Not fit for a king

Not every pen is fit for a king, as can be seen in this article from The Guardian: ‘Oh god I hate this’: King Charles expresses frustration over leaking pen

King Charles III signing documents

His mother seems to have had more luck with pens. In recent days it wasn’t uncommon to see footage showing Queen Elizabeth II signing documents. This often included footage showing her using what seems to be the Parker 51.

Queen Elizabeth II using what seems to be a Parker 51

Not only her pen, also her ink was probably from Parker, as described in this blog post that was posted here in 2018: Stationery Factlets #3: The Queen’s Ink

A lucky Noris

Despite being set in the USA, Skydance’s [1]The company behind Top Gun: Maverick, Jack Reacher and Star Trek Beyond (i.e. Star Trek 13) new animation “Luck” features what seems to be a Staedtler Noris.

In case you wonder why a Noris, or should that be ‘a 3D model of a Noris’, made it into this scene: The movie was produced by an animation studio in Madrid which explains the appearance of a very common European pencil in a story set in the USA.


This sighting has been added to the Noris in the Wild page.

I believe that the use of the the screen shot of this pencil, taken from the movie “Luck” falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.

References

References
1 The company behind Top Gun: Maverick, Jack Reacher and Star Trek Beyond (i.e. Star Trek 13)

Raymond Briggs (*1934 †2022)

The famous illustrator Raymond Briggs has died. In the UK he is most famous for The Snowman, but I assume that in many other countries When the wind blows is more famous. Both stories were made into movies which seem to have surpassed the original stories’ popularity.

A Mars Lumograph in the Lupus Films Studio, used to produce The Snowman and the snowdog (© Rare Day)

There’s only one Ramyond Briggs related blog post: The 2013 blog post The Snowman and The Snowdog presents some information about the sequel to The Snowman film.

Magnet vs. pencil

Just one or two days after I last mentioned Stilform, they announced their latest Kickstarter project: the Stilform Aeon.

It’s a ‘pen tip holder’ that comes with two magnetically held tips:

  • one with a metal alloy end, called eternal tip, that leaves light marks on paper (and other surfaces)
  • and the other one with a graphite end on the tip.

The implied claim is that using this pen is “not at the cost of the earth’s precious resources”. I like stationery, but when marketing departments make claims like this I get very sceptical. Comparing the eternal tip to a pencil doesn’t seem to make sense: writing with metal alloy tips is not comparable to writing with a pencil. The lines that pens like this leave are very light, at least that’s the case for the metal alloy pens I have used. Based on what I have seen on the Kickstarter page the Aeon is not different.

That leaves a comparison between the graphite tip on this pen and a pencil.

Stilform’s English language social media channels don’t show photos of the Aeon, so I had to use Stilform Japan’s tweet

I might not have understood how this pen works, but I think graphite will be ‘used up’ when writing with this pen , so it looks as if to refill your pen you need to buy new graphite tips that come with magnetic ends. Generally speaking magnets are not eco friendly, so I am not convinced that buying replacement graphite tips is better than buying wood cased pencils, especially not if they are made from FSC certified wood.

Just to clarify, I don’t have a problem with the Aeon, but if you claim or imply this pen is better for the environment, and that is the opening and main point of the Kickstarter video, then it would be nice to provide some details how you came to this conclusion.

It’s great if this pen is better for the environment, but if so then explain why that is instead of just telling us and we have to believe this without an explanation.