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Life Kappan Writing Stationery

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Jon has gone off and left me with these two non-contributing members of the family, and so I thought it would be a good time to get some writing done.

I’ve been catching up on thank you notes from the holidays, which is always an excellent reason to use some of the fancier paper in the shop.

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Life Stationery makes beautiful paper: not only is the paper great for writing with fountain pens, the covers of their notebooks and writing pads often have a vintage flair to them.

This Life Kappan Writing Pad is designed for correspondence or letter writing. It’s B5, 18 x 25 cm, so it’s bigger than your usual G. Lalo or Rhodia A5 writing pad, with a glued top. If you’re using this paper to write letters, it will be too long to fit into A5 envelopes without folding over. I use these Life Airmail envelopes (Size 6) to fit B5 papers.

A pad has 30 sheets, and the paper is very smooth, with very little texture.

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The paper has a margin on both sides, as well as space for the header and footer – it’s paper truly designed for writing a letter or a note. It is lined only on the front, although because there’s no bleedthrough, you could write on the back if you wanted to. Because of the paper size and ruling, I typically use this paper for shorter notes or letters, like thank you notes, rather than longer correspondence.

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The paper is super for fountain pen ink. Zero feathering or bleedthrough, even though the paper is on the thin side. The lines with all types of inks and nibs is crisp and sharp, with flex nibs and super wet pens. Inks that sometimes show sheen are also great with this paper – you can see a bit of the sheen in the photo below with Sailor Sky High (the blue ink) with only a fine nib!

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The ruling on the paper is 10mm, so quite large – I think (i.e. am assuming) this paper was originally designed for Asian characters, so it gives quite a bit of space. It’s also good for italic or inkier flex nibs that need a bit of space.

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Life Japanese Airmail Envelopes

These are my favourite envelopes in the shop. Most of the time I try to dodge questions about what my favourite products are, but sometimes favourites cannot be helped. They’re from Life Japanese Stationery, and these airmail envelopes come in a few sizes.

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Airmail is something of an anachronistic notation – I think it has to do with the “olden days” where some mail was sent by ship, and more expensive postal would have your mail sent by plane. However, there is still something nice about these airmail envelopes, and around the world, there seems to be very familiar looking markings for mail or stationery to be sent “via air mail.” In college, I spent some time in Madagascar, and wrote Jon letters in envelopes with these very same blue and red air mail markings.

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These are just the envelopes – I know there are some really old style envelopes where they come unfolded, and you write your letter on the inside of it. When you’re done, you fold it up into an envelope form and put a stamp on it.

There are three sizes – the largest (#4) fits an A4 or letter sheet folded in thirds, and the smallest (#7) fits an A5 sheet folded. The middle one (#6) will have to bear some folding of the paper to shorten its width it if it’s a letter or A4 sized sheet.

#7: 92 mm x 165 mm
#6: 98 mm x 190 mm
#4: 105 mm x 235 mm

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The envelopes have a peel off tape for the adhesive, so no licking necessary. The inside has a blue pattern inside to keep your secrets safe. It’s printed right on the envelope, so it’s not another layer of paper, like the luxurious feeling G.Lalo envelopes.

The paper on these envelopes also has a good feel – not too heavy, but strong and smooth. They will hold up to wherever you need to send them.

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According to the Canada Post website, when sending US or other international mail:

All letters and postcards must bear the words “AIR MAIL” and/or “PAR AVION” in black or blue on the address side of the item, in the upper left-hand corner, under the return address (when provided). The words “AIR MAIL” and “PAR AVION” can also be printed on a black or blue label, affixed in the same location.

While I don’t think Canada Post will actually hold you to this and detain or return your mail, with the convenience of many things Japanese, these envelopes say air mail for you! However, you can also get free Air Mail stickers from Canada Post just by asking.

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Valentine’s Day Contest 2014

Valentine’s Day is coming up…that sweet, chocolate-y time of year when kids are scrunching up cards with little confessions of love, everything seems pink and cinnamon flavoured, and you can see men everywhere wandering aimlessly through the city looking for that “just right” gift.

To celebrate, we’re offering a giveaway!

We have here:

Valentine's Day Giveaway

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Two Lamy Fountain pens – red and white
Two sets of correspondence paper & envelopes from Original Crown Mill (cream & white)
(Total retail value $101.00 CAD)

To enter, leave a comment below telling us your best cheesy Valentine’s Day pick up line. You can also enter a second time by leaving your line on our Facebook Page under the post announcing the contest, in the comments section.

The winner will be selected at random, and is limited to Canadian residents.

You can enter a maximum of two times (once per method). Duplicate entries will not be counted. The contest closes midnight on February 13th, 2014 and the winner will be announced February 14th, 2014. The winner will have 7 days to contact us (until February 21st, 2014) via e-mail. All comments are moderated, and inappropriate ones removed.