Mid-Week Mini

Mid-Week Mini: Sadler Jones Greetings Cards Review.

I find buying greetings cards hard. Most of the time the paper is average, the designs ok and the prices high. I tend to buy cards when I see them so that I have a small supply at home that I can dip into when I need it.

Some of my recent purchases.

Some of my recent purchases.

I came across Sadler Jones through Instagram, I forget exactly how, but I was attracted to the style of these cards. I have now bought two bulk orders over the past few months because the style and designs of their cards are so good. I wanted to share my thoughts and some photographs in todays post.

A personal favourite of mine.

A personal favourite of mine.

High Quality Paper.

I like to use fountain pens when I write my cards. Pen and ink looks nice and feels special, especially if the receiver is not a fountain pen user. However not all cards are fountain pen friendly, but Sadler Jones cards work perfectly. The paper is high quality stock that means you can use a lot of different writing tools. The envelopes seem to be pretty standard, white in general and yellow for Children’s cards.

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Fun designs.

Sadler Jones has a few different card themes on their site. Some of them are bold and bright, some have beautiful brush lettering and there are also some of the more cheeky kind (my personal favourites).

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Lovely gold foiling detail. 

Lovely gold foiling detail. 

Overall thoughts.

As I said at the start of todays post it’s tough to find high quality cards that tick the design box and are made with decent paper stock. Sadler Jones however are great and I’ve really liked the cards I’ve used. The prices are pretty standard and delivery is really quick. I wanted to share my experiences with Sadler Jones mainly because I have found it so hard to find good quality cards online that are recommended, so I felt compelled to share my experiences. I hope you find this useful.

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Mid-Week Mini: Lady Safari 2019 Special Edition: Mint Glaze review.

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When the 2019 Lamy Safari limited edition was announced I was really happy with the colour choices. To have three different options in the series is brilliant and really works for this years pastel theme. The Pastel colours are Powder Rose, Mint Glaze and Blue Macaroon. The mix of colours is spot on and captures popular pastel colours. I have the Mint Glaze because I love anything Mint coloured and also it feels like a little bit unusual as a fountain pen colour.

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Today’s review is a 2019 limited edition discussion only and not an in-depth look at the specifics of the Safari. If you would like this detail click here for my Safari review.

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The Mint Glaze is the same Safari as any other. It has the same build, shape, feel and finish. There is one small exception that I have had with this edition and that is an issue with the threads. The threads that screw the nib and grip into the barrel don't tighten sufficiently. I am forced to regularly re-screw them. This is a little annoying and it sounds like I have a faulty pen.

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The Mint Glaze colour is subtle. In some photos I have taken it appears almost white. I think this could be a little more minty but regardless it is such a nice colour Safari. Every element is Mint too giving it a complete colour cover. The end gap, the screw into the barrel, everything is complimented. The clips is chrome which compliments the pen nicely.

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Overall thoughts.

I really like this colour and I think this Safari will be one I reach for regularly among all the other colours I have. I am a little disappointed with the dodgy screw grip, I have contacted the seller to see if they are experiencing issues with this elsewhere. If you enjoy pastel shades and like Safaris this is a winner. It’s also the perfect starting fountain pen for people and with these fun colours could really appeal to a broad base.

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Mid-Week Mini: Le Typograhe Porte-Mine Mechanical Pencil.

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One of my recent purchases after a trip to Amsterdam was the Le Typographe Porte-Mine mechanical pencil. I found this in Misc-Store and after spending a long time examining everything in the shop, I decided I needed to buy this pencil. I really liked the style but it was after testing the graphite out I had to buy it.

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Before I dig into the pencil I just wanted to share the kraft packaging. The pencil is protected by a concertina folded piece of card that holds it in place. What I really like is the embossed guide on the back which shows you all the elements of the pencil. There is no unnecessary text or information here, just a simple and beautiful design.

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The style of the Porte-Mine is beautiful. It has a cream coloured metal barrel which is comparable to the size and feel of a woodcase pencil.

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There is a cute golden bug imprinted near the top of the pencil too which is the only indication of any branding.

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To use the Porte-Mine you press down the knock of the pencil to allow the graphite to escape from the barrel. You can decide how much of the graphite you want to appear, the only thing to bear in mind if that you don’t let the graphite fall out of the barrel and shatter.

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The knock also unscrews from the top of the pencil to reveal a small sharpener. This is really useful having this incorporated into the pencil itself. It means you don’t have to find a sharpener that works with this mechanical pencil, or worry about carrying it around. Everything is in one place.

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Writing with the graphite is very nice. It’s not too dark, but rather a light grey colour. My plan is to use this pencil for sketching. I can extend more of the graphite if I need to shade a sketch, or use the nice point that the sharpener creates for the detail work.

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It was a nice surprise the find the Porte-Mine in Misc. I would not have come across this online and it was through testing the pencil out that really sold me on it. I love visiting brick and mortar stores, especially those that encourage touching and testing. They really do open things you to you and show you new and exciting tools you could be using.

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Mid-Week Mini: Blackwing 10,001 Review.

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One of the Blackwing limited edition releases from 2018 was the 10,001 pencil, which plays homage to creative ways to teaching and learning specifically linking back to Miyamoto Sensei puzzles.

The 10,001 saw Blackwing experiment with a few different aspects. Firstly the barrel is a different shape to the hexagonal barrel of the standard Blackwing pencils and the majority of the limited edition releases. The pentagonal shape of the 10,001 gives it five sides, rather than the standard six.

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The 10,001 has a firm graphite core, which is quite common among the limited edition releases. However, for this edition it links back to the puzzle element therefore the core had to be firm enough to hold a point. I have found the core nice to write with, the graphite is dark but its really smooth and enjoyable to use.

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The barrel on the 10,001 is stained red from “adzuki” beans which really gives a subtle colour finish. I really like the light pink tone and you get some of the wooden barrel grain showing through. It almost appears like a wood stain finish.

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The Blackwing branding is stamped in gold with kanji numerals for the edition number. To compliment the gold printing the ferrule is also gold and there is a black eraser giving it a classic finish.

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As with all Blackwing pencils they perform well, sharpen nicely and really give you a feeling of quality. They are currently sold out on the Blackwing site, but potentially still available, especially in singles, in brick and mortar stores.