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Pentel Pocket Brush Pen—New Ink Colors

Finally, at last, we’ve all wanted it for so long and now we get it—the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen can now be purchased with gray or sepia ink as well as black ink! These are Pentel’s hard-bodied pens, the fountain-pen type pen with a synthetic brush tip. (Some readers seem to be confused about which […]

A stack of signatures made by tearing down large sheets of Nideggen paper—they await binding.

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Adventures in Bookbinding: Working in the Spaces of Life

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Above: 30 sheets of Nideggen torn down and waiting to be sewn and bound into books. 

A thrilling sight for a bookbinder: paper torn and folded and ready to be made into books. Thirty sheets might seem like a lot of paper (25 x 38 inch sheets) to tear down, but it went quickly (about 2 1/2 hours), much of it done while Dick was sitting nearby talking about his day.

Last week a friend asked me, "How fast can you make a book?" I didn't have a quick and ready answer for her. Years ago I kept some time sheets on the various structures I was working on, especially those that became staples I used or structures that I taught. (When you teach a structure you need to know how long a particular task takes you because you then have to extrapolate how long it takes you when you are talking, explaining; and finally how long it takes the students to do the same step—typically 2 to 4 times as long. If you don't get that equation right you'll have students leaving class without finished books and they won't be happy; and neither would I.)

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Time for a New Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

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Right: Journal Sketch, a NEW Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Nideggen paper. (By "new" I mean I finally wore one out.) Click the image to view an enlargement and read on to see cropped close up of the lines.

I got a new Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and I’m so happy I just have to shout about it. I love my old pen, but that’s just it. It is 3 years, almost 4 years old!! The tip was still pretty wonderful, but I noticed when I would try to write with it (as opposed to sketching with it) that there was some fuzziness at the tip and I didn’t get quite the crisp line I used to achieve when working with it.

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