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Rhodia and the BIC Cristal ballpoint pen: A historic pair?

Rhodia with Bic Crystal Pen

In 1945, Marcel Bich and his partner Edouard Buffard began manufacturing fountain pens and mechanical pencil parts in Clichy, France. In 1950, Marcel Bich launched the BIC Cristal ballpoint pen. BIC is a shortened version of his own name.

Since Rhodia tablets and BIC Cristal pens each existed in France in 1950, what do you think the odds are that there were people using them together at that time?

Pen of the Day: Pelikan M620 w/ a Binderized .5mm cursive italic nib


This is a Pelikan M620 Grand Place fountain pen with a .5 cursive italic nib which has been custom ground by our friend Richard Binder. The ink shown in the image is Platinum Pigment Brun. This image is courtesy of hdoug on Instagram  and you can view more of H. Doug’s photos of this pen in his Flickr photostream. 

What special pen are you using today?

Favorite Pencil: Never Waste a Blackwing

Never Waste A Blackwing

This image from Aaron Delcourt of a Blackwing 602 pencil is my choice for best pencil picture to date! 

“I use my Blackwings for writing my manuscripts. I write all of my manuscripts on standard sized index cards in pencil (Blackwings, 602’s, and Dixon Ticonderogas). In fact, I’ve just finished my first full length novel using this index format. It’s preferable because I can write the material out of order, which allows me to more actively control the flow of the story and themes. I’m currently working on a typed rewrite which I’m hoping to publish soon. The pencil in the photo was sharpened with a box cutter towards the end, and believe it or not I actually used it until it was unsharpenable. This is the back side of one of my index cards. I do this whenever I can’t remember how to spell a word.”

index card

Wayne Wolfson’s Travel Kit for Paris

Wayne Wolfson's Kit For Paris 2013

When Wayne Wolfson sent me this image and told me that he is working artist that travels. I had to know more about what went into his personal travel kit which is in essence, a portable studio allowing him to create wherever he goes. (I always struggle with what art supplies to take with me so I usually end up with way more than enough) Per Wayne:

“My main visual mediums are: Continue Readering »

What’s on TV?

We spend about a hundred dollars a month on Direct TV. We have two televisions, (one which never gets watched) and one which has a DVR hooked up to it. Do you know that for $8 a month you can watch TV online from Netflix? or I know a lot of people who have disconnected their cable and are watching online – and I would too if I could. But my husband can’t seem to live without watching baseball, football, and golf. (To me, watching golf on TV is like watching paint dry but I still love him.)

And though I have the DVR recording a good 25+ shows, I think I could manage without them. I barely watch TV except when I eat and sometimes at night. I just like having shows I want to watch rather than flipping through the channels. Infomercials. Ugh. {Shudders}

In my book of lists, I have written down some of my favorite TV shows over the years. Sitcoms, dramas & cartoons – but they don’t seem to make TV like they used to. My list these days would show a lot of reality television- and yes, I still watch Survivor. Though I sort of promised I’d give it up if Boston Rob finally won the million which he did last season. But here I am again, watching season 227 on the island… and speaking of Boston Rob, he’s got a goofy new show on the History Channel called, “Around the World in 80 Ways” which yes… I have set to record. (Because I have a secret crush on him)

So tell me, do you still watch television?

Daily Arsenal

I love when I see my Twitter friends declare their creative arsenal for the day. (Inspiration!!!) Having moved into another blank Webbie at the beginning of the new year, it’s been my journal of choice and is housed within a leather cover from Gfeller. Continue Readering »

What’s in your #dailyarsenal?

Lady Dandelion’s #dailyarsenal

Rhodia pads
Pilot VP + Pilot Blue
Sheaffer SNork + R&K Scabiosa
Lamy Vista + Diamine Sunshine yellow
Rotring Art Pen 2.7 mm + Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki
Notes notes notes
Patience Continue Readering »

What’s in your #dailyarsenal?

Rhodia to go

Image courtesy of Flickr member Margaret Mendel

I recently found out about the #dailyarsenal on Twitter. Allow me to first explain what the “#” is all about. Continue Readering »

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David Allen of GTD on Rhodia

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Chef Hosea Rosenberg on Rhodia

Season 5 (Bravo Network) Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg, originally from Taos, New Mexico, was always good at math. After graduating 3rd in his class at Taos High School, he moved to Boulder, CO to study at the University of Colorado. His dream... Read on »

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