TBT: Dixon Ticonderoga Jingle

I stumbled upon this cool video, showing old Ticonderoga ads throughout the years all while using an old jingle as the soundtrack.

In Pictures: Field Notes Haxley

Available from Field Notes, $12.95.

2018 Wish List

2018 Wish List

Oddly enough, I got a few things from my 2017 Wish List that I'll quickly recap here. Palomino didn't release a FULL TIME natural pencil with the extra firm core, but they did release one as a subscriber extra. They also brought back the Palomino HB! Field Notes did in fact release a larger edition available full time in the Pitch Black Note Book. All things I asked for in last year's wish list.

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Favorites of 2017

Favorites of 2017

2017 flew by, and I'm glad, because it was kind of a sucky year for nearly everyone involved. But, ultimately, it was a good year for Lead Fast. The site grew faster and bigger than I expected. I launched a shop with some stickers to help fund it, and the response was beyond what I expected...thanks to you! I couldn't have built the site without the help of some cool people in this community.

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Baron Fig 2017 Recap

Baron Fig 2017 Recap

Holy crap, Baron Fig launched a TON of products this year. Where some of the other companies just stuck to what works and iterated on already established markets, Baron Fig jumped into almost everything stationery related this year. This humble author may even say too many things, and not without controversy.

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Write Notepads 2017 Recap

Write Notepads 2017 Recap

Write Notepads puts out consistently great quarterly releases with seemingly little fanfare. This year was no different. They didn't have the barrage of products like Baron Fig or the quality / marketing snafus of Field Notes, so in our little stationery circles there wasn't as much discussion about them. They just kept on making Baltimore and Baltimore-adjacent themed notebooks. That's a good thing.

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Field Notes 2017 Recap

Field Notes 2017 Recap

At first glance, it seemed to me that Field Notes had a slow year, but after I looked back, it was actually a lot busier than I had initially thought. It's likely that I just didn't succumb to as much FOMO as I did in years past, and I skipped a few releases, mainly the simple collaborations. There was also a little bit of drama with them this year, first with the quality control of some of the early 2017 items, then with the tone-deaf collaboration with Abercrombie & Fitch towards the latter part of the year. First, I'll dig into the Quarterly releases, then we'll talk about the other stuff.

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Palomino Blackwing 2017 Recap

Palomino Blackwing 2017 Recap

We're into Year 3 of the Volumes series. Palomino continued to do a few different things with the limited pencils this year, some cool, some not...along with a few head scratchers. Some thoughts on each Volumes series release, then we'll get into the rest of what they did with the line.

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Write Notepads Goldfield Review

Write Notepads Goldfield Review

From 1902 to 1908, Baltimorean Joe Gans was the World Lightweight Champion in boxing. He was the first African-American boxing champ (Canadian George Dixon was the first Black world title holder, 10 years prior to Gans) and a well-known student of the sport. In 1906, he fought Oscar "Battling" Nelson, the "Durable Dane" in Goldfield, Nevada, and beat him in 42 (!) rounds.

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Plumbago Issue #3

Public Service Announcement: Plumbago Issue #3 is now available for pre-order!

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This issue celebrates fiction and poetry about stationery — and, of course, comics, illustrations, art and more! You’ll find nearly a dozen short stories and novel excerpts, lots of poems, haikus and even limericks. Here are just a few of the features in this issue:

  • Father Kyle Sanders writes a story from the perspective of an Eberhard Faber American Naturals pencil
  • A collaboration between poet Judy Wilson and fine graphite artist Diane Wright
  • Harky Jewett presents a type-written science-fiction story about the fate of mankind
  • A big, bright graffiti-style portrait of some of our favorite pencils
  • The 5 winners of the six-word story contest, illustrated by Becky Aiken
  • Original artwork by Ana Reinert of The Well-Appointed Desk
  • And lots, lots more