Friday Favorites 1/31/2014
It started with a $7.99 Parker Vector fountain pen. After years of super-fine point Pentel mechanical pencils for technical work and a variety of ball points and gel-pens for serious writing, I joined the inky fingers set. To me, nothing feels quite like writing with a fountain pen, so I’m willing to put up with their disadvantages, including:
- Leaking in pockets, particularly at high altitude on airplanes
- Getting ink all over your finger when filling them or even just writing
- Inadvertently smudging still-wet ink with your hand on important documents
- Running out of ink with no supply nearby
- Dealing with bottled ink, a spill waiting-to-happen for me
- The trauma of losing a pen to which you have an unnatural attachment
Then, there’s Cost Escalation Syndrome, a disease of which I fortunately have only a mild case. You see, once you’ve fallen in love with that $7.99 Vector, it is likely you’ll want another. And then, that $29.99 Lapis Blue Waterman catches your eye. A flashy Tortoise Shell Levinger number whispers to you from one of the catalogs that seem to appear magically once you’ve bought your first fountain pen. Only $79.99. Oh, yeah, did you know your sweet little Parker Vector had a sexy Sterling silver sister that could be yours for a mere $300? And there is no law against polygamy when it comes to fountain pens … it’s encouraged. And before you know it, you’re a collector. Fortunately, my tastes have never gone astronomical but I own a few of my Parker’s equally expensive cousins. Why are they female you ask? Well, I am heterosexual, so if I’m going to be in love, it’s gotta be that way. No, we won’t talk about the Freudian implication of the shape of a fountain pen. If you have A LOT of money … or don’t mind putting yourself in debt for love … fountain pens can cost tens of thousands of dollars. This OMAS One Small Step Limited Edition goes for $47,000.
So, today’s Friday Favorite is my favorite fountain pen. I’m a man of substance, so I know beauty only runs skin deep. Function and utility are important, too, which is why my Parker Vector travels with me in my messenger bag. I love my Carbonesque Blue Pilot Vanishing Point Pen because the maker has managed to produce a true fountain pen that works like a clicker ballpoint. Not as pretty as some of the other girls but certainly more pocket friendly.
My newest acquisition, a black Waterford Killbary Edge is good-looking and heavy-in-the-hand … perfect for those SERIOUS writing tasks.
But my favorite is the beautiful and smooth-writing Pelikan Souveran that Muri gave me several years ago for Valentines Day. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with being functional AND incredibly beautiful, is there?
Have a great weekend.