Here’s one to think about on a Friday. How you decide what pens you use. I was considering an update on my daily carry, except I realised there was no change from last time, which was back last November. Personally, where things have changed is at my PC/desk, where the number of pens grows and shrinks depending on what’s new and if I’m reviewing something.
I’m quite bad when it comes to rotating pens. I find myself entering the comfort zone and rarely looking to disturb the balance. As a result my pens do suffer with being left hidden in drawers (sitting in pen trays before you worry too much). Change tends to come when I get a new pen and decide it’s a user rather than an occasional, else when I look in my drawers and realise there’s something in there I need to or want to use. I must admit I do have some ‘event’ pens – ones I use on specific occasions, and like so many others, should use more.
So with my pen case and travel journals retaining the same pens, what’s at my desk…
This Franklin Christoph 66 Stablis, my first from that pen maker, was actually bought for use as a desk pen at my PC and has been there ever since. Sporting a fine SIG nib and presently loaded with Montblanc Lucky Orange (from a sample I was given). Much of the time it was loaded with J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune, which was only swapped out as I was using a second pen for a while (a FRI Bronze) which was loaded with Organic Studio Uranium and I needed a more contrasting colour.
Also behind my keyboard I have two recently reviewed pens, but ones I’ve kept out to keep using – the Worcester Pen Company Serenity (bottom) loaded with Franklin Christoph Sweet Maroon and the Yard-O-Led Astroia Grand (middle) loaded with Diamine Cornflower. The third pen I received mid December from Brian Chu at the Red Dragon Pen Company and is a broad nibbed Wyvern (his largest model) from a Blue Bronze Lava Lamp acrylic blank, and loaded with Krishna Inks Christmas Eve.
I also have a pen in my kitchen …
a trusty and robust TWSBI ECO loaded with the last of a sample of Diamine 150th Carnival. This pen is used for note and lists in the kitchen and once empty is refilled with what ever sample I need to finish next.
So I could be considered guilty of not switching my pens around enough. The question for my readers here, Facebook, and where this is linked/cross linked – are you as bad as me or do you rotate regularly. What methods do you use for organising and allocating your pens? I’m assuming that even with a few pens you can start hitting this problem, even if all are taken to work with you (I remember carrying 3/4 pens with me to work and still just using the one).