Inksmudge

Why I love the Golden Bear

March 31, 2019

I just finished a pack of Blackwings, and I’m back with the Golden Bear. And I really love this pencil.

Having a soft pencil feels really good, but my personal favourite is something a little bit firmer close to a HB. And the GB is just that.

It is not expensive at all. You could get 15 blackwings or 144 Golden Bears.

The thing I love about it is that it is a really good pencil, similar quality to the Blackwings, but it is not as nice. The result is that it is a lot cheaper. That means that it is easy to just carry a lot of them without it feeling very expensive.

Desk notebook

March 22, 2019

I love having a notebook on my desk where I work, currently just in the office, but I’d also have one in my home office if I worked there more than I do(close to nothing). The only requirements is that it is A5ish size, works with pencils and fountain pens, have dotgrid and ideally is the kind where I can just pull off used pages.

I ended up using Rhodia DotPads. They are awesome, and since I started to use them one of my team member have kind of taking the first step into our world by also ordering some DotPads.

I’m very happy with them. I never liked these notebooks as a regular noteobok, but they are awesome for disposable notes.

Fjellreven Foldstack No.2

March 17, 2019

Fjellreven is a Swedish brand that is very popular here in Norway. We have a lot of their products. I personally own two of them a Foldstack No. 3 and Foldstack No. 3.

The No. 3 is one I have owned for a few yeras, it is the perfect bag when I just want to bring a few things, like a camera, a notebook for example.

Then after months of looking at different stuff, I finally ordered a new bag at the end of last year. Because the stuff I carry have changed a lot after I changed jobs. Before I carried my laptop, now I mainly carry stuff to do while I commute. So I got a Foldstack No. 2

It is a large general purpose messenger style bag. Two water bottle compartments on the outside, one on each side. A small compartment on the outside and the main compartment is divided in three parts.

It works great for the stuff I carry. And I have still not filled it all the way. I could probably fill it with more than I should carry in a messenger style bag.

Some modifications to how I bullet Journal

March 10, 2019

So, I have modified some stuff about my Bullet Journal setup after about a month.

In the beginning I started to allocate a lot of pages to sections that I knew would change a lot. Like my future log and daily log. I still allocate some pages to it, but instead of being 10 I usually don’t give it more than four. And I have ditched the Index, because I never even looked at it.

I think this is because of how I always transition stuff to make sure I don’t have that much of a spread. As in the pages that contain open items are as few as possible. About once a week I sit down and spend up to an hour just moving stuff forward to deal with it.

One way to drive me nuts is by having some stuff I haven ‘t done and then 10 pages of done stuff and so on.

My bullet journal setup

March 03, 2019

This is about the tools, all the tools. And not about how I do it

So. I use the LT1917 A5 Bullet Journal notebooks. They are great, mostly the same as their regular A5 notebooks, except it says Bullet Journal, have three markers instead of two and it has some instructions for Bullet Journaling. They are great.

Then I use my two faourite fountain pens in it. My Pilot Vanishing Point and my Lamy 2000. I only use Pilot Iro inks, currently a purple one.

And I have a Nock.co Seed cover I keep it all in. In the beginning I tried to get away with some cheaper solutions than the seed. But I ended up getting it because it is so much more convenient to just have one thing to bring somewhere, than many.

The free IKEA pencil

February 24, 2019

I have seen these free pencils at IKEA every single time I’ve been there. Which is too many times.

This pencil is not something I would have bought for myself, it is a thin, short pencil. The casing does not feel that great. But the core is prefectly fine. Maybe a little bit too hard for my taste.

When you hear “that free pencil they give away at IKEA” you expect them to be far worse than what it is.

Lamy 2000 is still the king

February 17, 2019

I own more pens than I far to admit, and most of them are fountain pens that are great. Any one of them would be a great only pen for me. And I have two pens that I carry every day: the Lamy 2000 and the Pilot Vanishing point. I guess I use them the same amount of time.

They have different strenghts. The Vanishing Point is very convenient. But the Lamy 2000 is the king. I just love that pen, it is my all the favourite pen design and the ink capacity is awesome. All of the put to the side, my favourite thing is how great it feels to write with. Unlike many fountain pens it doesn’t require any work before it starts writing.

If I lost all of my pens, I’d probably just get another Lamy 2000 and leave it at that.

Retiring the Hightower

February 03, 2019

The Hightower is one of the best purchases I have ever done. I first got in 2014, not as a part of the Kickstarter that started Nock.co, but as soon after it that it was in stock and I had money to buy it. It have been a part of my daily carry since then. I have had 2-3 pens and 2-3 fresh Field Notes in it since then.

It shows no signs of wear, and it looks like it was when I got it, except for some ink spills. This and all the other Nock.co products that I own seems to be made in a way where they will last forever.

If you look for a great case to carry a few pens and a few Field Notes sized notebook it is the best thing out there.

Blackwing Pearl

January 27, 2019

I was buying some other stuff, and ended up also getting a box of Pearl. Mainly because it is the one type of blackwings I have not tried.

This is probably my favourite of the regular blackwings from a design perspective. It looks fantastic. A white finish with gold text.

The core is in the middle between the MMX and 602. It is usable for writing, but not very.

Unlike the MMX, the Pearl feels like something that you could actually write with without having to spend more time sharpening than writing. But still not something I would write a lot with. I still recommend gettign the 602 for general writing, or one of the limited models with the extra firm if you can find them.