Kickstarter: Tomoe River Hippo

Krys has been writing the Squishy-Ink blog since last year. While not exclusively ink reviews there’s a constant flow of them along with great, colorful photography. I’ve linked to it’s posts more than once and if you’ve never visited the site head on over there now.

She recently launched a Kickstarter for a hardcover notebook with 68GSM Tomoe River paper. It’s worth noting that 68GSM is slightly thicker than the more common 52GSM paper. I do have a notebook with 68GSM paper and it is still thin paper, just not as thin as the paper in my Seven Seas Writer, Crossfield or Hobonichi Techo. I’ve yet to actually use the 68GSM paper so I can’t speak to its properties. This will make the it thicker than the 480 pages in the Seven Seas Notebooks. I suspect the difference will be noticeable. (It’s described as 500 pages, this could mean 250 double-sided sheets but from the photos I’m guessing it’s 500 sheets.)

The notebook is called pocket A5 sized because it is a little shorter than A5 sized. There’s also a exclusive Robert Oster ink (after all, it’s from Squishy Ink) available as a reward called Hippo Purple.

The project has already burst through it’s goal, so it will happen. They’ve also reached all four stretch goals. There’s still a few days left to get early bird reward pricing and the campaign closes April 23rd.

I did back the project (notebook & ink), but it is Kickstarter so I feel compelled to mention there’s a risk especially since it’s her first project. In this case I’d guess the ship date (July 2017) is a bit too aggressive and I won’t see the rewards until after that. That said, I’ve no doubt they notebook and ink will be delivered soon after that and be of good quality.

Visit the Kickstarter page for all the details.

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CursiveLogic Kickstarter

I was recently contacted by Linda Shrewsbury of CursiveLogic with an offer to let me review the system. The CursiveLogic system is currently being offered as a Kickstarter project that closes in just over two weeks. I passed on the review offer due to time restraints and it didn’t seem fair to say yes when I was unsure I could complete a review before the project closed. But I did checkout the CursiveLogic Kickstarter and the CursiveLogic website.

I don’t write in cursive anymore. I can’t remember when I stopped but I reverted to printing because my cursive was illegible, often even to me. The system makes sense to me and since I would like to relearn cursive I did back the project.

I should point out that the system should allow learning cursive quickly. If I was willing to focus I could probably do a thorough review in the two weeks. But I know from experience I just won’t focus on improving my handwriting since it’s been on my “to do” list for well over a year and I’ve yet to make a serious effort.

Be sure to hit the previous links to review the Kickstarter and CursiveLogic website.

The CUBE (or CU13E)

I didn’t plan it this way, but the companies behind the two products I reviewed this week (the Ink and the Display) have combined on a Kickstarter Project.

They’ve combined KarasKustoms love of machined aluminum and Dudek Modern Goods love of pen (or pencil) holders. The Kickstarter campaign is well beyond its goal, so it will be funded. The campaign ends in less than a week, on December 10th.

From the Kickstarter Project:

The name CUBE was born from a combination of two things. Mike Dudek’s (ClickyPost.com) original walnut, 9 hole pen holder is aptly named the “Cube” and the atomic number for the element aluminum is 13, so combine them and you get “CU13E” (the 13 looks like a letter B, get it?).

I haven’t decided which color I want. I’ve been trying to justify backing at the Three Amigos level but I couldn’t do it. The design just doesn’t fit in with my desk, not that I actually try to coordinate things. It will work on my workbench and I don’t have a pen holder there right now. So I’ll need to decide on a color for the one I’ll have coming.

Some prototypes were sent out for review:

Karas Kustoms x Dudek Goods – “CUBE” Pen Holder & Kickstarter Launch | edjelley.com

Gourmet Pens: Review: The CU13E Machined Pen Storage @ClickyPost @KarasKustoms

The CUBE By Karas Kustoms — The Pen Addict