London Stationery Show 2015

My visit to #LSS15

To see our 2016 coverage of #LSS16 click here

Last week was amazing. We have been delighted to see our friends celebrate National Stationery Week! World Stationery Day fell on Wednesday, the day of the show.

Unlike other people, I did not go to sleep the night before the show because I was buzzing with excitement :)
I have walked around and talked to people, had a really nice time. Following stationery got my attention and I would like to share them with you:

amodex Amodex ink remover

Amodex ink & stain remover is a great product that Bureau sells already, perhaps more people should know about it. If you ever get an ink stain on your shirt, all you have to do is to throw it away and buy another one. Just kidding! Apply Amodex for couple of minutes and give it a wipe. Stain will be gone. It works on all sorts of surfaces and will remove Sharpie even from the white boards (yes, we have all been there...) My only beef with Amodex is that it is a single serving friend...stains happen, especially with ink. So they came out with a travel size* which looks like a mascara (don't mix with real mascara) and you get around 5 uses out of them. If you like watching demonstrating videos on Youtube, then definitely search for Amodex, it's good fun! :)

*NB - this isn't on sale at Bureau Direct yet - due soon we hope!

I have seen hundreds of different MT tape designs. This tape has found it's way to every house hold and every bag.  If you haven't heard of washi tape you need to ask youself: Where have you lived in the past year? The number of  MT tape rolls I own are now in double digits, yet I still need more. Jo, could we please get the Airmail one?

quiver Quiver pen holder

Another American stationery that I was curious to see in real life was Quiver, leather pen holder. Their products are so neat and very much loved in USA...perhaps we will carry them one day. (I am not a one pen person, but maybe you are...) According to Bob from Quiver, these make amazing corporate gifts - over to you Faisal :)

It was really nice to talk to Fisher Spacepen people. I had informed them, that their video about "How a Fisher Space Pen helped save The Apollo 11 Mission" is trending. What a better marketing than pen saving lives in space?! Beat that!

Had a quick pit stop at the Lamy stand. I am a big fan of Lamy. They had their two big releases of the year 2015 already (Copperorange Al-Star and Neonlime Safari) but apparently there is one more surprise waiting for us in September. (disclaimer: please do not expect a purple Safari...)

Next up, long chat with ink makers J. Herbin. I have invited myself to their factory and introduced myself as Herbin 1670 Anniversary ink ambassador :) Stormy Grey has been the most anticipated product of the year and got a lot of people back to writing with fountain pens. And for that they deserve a medal. It was also nice to hear that Bureau had sold the most Stormy Grey of all retailers in the world. Nice one!

midori colour notebook Midori notebook

I have tried a lot of different papers too. It's amazing to have so many to chose from. All of them got inked with my Broad Japanese Pilot Vanishing Point. Some of them couldn't take the wet line, some of them could...what really surprised me was a tiny Midori wirebound A7 journal with colour paper (green of course). It handled the ink like a pro, looked super cute and the brass wire looked stunning. I really hope we will be able to get those one day. For now I will cherish mine which came with a sausage dog D-clip, SCORE!

It was a nice surprise to see Herlitz making it's way...perhaps less known in UK, but it is the brand that I grew up with and I would buy it again.

Journals and diaries are absolute essentials these days. It was interesting to see Filofax and their fountain pen friendly paper. Paper is cut in a special way, so it can be removed and then put back/filed. Not bad, not bad at all...

organise us Organise-Us diary

But the one diary that I would like us to carry comes from Organise-Us. Interesting September to December format (which might not be for everyone), beautiful leather covers, pearlescent insides, all made in UK, even the box. We should put that on a map. Champagne gold 'Notes before bed' is one of my favourite items from the show.

I would like to end this virtual tour with four outstanding stationery bytes :)

Wow effect prize goes to Pentel Energel quick drying gel pen. I could not believe my eyes...this ink dries out instantly. No more smearing, no more inky hands - that's great news for all you lefties out there. I also have to mention that their colours are bright and very well saturated. I have landed this amazing orange pen and I LOVE IT!

Prize for the most desirable item of the show...tough, not really :) The world stopped spinning as soon as I saw Hobonichi. Japanese journal with Tomoe River paper. For some reason it reminds me of Bible... Paper, pen and ink are my Holy Trinity, so why not. I don't journal, but to have one of these in my hands I wanted to. I was so inspired that I wanted to start writing right away. To quote one of my instagram friends Gabriel: "I didn't know I need one, but now I do" sums up Midori and what they's just perfect.

The best writer of the show...again, this one is a no brainer. I love fountain pens, so this was a perfect opportunity to
try e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. And I did :) New ink which contains glycerin, rare Kaweco gold nib, prototype fire kissed nib
too...but, none of those wrote as well as Stabilo Easybirdy. The concept is fantastic - everybody has a different grip, so why not have a pen with adjustable nib which helps with writing experience. I will have to present this pen (once it
arrives, thank you Stabilo!) to my handwriting tutor and see what she thinks : are we making things too easy for kids? Or are we actually helping their little hands?

Conklin Crescent filler pen Conklin Crescent filler pen

And finally...the must buy...well this one is going to be quite obvious, it's a pen. Not any pen, Mark Twain's Conklin Crescent filler pen. It's a modern reproduction of a famous vintage pen. Work of art, And yes, I need to have it...

One last thing, I have been challenged by Charlie from Manuscript to turn his pen into an eye-dropper aka demonstrator (along with Lamy Vista). Challenge accepted!

Mishka (^_~)

ps: I have left quite a few of my birdys around the stationery show :) Here are few of them:

Mishka's birds Mishka's calling card

7 thoughts on “London Stationery Show 2015”

  • Rosi Jarvis

    Oh Mishka, either you and I share a soul, or I just want your job... It's so good to find a whole gang of people who understand about pens, paper, inks etc. I always thought I was just a bit crazy.

  • Mishka

    Thanks Rosi :) going to the show was just awesome! Came back with a long list of things I 'need' :)))
    You know what I mean...

  • handstands

    Oh please say that you'll get the hobonochi journals? Those are so lush.

  • John the Monkey

    Not sure how common the knowledge is, but I remember being told that the key to the Vista eyedropper conversion is the barrel from the Vista rollerball. (As I remember, the Vista fountain pen's ink window is cut out of the barrel, whereas the rollerball either doesn't have one, or it's filled in with plastic). Good luck, anyway :)

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