Hello there, dear readers. Busy as I am, I have managed to squeeze time on the eve of New Year’s to scribble a final blog post of the year. And what could be more fitting than a summary of my best pens of the year! Upon updating my pen list a few days ago, I have realised that 2/3 of my pens have been acquired this year. That is to say, my pen population had seen an increase of about 200% in 2012, as compared to 2011! That is quite an epic number considering I am a fountain pen amateur. Alright, perhaps only amateurs like me buy every pen they see, without considering too much (I want that pen, I just want it). But this is likely a good start for such a hobby, no? I have not hit the 100s for my pen count yet, but already it is not an easy decision to only choose 10 from my entire posse. So, as the list goes on, it’s good to know that I picked these pens based on a variety of justifications: design, feel, nib, and price. The list is also made in no order of preference. I don’t […]
For those of you who had gone through your adolescent years in Singapore, you are highly likely to have come across one of these markers before: Don’t they look lovely in the myriad of colours? I first started using these during my secondary school days (2001-2004) and they were incredibly popular in a convent school where the girls loved to decorate their notes, write postcards to each other, or simply using them for notation or highlighting purposes. The reason was because these pens are double-ended, which meant that I can use one end (0.5mm thickness) for normal writing, and the other end (1.2mm thickness) for colouring, marking, highlighting or decorating. The line thickness varies among pens, and also depends on the amount of usage you put on the pen. For the 0.5mm side, they are pretty consistent. However I observed that for pens that are more frequently used, if you have a heavy touch like me, the thickness of the 1.2mm side tends to increase over time, less for some pens and more for others. Looking at the sample writing, you can probably guess which ones are my favourites that have been used more frequently, judging from the […]
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