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Superior Labor Brass Clipboards

Ordering things in from Japan sometimes takes literally months to get in, which is a test in patience and organization and predicting future stock levels. I have not always passed this test with flying colours, but I’m working on it!

Superior Labor Brass Clipboard Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

We have been waiting months and months to get in these beautiful brass clipboards from Superior Labor in Japan. We knew as soon as they’d arrived because the box carrying them weighed about a million pounds. Sometimes a new delivery person will ask what we’ve got in some of our boxes – paper and inks are usually the heavy ones – but this time, it was an order of brass clipboards.

Superior Labor Brass Clipboard Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

If you’re going to carry a clipboard, there is no better clipboard than one made of brass. There is just something beautiful about products made from natural materials – you know your leather boots or pen roll is going to soften in with time, and your brass clipboard is going to develop that patina of use and wear. I’ve seen a few Kaweco Brass Liliputs that have seen some good use, and they’re gorgeous, and Midori also makes some brass products, like their rulers and alphabet guides that I love. There’s just something about buying goods that will last you a lifetime.

Superior Labor Brass Clipboard Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

This is a heavy, strong clipboard made out of solid brass. The spring in the clip mechanism is super strong, and while it’s not stiff or hard to press down on to open, it’s definitely not going to let any papers slide out. You can see the quality of the clipboard in the detail – the fastener of the clip goes through the brass backing onto the back, and even the fastener has “Superior Labor” on it.

Superior Labor Brass Clipboard Wonderpens.ca wonder pens Toronto Canada

Superior Labor’s logo is engraved into the clipboard at the bottom, and while sometimes I think I prefer smaller logos, the engraving is very subtle, and the font and typography is beautiful. You have to turn the clipboard in the right light to really see the logo.

Superior Labor Brass Clipboard Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

Superior Labor Brass Clipboard Toronto Canada Wonderpens.ca Wonder Pens

This clipboard will fit either a sheet of A4 paper (above) or an entire Rhodia pad, which is slightly longer than A4 as the top of the pad is the stapled portion above the perforation.

 

 

Superior Labor Brass Clipboard Wonderpens.ca Wonder Pens Toronto Canada

 

I love things that are built to last and serve their owners for years and years. We’ve got two that I’ve already appropriated for inventory and stock counting in the shop. Let me tell you, there’s nothing as motivating to counting stock and making to-do lists (for Jon) than doing it with a fountain pen and a brass clipboard.

The brass on this clipboard will slowly develop a patina over time as you pass it from hand to hand. If needed, you can always polish it or buff it up, but this is an office tool that you will be able to count on for many years. More and more, especially I guess now that I have the baby who outgrows things before I can blink, I think it’s important to have a few beautiful and useful tools that we will be able to use indefinitely.

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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