Any time I write a new blog post, I always try to write something that I would want to read or that I would find useful. I figure if I don’t care about it, why should anyone else? It also keeps me passionate about what I do and what I write.
The same goes for selling things. Years ago when I worked at a retail shop, I learned that if I truly cared about a product and found it interesting or useful, it was much easier to sell because there was no deception involved. I bring that same approach to the reviews I post here. Hopefully, if I care about something it comes through in the post.
With that being said, I’m excited to introduce The Shop! It can be found as a new item in the navigation menu at the top of each page. As you may have noticed, I’ve really become infatuated with fountain pen friendly paper. Unfortunately, in order to try out any given paper I have to purchase an entire notebook. I always thought it would be nice to be able to get just a few sheets to try out. Well now you can!
The paper sample packs that are available in the shop were born out of something that I would find useful and actually use. Each pack contains samples of various fountain pen friendly papers taken directly from notebooks. This way, you can try samples of many different papers and figure out which is your favorite without needing to spend hundreds of dollars purchasing different notebooks!
At the moment, I only have one sample pack available. It includes many different types of fountain pen friendly paper, from simple HP copy paper to luxurious Life L. writing paper. I do have plans for adding more sample packs in the near future. Those might include luxury papers, high-sheen papers, quick dry papers and stationery.
I am also currently only shipping to customers in the United States. I plan to eventually open up international sales and shipping, but for now want to focus on making sure I can keep up with demand and that the shop is running smoothly. If you live outside of the United States and would be interested in helping me test out the shop once it’s ready for international sales, please let me know.
I hope you’re as excited about this addition as I am! If you have any papers you’d like to see added to a future sample pack, leave a comment below and I’ll see what I can do. Thanks so much for all of your support!
Hi, my name is John. I’m a Colorado-born professional photographer who recently moved back to Denver after spending 3 years in San Francisco. I’ve been using and collecting fountain pens for over 20 years. I got my first one in college when I got bored taking notes with ballpoints and pencils. Since then I’ve bought and sold hundreds of pens, but have consistency in my love of Esterbrooks.