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Dec. 12th, 2013

My New Pen

For a long time, I've been intrigued by fountain pens. They look so complicated, but they're so pretty. They have such a wide variety of ink colors that aren't necessarily reproduceable in the gel ink pens I usually use for writing various things, and I've always wanted to try using one. I bought a really cheap disposable one at the art store once, but it leaked all over the place and ended up ruining both my pen case and my clothes. So I've put off buying a real one for a while, because I'm nervous about how it would work out. The nib was also really broad and wrote widely on that pen, and because my handwriting is so small, really trying to write with anything bigger than a 0.7 mm line makes it illegible. I wasn't sure how wide most fountain pens wrote, and if I bought an expensive one, I would like to be able to use it and actually read whatever I had written.

Well, last week I finally bit the bullet and ordered a Sailor Clear Candy Milk Coffee fountain pen, medium fine nib. So far, I like it a lot, although I do wish the tip was a bit thinner. I would estimate it to be about equivalent to a 0.6/0.7 mm line, about the threshold for readability for my handwriting. I also bought a bottle of J. Herbin ink, although I haven't used it yet, I'm going to finish the cartridge of black ink that the pen came with first. Of course, in order to use the ink bottle, I had to get a ink converter too.

I can see how writing with fountain pens could be a very expensive hobby. The pen itself was $16.00, which was on the cheap end for fountain pens- I've seen pens for sale upwards of $200 at the fancy stationery shop in my city. The converter was $8.25, and the ink was $9.00. However, I've also done a lot of research, and the fountain pen may be more economical in the long run. I have a problem with hoarding office supplies, but even though I hoard them I end up buying more gel ink pens every few months because I go through them so quickly. I handwrite drafts of my fics, so I use a lot of ink. From what I understand, one bottle of ink for a fountain pen can last six months to a year, so I wouldn't have to buy pens as often, and they really do come in lovely subtle colors.

Of course, this doesn't mean I won't use my old pens anymore. I do get bored writing with only one color, and I don't think I'd want to have to clean my converter every few days to switch the ink color.

Pictures will be forthcoming in a few days- I can't find my camera at the moment and my cell phone doesn't do the pen justice.

Sep. 7th, 2011

Pens!

It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to anyone that I love to write. And very often, I prefer to do my fanfiction writing by hand for the first draft, because I feel like it gives me a chance to think things through better, and really decide on what I want to put down on paper. I also do a lot of handwriting for classes, like for taking notes and such. And because of that, I have a bit of an addiction to pens- if I see them for sale I'll buy them, often to the detriment of my finances. I especially like Korean and Japanese pens, because they tend to come with finer points, and my handwriting is so small (and messy!) that if I use a pen with a thicker point, it becomes near-illegible. So I'm always on the lookout for places to buy pens from, so that I can add to my ever-growing collection of writing implements. I also collect mechanical pencils, and I'll have to do a feature on them sometime soon, but today, it's all about my new pens.

Anyway, I discovered a website called Jetpens. I'm a little wary of using online retailers, because shipping is expensive, and goddammit I'll be pissed if my shit doesn't ever show up. But through some Googling, I found out that Jetpens is very reliable and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, so I decided to buy a few things from there. They showed up in record time, shipping a day and a half after I placed the order and showing up in my mailbox a day later, even though they would have had to travel across the country to get from Jetpens headquarters to my room. I bought the following:

Dong-A Miffy gel pen set- 10 colors, 0.5 mm (and yes, that is my thumb in the bottom left corner of the photo)

Dong-A Miffy gel pen set

Zebra Pticolon pen set- 8 colors, 0.8 mm

Zebra Pticolon pen set

They're wonderful. They're scented pens, and they smell so good (both sets). They're a real pleasure to write with, and it's so easy to do business with the company that I will definitely be using them again. In fact, I just placed another order yesterday, for some mechanical pencils in the hard-to-find 0.3 mm lead size, and a few more fun pens.
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