From The Desk of... Tony Short

'From The Desk of...' is a little feature I started last year. I ask some of my favourite people/bloggers/creatives to share their everyday stationery related go-to items. I love learning what peoples favourite items are, but it's the things they grab on a daily basis that interest me. Those picks tend to be well made and reliable, not just something for the look of it but for how well it works. That's where the idea of this guest feature came from.

Today I'm welcoming Tony, he's been a huge supporter of this blog for a while now. He is co-owner of TDOA sponsor and if you've been a reader of this blog within the past year I'm sure you've seen them mentioned.

I had the honour of meeting Tony earlier this year at the London Stationery Show, we grabbed a coffee and had a great chat about the industry and the influence of online presence within the stationery world. It's refreshing to find a business owner in this field who is just as inspired and active within the community as the community itself!

You can find Tony on twitter @thetonyshort as well as finding Pocket Notebooks on social media @PocketNotebooks on Twitter and Instagram.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know how those in the stationery community use their stationery and find out what's inside their pencil case. You can imagine how thrilled I was when Adam presented a similar opportunity to myself. This has taken a few months to compile and has changed items a number of times, so hope you enjoy my five go-to stationery items.


Pocket Notebook

You’ll always find at least one in my back pocket, doesn’t matter if it’s during the working week or on the weekend. As the brands we supply at Pocket Notebooks have evolved so too has my choice of notebooks. At first I was a huge user of Field Notes, especially their Pitch Black Dot Grid, but since we’ve started to supply Write Notepads I’ve been fixated with the company and their notebooks.. This is a team of highly skilled craftsman who are innovative, forthcoming and have bags of business acumen. Their notebooks are perfectly bound, offer a variety of colours, finishes and their unboxing experiencing is the finest I’ve experienced to the point that the box and inserts warrant being treasured.


I’ve been a long time fan of mechanical pencils, especially a Rotring. The Rotring 600 is always with me. I’m now on to my third one having previously lost and broke my first two. I love the precision it offers which, when you have terrible handwriting like mine, it’s important to have something that can improve it. Aesthetically it looks sharp too with it’s chrome like finish, knurled grip and if you’ve ever taken it apart will appreciate just how much engineering has gone into making this pencil.

Fountain Pen

I’ve only just started using a fountain pen in the last 12 months, having decided that Pocket Notebooks would send a thank you note with every new order. At first it was a Pilot V-Pen but it is now a Cross Century II. I didn’t realise there was a fountain pen rabbit hole until now at which point I find myself hurling down at the same speed and velocity as Alice.

One of my 2016 bucket list items is to find a fountain pen that reflects me and my personality. Thus far,this has proven tough, similar to finding the perfect partner you don’t just want to jump into bed, so to speak, with any old thing. I listen to Brad and Myke over on the Pen Addict podcast and every week I come away with new pens to add to the ever growing list of potential suitors.


Now I’ve got to admit, whilst I’ve been using my Hobo Techo since January I’ve not really found that sweet spot on how to use it. I’m settled on an approach that combines both analog with digital. It’s a three pronged approach that starts with my pocket notebook which I generally use as bullet journal / brain dump, then move certain notes from my notebook into Trello, an online collaboration tool before using my Techo to write down future events and scheduled tasks in appropriate dates and making sure I’m checking it everyday so I don’t forget to do things.

This planner and company really excites me and believe it’s just scratching the surface to what it can achieve and where it’s headed. I only hope that I settle on a journal approach that can do this thing of beauty the justice it truly deserves.


As you may have gathered from my go-to stationery, I like stationery that reflects my personality, to make a statement and give an insight into the type of person I am. Once I discovered my Cross Century Fountain Pen could have a convertor I decided now was the time to move away from the norm and change the Black ink with something more energetic. I opted for the Iroshizuku Yu-Yake (Sun Set) hoping to inject a zest of life into my writing and hopefully cheering up the recipients of my handwritten notes.

A huge thanks to Tony for hopping on the blog!

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Posted on July 1, 2016 and filed under From The Desk of...