Friday, August 19, 2016

Field Trip: @Laywines Fine Writing in Toronto

Back in April/May, I went home for a visit and was very easily tempted to visit Laywine's by Mr. Rob Maguire (hi Rob!) when he told me there was a pen meet happening there followed by a calligraphy class nearby. I wasn't able to attend the calligraphy class but everything else? I must say, it was a stellar experience. Not only is the store lovely, I was able to meet several pen friends in the Toronto area (hi guys!!), and Peter, the owner of Laywine's, spoiled me with attention, chats, and a few goodies to share with you here. In addition, Peter spent time entertaining and educating my slightly-less-than-thrilled-by-pens brother, making him feel very welcome as well. I also have to say, the staff in the store are top notch: they know their stuff, they love pens, and were so friendly and kind. Everything that makes for a great pen store and shopping experience was all there. If you're near Laywine's or heading to Toronto, I highly recommend you pay these fine folks a visit!

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You'll find fine pens from Sailor, OMAS, Ajoto, Graf Von Faber-Castell, Visconti, and more. The selection is great, and I was quite surprised to see some really hard to get pens still available. Ah, I was so very tempted.
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Pencils? Yep, find some lovely Palomino pencils and other goodies. Paper? Obviously. Leuchtturm1917, LIFE Stationery, Rhodia, Clairefontaine, and even Filofax planners.
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The ink wall is beyond delicious - all organized, delicious, and set up in a gorgeous wood display. Not to mention their own store exclusive inks!

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Allow me to wow you with one more thing: you can find vintage pens here as well. Yep. At very reasonable prices. All you Canadians looking for vintage flex nibs now have a local store, in addition to your Scriptus Pen Show! Lucky.
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