Hey everyone, as you can see, this is the first post on my new blog.
First and foremost, this is a blog about pens. While I may not have been using fountain pens for the longest time, I have jumped into the pen world with both feet and have not looked back since. I remember harassing my mother when I was a kid for the “cool” pens when we were shopping for school supplies. The “cool” pens were usually a Pilot rollerball or some sort of Uniball that had an ink window. Throughout high school I exclusively wrote in Five Star notebooks because of their better paper quality than the average stuff (until I found Rhodia). The jump to fountain pens was the next logical step and since then it has become both an obsession and a passion. There is something about writing with a fountain pen that gives a sense of nostalgia that I cannot quite explain. Writing with a fountain pen just feels right. In a world where more and more things are typed on a computer it is refreshing to me to feel the nib glide over paper. There’s just something about a filled up notebook that feels better than a filled up hard drive.
A little over two years ago I bought my first Lamy Safari and things have not been the same since. Lamy was a great affordable brand that allowed me as a beginner to try out all kinds of nibs and inks with ease. The more I lurked Fountain Pen Network and FPGeeks, the more I got involved. The world of vintage pens had opened up to me when I saw the mechanics of the Parker Vacumatic and the Sheaffer snorkel fillers. There is so much to take in in the world of fountain pens and I am really just getting started. I have always loved taking things apart and putting them back together. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there that finds sitting at my desk tweaking a nib or cleaning a pen to be oddly relaxing.
What To Expect:
I’m starting this blog as a way for beginners and experts alike to be able to find useful information and get a feel for a pen before buying it. Unfortunately fountain pen stores are not as common as they once were and many people have turned to the internet to get their hands on their next fine writing instrument.
This blog will have handwritten reviews, photos, my personal opinion, and recommendations.
I would love to answer any and all questions asked by my readers to the best of my ability and help wherever possible. I’m also going to throw in some non-pen content here and there, because I think it will help people get a better idea of who I am, and when they don’t want to read pen stuff, there will be some other content / pictures to look at.
I’m going to be posting a pen review and an ink review every week from my collection as well as random doodles and pictures throughout.
This is all relatively new to me and I’m going to be learning as I go. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section or through the contact page, I would love to reach out, talk, or help anyone out there in the fountain pen community.
4 thoughts on “Welcome.”
Just found the blog and added it to my Pens and paper RSS feed. I love the handwritten articles, great idea. Can I ask what you use to take your pictures and do you use any special light box at all?
Thank you so much, it means a lot.
I use a mix of my phone (HTC One S) camera and an Olympus PEN-EP3 for the photos. Depending on where I am, it’s either sunlight or my lighting rig at work. I’m fortunate enough to have access to a rig with a white background with 5000k bulbs and reflectors. It’s meant specifically for taking pictures of smaller items, so it works out great. The Pilot Metropolitan review was shot with the Olympus, whereas the TWSBI review was shot with my phone.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you for reading!
Just found your blog through FPGeeks and am sure glad I have! Loved the video and hope there are more to come. Been a fountain pen user since the age of seven so 42 of my 49 years!
Keep up the good work and thank you for putting the time and effort into all this, it is very much appreciated.
Thank you so much for the kind words! It’s been a great hobby/interest to get into. There’s just so much to take in, try out, and experiment with.
I really appreciate the compliments, it makes the time and effort seem quick and effortless (even though it’s not!). Glad you’re enjoying it!