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Spotlight Stationery is a fab stationery subscription box and I was excited to try another one of their boxes recently. The Red & Black Box (previous boxes are available here) features two fountain pens – perfect for Fountain Pen Day scribbles.
Full box contents: Rhodia A5 notebook, Paper-Oh A5 Ondulo notebook, Spotlight Stationery card, red Fuente fountain pen from Zebra, classic red PaperMate Flair, Fountain Pentel, Ball Pentel, and a set of postcards.
I was particularly impressed with the compostable bag.
The Paper-Oh notebook features 80 plain acid-free pages with a corrugated card cover. I love the little note inside from the creators.
The Rhodia notebook features 64 dot grid pages of Clairefontaine fountain pen-friendly brushed vellum paper, a “Rhodia orange” sewn spine, and a soft-touch cover. I’ve tried a few Rhodia notebooks now and I think it’s my favourite paper.
How stunning is the Fountain Pentel?! I’ve become quite the Pentel fan lately, thanks to those fabulous Touch pens, and this quirky fountain pen cements its status as an innovative and high-quality brand.
This is a fountain pen with a difference: it features an original, ‘delta’-shaped nib, it doesn’t need refilling, and it has a variable line width (firm on one side and flexible on the other).
The Zebra Fuente fountain pen is another fun addition to my pencil case. Again, it’s disposable, and this one comes in a range of colours. This one writes so smoothly that I think I might need a whole rainbow.
The PaperMate Flair wasn’t what I expected; it looks like a heavy felt pen but writes so nicely, with no bleed on this paper and very minimal ghosting (as with all the other pens in the box).
Last but not least, the ever-popular Ball Pentel. The original smooth rollerball is a staple in schools and homes for a reason. It has a cushioned ball tip, writes for up to 2,200 metres, and (bonus) is made from 77% recycled material (excluding the ink).
As always with Spotlight Stationery, the box contains postcards featuring the work of talented young illustrators. The ‘reach for the stars’ print by Ellie Tolfts is my favourite.