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Friday, April 5, 2024

Review: Pilot Frixion Waai Ballpen Set


I'm always on the hunt for coloured pens. 
The colours on this set from Pilot's frixion line looked good. 

It's called Waai, it's the stylish version of the frixion line and the pen colours have romantic names to match. 

The set has 8 colours, each pen is 0.5mm. 
The colours are black, velvet red, turqouise, sand beige, dry peach, cheek pink, chilly blue and mini gray.

The colours are really pretty. If you don't want to buy a set, I recommend getting sand beige, chilly blue and mini gray. 

The design of the pen is very stylish and if you're looking for a certain aesthetic, these will fit into your collection well. 

When it comes to the writing, frixion is a very consistent good quality pen. 
The erasing feature is second to none.

So if you love frixion and always wanted a more stylish version, the Waai line is for you. 

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Review: MUJI A5 loose leaf paper polypropylene cover

A while ago whilst reviewing the eric×kleid loose leaf diary A5 I briefly mentioned using the loose leaf notebook cover from CAMPUS [Kokuyo Smart Ring Binder]. Today I'm here to talk about an alternative loose leaf paper cover.

MUJI A5 Loose Leaf paper polypropylene cover[Pictured here with the Kokuyo Campus smart ring binder]

Usage instructions
The main difference between the one from MUJI and the one from Kokuyo is their capacity.

MUJI A5 Loose Leaf paper polypropylene cover : 40 sheets
Kokuyo Campus Smart Ring Binder : 25 sheets

This is due to the size of their spine.
Note that the one from MUJI is a frosted plastic whilst the one from Kokuyo is more of a clear plastic.
So if you are conflicted about which to buy, consider how many pages you intend to insert.

And of course, should you need even more capacity, you can consider the A5 slim binder notebook from Campus. Despite its name, you can insert up to 65 sheets of paper.

Do you like using loose leaf paper? Will you be giving one of these covers a try?

Tell us what you think!

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Friday, March 29, 2024

Friday, March 22, 2024

Review: Leuchtturm1917 Drehgriffel ballpoint pen


I recently went on a trip and picked up this pen by Leuchtterm1917. 

I've used their notebooks (great for bullet journalling) but I don't think I've purchased their pens before. 

I picked up the Drehgriffel Nr. 1 in the beautiful colour, Rising Sun. 

The Drehgriffel Nr.1 is a retractable ballpoint pen, it's 13cm long, with blue ink as a default and it's made from aluminium and brass. 

The design was inspired by an original 1920 design.

To retract the ballpoint end, there's a twist mechanism at the top of the pen. The action is smooth and because of the materials used, it feels very nice. 

By the way, it also comes in a pencil version

I think this pen was beautifully presented. 
The colour is amazing and the twist mechanism feels expensive, it also feels nice to grip. 

This would be a great ballpen for your bag, to take with your documents and even just something to keep on your table. 

The only thing I would change is the ink colour, I would change it to a black but it's a beautiful pen and if you're a fan of Leuchtturm, you'll love this. 

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Friday, March 15, 2024

Review: eric×kleid loose leaf diary A5

Stationery brand Kleid has collaborated with eric to produce a loose leaf diary for 2024.

Eric is an eraser stamp artist and illustrator who started in 2007.
Their works are popular and notably features a world full of small nostalgic everyday things.
There are two types available: kraft paper and cream paper.
The kraft paper used is an ethical material containing over 40% recycled paper. Durable and easy-to-write kraft paper, which is also used for envelopes, creates a stylish finish just by writing on it. The cream paper is the same paper used for books. It is flexible, easy to turn, and has a soft color that is easy on the eyes.

Here, we have chosen the cream paper edition.
Size: 210 x 148mm
Paper: 32 sheets
Made in Japan

- 2024/2025 annual calendar
- Annual schedule (2023.12 - 2025.1)
- Monthly schedule (2023.12 - 2025.1)
- Notebook (2mm grid)
- A5/20 holes
Since it is a collaboration between eric and Kleid Diary, each page is filled with their signature whimsical illustrations.
Even the notebook grid pages have a faint border of illustrations.

I have opted to use it with the Campus A5, 20 rings slim binder.

The transparent clear rings fit perfectly with the minimalist design of the diary pages.

The paper is smooth to write on and does not bleed through. Personally I also like the navy print as compared to a typical black. This is because since I generally use a black pen, it stands out more against the navy print. In addition, navy and cream is one of my favorite color combinations.

What do you think?

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Friday, March 8, 2024

Review: Ukanmuri Clip by Sun-Star


A quick review this week. 

Study stationery definitely deserves it's own category. 
The designs that come out are completely different from the usual stationery. 

Part practical, part aesthetic and part ergonomic. 
Like this Ukanmuri page holder clip by Bandai Namco. 

It's use is pretty straightforward. 
Hold open textbooks, recipe books, music scores, notebooks, basically any book for easy reference 

First up, it comes in a very pleasing pastel colour, which would fit into any study inspo instagram post. 
Then it's made a of a nice soft plastic, no hard edges, which means it's easy to hold and it doesn't crease any pages, because that can be pretty frustrating. 
The clip's grip is pretty strong too, so even the most firm of book spines can be tamed. 

Finally, the unique U shape means that important content won't be blocked. 

Simple and straightforward, this is an essential stationery item. 
 I now need it in several other colours! 

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Friday, March 1, 2024

Review: Mildliner Brush x Ocha Collab


We’ve reviewed mildliner on this blog before but I have to tell you about this set! 

This is a collab by mildliner and Ocha, an illustrator.

Each set comes with 3 brush mildliners, a template and examples of how to use the template. 
You will need an fine ink pen or marker to complete the illustrations as per the examples.=

There are also birds and marine life templates but I of course, chose the cat set. 

The drawings are incredibly cute and easy to replicate with the template. 
It was also fun to play around with the template and try different variations 

The brush colours were perfect and worked well together too. 

If you like the style of the drawings and have always wanted to pick up some brush mildliners, this is a great set to get. 

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Friday, February 23, 2024

Friday, February 9, 2024

Review: Aderia Retro Frixion Pens Set by PLUS

"Aderia Retro" is a range of products that have been inspired by Aderia glassware, which was once used in Showa era homes. One of the representative products are printed glasses with cute patterns such as flowers and animals.

They have collaborated with stationery brand PLUS to create pens with the "Aderia Retro" pattern.

Ball diameter: 0.6mm
Ink: Friction ink (water-based gel ink)
Ink color: 4 colors (emerald green, sky blue, navy, soft green)
Size: Total length 148mm

Very eye catching designs suitable for everyone.

Here are the swatches:

Since the pens are FRIXION pens, the ink is completely erasable just rubbing it with the end [or any exposure to heat about temperature of around 65c].

Frixion pens have always been a fave here at TN5C for its versatility and ease of use. These nostalgic designs make them a treat to use. 
What do you think?

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Review: Mococo pouch by Kokuyo


I am obsessed with puffy pouches at the moment so when I saw the Mococo pillow pouch by Kokuyo, I couldn't resist. 

It comes in 3 colours (white, blue and red) and it's dimensions are 18cm x 7cm x 10cm.

It's main selling points are that it opens 180 degrees to a flat position, making it great for access to pens and the pillowy texture can protect your more fragile stationery. 

With it's soft texture, it can fit quite a few items. 
My only worry is that the fabric might be easily stained if you store pens that might leak and that sort of thing. 

As a bonus, if you have small toys like nendoroids or figurines, the pouch is the perfect protection for them on the go. 

I love this pouch, the material is a lot more pillowy than it looks which in turn feels quite protective. 
As mentioned above, I do worry about staining but I think it could be solved with fabric protection spray. 

It's also not as bulky as you would think, the cushion allows it to fit into bags easily. 

I do think it could do with an extra pocket for loose items but it's great and I hope they will release more colours! 

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Friday, January 26, 2024

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Friday, December 22, 2023

Review : Midori MD paper correction tape

This year we reviewed a lot of correction tape and it seems fitting that we end the year with a review of one more.

Whilst getting ourselves ready for 2024, we have also purchased MIDORI's very own correction tape that is made specifically for MD paper.

The cream tape dispensed is 6mm wide.

The packaging is as one would expect of the MD range. Very sleek and simplistic.

There are japanese instructions printed on the back of the package and english instructions on the inside of the package.

So how does it compare to the other cream based correction tape that we have reviewed so far?
As you can see, it is the least opaque compared to the other two but as the label promises, it is an exact match for MD paper.

For those who use a lot of MD paper based products, this is a must have! The lack of opacity doesnt bother me since one would just write over it anyway. However, I do wish they put out other widths as 6mm is too wide even for their own lined books.

What do you think?

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