Hi everybody! I'm Conrad, a stationery lover and quiet lurker of the Massdrop writing community. I'm sure most of you definitely do not know me! But I'm super happy to meet you, and I wanted to invite you to maybe sit down a little while with me while we talk about the things we love: writing instruments and the things we buy to keep them chugging.
Thanks to Mike, I was generously sent a couple of bottles of ink and I've been playing around with them for a little while. I think I'm about ready to share my thoughts on these inks over the next week or so; I hope you enjoy the review!
I thought I would get us all started with an ink brand that I've actually never tried before: Faber-Castell! You probably know them for their other art products, like colored pencils and PITT artist brush pens. I certainly had no idea that they made inks. I have seen their fountain pens (I've heard they write particularly well right out of the box, although I've never personally tried...
We're very excited to announce the very first product line from Firsthand Supply's rebrand!
FHS has been a great partner for us for the past few years, we're so happy for their recent relaunch/remake of a classic community favorite. I want to share some of the rebranding and production convos we've had with FH:
MD: Tell us about the new Firsthand Supply!
FH: We are building a company that values people on both sides of the transaction. From how we source the ingredients and materials used in our products to our commitment to closed loop sustainable practices; everything we say, do, and make supports that truth.
In our pursuit to create the best hair products on the globe, our aim is to become the most human-centric consumer brand through honest sourcing, sustainable process, and a heavy dose of give-a-damn. Why? Because we believe people matter, so we make stuff that matters.
MD: What is the major difference in the new packaging...
Curious about experiences with this classic. Cautious to order online if the fit isn't great...though it seems they can be returned within 45 days (except for custom boots).
Fit: Online comments suggest ordering a size 10, for example, rather than 10.5 (as a typical ideal fit). How about width? Is a standard D actually D width or slightly narrower or wider? D and 3E seem to be the only width options.
Models: So many.... Any advice/preferences/etc. in picking the style? An attempt at summarizing *boot* style variations:
Original -- including a leather sole...
Evans -- grippy sole, otherwise original style?
Addison Wingtip -- fanciest?
Rockford Cap-toe -- fancier...
Harwell Chukka -- lower cut & fancier...
Montague Chelsea -- slip-ons & grippy sole
Courtland -- grippy sole & boxier toe??
'Cortado' -- full Vibram sole
I'll likely go for the Original, though the Evans is also appealing. Are leather or rubber soles 'better'?
Color: How do the various color options wear...
Do you ever find yourself in front of your computer and ready to purchase some great joggers (according to the reviews) but then you start to question if they would be long enough? or, if they are wide enough?
For all of you big boys out there is a solution to the anxiety of not knowing if these joggers would fit or not.
Altussen is a somewhat new brand in the market, their joggers are specially made for people who are taller than the 5 feet 10 inches average. Altussen joggers vary in length from 45.5 inches to 46.9 inches and their hip range from 42.5 inches to 44.8 inches.
Altussen pants are not only guarantee to fit, but they are also high quality pants with a composition of 95% cotton and 5% elastane. They are manufactured in Ecuador, where conscious manufacturing is visible: companies like Altussen ensure to share 15% of their profits with their workers, provide health care, and also contribute an equal amount as their workers to their pension fund.
Perfect year around...