When travelling, I do so with a Clairefontaine pencil case. It’s not too big but enough for to carry a selection of useful stationary items. You see, I like my stationary. Nothing ostentatious but just good quality.
So, what do I carry?
- Mitsubishi Pencil Company 9800 HB pencil. Thought of as one of the best pencils in production, I have a pack of 6 to keep me going for some time. Superb to use.
- A Sharpie. Always useful to have one to hand.
- Uni-ball Signo 207. Hailed by many as the holy grail among gel ink pens, the Uni-ball Signo line is lauded for its legendary archival quality ink and continuous smooth flow. The ink penetrates the paper in such a way as to make it very difficult for any writing to me modified (in the past it was known for people to scratch away the surface of paper so they could modify written text) so is particularly good for signatures (hence the ‘Signo’ name). I used this very pen to sign my contract to Automattic.
- Uni Kuru Toga mechanical pencil. Generally regarded (according to the aforementioned book, anyway) as the best mechanical pencils that you can buy.
- A Lamy Econ Ballpoint. German made (in fact I bought it in Germany last year) it’s the best quality pen here – just the soft touch button tip is a delight to use.
- A Lamy Accent 4pen, bought for me last year by my wife and, as the name suggests, you can choose between 4 different nibs – black, blue and red ball pen and a 0.7mm pencil lead. What’s fantastic about this pen is how you choose which one you want – around the top are marks for each one, point the correct mark towards yourself and press the top and the correct one comes out. It’s witchcraft I tell you!
- Mitsubishi Boxy Eraser. In various online reviews, this is seen as one of the best erasers on the market, wiping away very cleanly. The black colouring prevents the eraser from looking ‘scruffy’ after use.
- Mobius & Ruppert solid brass pencil sharpener. M&R make some excellent brass sharpeners with good weight and an excellent finish. There ARE better sharpeners on the market – often involving separate sharpeners, one for the wood and one for the lead – but they’re plastic and bulky. This is the better compromise, I think.
- At the company meetup last year, we were all given a Tactile Turn Brass Slider Pen, each engraved with our WordPress user name. Made of solid brass, it’s beautifully made and has a lovely weight to it.