The Nib Section
77 - Our Stationery Startup

77 - Our Stationery Startup

May 9, 2021

This episode, we pose a hypothetical: if we could design and make our own stationery product, what would it be? 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

00:10—Intro

 

Episode 76 - Brad Dowdy, Professional Pen Addict 

Exploring the world of socially responsible stationery with Daryl of Musubi - Stationery Orbit

 

04:58—WWAWW 

 

Sharyn: Pilot Decimo Alumite Gray w/ Sailor Jentle Chu-shu 

Diana: Faber-Castell Hexo Rose F w/ Caran d’Ache Infra-Red 

 

09:47—Our Stationery Startup

 

Kanilea Pen Co. 

Ink Palettes - Mountain of Ink 

Taccia Yukio-e Inks - The Well-Appointed Desk 

@dickpageface 

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trios by Dick Page - Beauty Geeks 

Philanthropy - Chantecaille 

Curated Shop Pens - The Gentleman Stationer 

Herbin Rouge Hematite - Mountain of Ink

Let’s Talk About Caran d’Ache Chromatics Inks - Fountain Pen Follies 

Maruzen Athena Sepia - Alt.Haven 

What Color is “Qing”? - World of Chinese 

Homer’s Sea: Wine Dark? - New York Times 

PenBBS 129 Xu Zhimo - Mountain of Ink 

Sailor Manyo Haha - Mountain of Ink 

Zebra Super Marble Gel Ink Pens - Zebra 

 

54:39—Recommendations 

 

Produce Camp 2021 (Chuang 2021) 

Reluctant Reality TV Star Vladislav 'Lelush' Ivanov Just Couldn't Get Voted Off Produce Camp 21 - The Project 

Chuang 2021: Are You A Werewolf? 

Heaven’s Official Blessing (Animated Series) 

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System 

 

1:06:41—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special guest: Brad Dowdy.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

76 - Brad Dowdy, Professional Pen Addict

76 - Brad Dowdy, Professional Pen Addict

April 25, 2021

The guest this episode is the OG pen addict himself, Brad Dowdy. He chats with Diana about his blog, his podcast, and the joys and travails and responsibilities of being able to make a livelihood out of what you love. 

 

This episode features Diana (@thegrynne) with special guest Brad Dowdy (@penaddict). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

00:09—Interview: Brad Dowdy 

 

Tinterías Podcast 

Welcome to The Pen Addict! - The Pen Addict 

The Enough Podcast 

The Pen Addict Podcast - Relay FM 

 

24:16—WWAWW 

 

Brad: Sailor x Bungubox Pro-Gear Fujiyama Blue w/ Bungubox Fujiyama Blue 

Diana: Franklin-Christoph Model 19 Black/Creme w/ Caran d’Ache Ultraviolet 

 

27:29—Interview continued 

 

The Pen Habit 

Nock Co. 

The Pen Addict Members 

Ologies 

 

1:35:40—Recommendations 

 

Ted Lasso 

Get your flu shot 

The Endurance of Wikimedia with Katharine Maher - Why Is This Happening? 

 

1:46:08—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special guest: Brad Dowdy.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

75 - Recent Acquisitions (April 2021 Edition)

75 - Recent Acquisitions (April 2021 Edition)

April 11, 2021

Our semi-regular report on recent acquisitions, including Pilot Decimos, Folio Notebooks from Musubi, the Montblanc Happy Holidays Special Edition, and playful stacked nibs. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

01:36—WWAWW 

 

Sharyn: ST Dupont Large Palladium Diamond Head w/ Montblanc Unicef Blue 

Diana: Montblanc Le Petit Prince Happy Holidays Fountain Pen EF w/ Aurora Black 

 

09:20—Feedback 

 

10:55—Recent Acquisitions

 

Episode 40 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (Decimania Edition) 

Episode 41 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (A Happy Cut of the Tine Edition) 

Pilot Decimo Alumite - TNS on FB (2, 3

Sharyn’s sneaky photo of the Decimos from March 2019 - TNS on FB 

Episode 71 - Gem on a Nib 

Appelboom 

Montblanc Happy Holidays Solitaire LeGrand vs Montblanc 146R Burgundy and Sailor ProGear Realo Burgundy - TNS on FB 

Musubi Cosmo Air Light 83 Folio Notebook - Musubi 

Musubi Cosmo Air Light paper comparisons - TNS on FB 

Episode 46 - Recent Acquisitions (June 2019 Edition) 

Musubi Tomoe River 52 Folio Notebook - Musubi 

Nakaya Piccolo Shakei-Sonsetsu - TNS on FB 

Episode 73 - Your Pelikan Opinions are Valid 

Pelikan M600 Vibrant Orange - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Pelikan M805 Blue Dunes - The Pelikan’s Perch 

The Bent Tines 13 - The World of Ebonite 

Monty Winnfield 

Regalia Writing Labs 

Monty Winnfield’s Owl Nib and Peregrine Triple Stacked Nib - TNS on FB 

Bokumondoh 

 

1:37:59—Recommendations 

 

The Big Short (2015) 

Rockford’s Sparkling Black Shiraz 

The Emperor’s Feast, Jonathan Clements (audiobook) 

Queen of the South (season 5) 

 

1:46:44—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

74 - Collectors Series Part 8: Max Penabler

74 - Collectors Series Part 8: Max Penabler

March 26, 2021

A tireless penabler, Max is a fixture of the Melbourne “fountain pen posse” and owner of Fountain Pen Supplies. Diana interviews Max for the Collectors Series. 

 

This episode features Diana (@thegrynne), with guest Max (@crabbocrew) of Fountain Pen Supplies

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

00:44—Interview: Max aka Crabbocrew 

 

Milligram 

Pen City 

Savers Australia 

 

11:19—WWAWW 

 

Max: Pilot for Yotsuba Shizuoka's 70th Anniversary "Koki" w/ Lamy Dark Lilac 

Diana: Nakaya Piccolo Cigar “Shakei-Sonsetsu” w/ Kyo-iro Cherry Blossoms of Keage 

 

14:58—Interview continued 

 

Episode 39 - Collectors Series Part 5: “Lamy Archaeology” 

Tailored Pen Company 

Woodshed Pen Co 

Sailor x Joyful-2 Pro Gear Watarase Mint - @crabbocrew 

Episode 47 - Collectors Series Part 6: Leo Fok 

@tokyostationpens 

Pilot x Sankodo LE Decimos - @calligraphynut 

Pilot x Kobe Gradation Decimos - @nagasawa_umeda 

Episode 55 - Care and Maintenance of Your Lamy 2000 

Pilot 742 x Bokumondoh - @crabbocrew 

Bokumondoh 

Fountain Pen Supplies 

Pensive Pens 

Pulp Addiction 

Bookbinders Online 

Ink Fix Subscription Box - Fountain Pen Supplies 

Ink Palettes - Mountain of Ink 

@pen_and_inkcap 

 

1:23:48—Recommendations 

 

BreadkTalk Mangococo 

Ahnitol 

Buying a Knockoff of My Own Dress: An Educated Roast (actual fire used for Scientific Purposes) - Bernadette Banner 

 

1:30:12—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

73 - Your Pelikan Opinions Are Valid

73 - Your Pelikan Opinions Are Valid

March 15, 2021

To share their thoughts on Pelikan as a fountain pen brand, we have on this episode 3 loyal fans and 1 naysayer. Because all opinions are valid! 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha), Leo (@inquisitivequill), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

02:24—WWAWW 

 

Leo: Pilot Justus 95 FA 

Tav: ASA Nauka Flora Green EF w/ Noodlers Navy 

Diana: Pelikan Souveran M605 White Stripe F w/ GvFC Violet Blue 

Sharyn: Pelikan M600 Red Tortoiseshell w/ Pelikan Edelstein Garnet, M600 Turquoise EF w/ Lamy Turquoise, M400 White Tortoise Richard Binder Extra-Flex w/ Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun

 

10:52—Feedback 

 

12:05—Brand Focus: Pelikan 

 

Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl - The Pelikan’s Perch 

The Nibsmith 

Pelikan M815 Metal Striped - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Pelikan M215 - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Early Pelikan M900 Toledo - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Pelikan 400NN - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Pelikan Calculation of Times review - The Pen Habit 

Pelikan Fire - Pen Chalet 

Pelikan Evolution of Script - Bonhams 

Seven Wonders of the World LE - Pelikan 

Pelikan Pura - LarryPOST 

Pelikan M640 - The Pelikan’s Perch 

In Praise of the Pelikan 400 - Reddit 

Pelikan Hubs 

Episode 53 - The Other German Pen Brand 

Episode 5 - Pelikan Hubs Recap, or How to Be A Stationery MacGyver 

The Story Behind Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black - The Pelikan’s Perch 

 

1:11:36—Recommendations 

 

Matt Goulding - Rice, Noodle, Fish 

Top 5 Pens of Leo (Inquisitive Quill) 

Philosophy Tube 

Maltesers Truffles 

Daniel Goleman - Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships 

Woollykins Complete Mending Kit 

Woollykins Boro Mending Kit  

 

1:28:12—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Sharyn Zha, Leo Fok, Taveet Sinanian and Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

72 - Journaling for Productivity

72 - Journaling for Productivity

February 26, 2021

Fountain pens and journals go together like bangers and mash. In this episode, Sharyn and Di go through their most used journaling systems, from their non-artistic bullet journals to their ink journals. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

01:03—WWAWW 

 

Sharyn: TWSBI Diamond Mini White Rose-Gold V2 Medium w/ J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor 

Diana: ST Dupont Olympio Vertigo L Medium w/ Caran d’Ache Idyllic Blue 

 

07:38—Montblanc 2020 Calligraphy Nib 

 

Episode 71 - Gem on a Nib 

Episode 53 - The Other German Pen Brand 

 

13:32—Journaling for Productivity 

 

About - Bullet Journal 

A Deep Dive Into How I Use My !Not Artistic! Bullet Journal To Organize My Brain - Kate Elliott 

Di’s bullet journaling system 

Life Kappan Grid A5 - Wonder Pens 

Traveler’s Notebook Regular Size - LarryPOST 

Hobonichi Techo Day-Free - Hobonichi 

Episode 14 - Analog Strikes Back 

 

43:48—Other kinds of journaling 

 

Midori 5 Years Perpetual Diary - Bookbinders Online 

A Brief Guide to Keeping a Commonplace Book - Notebook of Ghosts 

A new method of making common-place books - John Locke 

Creating and Keeping a Fountain Pen Ink Journal - Fountain Pen Love 

Life Schopfer Notebook B5 - The Journal Shop 

Sharyn and Di’s ink journals - TNS on FB 

 

1:15:20—Recommendations 

 

Caran d’Ache 849 Ballpoint Pen - Caran d’Ache 

@thekangaroosanctuary 

@crazy_wombat_lady 

Wombat poop: Scientists reveal mystery behind cube-shaped droppings - BBC 

 

1:24:30—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Sharyn Zha and Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

71 - Gem on a Nib

71 - Gem on a Nib

February 12, 2021

Di and Sharyn attend their first pen event of the year and bring the goss on the new Montblanc releases of 2021. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

00:50—WWAWW 

 

Diana: Nakaya Piccolo Cigar Toki-iro Fuji SF w/ Diamine Handel 

Sharyn: Nakaya Piccolo Cigar Midori Tamenuri Yakou Maki-e Cat Paradise w/ Bungubox Norwegian Wood 

 

10:18—Feedback 

 

11:44—State of the Collection 

 

Pilot Decimo Alumite Limited Editions - TNS on Facebook 

Episode 40 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (Decimania Edition) 

Nakaya Raden Ao-Gai Zukushi 

Montblanc Nicholas Copernicus 4810 Limited Edition - Penporium 

Montblanc Boheme Range - Paulo’s Pen Posts 

Montblanc Le Petit Prince 2020 Holiday Set - Fontoplumo 

Montblanc Tribute to the Great Wall of China - Forbes 

 

36:41—Montblanc Black & White Event 

 

Around the World in 80 Days - Wikipedia 

Montblanc Muse Marilyn Monroe Special Edition Fountain Pen - Montblanc 

Pilot Vanishing Point Tropical Turquoise -The Pen Addict 

Bee My Love - Chaumet 

The origin of the Josephine Collection - Chaumet 

Montblanc Meisterstuck Calligraphy Collection - Pen World 

Montblanc Heritage Egyptomania Black Special Edition - Montblanc 

Ystudio classic fountain pen - Ystudio 

 

1:08:15—Recommendations 

 

Hunters Wellingtons 

Eater Handmade 

King of Pastry 

 

1:16:58—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Sharyn Zha and Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

70 - End-of-year Q&A

70 - End-of-year Q&A

December 25, 2020

2020 is nearly over and not a moment too soon! We answer all your burning questions in this Q&A episode. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi), Brian (@briansaputro) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

04:46—WWAWW 

 

Sharyn: Sailor Fude de Mannen 

Tav: Montblanc Meisterstuck 144 Burgundy OBB w/ Taccia Ao 

Brian: Pilot Vanishing Point Raden Stripes M w/ Sailor Shigure 

Diana: Nakaya Decapod Twist Heki-tamenuri SM w/ Sailor Tokiwa-matsu 

 

15:14—Reviews 

 

23:20—Q&A 

 

Pilot Lady White Fountain Pen Sakura - PenSachi 

@jazorilla 

Fountain Pen Revolution 

Lotus Pens 

Ranga Pens 

Airmail/Wality - Kiwi Pens 

Fountain Pen Association of India 

ASA Pens 

Esterbrook Pens 

Krishna Inks 

Krishna Inks Clarification and Apology 

PenBBS Inks - The Desk Bandit 

Flexible Nib Factory 

Daniel Smith Lapis Lazuli Genuine 

Kermit Oliver - Hermes Scarf Catalogue 

Laurence Bourthoumieux - Hermes Scarf Catalogue 

@octavemarsal 

Dimitri Rybaltchenko - Hermes Scarf Catalogue 

@sebby.lion 

@sossejdog 

Noodler’s Konrad Rollerball - Goldspot 

Delta Journal Fountain Pens - Goulet Pens 

The Long Night 

Star Trek Discovery 

The Mandalorian 

The Untamed 

The Personal History of David Copperfield 

Hobonichi 

 

1:32:00—Recommendations 

 

A Recipe for Seduction - A KFC and Lifetime Original Mini-movie 

BlocHaus Marrickville 

Tasting History with Max Miller 

Andrew Clark Pottery (@andclark

 

1:37:16—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Sharyn Zha, Taveet Sinanian and Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

69 - The Fourth Dimension

69 - The Fourth Dimension

December 11, 2020

This episode we discuss the effects of time on ink and pens, and the desirability of future-proofing them. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

02:09—WWAWW 

 

Sharyn: Pilot Resin Falcon SM w/ Sailor Sakura-Mori 

Tav:  Magna Carta Wave w/ Colorverse Quasar 

Diana: Pilot Vanishing Point Raden Minamo F w/ Sailor Jentle Blue 

 

06:58—News/Announcements 

 

2020 Christmas Giveaway (Australia only) 

2020 Christmas Giveaway (International) 

Episode 68 - Esterbrook 3.0 

Episode 67 - Pencil-like Feedback 

The Pen Addict #439 

Sailor Japan “Be You!” Special Event 

Lamy Accent 

Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2021 Knights 

Montblanc Homage to Rudyard Kipling Limited Edition 1895 

Caran d’Ache Varius Ivanhoe 

Graf von Faber-Castell Heritage Fountain Pen (Ottilie and Alexander) 

 

56:07—Time & Change 

 

Platinum Classic Inks - JetPens 

KWZ Iron Gall Inks - Pensive Pens 

Episode 66 - Mountain of Ink 

Parker Penman Sapphire - Mountain of Ink 

Private Reserve American Blue - Inkdependence 

Episode 61 - Ocean of Ink 

Sheaffer Peacock Blue - EdJelley 

Montblanc Elixir Parfumeur Vetiver Green - Montblanc 

Maruzen Athena Lemon - Tokyo Station Pens 

Montblanc Blue Hour - Gourmet Pens 

Noodler’s General of the Armies - Inkophile 

Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue - Gentleman Reviewer 

Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine - Mountain of Ink 

Episode 55 - Care and Maintenance of Your Lamy 2000 

1:28:20—Recommendations 

 

The Devil Wears Prada: Emily and a History of Workaholics - The Take 

The Devil Wears Prada: Miranda Priestly - A Defense of Perfectionism - The Take 

ContraPoints 

Warm Regards 

How To Save a Planet 

 

1:37:20—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Sharyn Zha, Taveet Sinanian and Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

68 - Esterbroook 3.0

68 - Esterbroook 3.0

November 27, 2020

We take a close look at the second attempt to revive a historic US pen brand, Esterbrook Pens, and review three pens from its current lineup. Tav and Di also chat to Ryan from Kenro Industries, the company which currently owns the venerable Esterbrook brand. 

 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT 

 

 

01:23—WWAWW 

 

Sharyn: Esterbrook Estie Oversized Sparkle Tanzanite EF w/ Waterman Serenity Blue 

Tav: TWSBI Vac-700R Iris w/ Taccia Ao 

Diana: Esterbrook Camden Composition Black to School Black F w/ Caran d’Ache Blue Night 

 

05:06—Esterbrook Pens 

 

For the next company that wants to revive a beloved pen brand. - Leigh Reyes 

Esterbrook Pens - Pen Economics 

 

10:18—Interview: Ryan Sirignano 

 

Esterbrook Estie OS Sparkle 

Kenro Industries 

Fountain Pen Day 

Fountain Pen Hospital 

Fahrney’s Pens 

Dromgoole’s 

Bittner 

Custom Nib Studio 

McKenzie Penworks 

Esterbrook Estie - Esterbrook Pens 

Acutron Watches 

The Herbert Pen Company 

Pulp Addiction 

Peters of Kensington 

Podstar reusable coffee pods 

The Sunday Read: ‘David’s Ankles’ 

 

1:18:52—Esterbrook Revival 

 

Esterbrook Fountain Pens - Pulp Addiction 

Tav reviews the JR Pocket Pen Capri Blue B 

Sharyn reviews the Estie OS Sparkle Tanzanite EF 

Diana reviews the Camden Composition Black to School Black F 

Episode 50 - Tuned to Order 

Episode 7 - QC Controversies: Nakaya, Visconti, TWSBI 

 

2:08:32—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Sharyn Zha, Taveet Sinanian and Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special guest: Ryan Sirignano.
Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

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