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Superior Labor Pen Cases

I’m not in the shop too much these days, usually only for an hour or two, or sometimes less if there’s something else that’s going on, like the dog throwing up on the carpet after knocking over a plant and eating dirt.

Superior Labour Leather Pen Roll at Wonder Pens www.wonderpens.ca

Because of this, I don’t tend to see some of our regulars as often as I used to, and sometimes our conversations tend to run on a bit. These hapless souls, obviously, you know, delighted to see me, sometimes casually venture to ask, “what’s going on, anything new coming up?” and they have had to suffer the saga of getting these Superior Labor Cases.

By saga, I really just mean that it’s taken months and months to get them in. I have been moaning and moaning about them for about as long.

Superior Labour Leather Pen Roll at Wonder Pens www.wonderpens.ca

These leather cases are stitched and put together by hand, which is why they’ve taken so long to come in. They are made in Japan. The label says “Superior Labor …we take pride in craftsmanship” and it definitely shows. The stitching and finishing on the leather is super precise.

Superior Labour Leather Pen Roll at Wonder Pens www.wonderpens.ca

Superior Labour Leather Pen Roll at Wonder Pens www.wonderpens.ca

As you can see, I had to break out some of my brown pens for these shots.

Superior Labour Leather Pen Roll at Wonder Pens www.wonderpens.ca Superior Labour Leather Pen Roll at Wonder Pens www.wonderpens.ca

The cases come in light brown or dark brownThe leather is a little stiff, but of course being leather, it will soften up over time. I’m personally a real fan of leather products, bags, and wallets, and I love the idea of having something for life that will wear a bit with time. 

Superior Labour Leather Pen Roll at Wonder Pens www.wonderpens.ca Superior Labour Leather Pen Roll at Wonder Pens www.wonderpens.ca

The pen slots can hold one large pen, or two medium/smaller pens. There’s a notebook slot that fits a Field Notes or small notebook. It’s a little tight, but I think the leather will grow softer and stretch out a bit with time.

Superior Labour Leather Pen Roll at Wonder Pens www.wonderpens.ca

Superior Labour Leather Pen Roll at Wonder Pens www.wonderpens.ca

 

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InCoWriMo – International Correspondence Writing Month

Calligraphy & Lettering Uppercase Magazine Issue 23

This beautifully addressed envelope is from the Calligraphy and Lettering Issue of Uppercase Magazine

Now that you’ve been inspired by National Handwriting Day (January 23rd) to get writing again, International Correspondence Writing Month is the perfect opportunity to put those chops to good use.

The InCoWriMo challenge is to write a letter a day for the entire month of February. You can find more details here, but the gist of it is to get writing – once a day.

Here are some tips to get you through the month.

1. Get all set up! Find your paper and envelopes and some of your favourite pens or pencils and get it all together on your desk. Consider using some correspondence stationery that shows the thought you’ve put into the letter you’re writing, but some of the world’s most famous letters were scribbled on paper ripped out of a notebook.

photo-282. Check out your local Canada Post or post office for some cool stamps! I am loving these Year of the Ram stamps recently released, but they also have some older releases available that you might like. My favourites include these international stamps and these 63 cent stamps. It’s also nice to say hello to your local post office folks and appreciate what they do.

3. Take the time to create a list of people and collect some addresses before you begin – there’s nothing more frustrating than writing a letter and then spending several minutes (or more!) hunting for an address that you may not find. Having your list handy will mean as soon as you’re done, you can stamp and address your envelope with a sense of satisfaction!

4. Some people to consider writing to include:
– The obvious friends and family
– An old colleague
– A teacher from your childhood or professor from college
– Your local councilman or politician, appreciating what they have done
– Local businesses that you patronize
– Your spouse or significant other, sent to their workplace
– Your favourite (still living) author – try writing to their publisher
– Your local library
– A charity that has meaning to you
– Your favourite bloggers may have an address or PO box listed – sometimes it’s nice for them to receive encouragement since they write and write, but don’t necessarily hear back from their readers!

5. Go to your local bookshop or library and browse through a copy of Letters of Note. This collection of funny, touching, bizarre and historical letters written throughout time will surely inspire. While I love being able to flip through the pages and see the writing and descriptions of the circumstances of each letter, if you can’t get your hands on a physical copy, you can browse through their website, lettersofnote.com, to get some ideas.

Letters of Note, compiled by Shaun Usher

A letter from Elvis to US President Richard Nixon on that excellent American Airlines stationery – you write while on a flight, and you can indicate your altitude and location! From Letters of Note, compiled by Shaun Usher

6. Take it easy and enjoy yourself! Don’t worry if you miss a day or two or more. Even if you end up only writing a few letters, the important part is to connect or re-connect with people who mean something to you, your community or the world in which we all live.

7. Write to us! We are here at:
Wonder Pens – Liz or Jon Chan (preferably me, but Jon says I have to say preferably Jon)
906 Dundas Street W
Toronto, ON
M6J 1W1 Canada

*Fun fact: on our first trip away from Super (the family dog), I wrote him a postcard from Mongolia.

Quiver Pen Holders

We’ve been carrying these Quiver Pen Holders for a few weeks now, but with the Christmas hustle bustle and all that holiday eggnog, I haven’t gotten around to giving a little more attention to them.

Quiver Leather Pen Holder Black at WonderPens.ca

Quiver Leather Pen Holder in Black on Rhodia Webnotebook

These pen holders are made out of real leather, and you can see the precision of the stitching around them. Each holder will fit one medium-large sized pen (below in the black I have the Platinum 3776 and in the brown I have a Lamy 2000).

If you’re using non-fountain pens, like disposable gel pens, or skinny fountain pens like the CP1, you can squeeze in two.

Quiver Leather Pen Holder in Black at WonderPens.ca Quiver Leather Pen Holder in Black at WonderPens.ca

The elastic on the back is nice and strong, giving you good tension so it doesn’t slide around on you. It is designed to fit an A5 notebook, such as the Rhodia A5 Webnotebooks, Leuchtturm A5 Large Hardcover Notebooks, and Moleskine (though we don’t carry those). These don’t fit on the larger Habana Notebooks.

Quiver Leather Pen Holder in Brown at WonderPens.ca Quiver Leather Pen Holder in Brown at WonderPens.ca Quiver Leather Pen Holder in Brown at WonderPens.ca

Over time the leather will start to soften a bit, and especially if you put your notebook into a bag or use it well, you may find it really starting to get that leather patina. You can see on the bottom of the pen holder starting to develop that aged leather glow (with a little sunlight reflection help!). This may also be because we get people picking it up and rubbing the leather to see how it feels in the shop.

Quiver Leather Pen Holder in Black at WonderPens.ca

Of course, being that I run a pen shop, where we hope that your pens serve you well and write for you for many, many years, I love products that will last for many years and with good use. My leather Midori is starting to get that I-am-leather-and-I-am-loved look, and I have a leather satchel that I’ve used for years. These leather pen holders are designed to keep with you for as long as you need, as you move them from notebook to notebook.