For the last two years I've listened to everyone in the pen community sing the praises of their Hobonichi Techo and I was "Yah, Whaterver" towards it. This fall I fell off of the journalling bandwagon and I felt that I needed to reboot the process again. To date I have been using Apica CD-11 notebooks for my journalling which have proven to do the job well but being just a plain lined book, there is no prompting to make you write in them every day. I figured that investing in a dated planner would motivate me, the book would be moving on whether you wrote in it or not so you had better get those life experiences down on the page.
In October I placed a Techo order and also ordered up a leather cover for the planner from One Star Leather. All in, the cost was nearly $150 Canadian, more than enough to guilt me into making the most of the investment and be diligent about using it every day. When the packages arrived I was thoroughly impressed with both products, enough so that I ordered a second Techo to gift to my father for Christmas.
As always the Tomoe River paper is wonderful to feel and great to write on. I have decided that I will try to use the same pen and ink all year long in this book and my Namiki Capless has been drafted into this role. I had figured that I would use Pilot Blue Black as the ink but when I went looking for my cartridges today I came across a box of Pilot Mixable Blue Black. These have an ominous warning on the back of the box stating:
"This cartridge is exclusive to the Pilot Parallel pen. Don't use it for other writing instruments."
What can I say, some people go skydiving to get an adrenalin rush, I just ignore manufacturers' ink compatibility disclaimers. While I thought that this ink would be the same colour as my beloved Pilot Blue Black, it is much closer to Noodler's Air Corps Blue Black. It's loaded up now and there are 5 cartridges left in the box so this ship has sailed and baring any ill effects, this is the ink that the Hobo will see for the next year.
The planner starts on January 1st but the two weeks leading up to that date are represented in an abbreviated fashion. I'll restart my journalling tomorrow and try to ramp it up so that I am back in the habit by New Years.