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The Writer’s Block is a machined desk accessory designed to hold your pen and notebook (or device) in a simple but stylish fashion.
The Writer’s Block is a machined desk accessory designed to hold your pen and notebook (or device) in a simple but stylish fashion.
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We like to keep our workspaces clean so the stress of clutter doesn’t impede our productivity. With that in mind, we created the Writer’s Block. Each keeps your pen and notebook, business cards, or even your iPhone within reach while you work. Your workspace will be cleaner and you’ll be ready when inspiration strikes or you just need to jot down a note. The Writer’s Block is a minimal and good-looking addition to any desktop.

The Process:
Every Writer’s Block is machined by hand in Philadelphia. We’ve kept a strong focus on craftsmanship throughout the entire process. Everything was designed, prototyped, and manufactured with machinery and  techniques that have been used for generations. 

We start with raw stock—Type C360 brass, Type 1018 low carbon cold-rolled steel, or Type 304 stainless steel—and proceed to use a ⅜” side mill to cut the slot for your notebook. After the slot is created, the hole for your writing instrument is drilled and reamed. To clean it all up, each unit gets deburred by hand and finished by either being belt-sanded or treated with a black oxide chemical treatment to give it its final appearance. 

The result is a piece with machine shop toughness that’s perfectly suited for any workspace. 

Why the Writer’s Block?

We carry around our notebooks on a daily basis. While some people turn to their phones for keeping track of their tasks, we still prefer to write them down the old fashioned way. These notebooks organize our lives. We spend a lot of time crafting new styles and wanted a way to show them off when they’re not in our back pockets.The Writer’s Block is the desktop accessory to do so. Its beauty is in its simplicity. It’s unobtrusive yet stylish; rugged yet refined. And it will look good at the office or by your home computer. While we worked on the prototypes for the Writer's Block, we quickly learned that it could hold much more than just a few of your Word. notebooks. 

The Writer's Block can also hold ...

The Writer's Block will fit devices with a width under .375"

Measurements and Dimensions: 

• Writer’s Block: 1.5” (W) x 2” (L) x 1”(H) 
• Slot: .385” x .625” 
• Hole: .4375” x .875” 

Who We Are:  

We’re a group of designers, publishers, and writers who started Word. Notebooks with the goal of creating the perfect pocket notebook. Each one we’ve made over the last two years has featured our unique bullet point system aimed at keeping your to-do lists in order. We create each new design in-house, and have them printed just miles from our offices in South Jersey. They’re all made in the USA and are intended to be archived. The whole idea started out as our passion, and has turned into a small business.  

With the creation of the Writer’s Block, we’ve expanded into products designed to accompany our notebooks while still keeping an artisanal approach to creating them. Word. has been featured in quite a few blogs and magazines, including:

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Paul Thorson for helping with shooting our video.

Risks and challenges

We don’t foresee too many risks in the creation of the Writer’s Block. The main challenge we will be faced with is hitting our deadline. We feel very confident this will be a non-issue. We are a small group, however, and do want to deliver a quality product that takes time and care to create.

We pride ourselves on being as transparent as possible, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask and we’ll make sure we respond.

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FAQ

  • Sorry - afraid pens are not included with the Writer's Block.

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  • We looked for the most reasonable option to ship outside the US. USPS Priority Mail International - Small Flat Rate Box was the best we could find. It costs $24.75

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