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Sidekick 3D printed journal pen holder review

on Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

The Sidekick is a journal pen holder that is made in the USA eight at a time from starch based plastic using a homemade 3D printer. The Sidekick sticks on to most any hard covered notebook or journal from popular companies like Moleskine, Rhodia, Leuchturm and many more. It adds a convenient holder for your favorite writing instrumentRead More…


Plant your pencil stub and watch it grow!

on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

What do you do with a sad little pencil stub, other than throw it out?  You can plant it and watch herbs or flowers grow!  Plant the Sprout Pencil nubs, you’ll have edible herbs, marigold and calendula plants, or a wildflower bouquet.  Each kit comes with eight high-quality, sustainably-grown cedar pencils.  Each pencil has a seedRead More…

Rotrin Quattro

Go-to gear discussion: pens, pencils, and styli

on Monday, February 10th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Gear, Styluses

Next in the list of my go-to gear are writing implements.  I think I mentioned in a previous review, that I believe writing by hand has become a lost art form. That does not mean it will go away, but now days we are just as likely to see stylus-to-tablet as we are to seeRead More…


The Spoke Pencil: Not Just for Bicyclists

on Monday, August 6th, 2012
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

There have been several successfully-funded pen projects over the past several months on Kickstarter, the popular crowd-scourcing site.  But the lack of pencil projects led mechanical deisgn engineer Brian Conti to take a slightly different tack with the Spoke Mechanical Pencil project, one of the first of its kind on Kickstarter.  Machined in the U.S.A.Read More…


Pencilbrush is the Love Child of the Mechanical Pencil and a Paint Brush

on Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

The Pencilbrush is a unique drawing tool for the avid artist or doodler that allows you to do quick and easy shading effects. It’s made of light weight aluminum and can accommodate a row of individual graphite leads sizes such as 0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.9mm and 1.3mm. A package of 0.9mm leads are included with the drawingRead More…


New Quiver Pen Holder Products

on Monday, November 14th, 2011
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Quiver Pen Holders allow you to carry your favorite pens / pencils with the popular Moleskine notebooks / journals. They are one of my favorite geek accessories (see my review linked below in the related posts section). I’m happy to report that Quiver is offering several additions to their line of products that include newRead More…


Leather Pencil Caps – Stuff you don’t need, but want anyway

on Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

The Kanda Misako Leather Pencil Cap is a cool way to protect the tip of your favorite pencil (and maybe some pens). It’s available in a large selection of colors that include: Black, Navy, Turquoise, Orange, Camel, Pink, Blue, Yellow, Wine, Red, Chocolate, Purple and Green. You can see more images at Although theyRead More…


Uni Kuru Toga Roulette Model Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil Review

on Sunday, October 16th, 2011
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

Mechanical pencils are very convenient because you don’t have to sharpen them. But, if you’ve ever used one for any length of time, you probably know how easy it is to break the lead as you’re writing. Most of the time, the lead gets a sharp point as you write across the paper and thenRead More…


Tidy Ruler 3-in-1

on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Math was never one of my favorite subjects in school.  Aside from the heavy textbook, we also had to remember to bring a plethora of additional implements: protractor, ruler, #2 pencil, pencil sharpener, calculator, and scrap paper.  The Tidy Ruler, available through Luckies of London, combines several of those wicked math tools into one.  ARead More…


Camera Pencil Sharpener

on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, Miscellaneous, News

When I was a kid, my mother had a camera that looked like this.  Her camera didn’t have the convenient built-in pencil sharpener, though.  This Camera Pencil Sharpener from NeatoShop looks like a twin-lens reflex camera, and it would make a great gift for a photographer or camera collector.  It has a drawer to catchRead More…


Authentics Moleskine Pen Clip Review

on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

You have a favorite notebook and you have a favorite pen. How do you keep them together in one place? You could duct tape the pen to the cover of your notebook, which isn’t a very elegant solution, or you can get the Pen Clip from Authentics. It’s a much more elegant pen holder forRead More…


Quiver Pen Holders for Moleskine Notebooks Review

on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

I love gadgets and gizmos with LEDs, buttons and batteries, but I also love analog gear just as much. Things like Moleskine and Rhodia notebooks, pens and colored pencils are usually scattered around my desk and in my gear bag. I’ve recently started keeping a journal again and during one of my epic web surfingRead More…


A Mechanical Pencil with Liquid Lead

on Sunday, August 15th, 2010
Posted in: News

Some will say this this doesn’t qualify as a gadget because it doesn’t have electronics or use a battery, but it’s a mechanical pencil that uses liquid lead!  That has to impart some sort of geeky cachet!  The Liquid Graphite Technology in this mechanical pencil from Sharpie lays down the “lead” like ink.  Sharpie says it’sRead More…