Home Stationery & Office Supplies
Working from home and homeschooling has become a part of the everyday lives of many - but without the school stationery cupboard or the office supplies manager! Although we live in a dominantly digital world, stationery plays a very important role in both schooling and working from home. From scribble pads for ideas and notes, to first pens to learn handwriting, stationery is an essential tool to our success. More than that, stationery can make our lives easier, more enjoyable and even more productive!
A 2014 study published in Psychological science by Mueller & Oppenheimer, of Princeton and the University of California respectively, found that cognitive processing was increased in students who took hand-written notes over those who typed them. Because we (generally) type faster than we write, the brain processes information differently when scribed on good old paper with a pen. Obviously this is important to note for school, college and university students but as workers, the benefit of taking the time to fully process ideas and concepts can often be overlooked. Any paper and writing instrument will suffice, but why settle for a scrap when you could experience the joy of a quality notebook (which is also less likely to be misplaced or become dis-organised - especially with unorthodox working environments being commonplace).
There is a simple pleasure which comes from cracking open a notebook, sharpening a pencil or grabbing your go-to pen and bringing your ideas to life on the page!
The global Covid-19 pandemic has been a trying time for all, for those who have had to adapt to new working practices and those who have had to introduce homeschooling to their day, anything which can make this time easier and more enjoyable is truly welcomed!
Taking time away from screens is vital at a time where the majority of our day is spent either working at a computer, scrolling through our phones or seeking entertainment via the TV. I won't even mention the dreaded ‘Z’ word (shhhh, zoom!). With limited options for socialising and leisure time, the screen is queen in many homes - stationery can offer a break from that.
Why not take a crisp notebook and pencils on a socially distanced walk and sketch your surroundings or take the classroom into the wild with a handwritten treasure hunt? Incorporate art into your downtime or improve your at-home workspace with desk accessories.
The Hamilton Pen Company is here to help with your work from home and homeschooling stationery needs. Our online shop is always open and you don't have to worry about where you’ve left your mask and hand sanitiser to allow you to go shopping! With a huge array of products to suit all of your home schooling and work from home needs, and all budgets accounted for, what follows is a selection of some of our personal favourites that we think will not only help with your day to day tasks, but also make them that bit more enjoyable.
Make your Point: Pencils
A classic, the pencil is one of the most underrated tools in our stationery arsenal. But it need not be! Check out these brilliant pencils, perfect for school work, sketching, note-taking or just shoving behind your ear!
The Stabilo EASYgraph graphite pencil is part of the EASY Start family of products designed to help new writers get their first words on paper. This ergonomically designed pencil is perfect for those learning to write and schoolchildren.
- Available for both left and right handed users.
- Available in HB or 2B lead grades.
- Triangular design and non-slip grip moulds ensure a relaxed hand posture.
- Yellow and red colour coding denotes left or right handed versions.
- Lead diameter 3.15mm, break resistant.
- Space for a name tag on barrel.
- Manufactured using wood from responsibly managed forests
- Colour refers to barrel colour only. Lead is dark grey graphite.
The Stabilo EASYergo 3.15mm mechanical pencil is part of the EASY Start family of products designed to help new writers get their first words on paper. This ergonomically designed mechanical pencil is perfect for those learning to write and schoolchildren.
- Only available for right handed users.
- Grip zone made from non-slip material.
- Relaxed hold prevents muscle fatigue and pain whilst writing.
- Easy, comfortable handling encourages neat and tidy handwriting.
- Extremely easy to refill with no mess.
- Break resistant lead is perfect when learning to write.
- Comes with extra thick 3.15mm lead plus an ergonomically designed sharpener.
- Space for a name tag on barrel.
The Blackwing 602 pencil - praised in the New Yorker and The Boston Globe, the Blackwing 602 features a firm and smooth graphite core that helps it deliver on its promise of "Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed". The Palomino Blackwing is the firmest pencil in the Blackwing portfolio and comes in a box of 12 pencils.
Features genuine incense-cedar barrels sourced from California, the best Japanese graphite, a grey finish, iconic square Blackwing ferrule and replaceable pink eraser.
Explore Blackwing in our article: The Blackwing Pencil - Culture, Controversy and Creativity
The Caran d'Ache Technalo Set of water-soluble pencils contains 3 Technalo grades (6B, 3B, B) and 3 RGB colour variations (red, green and blue) along with a water brush and metal storage tin.
- Water-soluble graphite pencils
- Hexagonal shape for optimal grip
- Premium FSC certified cedar wood
- Suitable for hatching, superimposing, painting sketches, wash drawings
- Includes waterbrush
Writing, erasing and sharpening all in one is simple with the Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil II. The plastic cap contains a sharpener but also acts as a point protector and pencil extender for when the pencil is getting low. A sturdy pocket clip means it can be carried with safety in a jacket pocket. Lead grade B suitable for writing, drawing and sketching.
Sharp Thinking! Sharpeners
Now we have a bevvy of barreled beauties for your consideration, let's bring in the sharpeners, the pencil pointers, the pencil planes! Want more puns about pencil sharpeners? Here's a throwback article for you: Pencil Sharpeners - A Journey
We couldn't create this list without including the Høvel Pencil Plane. Høvel is a pencil sharpener that functions as a miniature plane, allowing you the freedom to achieve any point you like without the hassle of breaking the lead of your pencils like a typical sharpener sometimes does. It can be used as a long point sharpener, a flat sharpener, similar to the result you would achieve with a chisel or knife, or even for making very short and sturdy points.
The blades are easily changed without the need for any tools by using the thumb screw that fastens everything together. The solid brass Høvel weighs in at around 90 grams and has a great weighted feel in the hand. Being a precision machined brass piece, Høvel will age beautifully and is made to last a lifetime. The Høvel comes with 10 replacement blades in the box.
An optional wooden base is perfect for your desk and collects the shavings as you sharpen. Or, if you are on the go you can bring your Høvel along safely stored in one of the purpose made leather sheaths.
The Swordfish Soft Grip Twin Pencil Sharpener is perfect for school or office. Beautifully simple and easy to use, the Swordfish Soft Grip Twin Pencil Sharpener is a handy-dandy little tool to keep in your drawer or pencil case!
- Double hole for standard (8mm) & large (10.5mm) diameter pencils.
- Soft rubber edging for a comfortable grip.
- Ergonomic shape suitable for young children.
- Inset blades so no sharp edges accessible.
Available in a choice of blue, green, red or yellow.
A touch of luxury! In 1933 Caran d'Ache designed a machine that sharpens pencils with a revolutionary level of precision. More than 80 years separates the original version from this new edition yet this famous pencil sharpener is still the benchmark for quality and precision.
The unique limited edition Caran D'Ache Klein Blue sharpening machine pays tribute to French artist Yves Klein who became famous for his simple portrayal of a shade of blue that became known as 'International Klein Blue'. Consequently, this machine is coloured a rich, deep ultramarine blue.
- Chuck equipped with a stop in open position.
- Adjusting screw for sharpening points in different lengths.
- Cylindrical cutter made of special high resistant steel.
- Large capacity drawer for shavings.
- Can be fixed in position by any one of its 4 sides.
- Includes a free metal storage tin.
The upgraded Two-Step Long Point Sharpener from Blackwing features a reliable two-step sharpening system inside a sleek new package. Even though this new sharpener feels much smaller in your hand, it holds the same amount of shavings as its predecessor thanks to some optimisations to the shaving compartment. The lid also stays shut now when you use it.
The Two-Step Long Point Sharpener creates a long point using a two-step sharpening process, first sharpening the wood and then precision sharpening the graphite core. It features a matte rubberised finish for added grip, and the same German steel blades you’ve come to expect. It’s also available in three colours to match your pencil of choice - Black, Grey and White.
The Pen is Mightier than the...Keyboard? Pens
If you're looking for something a little more permanent or just enjoy the feel of ink on paper, here are some brilliant pens to keep you going on the long days working from home. If you are home schooling, you may be looking for a pen that is little hands friendly...look no further than Hamilton Pens. We have you covered for all your pen needs, whether you roll with roller-balls, point the way with ballpoint, or engage the fountain of knowledge with a fountain pen, we have them all!
Aimed at students but also a wonderful pen for all, the Helix Oxford Fountain Pen is a very well balanced and comfortable pen to use that represents extraordinary value for money. The pen has a polished steel medium nib and comes with 6 blue (washable) ink cartridges. All metal construction makes this pen an extremely reliable and hard wearing writing instrument.
The TWSBI Diamond 580 is a piston filler type fountain pen that has a particularly smooth action. The crystal-clear plastic barrel reveals the pens inner workings and of course shows the ink level too. With the Diamond 580 TWSBI have fused the traditional mechanisms of the fountain pen with a modern industrial design resulting in a very usable, comfortable and practical everyday writing instrument.
The TWSBI Diamond 580 comes with the necessary tools and instructions to strip down the pen should it require a major clean or replacement parts, however, this should not be necessary with normal usage and maintenance.
Supplied with a polished stainless steel nib available in sizes Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, 1.1mm Stub and 1.5mm Stub.
This pen measures approximately 140mm long closed, 130mm long open and 176mm long with the cap posted which is slightly longer than the TWSBI Diamond Mini pen (See final image for size comparison). Presented in a TWSBI gift box. Want to know more about the TWSBI brand? Check out:TWSBI - Inexpensive Piston and Vacuum Filled Fountain Pens
If it's good enough for NASA, it'll probably handle your kitchen office/school set-up!
The Fisher Stowaway Space Pen Stylus is a compact capped pen that is 138mm long when ready to write, but just 105mm long when capped. This is a very small pen, ideal for carrying in a purse or handbag or when pocket space is at a premium!
The Bullet Space Pen became the flagship of the Fisher Space Pen Co soon after its introduction in 1948 and has continued to become an icon of American writing equipment and 20th Century design, having featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Manufactured in Nevada, USA, this pen is produced to exacting standards and utilises Fisher's tungsten carbide ballpoint and patented visco-elastic ink in a pressurised cartridge. As a result, the Fisher Space Pen can write in the most demanding environments:
- In the zero gravity vacuum of space
- In extreme heat up to 200°C
- In extreme cold to -20°C
- Upside down
- On grease
This pen is fitted with a black medium point SPR4 refill, has an integral stylus tip and a pocket clip. FUN.
The styling of this pen is classic. The Cross Bailey Light ballpoint pen is crafted to the usual Cross exacting standards. The design shares the statement-making appeal and quality performance of the original Cross Bailey metal pen, but it weighs less due to the glossy resin construction.
- New lightweight resin design
- Quality Cross performance
- Lifetime Mechanical Warranty
The Cross Bailey Light ballpoint pen has a smooth twist-action mechanism, comes fitted with a black ink refill and is presented in a Cross gift box. This is a joy to write with and pretty great to look at too...what's not to love!
The Faber-Castell e-motion rollerball pen in Dark Brown Pearwood has a real pearwood barrel that is stained dark brown resulting in a stunning pen that is complemented by polished chrome appointments. Shaped almost like a cigar, it has a subtle refinement that is sure to please the writer.
The e-motion rollerball pen has a removable cap, comes fitted with a black ceramic tip refill and is presented in a Faber-Castell gift box.
Also available as a matching ballpoint pen, mechanical pencil and fountain pen.
Not only is this a super stylish writing instrument, but it has a trick up its sleeve too! The body is made from Copper which has wonderful antimicrobial properties! Naturally antimicrobial, copper kills bacteria, yeasts and viruses on contact and retains this property even after being cleansed itself. Pretty handy if you ask me!
Find out more about Copper Pens: Copper Pens: The Future is Bright
The Liliput Fountain Pen - an elegant little number, ideal for either pocket or handbag! First produced by Kaweco in 1910 when it was made from black ebonite, this modern day model is CNC machined from a solid block of metal and is available in the following finishes:
- Black Anodized Aluminium
- Brass Wave
- Fireblue Steel
- Silver Anodized Aluminium
- Stainless Steel
The Liliput Copper fountain pen is left untreated to develop its own unique patina, although can be polished to restore a shiny appearance if desired, and at just 97mm when closed, this is a compact pen, great for pocket or purse, but when open is a respectable and well balanced 126mm. Fitted with a polished stainless steel nib available in sizes Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad and Extra Broad, this pen takes international standard cartridges or the Kaweco squeeze converter if bottled ink is your preference.
Presented in a retro-style Kaweco gift tin.
Pens For Little Hands
The Stabilo EASYoriginal rollerball pen is part of the EASY Start family of products designed to help new writers get their first words on paper. This ergonomically designed rollerball pen is perfect for those learning to write and schoolchildren.
- Available for Left or Right handed users.
- Grip zone made from non-slip material.
- Relaxed hold prevents muscle fatigue and pain whilst writing.
- Easy, comfortable handling means neat and tidy handwriting.
- Extremely easy to refill with no mess.
- Comes with a medium blue erasable refill.
- Space for a name tag on barrel.
The new EASYbuddy fountain pen from Stabilo is the next progressive writing stage from the EASYoriginal and is aimed at school children between the ages of 8 and 10 who are looking to find the best writing technique.
Developed together with children, teachers and handwriting experts, EASYbuddy comes in a choice of 3 nib styles - Beginner, Medium and Left Handed.
- Ergonomically designed especially for children's hands.
- Grip zone made from non-slip material gives a relaxed hold and prevents muscle fatigue.
- Removable cap with pocket clip.
- Large viewing window for monitoring ink level.
- Uses international standard ink cartridges, 1 blue cartridge included.
Getting Inky With It! Inks
Not so much an essential unless you are prone to using Fountain pens, however, in times like these we should seek to find the small things which put a smile on our face...and inks tick those boxes for some!
Not only is the branding and marketing of this ink epic, but so is this shade! Add a little spice to your writing with Flapjack Octopus Orange. The flapjack octopus is your new favourite sea creature! Flapjacks live on the ocean floor where they presumably meander around like a robot vacuum, looking for something edible among the sand. If you start looking for photos of a flapjack octopus, you’ll realise that not everything at the bottom of the ocean is scary or ugly, and you’ll lose an hour of your time because you’ll keep looking for more pictures of them. The flapjack octopus is definitely not the kraken, probably not very good to eat with maple syrup for breakfast, but absolutely a must have colour for your fountain pen. Get a bottle of bright Flapjack Orange Octopus and every time you write, you’ll be reminded of the cutest little mollusk in the sea!
Supplied in a 45ml glass bottle with wide opening for easy filling.
We love Ferris Wheel Press! In case you missed last months article where we explore the brand: Ferris Wheel Press: Makers of Iconic Stationery
Ferris Wheel Press Inks are well behaved and a delight to write with, we are loving Moss Park Green for its rich reminiscence of a less grey time of year!
Ink deserves to be inspiring from the moment you receive it to the moment you draw it into your pen, it should remind you of the magic of writing.
The Ferris Wheel Press ink collection has been carefully crafted in a range of distinct colours that will spur both excitement and creativity and will instill a feeling of absolute joy every time you write. Created for the Autumn 2020 ink collection.
- Convenient 38ml glass ink bottle.
- Rich and saturated tones.
- Low sheen.
- Water based and compatible with all fountain pens.
- Signature brass cap.
Why not add some sparkle to your day?
Diamine Shimmering Fountain Pen Ink comes in 50ml bottles and contains very fine metallic particles that give your ink a pearlescent effect when dry. This special effect has a light catching twinkle in either gold or silver and takes handwriting to a new level of sophistication!
The metallic particles used in this ink are a solid residue and will sink to the bottom of the bottle if unused - simply shake well to rejuvenate. Due to the sedimentary nature of this product we do not recommend you leave in your fountain pen for prolonged periods of non-use and do not recommend for use in vintage fountain pens with fine feed systems.
Add a splash of colour to your ink collection. Inkebara inks are water based and contain no dissolvents or alcohol. They can be watered down and are mixable with each other, so you can experiment with your own colours and shades.
Writing instruments used with Inkebara inks do not require any special maintenance so if the ink dries in a pen that has been open for a long time, it can be dissolved by simply submerging the pen in water or washing the tip of the pen under running water.
Supplied in a 60ml bottle with wide neck for easy filling.
(Don't) Come round my Pad! Notebooks and Pads
Now we have writing instruments sorted, we need something to write on! The Hamilton Pen Company has a wide array of pads and notebooks, here are some of our favourites.
Whitelines is a modern company with modern values, presenting innovative paper stock which allows your writing and drawing to stand out!
Founded in 2006, Whitelines was the brainchild of three friends from Stockholm, Sweden who wanted paper with a difference! Combine ~Whitelines paper with the Whitelines link app and you have a powerful pocket scanner which communicates with the paper! Brilliant!
This notebook is a perfect start to the Whitelines concept. The white lines support your writing and drawing without the distractions from conventional dark lines and the background disappears when you copy, scan or fax! Contains 60 perforated pages (160mm x 210mm) of 80gsm paper printed both sides with white lines and the Whitelines Link inlay.
Whitelines Link is the analog way of being connected. Make notes, draw, scribble or sketch and use Whitelines Link app in your phone to save or share with friends in the cloud.
Minimum requirements for the Whitelines Link app: iPhone 4, Android 4.x
Get organised with the Bullet Journal Method. Find out more here: Bullet Journals: The future of organisation?.
The Bullet Journal is the analog system for the digital age. It allows you to easily track the past, and plan for the future. It provides a simple to learn modular framework that allows users to infinitely customise their Bullet Journals to their needs. Backed by a growing global community of hundreds of thousands, the Bullet Journal sits at the intersection between productivity and mindfulness.
- Bullet journal guide with instructions on establishing your journal.
- 240 numbered pages.
- Blank table of contents.
- 8 perforated and detachable sheets.
- Expandable pocket in rear cover.
- 3 page markers and elastic enclosure band.
- Thread bound so able to open flat.
- Stickers for labelling and archiving.
- Ink proof and acid free 80gsm paper.
- Dotted pages.
With something of a cult following, the Rhodia A5 Webnotebook (nicknamed the Webbie!) has a hardback Italian leatherette cover and features superior quality paper from Clairefontaine that offers minimal feathering and bleed-through when using fountain pens.
- 90gsm ivory brushed vellum paper
- 96 sheets, 192 pages
- Elegant rounded corners
- Expanding pocket inside back cover
- Ribbon page marker
- Embossed Rhodia logo
- A5 size approx. 140mm x 210mm
- Thread bound so opens flat
- Choice of plain, ruled or 5mm dot grid paper
Blackwing Pocket Slate Journal in colour white with a choice of page format. This superb notebook from exclusive pencil maker Blackwing is the perfect accompaniment to your Blackwing pencils - so perfect it even comes with a matching pearl balanced graphite pencil, well half a pearl pencil to be precise!
- 160 pages of 100gsm ivory coloured paper, ruled, blank or dot grid.
- Blank table of contents.
- Expandable pocket.
- Page marker and elastic enclosure band.
- Dual sewn binding enabling the notebook to be opened flat.
- Wear resistant polymer hard-cover.
- Canvas spine with elasticated pen/pencil holster complete with 602 pencil.
- Size 105mm x 148mm so just slightly larger than A6.
All About The Accessories!
For all those added extras to make working from home and home schooling that little bit easier, check out these accessories!
Perfect for revision, staying organised, studying and general day to day use, these highlighters are not your average neon brights, the pastel tones are easy on the eye whilst allowing you to identify key notes. Plus they're really pretty! Stabilo Boss Original highlighter pen, the original and market-leading highlighter pen, first introduced in 1971!
- Incomparable design classic.
- Stabilo anti dry-out technology: 4 hours cap off dry-out protection.
- Writes with 2 line widths, 2mm and 5mm.
- Water based ink.
- Low cost and easy to refill.
This pack of 6 pastel highlighters includes 1 pen each of the following colours:
- Creamy Peach
- Hint of Mint
- Lilac Haze
- Milky Yellow
- Pink Blush
- Touch of Turquoise
The Kaweco Concrete Pen Holder is a great way to store your Kaweco pens on your desk top. Made from a lightweight smooth concrete, the holder has two compartments each fitted with a black velvety insert able to hold 5 pens in each compartment. Please note this sale is for one concrete pen holder and the pens in image are not included!
Fed up of papers all over the kitchen table? Are your little darlings misplacing pieces of work...well, welcome Max into your family. MAX has been producing top quality staplers and other office products for over 70 years and is the leading Japanese brand.
The HD-55FL stapler is available in a choice of two colours - grey or red and comes with 100 no.3 (24/6) staples to get you started and has a storage section in the handle for storing 2 strips of spare staples. Light Effort technology means that stapling does not require a heavy hand to complete the task, making this stapler a joy to use.
This powerful stapler is capable of stapling 35 sheets of 80gsm paper with a flat clinch format.
Dimensions: 130mm long x 85mm high.
You will wonder what you ever did before with these glue pens. The Quickie Glue Pen from Sakura is the ideal glue pen for glueing small objects. Coloured blue when wet but dries clear and dries in approximately 90 seconds. Use wet for a permanent bond, dry for a temporary bond. Ideal for homework, projects and journaling/scrapbooking!
Maths can be hard, but finding a quality maths set doesn't need to be!The advance maths set from Helix Oxford has a traditional embossed metal storage tin and contains the following useful maths items:
- Metal self-centring compass with 9cm pencil.
- Metal pencil sharpener.
- 15cm plastic rule.
- Mechanical Pencil.
Quality and practical! The PAP Zassa Pencil Case has the capacity for several pens or pencils and other items if required. Hand made in Sweden from quality hide that has been tanned exclusively with natural tannins of vegetable origin in Tuscany, Italy. Pens in image are for illustration purposes only and are not included.
Attractive, colourful pencil case suitable for storing all types of pens and pencils from Rhodia. Features an Italian leatherette exterior with the Rhodia logo embossed, an orange leatherette zip puller and an ivory jersey inner lining. Available in a choice of 16 colours.
Mistakes Happen... Not to worry!
Make errors fun with the Lego erasers! LEGO® pencil erasers in a pack of two erasers available in a choice of bright colours. Great addition to your pencil case or desk - perfect retro style accessory for both adults and children alike! Features a LEGO® plate so can be customized with other LEGO® products or attached to other LEGO® pens. Contains small parts so only suitable for ages 6 years and up.
For many of life's whoopsies! Amodex is a non-toxic ink and stain removing solution manufactured in the USA.
Removes most ink stains and is recommended by many top writing instrument manufacturers including Parker, Montblanc and Pilot.
Removes most food stains including berries, chocolate, coffee, tea, curry, food colouring, red wine and other stains including blood, grass, grease, make-up, tar and many more...
Safe and effective on fabrics and most materials and surfaces. Always check a small sample first!
Stationery Essentials at The Hamilton Pen Company
We have a huge range of products available to help you during your work from home or homeschooling!
All the better because you don't even have to leave home to shop! Win-Win!