We’re big, longtime proponents of handwritten notes here at the Art of Manliness.
The physical heft of a letter gives the communication a warmth and significance that email and text just can’t hold a candle to. It’s tangible: in a world that’s increasingly weightless and abstract, a handwritten note is something that someone can physically handle and hold and keep. It’s personal: emblazoned with your unique handwriting, the recipient touches something you touched as well. It’s thoughtful: it takes more effort to write a real note than to fire off a digital missive, and that extra care lends the gesture extra meaning. It’s unique: amidst the endless glut of digital communication, real letters elevate you from the crowd and delight and surprise their recipients. For all these reasons and more, handwritten notes are more powerful than ever.
The only problem with writing them more often, is that when you decide to do so, you find you don’t have the proper supplies at hand. No classy stationery to write upon, no pen, no stamps, no nothing. And so you reach for your phone to send a text instead and let another good intention go unfulfilled.
To help kickstart your journey into the art of letter writing and ensure you always have its requisite tools at hand, we’ve put together the truly one-of-a-kind, second-to-none The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword Stationery Kit.
This kit not only has everything, and we mean everything, you need to start sending out classic correspondence, its accouterments make the process of writing it an experience that will be truly enjoyed.
The Stationery. Your kit comes equipped with 10 “Thank You” notecards for missives of appreciation, and 10 “True North” notecards (letterpressed with the symbol of a compass) that can be used for any occasion. The size of the cards are 4.25 inches x 6.5 inches. Envelopes are, of course, included.
The Pen. While you can write a note with any old pen, it’s nice to have a tool that’s dedicated to the task — one that turns the process into a real ritual. This Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen, inscribed with “mightier than the sword” on the cap, sits comfortably in your hand and dispenses ink with a smooth, distinguished flow.
The Stamps. People often put off writing letters because they don’t have any stamps. You’ll avoid that trap because we’ve included 10 First Class U.S postage stamps in the kit.
The Letter Opener. When you write letters to people, they’re going to send letters back. You can rip them open with your fingers like a savage, possibly tearing through the envelope’s return address or even its contents, or, you create a precision cut with a letter opener. Of course a gentleman-and-officer type is going to choose the latter, especially when said letter opener is a miniaturized Civil War-era saber. (The pen may be mightier than the sword, but it’s still nice to have an actual sword for opening one’s mail.) Made in Spain, the saber measures 10 inches and comes with its own scabbard.
The Box. To ensure your letter writing goods are always at the ready, we’ve put them in a devilishly handsome box with a vintage “Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword” illustration, taken from a 19th century etiquette manual, emblazoned on the top. This sturdy, deluxe, cigar-style box with magnetized lid will hold all your correspondence supplies for years to come, and ever remind you to be a classy, old school gent in a modern, hustle-bustle world.
Makes a great Christmas gift. Pick one up today.