How Many Versions of the Same Pen Does Anybody Need?

A few weeks ago, I was severely tempted by the Pelikan Souverän M600 Vibrant Orange Special Edition. So I went shopping, and discovered that I was less keen on the Vibrant Orange, than I was on the standard red and black striped model. So, after a bit of hunting around, I picked up the truly …

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The Pen Show That Almost Wasn’t

My name is Debi Humphrey.  I’m writing as a guest on Paul’s blog (and I'm plenty grateful to have her. Thank you Debi! -- Paul).  I’ve been collecting and using fountain pens for about four years now.  I favor minis and smaller pens; partly because I just love miniature things, but also because I have …

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He Cried in Hatred

I don't write much poetry—and after you read my efforts below, no doubt you'll feel that's probably the right choice, and that's the way it should stay. However, following the recent arrests of a couple of very good friends of mine, protesting the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New York a couple …

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A Soft-Fine Pilot Falcon, and a Custom 74: Contrasting Similarities (aka Liam Neeson Didn’t Steal My Pen)

I have had a few Pilot pens in my collection over the years, including a much loved Custom 823. Tragically, the 823 was stolen during the after-hours of an academic conference some years ago, whilst I was attempting to prove the hypothesis that a yard of Young's Winter Warmer could indeed be consumed in less …

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Lazy Sunday Afternoons… No Work, No Pens, No Worries

Having one of those Sundays where I was doing my absolute best to avoid any kind of actual work, I found myself passing by my wife's office. Her little sanctum is directly opposite my own, but far enough away that I'm not in any immediate danger of sitting at my computer. As I've said before, …

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