We'd be happy enough with something that made it simple to find the end of the tape every time we needed to tear a piece off. That the Zyp-Zyp Tape Tool is imbued with minimalist magic is just a bonus. Cast from an alloy of copper, nickel, and tin, it's finished by hand in Germany, weighs just 5 grams, and fits any 12mm wide roll of tape. To use it, just push down on the "teeth" end, find the end of the tape on the other side, pull it out, tear it off, and push the excess back down to lock it in place. As simple as its design.
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Created to celebrate the 400th anniversary of The Bard's death, the Montblanc William Shakespeare 1597 Pen is an instrument that honors some of the most recognizable writing in the world. In a break with tradition, the pen's resin cap has an octagonal shape that recalls the Globe Theatre, while the combination of red and black on the cap and barrel are a nod to the flags that would indicate whether the play was a historical drama or tragedy. There's also feather-like engraving that harkens back to his quill, and symbols that represent his most famous plays. Limited to 1597 pieces, in reference to the debut of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.
The result of years of iteration mixed with high-end manufacturing processes, the P22 Titanium Pen is a work of art you're meant to hold in your hand. It has a minimal, organic form that's ergonomically shaped to make it comfortable to hold and ideally weighted and balanced, and is formed using Electron Beam Melting, a process that "grows" the pen one 30 micron layer at a time. Simply twist the end to expose the ceramic tip of the Schmidt P 8126 cartridge, a design that delivers the convenience of a ballpoint and the easy flow of a fountain pen, an ideal partner for the sleek shell design.
Field Notes are great everyday notebooks. The classic reporter's pad is an icon of American journalism. So it's only right they be combined. The result is the Field Notes Byline Reporter's Notebook. Developed in collaboration with Face the Nation host John Dickerson, who also contributed a story about a noteworthy reporter that's slid into the back pocket, the notebook features a rugged wrought iron-colored cover, Cougar Natural 70#T pages ruled with soy-based ink, and Renz "Double-O" Ring wire binding, a design that dates back to 1935. The inner covers are filled with useful info, and like all Field Notes, it's 100% printed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
Introduced to the avant-garde by Marcel Duchamp and credited with helping the careers of such well-known artists as Ernst, Kandinsky, and Pollock, Peggy Guggenheim was one of the 20th century's most influential collectors. Unveiled in Venice, the city she called home and which houses her collection in a museum that bears her name, the Montblanc Patron of Art Edition Peggy Guggenheim Pen pays tribute to this icon in a number of ways. There's the skeletonized structure of the barrel, which evokes the dramatic entrance to her collection, the clip design that carries the lion of Saint Mark, the red stripes so commonly seen on the mooring pillars for the gondolas that cruise the city's canals, and the paws engraved in the nib to represent her love for her 14 Lhasa Apso dogs. Available in three limited editions.
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