1. ceewilson

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who steals hotel pens. Even though I’m a fountain pen user 95% of the time…it’s hard to turn down a free pen.

  2. mfranks

    My partner asked me the other day what I was going to do with all of my Pilot V5 Techpoints (that I used to buy by the boxes when they went on sale because they were all I ever used) now that I was mainly using fountain pens. I find though that whenever I write on crummy paper (copy paper out of the printer, post it notes), I’m often annoyed with the fountain pen because it either starts to skip (the fine points pick up bits of the paper) or the ink feathers (the wetter broad nibs lay down too much ink). I’m sure that one day I’ll discover a perfect ink/pen combo that preforms well on all the post its and copy paper in my life (I did buy Platinum Preppy refillable highlighters and am done forever with everything else) but until then I guess my vast collection (that includes unopened boxes) of Pilot Techpoints will remain handy!

    • Haha! I must admit I had some new boxes of pens, too. In ten years, we should compare our bug-out-pen-boxes and see what kind of dent we’ve made in them 🙂 There’s room for all kinds of pens in this world 😉

  3. When you said that to someone who’s used to writing with fountain pens “it just seems like you need so much more effort to use a ballpoint”, I was reminded of this article I came across a couple of days ago: “How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive” http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/08/ballpoint-pens-object-lesson-history-handwriting/402205/ You may have read it already; if you haven’t yet, well, I think you’ll enjoy it.

    Years ago, I was gifted a Waterman Hemisphere ballpoint pen and, as ballpoint pens go, this one is several cuts above anything else I’ve ever tried. It’s so nice to write with that pen! I love it. I’ve not yet experienced the magic of fountain pens, though (soon! I know I won’t resist much longer!), so I can’t compare yet. I suspect I’ll quickly start favoring fountain over ballpoint pens, but I believe there will always be times when a ballpoint pen happens to be the most appropriate tool for the job, and I think I’ll always be happy to pick up my trusty Waterman on those occasions.

    • Thanks for reading! Yes, there really is something about having a pen that is just a pleasure to write with, like your Waterman. While I use fountain pens most of the time, I think you and I are kindred spirits in knowing that there are pens that are just made for our hands 🙂
      And thanks for the article! It’s always interesting to see how many articles come up now and again about handwriting – I guess it’s curiosity about whether or not it’s truly “dying”! 🙂

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