New Parker Jotter Collection

Parker is one of those pen brands I feel like everyone has heard of, but not enough people talk about. Their jotter pen is undeniably a classic design that you'll recognise whether you're a pen nerd or not, and it has recently been given a makeover with some new additions to the collection inspired by some of Londons most iconic landmarks.

Today I have the new 'Victoria Violet' model to share with you. First I have to say how pleasantly surprised I was with the construction and quality. Obviously I knew it would be of a high standard with the sort of reputation Parker has, but from the quality of materials to the snug fit of the tip I was really pleased with how it felt. Their consistent quality is what gave them this reputation and there isn't much more I can say about this model of pen that hasn't already been said over the decades.

The Victoria Violet has a polished purple body that contrasts really well against the chrome trim and iconic arrowhead pocket clip. It comes supplied with a Parker blue medium ballpoint refill, which of course can be switched out to suit your preference. Almost any brand that creates pen refills will have one in the Parker format.

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I think these new additions turned out really great, one of the standouts from the collection I think you should check out is the Tower Grey Diagonal. The end section of this model has a really awesome laser engraved striped design that looks fantastic.

And the price point on these pens is probably one of the best things about them. The basic "Core Range", which includes the featured Victoria Violet model in this post, has an RRP of £14 (approx. $17 USD). They also have a premium range with more in depth designs that has an RRP of £27 (approx $33 USD). Each Jotter pen comes in a presentation box that would make the perfect gift!

For more details and to see the whole range of Parker Jotter pens you can visit their website.

Huge thanks to Parker for supplying this sample.

Thanks for reading!

Posted on December 20, 2016 and filed under Pen Review.

Say Nice Things Curtis Journal Review

I must admit, this blog seems to be slowly transforming into a notebook blog with the last few posts. But when the UK brand 'Say Nice Things' got in touch about their new line of paper products I couldn't resist!

Both their journals and standard notebooks are available in a range of masculine and feminine designs to suit different tastes. Today I have the 'Curtis' journal to share with you, a black soft touch hard cover notebook with a screen print polka dot design. That is a mouthful.

The first thing to note is the construction, it feels incredibly sturdy. All of SNT's products are designed and manufactured in the UK and its apparent they put effort into the quality of materials they use. Let's run through the specs.

  • A5 hard black Peltouch extreme soft finish cover with gloss and single colour screen print
  • 192 pages of 90gsm paper
  • Stitch bound, lay-flat spine
  • Elastic closure
  • Rear inside pocket

The journal is split up into 6 sections. When opening the notebook you're greeted with a title page to fill in with your personal details, then a contents page to title each section. Sections 1 through 4 are for notes, all lined pages. Section 5 is perfect for sketch/doodles with a mix of plain pages and a grid style ruling. Finally you have a planner section with an undated monthly layout, enough to plan for a year!

How this journal is set up is what initially got me excited. Back when I used to use Filofax planners I was attracted to being able to have different elements all in one place, having a notebook with a built in planner section is a great productivity tool.

I was quite pleased with the paper quality too, the notes sections have a subtle grey tone to them. They have a nice thickness for daily use but I wouldn't recommend it for heavy fountain pen users. If you're a gel/ball pen or pencil user then you'll really enjoy the writing experience of this.

Overall I love the design of the cover, it looks great and feels even better. Out of the 3 more 'masculine' designs they have, I'm pleased with my pick. The glossy polka dot screen printing really works nicely and how could I not be a fan of the blue accent? They couldn't have picked a better colour!

One last thing to mention is how much care and thought went into the packaging this came in, although you only get that first unboxing experience once it is a nice touch. The journal came wrapped in tissue inside a perfectly sized box. Which makes giving this as a gift even easier!

These journals retail for £25 (approx. $32), check out all of the available designs here.
As I mentioned earlier, they also have a range of notebooks. These come in the same cover designs as their journals but are a little thinner and are half the price coming in at £12.50 (approx. $16). You can find those here.

Big thanks to the team at 'Say Nice Things' for sending me a journal to try!

Thanks for reading!

Posted on December 12, 2016 and filed under Paper Review.