As you spend more and more time in this planner community, you learn about many, new and exciting products. As both a planner-nerd and fountain pen user, I became very curious about the Hobonichi planners. The original Hobonichi Techo (“tetch-oh”) is a Japanese daily planner from the creators of the website Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun or “Hobonichi” (Jetpens.com explains that ‘techo’ comes from the Japanese words for ‘hand’ and ‘notebook’ and it means ‘planner’). This planner is known for its simplistic design and Tomoe River paper, a very thin paper known to be fountain pen and watercolor friendly.
If you’re a fountain pen geek, you were probably aware and very excited about this year’s summer release of J.Herbin’s newest 1670 anniversary ink which promised spectacular shading. For those who are not familiar with the term ‘shading’, it refers to the ability of an ink to lay down a variation of color. While there are many popular shading inks available, few are as unique as J.Herbin’s new Emerald of Chivor.