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, … Continue reading Lazy Sunday Afternoons… No Work, No Pens, No Worries
A little while ago, I was lucky enough to add a Pelikan M200, with a fine M400 14K gold nib, to my pen case... and it has seen pretty much constant use ever since. At the time, I said it was a narrow decision between that, and the larger, but considerably more expensive M600. Also, … Continue reading Picking Up a Pelikan Souverän M600
*** ADVERTISING FEATURE THAT ISN'T REALLY*** Another Russian Give Away!! After yet another marketing drive for yet another red, white, and blue fountain pen called The Benjamin Franklin Christopher Robin All-American Freedom! Or some such other load of old crap that just doesn't exist under the current fascist regime, we have an alternative pen that … Continue reading The All-American Death of Democracy Fountain Pen!
2019-07-29 It was Sunday, and being the confirmed atheist I am, I was working; but being just as confirmed in my indolence as my lack of religious faith, I was working about as not very hard as I could get away with, and with a large cup of cold-brew coffee and crushed ice to hand, … Continue reading Not a Bad Day to Work in the Sunshine, Plus Zombies.
On the whole, my handwriting (such as it is), is not flattered by a fine nib. I mean, it's pretty poor with almost any nib, but better with some than others, and fine, needle-like nibs, which can catch on paper fibers, make my handwriting look, to be blunt, bloody awful. Which can be a bit … Continue reading Getting Lucky with a Medium-Fine Sailor
For a long while now, I've been reading reviews, and watching so many videos, of some truly beautiful Pelikan pens. In particular, I've been sorely tempted by the M600 Vibrant Orange, and a while back, by the Classic M200 Brown Marbled. I've written with a few very nice, and very expensive, Pelikan pens over the … Continue reading Pelikan Classic M200 Brown Marbled… What-the-Pelikan-Fuss?
The last pen post I made, mentioned something about understated style and elegance, well, let's, er, forget about that today shall we? Last year, I took a stroll (about six hours worth, but still a stroll), through Scriptus the Toronto Pen Show. Amongst the highlights of the day was bumping into the lovely Ana Reinert … Continue reading The Laban 325: Won’t Stop a Rhino
At the foot of the Statue of Liberty, a few lines from Emma Lazarus' 1883 poem The New Colossus are inscribed on a brass plaque... Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my … Continue reading The USA: Injustice and a Failure of Humanity on the 4th July
I have made no secret of my traditionalist taste in fountain pens. I may go off the rails occasionally and ogle something earthy with a bit of gold marbling, or even go completely crazy and pick something up in burgundy and gold with a touch of translucence about the barrel. But if you were to … Continue reading A Vintage Montblanc… or Two