Have you ever been to the store and bought multiple pencils, different brands, sizes, trying to find the ‘one’? Well, when Andrew Sanderson couldn’t find his perfect pencil, he designed his own: a minimal mechanical pencil that will last a lifetime.

Pencil 1

From the first design now comes the Modern Fuel pencil 2.0 which is now perfected, with a bunch of new features. The mechanical pencil can help you to achieve and create great things because of its design, reliability and dependability to the creator: you. What’s more to love than a custom designed mechanical pencil that will last you forever? Well, here are some of its specifications:


  • Machined from one solid piece of metal, resulting in amazing strength and durability. You can choose from titanium, tellerium copper, phosphorous bronze and stainless steel.
  • Has a seamless look and is blended by hand to appear as one single piece of metal. Where else can you find this much beauty in a pencil?
  • Designed and engineered using the same inspection standards used in aircraft engineering; you know that it will last a lifetime. But if it doesn’t, and your pencil happens to break, you can send it back and get it fixed or be given a new one for free. Simple!
  • You can choose which led you’d like to use, between 0.5mm, 0.7mm and 0.9mm.
  • Nothing is made of plastic. I think this is the best design feature of all.

pencil 2

I’ve personally never been a huge fan of using pencils, so a mechanical pencil has always been my choice. But after a few months of using one, the plastic would break, it’d stop working or I’d lose it from my bag and it’d smash into pieces. The Modern Fuel Pencil will put my worries at ease, and all of yours, too. It’s minimalist design makes it the perfect addition to any work-space, and the ability to pick bronze: who doesn’t love some rose gold in their life? Plus, the bronze C5100 which is used to make the pencil is typically reserved for high-end watches, so you’ll never find a mechanical pencil like this one out in the wild.

pencil 3

The Modern Fuel Pencil 2.0 is currently on Kickstarter, where you’ll be able to find more information and back the project here: A Minimal Mechanical Pencil that will Last a Lifetime 2.0.  The campaign also comes with a bunch of add-ons, like engraving, a cork case, eraser plug and additional mechanisms to personalise your mechanical pencil either as a gift, or for yourself. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one to test, and if you think you need this beauty in your life, go ahead and support the campaign; you won’t regret it. If you’d like to view Andrew Sanderson’s  projects and learn a little more about the founder, you can visit his website, Modern Fuel Design. 

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The big question is: what is Trigg? Well, I’m here to explain to you all about this awesome new diary (or planner, whichever you prefer), and how it will benefit you.

Trigg Life Mapper is an advanced page-a-day diary that guides you towards your most valued goals, which includes short-term and long-term goals. The diary fuses together planning, productivity, habit, mindfulness and gratitude to provide a daily, weekly and yearly framework that will ensure you work less (who doesn’t enjoy a good break?), get more done and constantly strive towards achieving your goals.


Personally, I’ve been using planners for a number of years. Each person will have their preferences, but the sound of this mindfulness planner is definitely something I’d love to try out. Here are the specs:

  • A5 size: 210mm x 148mm
  • 90 GSM ivory paper (fountain pen friendly, hooray!)
  • Hard cover
  • 400 pages section sewn
  • Elastic strap
  • Bookmark Ribbon
  • It’s also an awesome aqua blue


The Trigg Life Mapper contains 10 innovative structures, so here they are:

  1. An annual forecast section
  2. A weekly planner page
  3. A daily productivity page
  4. A daily productivity quad
  5. A weekly gratitude section
  6. A weekly reflection section
  7. A daily inspirational quote
  8. A weekly ‘call to action’
  9. A six month review section
  10. A final annual review section


When I get my hands on a sample product I plan on giving you all an in-depth review of the Trigg Life Mapper and also upload some more pictures.  If you’d like some more information, or wish to purchase one of your own, head on over to Thinktrigg. 


My previous post gave an overview of Bookblock’s new flagship product, the Weskin. My sample product finally came in the mail and I can give you the full guided tour. I’m not disappointed. Let me warn you that my photo’s aren’t quite as good as Bookblock’s professional ones, but they definitely show how awesome this notebook is.


The Weskin contains several great features, which are mentioned here, so I won’t go over all of them again. Some major features do stand out though. At first glance, I thought the Weskin was actually a hard-cover – until I picked it up in my excited little fingers. The geometric patterns on the end-pages are very sophisticated.


The cloth-bound cover is a great touch and adds to the modern design of the notebook. Having two bookmarks is brilliant – I always find that when I take notes I need to be in two places at once. With the Weskin, anything is possible.


My favourite part of the Weskin has to be the pages. Not only are they soft and silky to the touch – my fountain pen doesn’t bleed through.


If you’re on the market for a new notebook that looks fancy with gilded edges, but is also extremely practical, then you’ve come to the right place.  The Bookblock Shop will be up and running soon, so you can get your paws on one of these fantastic notebooks.