More fun than going to Rite Aid and getting a Five-Star notebook.
In the same way that going abroad and getting lost in the candy aisle is so much fun, getting lost in a foreign stationery store can be equally exciting. Now, thanks to the internet, instead of having to go to Tokyo for your Mitsubishi bank paper, those in the market for new school supplies or office accoutrements can find loads of international pens, notebooks, staplers, and turtle paper clips on Amazon. (And for hard-core foreign-stationery geeks, might we recommend perusing the amazing website Rad and Hungry.)
Interesting story behind this pad of paper: “Bank Paper,” which was made exclusively for Japan’s Mitsubishi Bank, was taken off the market but reintroduced in 2007 by the stationery company Life. The super-high-quality paper is manufactured in the same Mitsubishi Paper Mills as the original.
Writer Hannah Morrill on her favorite notebook: “The paper stock is thick enough that felt-tip pens don’t bleed through, but not so luxe to feel precious, like you’re jotting your Time Warner account number onto the Magna Carta.”
This brass pencil sharpener, from Dux, a German company founded in 1908, comes with a lovely little leather case. It has three settings (sharp, medium, and round) so you can sharpen your pencil to whichever level your heart desires.
Crown Mill has its roots in 1478 Belgium, when the emperor allowed the monks of La Hulpe Monastery to build a paper mill on the Argentine river. The company went on to supply stationery for the Belgian royal family, and still has a devoted following.