Introducing Art of Manliness Stationery (Win a Box!)

by Brett & Kate McKay on February 27, 2011 · 1,334 comments

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At the Art of Manliness, we’ve long been proponents of hand-written correspondence. But if you’ve spent any time looking for stationery, like we have, you know that the selection of stationery designed for men is abysmal. Most stationery companies tailor their offerings for their female customers, and butterfly, flower, and polka dot motifs abound. To be sure, some stationery companies do offer options for men, but while these very plain designs are safe and acceptable, they’re devoid of any kind personality and most importantly, they don’t exude any good old fashioned manliness.

Unhappy with the lackluster stationery for men currently available, The Art of Manliness has teamed up with Page Stationery to create a line of letterpress correspondence cards. This line of stationery is traditional, distinguished, and manly.

Why Does a Man Need Stationery?

A man’s personal stationery can be used to drop a line to friends and family and to dash off notes of congratulations or condolence. Of course we know that while writing and receiving handwritten notes and letters is an incredibly enjoyable tradition, not too many men are ever going to get in the snail mail habit. Which is fine. But every man still needs to have a set of stationery stashed away in his desk. Why? If for no other reason then for writing thank you notes. Even in our modern age, a thank you note is still expected to be written by hand; emailed thank you’s are still not looked upon as carrying the same weight. We all are the recipients of gifts and good deeds from time to time. Instead of having to run to the store every time you need to write a thank you note, you should always have a set of correspondence cards at the ready.

Why Correspondence Cards?

Correspondence cards have been the traditional form of men’s stationery for more than two centuries. The reason? Men like to keep things short and to the point. The note cards are big enough for a proper message and small enough that you don’t need to feel pressured to write a long tome or guilty about leaving a bunch of extra space. They’re really the perfect size.

Why Letterpress Stationery?

Letterpress printing is not only the oldest kind of printing, it is also in my opinion the handsomest. Involving moveable type or images, it’s a process of relief printing in which a plate with a reversed, raised surface is inked, and then paper is pressed on top of the raised surface, transferring the ink. The design is indented into the paper by an experienced craftsman. For a tactile guy like me, who loves things with texture, letterpress is the only way to go.

Introducing Art of Manliness Stationery

We excited to announce our partnership with Page Stationery and our new line of Art of Manliness stationery. We don’t think you’ll find a more handsome line of stationery for men anywhere.

We offer 25 different motifs for you to choose from and have printed on your correspondence cards. The note cards measure 4.25″ x 5.5″. The paper is a thick 300gsm slightly textured writing paper that was chosen to highlight the unique dimension and character of the letterpress printing process. For the standard note cards, the motifs are printed in chocolate brown ink.

The standard note cards are packed 15 to a box and come with 15 unprinted envelopes. A box costs $15.

You can choose to get a box with all the same motif or get a box with a mix of different motifs. For an extra charge, you can also choose to customize your order by having your name printed on the card and your return address printed on the envelope flap. Going the customization route also allows you to choose a different color for the  printing. The minimum order for customization is 50 quantity. You will be emailed a proof and will get to work with Page Stationery’s designers to create your stationery to your liking.

Stationery Giveaway

To kick off our new line of stationery, we’re giving away three standard boxes of stationery to three lucky AoM readers. To enter, simply visit Page Stationery, take a look at the different motifs we offer, and then leave a comment telling us what motif you’d have put on your cards if you win.

Everyone who enters the giveaway will be emailed a discount code worth 20% off your order at the conclusion of the contest.

Giveaway ends March 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm CST. Winner will be announced on the Art of Manliness Trunk.

 

1101 Jacob March 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I would have to go with True North.

1102 Andres March 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Gotta go with the old school Boxer.

1103 CRAusmus March 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm

This is such an excellent idea. Glad that AoM has produced this article and brought this great vendor to my attention.

I personally love the Skipjack and True North designs myself, but if I had to pick just one true north matches me to a “T”.

1104 Ian Skemp March 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I like “Man,” but as a Minnesotan I have to go with “True North”

1105 Carson March 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Tough choice, but I’m going with the boxer, just barely beating out the ax. I live in Jackson Hole, so we are inundated with moose and trout images. The boxer, however, is timeless. As is the straight razor, hmmm. I’m guessing indecision is not a manly art.

1106 CSE March 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I’d have to go with the ax – it’s one of the most original ideas I’ve seen on stationery.

1107 PDC March 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I’d go with the Swiss Army Knife.

I suppose…
The need to focus never arose
So something like a Swiss army knife
That’s my life….

1108 Adam O. March 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

A mix would be great, but I especially like The Man, pretty much sums everything up.

1109 Josiah March 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I’d have to go with the straight razor. Sure there are lots of signs of manliness, but I’ve seen women hunt, fish and box. I’ve never seen a woman use a straight razor.

Straight razor is the most obviously and distinctly manly symbol there.

1110 Charles March 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

These look great. As an Englishman a Cricket bat would be great to be included. There is no better motif for the English Gent, than a finely crafted willow bat. It signifies all that is great about the English.

1111 Ty White March 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I would pick the man. He exemplifies manliness…mustache and all!

1112 Dave March 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I’d pick the Moose, because that is my dog’s name and let’s be honest, my dog rocks. Glad to see someone creating high quality stationary for men. I’m a collector of letterpress art, specifically Hatch Show Prints, and think these are awesome. Woudl love to pickup some.

1113 Walking Man March 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

The Axe.

Why?

Because it’s awesome.

1114 Kyle March 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm

If I have to pick just one, my favorite is the skipjack. However, if I could get the mix the other two I would pick are the dog and geese.

1115 Dave Mitchell March 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Definitely “The Boxer.” Old-school, bare-knuckled manliness.

1116 Joey C March 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm

the ship is my favorite, seconded by the dog and the axe. All of them are manly though!

1117 Jon March 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I would go with the mallard. Manly, professional, classy.

1118 James B March 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm

it’s hard to choose just one. in my future purchases, i would probably go with the mixed bag, but if i had to choose one i’d go with the axe.

1119 Vincenti March 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I’d say it’s a very close tie between the “boxer” and “straight razor” images, with the boxer edging out.

The boxer is a handsome, classic image of manliness that charms anyone who sees it. The straight razor is a throwback to a manly tradition that not many practice (and which I have started) and would definitely strike whoever reads the card as manly.

1120 Michael C March 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

difficult decision, but if I had to pick one it would definitely be the revolver.

1121 Luke A March 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I’m leaning toward the straight razor. The man in the top hat would be appropriate, given how often I’m photographed wearing one, but I’m definitely leaning toward the razor. It’s a more evocative symbol than a man standing around in a topper.

1122 Dries Van haver March 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Major “Razor” is the one I like the most!

1123 Jimmy Lawlor March 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I would go with Man. Unfortunately, stationery is underused these days and a picture of a dapper gentlemen on top of every page would help cement the virtue of this lost art.

1124 Dan March 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm

The geese are pretty classy and remind me of kayaking–one of my favorite past times.

1125 Nik March 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I really enjoy the Pointer motif. It’s very classic and manly to boot. It sums up everything great about the outdoors and man’s best friend.

1126 Cody Keel March 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I would have to go with the rifle, seeing as shooting is a constant in my life it makes the most sense

1127 Baxter March 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

My favorites are Man, Skipjack, Boxer; but I would probably choose the Man.

1128 martin neel March 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I’d pick the ax because it would fit me the most. I do alot of woodworking and so the ax stands out to me and people who I’d write to on the stationary would say it fits me.

1129 Wes March 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I would have to go with the compass pointing true North. I like the idea of that being on something I am writing while I try to find my way.

1130 Daniel March 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I’d certainly have to choose thick-cut bacon in a cast iron skillet. Pure class, plus the added benefit of watering mouths upon seeing my note.

1131 Steve March 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I would definitely go with the button!

1132 Kevin March 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I like the straight razor. It would be cool if it had a mug and brush next to it.

1133 Sam March 1, 2011 at 6:58 pm

True north for me!

1134 C. Rose March 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm

While lots of the designs are appealing I would pick True north for the following reasons:
I’m a geographer by training,
Sailor by family,
Explorer by heart,
and Northerner by birth (Northern British Columbia)
Thanks for reading

1135 Bill March 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Torn between axe, true north, and the moose….can’t decide.

1136 Ron March 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm

True north easily wins.

1137 Alex P March 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I would have to choose the pointer for my motif. It signifies that I have an important thought or idea that i am trying to express.

1138 Grant March 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I would go with the True North motif– I think this one has the greatest flexibility between purely casual correspondence, thank-yous, invitations, and even personal correspondence to a business acquaintance.

It’s manly, but doesn’t pigeonhole me.

And you’re right– finding a good stationary for a dude is nearly impossible. Thanks for taking this project on!

1139 J.C. March 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I would pick the straightrazor. It’s classic but understated.

1140 Gene Wall March 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm

For me, the ‘Skipjack” is the ultimate motif. It shows the rugged nature of the hard sailors life, the relaxing feel of a lazy day of floating in the wind. It’s truly an “all occasion” design.

1141 Matt March 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm

True North motif

1142 Cole March 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

It is a close tie between the dapper man or the moose. I love the detail of the man but the moose has the instant classic look to it.

1143 John M. March 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I’m going to have to go with the Revolver. That way, people now I’m dead serious. about what I’m telling them.

1144 Hans Sundquist March 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm

the ax says it all when words can’t…

1145 Chris R. March 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

The hunter, hand’s down. Has both the rugged outdoors, skilled marksmanship, and reliance on only the land he lives on.

1146 Matt E. March 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm

The “Man”

1147 Mark H March 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I’m digging the straightrazor.

1148 Alex March 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I prefer the pointer.

1149 Cody Deitz March 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I would choose the fish. Few things are more manly than fishing, and in so many different ways. It’s a simple choice to me. Cheers.

1150 Matt C. March 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I’m torn between the revolver and true north.

1151 James Halcomb March 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I really like the AoM “man” symbol, but my favorite is the Swiss Army knife. Comes across really different…

1152 Randall March 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm

They all look great making it terribly difficult to choose just one, so I won’t. My favorites are the Mallard, Axe, and Geese.

1153 Kyle S. March 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm

The true north is the winner in my book. Steadfast with clear direction, and classy!

I would also love to see a nice briar pipe!

1154 Craig Clarkson March 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm

True North without question

1155 Scott March 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm

True North, mainly because I like maps.

1156 Cody Davis March 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I would go with the moose or the man. I’ll probably end up ordering a box of both.

1157 Josh Cervone March 1, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I would go with the boxer or true north.

1158 Doug Parr March 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm

The straight razor would definitely be my choice. Straight razors have always been a symbol of manliness, especially since men specifically use it for their health and grooming purposes. Ever since December of 2010, I started using a straight razor because it is a money-saver, it has the possibility of becoming a family heirloom one day, and it is also therapeutic relief to my hectic schedule. To conclude, the straight razor equals finesse, patience, discipline, simplicity, and a sharp edge, all of which a man should represent.

1159 Timothy Dessonville March 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm

If I were to win, I would choose the True North Motif.

1160 richard hanson March 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm

dog

1161 Jpo March 1, 2011 at 11:28 pm

For me, True North is the way to go. Pun very much intended.

1162 Peter Delaney March 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm

the trout

1163 Colin March 1, 2011 at 11:35 pm

As an outdoorsman, I would choose the Geese because it shows outdoor landscape too.

Does AoM recieve a portion of the profits? I would enjoy supporting the site.

1164 Romey March 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Great motifs, but I would have to pick True North, forget the palm trees and fruity drinks for vacation, you’ll find me in the north country.

1165 Rick March 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm

True North.

What a great motif! It’s beautiful, it implies values, direction, confidence, movement and action, everything central and important to manliness. True North it is!

1166 Aaron Shack March 2, 2011 at 12:06 am

True North is simple yet classy, but because of my Northern Canadian roots I would have to go with the moose in a classic black or chocolate brown ink. I always wanted stationary embossed with my initials so I can send messages with class!

1167 Colin March 2, 2011 at 12:15 am

boxer hands down

1168 Brandon Pierce March 2, 2011 at 12:54 am

The skipjack, the lure, and the duck. I also like the razor… too many choices to just pick one!

1169 Sean March 2, 2011 at 1:02 am

I would choose True North. Having an instrument to navigate appeals to me.

1170 Derek March 2, 2011 at 1:19 am

I’d go with true north as I’m a geographer. It would be cool if there was a vintage oil derrick motif (or a modern pump-jack).

1171 Zach March 2, 2011 at 1:27 am

It’s hard to decide, it’s between the man, the boxer, and the safety razor. If I had to pick one I guess it would be the man.

1172 Garnet March 2, 2011 at 1:31 am

Great choices, I like the boxer and the beagle.

1173 Eric March 2, 2011 at 2:21 am

I would choose the skipjack motif. I’ve often wished I could have lived in an age where you could take off in a wooden ship, possibly never to return, and with no idea what lies at the end of the world; so anything nautical has always appealed to me.

1174 Nathan March 2, 2011 at 3:05 am

I would like the “Man” motif. At first I was more drawn to the “revolver” image, but I’m afraid that might be a bit to aggressive for heart-felt notes.

1175 Jacob March 2, 2011 at 3:13 am

I’d definitely go with the revolver, since I go shooting more often than I go fishing, and I am partial to the wheelgun for purely aesthetic reasons.

1176 Robert Bruce March 2, 2011 at 5:05 am

I would use the “man” motif.

1177 Vincent Lee March 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

They are all good and what a great idea. I would lean towards the Revolver, Skipjack or True North for my stationery.

1178 James Fife March 2, 2011 at 7:57 am

My choices were initially made by omission. The skipjack is a wonderfully elegant example of Man’s craft (pun unintentional), but I have only been sailing on a handful of times, and were it a schooner I wouldn’t get it as I haven’t travelled overseas. The Mallard in flight is a graceful motif and I am rather fond of ducks but would suit my father much more, as he is an avid bird watcher and is whom I inherited my greater than normal fondness of ducks from.

However, the geese over wetlands is striking, and I feel it says a bit about me. I come from the country and I think the image represents some of that freedom and an appreciation for nature, but particularly because I remember being transfixed by the beauty of the Coorong lakes and wetlands on an early family trip. It’s stunning scenery that has and will always have a hold on me.

1179 Patrick March 2, 2011 at 8:23 am

True North works for me. Perhaps while it’s not abstract it is geometric. And I suppose I’m more attracted to design which is less representational. i’ll probably get some flack for this comment.

1180 Steve Powell March 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

Love this stationery! The True North motif is my pick. It defines the man who knows his way in the world and fills his life with the right things to navigate the world successfully. Thank you!

1181 James March 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

The Man would be my go to choice, but I really do like the Ax design.

1182 Drew Scott March 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

Not to be trendy, but I love the True North design. The army knife is definitely my second favorite. Nice work.

1183 zach March 2, 2011 at 10:07 am

I’d go with both True North and the straight razor

1184 C. Thompson March 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

True North – simple and classic without coming on too strong, yet conveying a sort of manly old-world cultured personality.

1185 Joshua March 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

The man. Hands down.

1186 Dave March 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

The revolver for sure!

1187 Aaron March 2, 2011 at 10:30 am

I would have to choose the geese motif, however I am a zoologist working in wetlands so it seems rather fitting and appropriate. Second choice would be the pointer. It’s dynamic while still maintaining a clean design.

1188 Aaron March 2, 2011 at 10:31 am

I would have to choose the geese motif, however I am a zoologist working in wetlands so it seems rather fitting and appropriate. Second choice would be the pointer. It’s dynamic while still keeping a clean design.

1189 Blake March 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

I would go with the dog. It looks fuller with the background.

1190 Justin March 2, 2011 at 11:35 am

I send a lot of mail and I’d go with the setter or the moose. Classic.

1191 Jack Seward, Jr. March 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

I prefer the ‘true north’ logo of those offered, but really I’d prefer some symbol of an American Patriot.

1192 Kolby March 2, 2011 at 11:45 am

My first instinct is the razor motif but not sure if writing a thank you note with a razor on it will be confusing or not. I would say true north final answer.

1193 Tommy March 2, 2011 at 11:47 am

If I were to win, I’d choose the boxer motif.

1194 Virgil Williams March 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

The Boxer or the Straight Razor.

1195 Jan March 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

I’d go with the pointer!

1196 Matt D March 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

The boxer hands down. In my opinion the boxer is THE iconic image of manliness.

1197 Jeff March 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I would choose the duck motif, although I do like the compass rose, so the True North motif is a close second.

1198 Leo March 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

True North.

1199 Matthew Benedict March 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I would get either the Ax or the Straight Razor, most likely the Straight Razor.

1200 Bill March 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm

True North

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