Friday, March 13, 2009

The pen is mightier than the...err, nevermind.

So I have this pen. it's a rollerball...boring right? It looks like every other pen you see out there...

But what is this?

Yes, you guessed it. Pop the top on this one and a rather dangerous knife arrives. I am not even sure if this is legal or not. I do know that doing a writing sample for this pen would be illegal. Let's just say it was NOT made for its writing ability. I don't think I have ever even written with it and I definitely have not stabbed anyone with it.

Here's the business end of this thing. Again, I have no idea why I have this one, but I do.Have a great weekend everyone-Seth
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pilot G-3 + Jetpens = Happily Ever After

I may have written about this pen in the past. If I did I am sorry, it's just that this pen might be the perfect pen for everything that I do. I know you naysayers will go naysaying that it seems like every pen I write about I love and that it's the perfect the "World of Seth" that would be true, but sadly it's not.

But no joking, this is my ideal pen. It's a fine Gel point (.38) the ink color rocks and I can't find a paper that this pen doesn't love. JetPens sells these for $2.50 each here and I cannot think of a better way to spend that money. Some people like the feel of a clicky pen and I can appreciate that myself, but there's also something satisfying about capping this thing at the end of a workday.

If a strange man ever comes to me and says that I have to grab 5 pens in the next 60 seconds and then he tells me that they would be the only 5 pens I could use for the rest of my life...this would be one of the five that I would be holding at the end of the day. By the way, if you ever see that guy, tell him to leave me alone because I love all my pens.

Good Pens.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Slow Down...Breathe... repeat

Every now and then I get caught up. It's usually a small thing that snags me and then the slight spiral downward begins. Today it was spending time trying to figure out a way to keep track of inked fountain pens. In the past, I used a list similar to the one above.

Today, I sort of just threw caution to the wind and went with the memory system. I am not sure if it will save time or if I will find a Double Jeweled Parker 51 crusted up with ink in a few months- but I am freeing myself of this manual list. It's gone, it was fun to look at... but gone. (P.S. don't even try to figure out my code.)

Gathering just a few pen cups from my office I can put this shot together in about 10 seconds. Odd, considering my office is spotless and in perfect order most days. I just happen to have a few pen holders around. It's a little much- I realize that. I am far from a pack rat and have no problems with a good purge. However, these remain constantly overwhelming, but in a neat way.
So, I turned down the headphones, switched from M.I.A. to Bon Iver and slowed the breathing.

My cleansing process today also involved using (gasp) one pen. All day long. Sometimes it seems like I have a different pens for every word I write and then twice that on certain papers. Today, I settled on this. The Sheaffer Cartridge filler was for everything.
It was just the one I picked and I stuck with it and it was good. Not having a choice was a great choice. I know tomorrow I will be back to the hourly rotation, but for today I took it down a notch.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Good Senator Fountain Pen

This is pen 2 from my Christmas Guess Pen Cup Gift. I poresent "The Senator" (I usually try to say that in a thick Boston Accent)that I believe made under the company name Merz and Krell. Lately, it's been one of my top 5 writers. I love the color and The gold nib adds a bit of fanciness needed in my day.

As always, click for bigger pictures, but the nib says Fine and that's the way it writes. It's a Piston filler, which makes me happy.

Last night I saw one of the local news anchors waving around a chewed up Bic Stick with the clip bent and hanging out in the wind. She could have used a Good Senator to dress things up a little bit. Just my opinion, but if your job involves being on TV, you might want to reconsider a banged up 34 cent pen as your pointing device.

Here it is looking at you. I was unable to find a lot out about this pen company, I know they are German and it looks like they are still making pens, (which is surprising) but it looks like they mostly do advertising pens, which would be sad, because this is such a strong pen. Have a great day.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Pilot MultiBall (yes, please) and details on Fridays fountain

This is another pen that makes me want to find something to write. I picked up this one up in NYC and it really surprised me. A quick sample writing at the store and I bought 3 to take home.

The next day I went on the hunt and bought a handful more for my very own. These pens are that good for me. It writes just a shade under a .5 and flows and flows and flows.

My biggest pen problem right now is that I have too many pens that love to write with. I may need to go into some sort of forced pen semi retirement and a new rotation plan. These Pilots have found a way into my heart and I need to make the time to use them.

Normally, I am very stingy with the details of my pen sourcing. Although between Twitter, Facebook, Email and Comments, I have to get the details out on my new Pilot fountain pen. So--- this is what the package looks like. I bought it at Kinokuniya Bookstores, Midtown West right by Bryant park. If you are lucky enough to go there... go downstairs to the pen section and have fun. I believe this one was $9.25ish. Good Luck and let me know if you pick one up. I am in the process of finding another source for these, so I will let you know what I come up with.
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