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Why Stationery Wiki?

You might ask yourself: Why Stationery Wiki? I have never quite understood its purpose and point. Why is it not just part of normal Wikipedia? Why separate?

The answer is simple: Wikipedia has deleted many stationery related articles, for example about the Parker Sonnet, about Brad Dowdy, etc. This is usually because these articles don't pass Wikipedia's notability test, i.e. they are not deemed to be notable, or "worthy of notice". This results in a situation where some popular pens can keep their Wikipedia articles, while other articles of less mainstream pens get deleted.

With Stationery Wiki being a Wiki specifically for stationery we have more freedom regarding which articles we can keep. Which pen do you want to write about?

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This Stationery Wiki is a wiki that aims to provide detailed descriptions on anything and everything to do with The Pen Addict podcast and stationery in general.

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Our currently featured article

Rotring 600 and 500 pens

The Rotring 600 was first released in 1989.[1] Its design can be traced back to the preceding Rotring 500 series, which debut in 1985 with burgundy plastic barrels and metal knurled grips. The Rotring 500 is contemporary with the almost identical Rapidomatic series by Koh-I-Noor USA, which was bought over by Rotring in 1985. The Rapidomatic series of 'fine lead mechanical pencils' was a refinement from Koh-I-Noor's Select-O-Matic II 2.0mm leadholder, which is itself a refinement of the company's Select-O-Matic 5617 (1955–1984), which featured a hexagonal metal body, knurled grip and patented lead hardness indicator in the push button. The first version of the Rotring 500 did not have a 'red ring' around its lead indicator knob.

Rotring describes the 600 as their "entry into the upscale writing instrument market"[1], "designed with a hexagonal barrel to prevent it from rolling on the architects drawing table. It is machined out of one piece of brass on a lathe, providing it with ample weight to ensure that the architect need not apply extra pressure when creating"[1].

The Rotring 600 was originally made in Germany before production moved to Japan.

Red Ring

A late 1988 catalog lists the first version of Rotring 600 only in 0.5mm lead diameter. It was offered in silver or black color and featured a 'thin' red ring around the lead indicator knob. The familiar 'thick' red ring was only introduced in 1990.

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Upcoming Events

If you are logged in to Stationery Wiki the events should appear in your own time zone. This is just a selection. To see all upcoming pen shows visit Category:Pen Show.

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Belgian Pen Show 202027 September 202027 September 2020
Hamburg Pen Show 20203 October 2020 09:00:003 October 2020 15:00:00
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London Writing Equipment Show (Autumn) 20204 October 2020 10:00:004 October 2020 16:00:00
Ohio Pen Show 202029 October 20201 November 2020
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Current Pen Addict Podcast:

The Pen Addict 428
Episode: 428
Title: Stacked Nibs
Release Date: September 16, 2020
Guests: Gena Salarino


Interview time! Brad is joined by Gena Salorino from Custom Nib Studio to discuss all things nib grinding. What has life during lockdown been like for a pen show regular? What type of grind should you get, and on what pen? And what magic does Gena have up her sleeves for the future?

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Hello from Brad and Myke

A bite of useless information: The first article created here was about the Staedtler Noris.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1989 Entry Rotring Heritage