Here is a fountain pen story for December 2015. Stories have been edited slightly for language and coherence. As it is the Christmas month, watch out for more fountain pen posts later on. Enjoy! The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword – Anton, Singapore My first contact with fountain pens was neither scholarly nor artistic. Sometime in year 2000, I was into survival gear, collected knives, and was interested in swords and stuff. I was an avid reader in self defence and blade forums. Then came the Sept 11th incident and thereafter, one couldn’t carry knives on board the plane anymore. Not that you could in Singapore anyway, but it also meant no Leatherman tools, nor Swiss Army knives. The self defence people on those message boards came up with the idea of fountain pens because of the sharp tip yet innocent and classy look, and one could easily apply the martial art techniques of Kubotan, which was commonly taught to police and special forces. Not that anyone is going to run into a situation everyday that needed such skills, but that’s what got me interested in fountain pens. I went to Montblanc at Takashimaya for the 149, when I realized that the price tag was immense! I had been […]
Here are the contributions of fountain pen stories for November 2015. Stories have been edited slightly for language and coherence. The Rise And Decline Of An Addiction – Eli, Singapore My addiction with stationery began back when I was in secondary school. My favourite pastime while out accompanying my mum at shopping malls was to go straight to the closest stationery store to check out what new marvels they have imported in from japan that month. I started hoarding gel pens, to the point my mother remarked that ‘I don’t see your grades getting better despite that many pens’. Fast forward to yet another day of staring at mosquitoes flying about in bunk during my time in the Army I decided I would get back to journaling. This is not something new to me, but I never managed to muster enough discipline to maintain it for more than a few months. I got hold of a suitable journal, but out of curiosity decided to do some research on fountain pens. One search led to another and I took possession of a brand new Lamy Safari Demonstrator pen a few weeks later. Like most budding FP addicts, I decided that I needed […]
Here are contributions of fountain pen stories for October 2015. Stories have been edited slightly for language and coherence. I Draw With Fountain Pens, And I Collect Pink Ones – Annie, Singapore The first time I got into contact with a fountain pen was in school. I’m studying architecture and drawing was an important part of our curriculum. Of course, drawing was done not only with pencils but also with technical pens. We had to purchase technical pens by Rotring for our drawing exercise. Rotring pens are not easy to use unlike fountain pens with customised nibs. The technical pens are basically a pointed needle where the ink flows out, and it breaks REALLY easily too. So fountain pen is really a much better alternative to obtain nice strokes for drawings. My first fountain pen was a Lamy Safari, because it was new in the market then and really affordable. It took me some time to really get used to writing and drawing with fountain pens, and now, I use them for my daily activities! So how did I develop this obsession with pink fountain pens? It started with me going to Eslite bookstore in Taiwan, where they had a promotion […]
I’m trying out this new series where I share a couple of fountain pen stories from readers, friends, and fellow fountain pen enthusiasts, in the middle of each month. Let’s see how it goes. Here are the stories for September 2015. Stories have been edited slightly for coherence and language: My Grandfather Led Me Into The World Of Vintage Pens – Roy, Singapore I had always wanted to try or see this mysterious pen which wrote with a nib. Remembering that people used fountain pens in the past, I decided to ask my grandfather if he had any fountain pens. He went to dig around, and came back with a grey/green pen with a gold cap. It had a hooded nib, so I was surprised when I first saw it. I was wondering how on earth the pen worked. He passed me a huge bottle of Parker Quink ink, and I pressed the sac to see if ink would go in, and it did! After I brought it home I thought that was it, and I left it in a corner because I was busy with work. A week later I decided to Google and find out more about the pen, which stated “Parker […]
One of my readers wrote to me to tell me about her Monteverde pens. Here’s what she said: I have been using fountain pens all my life. This year in May I received a Monteverde Prima for my birthday (brown swirl). Even though I normally like thinner pens this has an excellent ink flow and is fun to write with. When I went online to register it @ Monteverdepens.com – I saw that they had a clear barreled Monteverde Arista rollerball. Because you could purchase colored ink cartridges I decided to check that out. Wonderful! I also cut a small portion of cherry blossoms from a Hiroshige print from a small calendar and customized my pen by putting the print inside the clear barrel (my sister drew a black & white design for her pen). Fun! Well, Sando, thank you for writing in to share about your Monteverde pen! I’ve seen them around but haven’t gotten down to buying one yet (or request for samples). I should go take another look! Want your comments/reviews to be shared in a blog post? Write to me at email@example.com! MaybellineI am the founder of this website. Chemist by day, slacker by night, fanatic […]
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