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lq ArcTop 02 Notebook at
lq ArcTop 02 Notebook

For many of us, getting it down on paper is the first step to starting a project. Making notes, lists and sketching out ideas on your handheld or computer just doesn’t feel right. lq creates handmade custom notebooks featuring a simple, utilitarian design with fine paper and a cork-sheet cover. Choose a custom size, paper stock and the sturdy, high quality notebook will land in your mailbox with a Mitsubishi uni-ball pigment ball pen included.

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Embassy Pen at
Embassy Pen

At many embassies, these pens are filled with invisible ink … but not this one. If you’re not signing treaties and extradition orders, you’ll appreciate its Fisher SPR4 ink for easy refills. The sturdy aluminum body, with gnurled non-slip grip, is also great for civilian use when signing things like mortgage documents & pre-nupts where sweaty hands can be an issue.

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Doane Paper at
Doane Paper

You may be a designer, engineer, programmer, manager or marketer – but meetings are a fact of life. You might as well have the proper pad for the countless hours of doodling & scribbling you do each week. Whether you’re drawing caricatures of your boss, writing a rough draft of your résumé or just counting up the number of times the newest buzzword is used, this lined & gridded paper is perfect.

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Adonit Folio for iPad at
Adonit Folio for iPad

If you’ve tried to use your iPad for actual work, you already know the beautifully backlit LCD screen pretty much sucks for typing. But dock your tablet to this Bluetooth modular keyboard and you’ll be back on task. It comes in a handsome folio that folds up snug, making your slim portable work machine look much more official for business.

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Transit Issue Nomad Journal at
Transit Issue Nomad Journal

If you’re moving to Seattle or just got dumped by your girl, one of these sleek journals with waterproof pages could be your new best friend. Cheer up. Designed & made in Germany, where they know all about rainy days, the Nomad journal helps your personal writing weather the storm.

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Cactus Director Ballpoint Pen at
Cactus Director Ballpoint Pen

Handcrafted by artisan-woodworker, Christopher Higdon, this unique pen – made from the wood of a prickly pear cactus – is more than just a fine writing instrument. There’s a complex process of preparing and treating the cactus skeleton to create this incredible natural pattern. It’s a conversation piece with a story that’s a lot more interesting than, “yeah, its real gold.”

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Block22 iPad Stand at
Block22 iPad Stand

Give yourself wood. Cradle your iPad at the perfect angle for watching video or reading in this unique wooden stand. The Ipê woodgrain is a bold, natural contrast to your iPad – but its not just handsome, it’s eco. The South American hardwood is FSC-certified from a sustainable, managed forest. Hand-rubbed satin finish with a wool felt bottom.

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Moleskine Covers for iPhone/iPad at
Moleskine Covers for iPhone/iPad

Hide your digital device in the familiar fold of a Moleskine notebook. With iPad and iPhone 3G-specific designs, you get the classic look of a rich leather cover with its rounded corners and elastic closure, plus a blank page notebook to write-on when you’re tired of typing & swiping.

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Sharpie Liquid Pencil at
Sharpie Liquid Pencil

Sharpie’s Liquid Pencil will go perfectly with that copy of 500 Impossible Sudoku Puzzles you got mom for her Bahamas cruise. If she screws up, it erases, just like a regular old pencil. But like dear old dad, there’s no lead left in this pencil anymore. Sharpie calls it “liquid graphite.”

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Field Notes at
Field Notes

If you remember things better by writing them down, give up typing little notes into your phone & get some notebooks from Field Notes. They really are more practical – plus, they’re durable, made in the U.S.A & come in cool colors. This little brand is the brainchild of Portland-based design powerhouse Aaron Draplin. The man does not mess around and neither should you.

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