Friday, December 12, 2008

The Pilot Precise Deluxe

This mornings post is another classic that I feel like I have burned through about a thousand of, but they seem like they are getting harder and harder to find. Luckily, I have a few tucked away. (Of course I do.) The Pilot Pen site only shows this one available in red now, there's a few on Ebay, but I am wondering if they were discontinued.

Wait, it that a tooth mark? Impossible...I DO NOT chew my pens. I wouldn't chew on my enemies pens let alone put teeth marks on MY pens. I just know if I started chewing on the cheap pens, one day I would look down to find out I was gnawing on one of my Holy Grails.
I do love the nice lines this pen puts down and the ink supply on this pen is ridiculous.. It's not really an extra fine, but I have no issues with the line width and that funky little grip bubble works for me.

Yesterday I received a care package from Sharpie and Uni-ball with some incredible pens that I cannot wait to review. Good Pens. Have a great weekend.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

1946 Parker Vacumatic

For those of you keeping score, today is officially the 3 month anniversary of a pen a day on Good Pens. I am celebrating with one of my favorites. Shined up and ready for another 62 years of use.

Thanks again to all the great comments and emails that everyone has sent in. Keep them coming and I hope I am adding a touch of entertainment to your day.

Sometimes a gift is more than just a gift. A few years ago, I was handed a box from Grammy with some treasures in it... this was one of them. I tried over the years in different ways to tell her how much trusting me with these pens meant to me, but I doubt that I ever expressed it properly. When I write my thank you notes to her, I use this pen and will always cherish it.

I only bust out this pen for those special occasions. It's not the most expensive, or the flashiest pen I own but it's possibly the perfect pen in terms of overall style, feel and class. If you collect fountain pens, you should have at least one of these in your collection. Very Good Pen.

Sorry for not bringing the funny today, I needed to reflect and celebrate...don't worry, tomorrow I will go back to the burp jokes.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

All hail the Sharpie!

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Apparently, I love my Sharpies! This is just what was hanging out in my office yesterday. I definitely do NOT remember buying 6 gold Sharpies, but sure enough.. here they are. The fat cap in there is the Magnum. (More on that later.)

Doing a little research, Sharpies have been around since 1964 and they now even have a blog. With most of my pens, I have a situation where I use them: journals, drawing, notes, 3x5 etc. What I noticed with Sharpies, I just use them whenever I need them, for whatever I may need them for.
Ahhhh. the extremes....I just had to show the Magnum sharpie and the Sharpie Pen together. They both rock in their own way. The Magnum shouts at you, kicks your ass and then tags you on the way out the door, the Sharpie pen will politely burp, excuse itself and apologizes to you the whole time for "just being so darn cute."
Here they are where the rubber meets the road. Yes, they are related to each other. Sharpie equals Good Pens.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sanford Uni-ball Vision Exact

I recently picked one of these up out of the drawer after a long period of not using and was pleasantly surprised at how well it puts a line down on paper. It doesn't try to do anything other than be a nice writing liquid .5 rollerball. I have been dealing with a ton of cranky, old fountain pen nibs lately and it was a little refreshing to "re" find this pen that just seems to write well...

Caution...use of the work "maketh" ahead!

32 people gave eulogies at Francis Bacon's funeral and they were published as a volume in Latin in 1730, contrary to popular belief, he did not just have "You can't always get what you want" by the Rolling Stones playing repeatedly, followed by a kegger at Lord Chancellor's castle.

I like this pen again, smooth writing, user friendly. It's going back into rotation and I will pick up a few more to keep around the house. It's a Good Pen.
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Monday, December 8, 2008

Wearever....The Bastard of Pens

Wearever must feel like they were the crazy uncle with a prison history that no one talks about of the pen industry. I can't even find a wiki page for them. There's a Wiki page for Pi Day, but not one for Wearever. I both love and hate that they don't get any credit. This pen sat in my drawer for years untouched. My reply when asked was "oh, that's just a Wearever, now come over here and look at the "good" pens..." Until part boredom and part curiosity crept in and I decided to restore the old dog.

A simple tear down, ultrasonic bath, new sac and a good polishing was all that was needed to bring this one back to life. A fresh drink of Private Reserve Ebony Blue and I have a new friend. It's a very nice writing fountain pen that I have put into heavy rotation. (I don't really mean "friend" people.)

You know what? I am actually OK with Crazy Uncle Wearever. They remain cheap on Ebay and anytime I can find a 70-year old fountain pen that looks good and writes well for a few bucks... I will jump all over it... every single time. This will probably be the number 1 pen I write with this week and I could not be happier. Good Pen.
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