Happy weekend! I hope you started it off with some French toast, or maybe at your local cafe. Here’s hoping there will be a little less rain and a bit more sunshine this weekend. We’re working on getting a sign for the side of the building to help direct people down the south laneway to the shop, but in the meantime, we’re just using our chalkboard sign, which keeps getting washed out in all the rain!
In all the excitement with the new Noodler’s Inks Blue Upon the Plains of Abraham (which has already sold out, but we’re expecting more in the next week or so!) and Raven Black, we’re still getting other a few other new items in, and we’ve got a few other things expected over the next couple of weeks. Remember, you can always browse the Just In section of the website to see what else is new.
We’ve decided to carry the letters of the alphabet for the wax seals from J. Herbin regularly. It was great to see so many people interested in getting the seals, and we had been ordering them in as a special order, which meant a longer wait time. The symbols (like the Christmas tree, etc. will still be a special order). We may occasionally have one or more letters out of stock just by coincidence, but you will now be able to order them online without a wait time. If the letter you’d like is out of stock, you can sign up for the e-mail notification, and we should be restocking them regularly. The wooden handle is now also available (separately), but remember you only need one and you can switch around the brass seals.
We have two new inks – Cacao de bresil and Diabolo menthe – from J. Herbin, as well as some of their standard international short ink cartridges in their more popular colours. I have to be honest, it’s those little tin cases that got me.
We’ve a few new calligraphy items: a new Brause double ended nib holder, and we’re now selling Hatat nibs, designed for Arabic or Hebrew writing, individually. Look forward to more calligraphy items, coming soon!
From Clairefontaine, we’re now carrying one of their sketch pads – the Graf it A4 Sketchpad, with 90gsm paper. Sheets are perforated and it has a nice thick backing for sketching while you’re on the subway or out in the wild.
We occasionally get people coming in asking for something to hold a few loose sheets of paper together, like a file or portfolio, and this is what we’ve found! This is a great, stiff and sturdy light card folder from Exacompta with elastic straps to hold it together. There are lightly scored lines along the folded edges, so you can hold quite a few sheets of paper. Because of the elastics and the folded flaps on the three edges, you can be sure no paper is going to slide out, even if you accidentally drop it. It’s great for organizing sheets of paper, especially if you have to tuck them into a briefcase or bag if you’re traveling or moving around, and would be perfect for an on-the-go correspondence folder as well!
We’ve got Sailor inks and pens back on the shelves, including Yama-Dori, which was out of stock for a while. We’re expecting a nice Midori order in over the next two weeks, but there won’t be any Blue Midori in on that. I am hoping for more of the Blue Midori in July! Also coming soon is Diamine, and another Noodler’s shipment with the Blue Upon the Plains of Abraham re-stocked and a few other inks as well.
Have a great weekend, everyone! If you’re in Toronto for the weekend, I’ll hope to see you at our Letter Writing Club tomorrow, from 2-4 pm. Otherwise, eat some dim sum, relax and enjoy the sun 🙂