Deck out your favorite notebook Chewwy-style with the Journal Bandolier ($17). Handmade using reclaimed rubber and elastic, this simple strap is two inches wide, able to fit notebooks over five inches wide, and offers seven loops for holding pencils, pens, erasers, markers, knives, or whatever else your creative endeavors demand.
Despite its Star Wars-y name, the Montblanc Midnight Black StarWalker Pen ($TBA) has no allegiance to the force, light, dark, or otherwise. Available in ruthenium-coated Metal or black precious Resin versions, they feature a unique monochrome appearance, 14K gold nibs coated in ruthenium, and a floating Montblanc emblem inside the transparent cap top. Also available in ballpoint and fineliner models. Pass one down to your son.
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Drawing inspiration from the Nordic landscape that Sandqvist calls home, the William Backpack is built to handle your urban commute as well as your next trip off-the-grid. It's equipped with durable waterproof polyester and includes a roll top with velcro and plastic buckle closure for an extra layer of protection against the elements. It has a 15" laptop sleeve, plenty of outer and inner pockets for your essentials, and is one of the standouts from Sandqvist's Aerial series.
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Need something to digitally record your hand-drawn notes but have no use — or no money — for the iPad's do-everything awesomeness? Meet the NoteSlate ($100). This simple device sports a one-color eInk display in either white, black, green, blue, or red, a smooth, simple design, a battery good for 180 hours of work, and a simple list of inputs including a special pen with eraser, a mini-USB port, an SD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack for listening to MP3s — okay, so they snuck that last unnecessary feature in, but what doesn't play MP3s these days? [via]
Support the idea of reuse with Plattfuss Rubber Bands ($7). These bags of 70 black rubber bands — far preferable to the drab beige standard, we think — are made from recycled bicycle tubes, making previously dump-worthy rubbish into handy household items.