This blog post was originally posted here.

It is the moment you have all been waiting for.

The first ever Stationery Club event will take place on THURSDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2010 at 7pm in the back room of the HORSE AND GROOM on Great Portland Street.

This is the basic concept of Stationery Club:

I see Stationery Club as similar to a book club. People in a pub and rather than everyone discussing the book they have just read, they discuss the pen they have used. It wouldn’t always need to be a pen, of course, it might be index markers, or a mechanical pencil, or a new type of paper clip. The point is, before each meeting, one member would nominate a piece of stationery, and then all the other members would use it for a week or so and then it would be discussed by the group.

The item of stationery to be discussed at the first Stationery Club is the STABILO BIONIC WORKER:

According to the Stabilo website, the Bionic Worker is “the tool for hard work” and is aimed at “frequent and professional users with particularly high requirements”. But does it live up to the job? This is the question we will be addressing at Stationery Club.

Stabilo describe the Bionic Worker as a “high-quality rollerball with nickel silver tip for an extremely smooth feeling when writing” and features “the latest bionic liquid ink technology”. They even go so far as to claim the tip of the pen is “indestructible”. Feel free to test this claim to the limit.

The orange rubber non-slip coating apparently “brings an end to uniform grey and blue pens in the office”. It may well be a change from the norm, but is it a welcome change?

The pen is available in black, blue, green and red from Ryman (and other stationery retailers). I paid £2.19.

Of course, the discussion won’t be limited to the Bionic Worker, there is so much more to talk about. Feel free to bring any other items of stationery you want to talk about.

I hope to see you there.

Thursday 4th February 2010, 7pm
Horse & Groom
128 Great Portland Street
London W1W 6PX map