic Image Winter sale and used the Cult Pens coupon to stock up on Rhodia paper pads, Pelikan refills, and try some new inks. It's been a stressful few months, but this is not a healthy coping mechanism.  :wallbash:

 

Well, at least I resisted the Pelikan M600 and K600 violet set.

 

 

...one of those journals would be perfect to break-in your new violet M600... ;) :P



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Posted 13 February 2020 - 20:57

The Retro 51 Traveler arrived. It is 3”x4” maybe a bit more than 4”. I read that in the listing, but was still a bit surprised. Should not have been.

Now I have to think about replacement pads for it. Retro 51 refills are in packages of 5 refills. How many should I get, that is the question.
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Posted 13 February 2020 - 21:02

 

 

...one of those journals would be perfect to break-in your new violet M600... ;) :P

 

I've made a deal with myself that I won't buy anymore fountain pens until I sell off the ones I'm not using and repair the ones that are broken. Which is probably why I've gone nuts buying journals, papers, and inks this month.  :doh:



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Posted 13 February 2020 - 21:14

 

I've made a deal with myself that I won't buy anymore fountain pens until I sell off the ones I'm not using and repair the ones that are broken. Which is probably why I've gone nuts buying journals, papers, and inks this month.  :doh:

Theres always a plan B.


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Posted 18 February 2020 - 01:11

Alas, I went by my brick and mortar stationary store today and it is GONE. Quill and Pen in Acton, MA, has closed permanently. They still have a store in Florida but that is too far to drive even for Clairefontaine. The owners were running the MA and FL store, commuting between them. Then they got an offer on the building. It was convenient for me, only a couple minutes out of the way on a route I travel often.

 

Bob Slate is still open in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. B.S. did have a store in Porter Square, but that is closed.



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 02:32

Condolences on the loss of the shop...

 

It took me a second look get the name correct -- my mind saw "Quill and" and filled in "Sofas"

https://knowyourmeme...ndship-is-magic (The only two products the owner sells).



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Posted 20 February 2020 - 19:04

My Pad and Quill order came today. I ordered a mid sized leather cover notebook which is about 7x9" as well as a full size leather padfolio that takes a regular 8.5x11" pad. 

 

Here they are together. 

 

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Here's the medium sized notebook open. Hard to tell if I like it more than my OneStar book, time will tell! I do like that it's got card pockets on the inside. Why people still give me business cards in 2020 I don't know, but they do and now I have some place to put them. (Assuming I don't go back to my soft and well broken in OneStar book)

 

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here it is against my OneStar cover. It's only slightly taller, but just about maxed for width and height. It's a little lighter with the notebook inside than my OneStar with it's Leuchturrm book, but there are a lot of factors at play there including years of absorbed skin oils in the black cover. (Gross, I know.)

 

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The full size padfolio was the real score and I'd been sitting on this purchase for a while. I genuinly like that there are imperfections in the leather. It's heavy, feels solidly constructed and I know I'll get some real use out of this at work. Collier is on top for size reference.

 

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My disappointment is that the pen loop is too small to easily fit my Lamy 2000, which is my default stealth meeting pen. It fits the GVFC barrel well, but anything wider than that is a struggle.

 

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Lamy 2000 squeezes in securely, but doesn't tuck into the loop all the way.

 

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Anything sized similarly to the M800 won't even fit inside the folio. I wouldn't trust it not to fall out walking around. 

 

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Aside from the small circumference pen loop I'm happy with the construction and look of these accessories. As I said the mid size book probably won't permanently usurpe my OneStar cover, but the full size pad is getting put to use at my very next meeting. 



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Posted 21 February 2020 - 04:10

Those leather portfolios are gorgeous!  :wub:

 

My Cult Pens order just came with Rhodia 90g cream,  Rhodia 80g white pads ,and a pad of the 100g Crown Mill to test out. (25 A4 pads of Vellum paper in total!) I may have gone a little over board, but I needed to qualify for free shipping. See, I'm actually saving money. Really.

 

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Of course, now I realize the Clairefontaine pads have slightly wider spacing and Goulet has some with stapled tops instead of those glued ones that always fail at the most inconvenient times and dear god please someone stop me!

 

Oops, Almost forgot about the 10 Levenger Luxe Freeleaf Annotated 100g white letter pads from last week via Levenger's Outlet on eBay. Here's one pack. I do love gilt.

 

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And I still have three journals on order assuming Graphic Image didn't muck up the shipping despite some weird, contradictory emails.

 

Thank goodness that Pelikan Violet and White FP/BP set and eleven new bottles of ink arrived just in time.  ;)

 

Wow, I'm such nerd  :blush:



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Posted 21 February 2020 - 14:52

Those leather portfolios are gorgeous!  :wub:

 

My Cult Pens order just came with Rhodia 90g cream,  Rhodia 80g white pads ,and a pad of the 100g Crown Mill to test out. (25 A4 pads of Vellum paper in total!) I may have gone a little over board, but I needed to qualify for free shipping. See, I'm actually saving money. Really.

 

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Of course, now I realize the Clairefontaine pads have slightly wider spacing and Goulet has some with stapled tops instead of those glued ones that always fail at the most inconvenient times and dear god please someone stop me!

 

Oops, Almost forgot about the 10 Levenger Luxe Freeleaf Annotated 100g white letter pads from last week via Levenger's Outlet on eBay. Here's one pack. I do love gilt.

 

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And I still have three journals on order assuming Graphic Image didn't muck up the shipping despite some weird, contradictory emails.

 

Thank goodness that Pelikan Violet and White FP/BP set and eleven new bottles of ink arrived just in time.  ;)

 

Wow, I'm such nerd  :blush:

Wow eleven new bottles! I've all but given up on finding new ink I like. My greatest fear is that my two favorite inks will be discontinued and I'll have to sell off my fountain collection and go back to ballpoints. Because that's not an overreaction at all. 

 

I'll have to get a decent pad of paper for my new padfolio. The paper Pad and Quill ships with is quite good in terms of thickness, but definitely not Rhodia quality. 

 

"needed to qualify for free shipping". Sounds like a conversation with my wife but at any store.

 

her "If we by two the other one's half. So we're saving." 

me "Do we need two?"

her: "No, but we're saving."

me: "No, we're spending more."

Also me: *knows I've already lost, and probably spent $100 on something stationary related in the last week so who am I to judge?*


Edited by bemon, 21 February 2020 - 14:53.


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Posted 21 February 2020 - 15:25

Wow eleven new bottles! I've all but given up on finding new ink I like. My greatest fear is that my two favorite inks will be discontinued and I'll have to sell off my fountain collection and go back to ballpoints. Because that's not an overreaction at all. 

 

I'll have to get a decent pad of paper for my new padfolio. The paper Pad and Quill ships with is quite good in terms of thickness, but definitely not Rhodia quality. 

 

"needed to qualify for free shipping". Sounds like a conversation with my wife but at any store.

 

her "If we by two the other one's half. So we're saving." 

me "Do we need two?"

her: "No, but we're saving."

me: "No, we're spending more."

Also me: *knows I've already lost, and probably spent $100 on something stationary related in the last week so who am I to judge?*

 

My favorite question in such situations:

 

"Can we afford to save so much money?"



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Posted 21 February 2020 - 15:28

 

My favorite question in such situations:

 

"Can we afford to save so much money?"

I've officially stolen that line.  


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Posted 21 February 2020 - 22:16

I've officially stolen that line.  

 

+1

 

All this crazy spending has definitely been a weird coping mechanism to counteract my stress from the second life threatening emergency my normally indestructible husband has had in the last two months. Eating junk food and bargain shopping have replaced my usual routine of exercise, time with my horses, and writing as I've just been too damned tired to do anything but stare at a computer screen and click the mouse.

 

I also bought a second bottle of an ink I already own intentionally, which I normally never do. Pelikan's Edelstein Olivine is a limited edition and an utter perfect pairing with my Pelikan White Tortoise, so what choice did I have?

 

And everything in the UK seems super cheap right now. Cult pens has those little Diamine bottles for less than $2, the little Pelikan bottles for about $3, and the normally crazy expensive Edelstein inks for about $17. Then the Rhodia pads were only like $6 or $7 each. With no VAT and free shipping , it seemed like a good time to hoard. Because, I need over 200 bottles of ink. For reasons.

 

Then the Amazon Global UK store had big discounts on that Pelikan Violet set I've been eying. They even have the Stressman M1005 for under $400, but not an EF nib so I restrained myself for once.

 

And Graphic Image topped it all off by having my favorite journals for 60% off. Of course as soon as I ordered them, they offered free personalization for president's day so I should have held the trigger on that one and saved another $30.

 

Yah, I really can't afford to keep saving so much money. Also,  :wallbash: My brain is still kinda a bag full of cats.



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Posted 21 February 2020 - 22:33

"Can we afford to save so much money?"


My wife just laughed her head off, and said she's "borrowing" the line as well, pointing at all the boxes of Rhodia paper I bought recently.

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 22:53

My wife just laughed her head off, and said she's "borrowing" the line as well, pointing at all the boxes of Rhodia paper I bought recently.

Thanks!

 

I think last time I read one of your posts about her she was your fiancé. So, Congrats!  :thumbup:



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Posted 22 February 2020 - 06:56

Bemon those leather covers are gor-ge-ous!

 

Thanks to a couple of campus-wide activities I caught up with old friends and met some newcomers. One of my most prominent thoughts was looking at the people but seeing all the notebooks they're going to leave in the rec room at the end of the semester, almost untouched.

Stationery addicts have a one-track mind.  :P


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 13:48

+1
 
All this crazy spending has definitely been a weird coping mechanism to counteract my stress from the second life threatening emergency my normally indestructible husband has had in the last two months. Eating junk food and bargain shopping have replaced my usual routine of exercise, time with my horses, and writing as I've just been too damned tired to do anything but stare at a computer screen and click the mouse.
 
I also bought a second bottle of an ink I already own intentionally, which I normally never do. Pelikan's Edelstein Olivine is a limited edition and an utter perfect pairing with my Pelikan White Tortoise, so what choice did I have?
 
And everything in the UK seems super cheap right now. Cult pens has those little Diamine bottles for less than $2, the little Pelikan bottles for about $3, and the normally crazy expensive Edelstein inks for about $17. Then the Rhodia pads were only like $6 or $7 each. With no VAT and free shipping , it seemed like a good time to hoard. Because, I need over 200 bottles of ink. For reasons.
 
Then the Amazon Global UK store had big discounts on that Pelikan Violet set I've been eying. They even have the Stressman M1005 for under $400, but not an EF nib so I restrained myself for once.
 
And Graphic Image topped it all off by having my favorite journals for 60% off. Of course as soon as I ordered them, they offered free personalization for president's day so I should have held the trigger on that one and saved another $30.
 
Yah, I really can't afford to keep saving so much money. Also,  :wallbash: My brain is still kinda a bag full of cats.


It's a good thing I didn't see this until after I had ordered NINE ink samples.

Two bucks for the Diamine mini-bottles? That's...that's almost sample price!

(And do those little plastic bottles actually contain the same amount of ink as the little Monteverde bottles, because MV looks twice as big and is certainly twice as heavy).

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 16:20

It's a good thing I didn't see this until after I had ordered NINE ink samples.

Two bucks for the Diamine mini-bottles? That's...that's almost sample price!

(And do those little plastic bottles actually contain the same amount of ink as the little Monteverde bottles, because MV looks twice as big and is certainly twice as heavy).

 

30 fun filled milliliters each! Cult Pens seems like the cheapest place to buy it, if you can swing the free shipping. 








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