Tip ‘o the Cap to Faber-Castell, for the wonderful article about the company, their heritage, and philosophy that appeared today in the New York Times.
Like Faber-Castell, Rhodia has kept manufacturing at home for the same reasons: the Made in Germany or Made in France still mean something; and to keep the style and manufacturing know-how unique to themselves.
There is also a shared belief that writing will never disappear, and that people are willing to pay a premium for good quality products.
Our friend Tony Thomas has recently brought Hidebound Custom Leather to our attention. They seem to offer a variety of options (Initials, pen loops, metal corners…) and styles, (check out the Quarter Bound!) for several sizes of Rhodia pads which can be found here.
Have you ever considered a custom cover for your favorite Rhodia notepad?
Image courtesy of Hidebound Leather.
Earlier this year, Palomino introduced a third member to their Blackwing family. For those who aren’t familiar with these pencils, Blackwing was a pencil first introduced by Eberhard Faber in the 1930′s. The pencil was manufactured until 1998 when it was discontinued but not forgotten. Original Blackwing 602 pencils were selling for upwards of $40 apiece until Cal Cedar worked to reintroduce a modified version of the original Blackwing in 2010. The retro “602″ was then introduced in 2011 to be closer to original design and now the Pearl makes three and is said to be somewhere in between the Blackwing and the 602.
I have tried the first two but have not yet had the opportunity to try the Pearl. I like the softer smudgier dark lead of the Blackwing for sketching and the slightly firmer lead of the 602 for writing.
What do you think about these pencils?
The day following Thanksgiving is often considered to be one of the busiest shopping days of the year- will you be making any purchases on this day? Is your inbox as flooded as mine is with special holiday sales and discounts for both online retailers and brick and mortar stores? I’m unlikely to venture far from my local shopping district at least for today, though I’m sure to poke around to see what deals I might find online.
Wishing you and yours a day filled with love and gratitude.