Yesterday I had the fun of accompanying Amber to Jerry’s Art-O-Rama. This Austin art supply store proved to be a secret treasure trove of cool pencils and varied Moleskines. I’ve read many positive reviews of the Mars Lumograph, but I’d never seen one “in the wild.” Jerry’s had bins and bins of open stock, so I picked up several. It is indeed an exceptional pencil. I haven’t used it for very long, and this might be blasphemous, but I think I may like it better than the California Republic Palomino HB. It still makes a smooth, dark line, but it doesn’t seem as “smudgy” as the Palomino, something I’ve come to notice about that particular pencil after a long stint of using it in my pocket Moleskine.
I was also pleased to find a Kum Automatic Long Point Sharpener, pictured above, as well as a squared pocket reporter Moleskine – two items I thought I was going to have to order online.
As I’ve neared the end of my current pocket Moleskine (the regular squared pocket size) I’ve really started thinking about which version I’d like to go with for my next one. I think the reporter is going to do it. Though it doesn’t lend itself to writing on both sides of the page as easily as the traditional book format, I think this may actually be a benefit. Because I put everything in my Moleskine, from private journal-type thoughts to grocery lists and recipes, it’s nice to be able to flip back pages I don’t want to share and start on a fresh one. I’m also considering the PigPogPDA Moleskine hack designed specifically for the reporter style Mole.
All in all, an excellent productivity pr0n shopping trip.