Just a quick note as it’s close to two weeks since I’ve last posted. Continue reading
The simple answer is no, but a rash of recent posted lists of sub £/$50 pens and also a chat with a long term unemployed fountain pen enthusiast, did make me wonder about covering this and even looking at some of my cheaper pens. I will also list at the end some other well respected pens which I do not own.
It’s been several months since my last daily carry post and my spring pen show purchases have now all been covered, so the Franklin-Christoph Penvelope 6 is once more the case being taken to work and the pens carried are actual regulars, and not those being used for upcoming reviews.
We’ve all been there. We’ve held an item, a gadget, a widget, a tool, in our hands and it has just felt right, perfect for the task, comfortable and comforting. It may be cheap, it may be expensive. It may be bespoke, it may be off the shelf, there are no hard and fast rules, and like all emotive mysteries, it’s hard to explain just why it works so well for one person, yet may not for another. Continue reading
Been a couple of months since I last did a daily carry post, but when I wrote the first one I did say it would not be a regular feature.
First thing you’ll notice is I’m not using the Franklin-Christoph Penvelope 6, but rather my 12 slot Visconti case. The reason behind this is the desire to use the new pens I picked up at the London Spring Pen Show, partly with a view to be able to review most of them having given the pens a decent use. Continue reading
There are several things to note about our hobby. First we tend to like shiny things, second we see lots of nice shiny things on blogs and YouTube. Third we play with shiny things at pen clubs. As a result there seems to be a list of pens many of us get (and then sometimes sell), almost as if by very gentle peer pressure, and then later wonder why. Here’s a list of those I’ve observed, many of which I seem to have as well. Feel free to reply with any you feel I have missed off or your views.
We’re now at that quiet time of the year when we’re getting over the start of 2019, with the associated blues. The weather is poor and transportation tends to break. Visiting the London Fountain Pen Club at the start of the month it was noticeable with only nine of us attending. Low numbers but I seem to remember it was the same last year. Certainly the winter blues had hit a few people but it was still a good sociable meet up. The photo of the day must have been the Platinum Preppy alongside the Pilot Kakuno by me on Instagram, two great pens and a fraction of the cost of others we generally see. Actually the Kakuno, with its smiley face, is probably an ideal February pen with a warm coloured ink loaded up in it. I can see one being added to my collection.
I think most of us of done it. Looked at a pen case and wondered if the interior material will micro-scratch our pens, or if elastic/leather securing hoops will leave the pens loose and knocking against each other. Occasionally a picture will be posted online of pens touching resulting in responses of horror and counter responses of teasing. Continue reading