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Friday, September 22, 2023

Review: Metacil Pencil


First off, I saw this on instagram! 
Looked pretty cool so I decided to purchase it. 

It's called the Metacil by Sun-star stationery
Metacil is short for Metal Pencil. The core of the pencil is made of metal/aluminium. 
It writes like a pencil and the writing is erasable but the tip will never need to be sharpened. 

Sidenote, the name Metacil reminds me of Metamucil....

The metacil comes in 6 colours and each is equivalent to a pencil hardness of 2H. 
Each pencil tip is replaceble and is rated for use of up to 16km of writing.

I have no idea how one measures that but I suppose it's time to replace the tip when the writing begins to look weaker. 

The writing does feel like a 2H pencil and is pretty smooth. 
It also erases pretty well so for all intents and purposes, it is pretty much a pencil. 

The removable tip is a cool idea but I think a mechanical pencil will be easier to use since the refills are easier to find. 

It even does shading! Great for artists and students. 

You might be wondering then, why should I buy this pencil over a regular pencil/mechanical pencil? 

Well, the tip doesn't mark things other than paper, it doesn't work on slippery surfaces so it's an easy tool to carry around, it also doesn't produce the lead dust we usually see on traditional pencils and pencil leads. Also, since it is made of aluminium, I would think that the pencil tips are recyclable. 

All in all, I do think it is a bit of a gimmick but if it catches on, would be great for the stationery industry. 

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Friday, September 15, 2023

Review: KOKUYO Campus Correction Tape

 A while ago we mentioned colored correction tape from SEED as well as Rollbahn speciality correction tape in our blog posts. For those who use Kokuyo series CAMPUS notebooks. There is now also a special correction tape available.

KOKUYO Campus Correction Tape

The exterior is similar to the standard correction tape sporting a light fashionable color exterior.

So how does the tape look?
As you can see, when compared the standard TOMBOW Mono Note correction tape, the KOKUYO Campus correction tape is a perfect match for the Campus Notebook pages. Its a small detail but if you are someone that uses Campus Notebooks/Loose leaf paper who wants to reduce clutter or likes a very uniform look, then this is something you might want to try out!

Have you tried it?

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Friday, September 8, 2023

Review: Uniball One P


Cute. That's how I'd describe the Uniball One P
It's a compact shorter version of the Uniball One, which strangely, I don't seem to own a single one of. 

I purchased one in the colour coffee, and it came in this cute matching box. 
A good gift idea!

The Uniball One P is shorter and fatter than a regular Uniball One, this is so it is more ergonomic to hold and more portable. 

It comes in 0.38mm and 0.5mm. 
I like the sharp ball point and it also equipped with a metallic stabiliser for stable writing comfort. 

I don't know what the P stands for but I'm going to assume pocket or petite. 
Both good descriptions of this cute pen. 

It's nice to hold and writes well, I'm also a big fan of the 0.38mm variant I picked up and the colour is easy on the eyes. 
I think this pen might end up being my daily driver. 

Have you purchased this pen? What are your thoughts? 

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Friday, September 1, 2023

Review : Oval Correction Tape MODIFY

Have you ever been to the stationery shop and spotted something you never knew existed but it turns out you really need one?
This is what I discovered recently.
Oval Correction Tape MODIFY

It is a cylindrical package that reminds me of lip balm or lip gloss and the clear body looks stylish.
What makes it different? Well, the tip rotates 360 degrees!
At first, it felt a little unstable but once I got the hang of it, I was able to draw a smooth curve that I hadn't been able to draw before!
That means like the conventional straight line correction tape, it is very convenient to be able to draw curves simply by adjusting the force of your hand without changing the orientation of your hand or the orientation of the paper!

In addition to correcting sentences, this is also very useful for correcting diagrams and pictures!
It's compact size also makes it easy to fit in a pen case, and it fits in your hand when you use it! 

What do you think?
Have you tried it?

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Friday, August 25, 2023

Friday, August 18, 2023

Review: Cororo Roller Stamp Pen

It's exciting to find different or new pens when shopping and this Cororo stamp roller pen by Sun-star stationery is no different. 

It's a dual ended pen, available in 6 colours. 
I picked up the green because it's the colour I'm into recently. 

One side of the pen is a fine tip liner, perfect for writing. 

The other side is where the magic is. 
It's a roller that produces a dotted line. Great for underlining, borders, and other planner/writing activities. 

It might seem like a very niche item but I think the addition of a regular liner pen makes it a useful pen. 
It also comes in nice colours, though I would like to see more romantic colours,  like the mildliner. 

What do you think, is this a pen you might consider picking up? 


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Friday, August 11, 2023

Review: Pen Nori (Pen Glue)

We have all heard of glue sticks and tried ones that are similar in size to a pen. But what about a gluestick that is literally pen sized with a pen nib to dispense the glue?

Here is pen nori!

Here it is without the packaging and uncapped.
As you can see, the nib is exactly like that of a thick ball point pen [1.2mm?]. The glue dispensed is also colored so you can see where you have applied it. It dries clear so you do not have to worry about residue. 

The glue has a strong hold and dries quite quickly.
With the small nib, it is good for attaching small and detailed areas.
I think this is a great addition to everyone's pencil case.
What do you think?
Have you tried it?

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Friday, August 4, 2023

Review: Style Bookmarker by Laconic


Planning tools are really important. 

These style bookmarkers by Laconic are really aesthetic. 
I picked up the to do list and planning/memo grid layout list. 

Each set comes with 24 sheets and each sheet is 50 x 157mm, perfect for notebooks A6 size and above. 

The top of the sheet folds down to form a page holder, hence the bookmark name. 

I like the off white paper of the bookmark, it will go well with notebooks such as Midori. 
The paper is thick and nice to write on easy on the eyes. 

You would think 24 sheets would be used up quickly but with all that space on each sheet, it actually takes a while to fill up. 

If you're looking for something that looks great and feels nice to write on, I recommend picking up these bookmarkers. 

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Friday, July 21, 2023

Review: Airdo Stationery Set


I enjoy looking at airline merchandise, especially stuff that you only buy onboard.

Airdo is a Japan domestic airline owned by ANA that serves Hokkaido. 
They have the cutest bear mascot. 

I've flown with them a few times and on my recent flight, picked up this stationery set. 

It comes with a Frixion multi colour pen, 2 rolls of washi tape, a set of adhesive notepaper and a backing/information card for 1,500yen (approximately 11USD) 

The notepaper comes in 4 designs and there are 25 sheets of each design. 
All the designs are great for travel and super cute! 
I really appreciate the different colours too.

There are 2 rolls of washi tape, one is a decorative tape while the other can be used for journalling/planner.

As you can see, the mascot is pretty prominent on all the merchandise, super cute!

Lastly, you need a pen and the multi coloured frixion pen is perfect for travel! 

This is such a cute travel set, it would make a great souvenir or gift for someone you know.

If you're flying from anywhere in Japan to Hokkaido, be sure to look up Airdo. 
Items for sale are updated monthly so make sure to check the merchandise page before you fly. 

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Friday, July 14, 2023

Review: PILOT X Nicola 11th Collaboration

Pilot Corporation has collaborated with popular teen magazine "Nicola" to release a series of stationery. It includes the mechanical pencil "Doctor Grip CL Playborder", Mechanical pencil “Air Blanc” and Permanent marker “Twin Marker Fine/Extra Fine” . Additionally, a matching “Mesh Pen Case" has also been released.

There are 4 design collections in all

We have picked up the Twin Marker in a monochromatic design

Like the standard twin marker, they have a fine and super fine nib.

Here are the other designs available.

What do you think? Would the packaging entice you to purchase it?

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Friday, July 7, 2023

Pilot Frixion Ball 3 Wood Gift Set


Japanese stationery brands occasionally release their regular line of products in special packaging. 
These make great gifts. 

This coffee themed Frixion Ball 3 Wood gift set caught my eye, because y'know, coffee. 

The set includes a Frixion Ball 3 Wood, an instruction sheet, a tag to show what's inside the box, a box with a magnetic closure and cute illustration, and a gift tag. 

The gift tag is pretty special too, the flower embellishment is a seed paper.
You can plant it thereby upcycling it! 
Did I mention instructions included? Very cool!

I don't usually use Frixion pens so this is my first 3 in one Frixion. 
It has a wood grip and appears to be made with premium materials. 
I enjoyed the weight and solid feel, this would indeed be a good gift. 

And finally, I have to mention the selling point of the Frixion pen, the ink is erasable. 
Not a great gift for someone who works in a professional setting as you shouldn't use erasable ink on important/official documents, but it would be great for a casual user or a student. 

What do you think? Is this something you would purchase for a gift? 

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Friday, June 30, 2023