I do use my finger a lot. And I type a lot. And I have been trying dictation lately. Too soon to say if that will be a ’keeper’. Next up will be an Apple Pen.
If you like ballpoint pens, or use them daily, you may not be able to relate to this next part.
That's right I love fountain pens. For twenty-five years I carried one every day. Even during periods when I was into graphite there was a fountain pen in my shirt pocket.
During that period I acquired a Mont Blanc. The fat one. I really liked that pen, but it was high maintenance. Under-filling or over-filling the pen had consequences. No ink or **plenty** of ink. The specialty shop couldn't find anything wrong. Pilot error was the verdict.
Next was a classic Pelican. I think it cost more than the Mont Blanc, which I had received as a gift. No complaints about the Pelican. But I always thought of it like it was the good china - special occasions. Silly.
Of course, I got the Levenger catalog monthly, and kept up with developments in the fountain pen scene.
That's where I discovered the Namiki Vanishing Point pens. I’m on my third one. I lost the first one. That is so unlike me, that it is more likely that it was stolen. So I bought another one. Eventually I ’needed’ another one for red ink. This is my favorite pen. You click the pen to deploy the fountain pen tip - just like a roller ball - and it writes like a dream.
Here’s one on Amazon.
Pilot Pens bought Namiki and raised the price $40. Still worth every penny.
So what's with the loathing of ball point pens?
I may be a snob, but don’t you care what your writing looks like?
- Parker - silver barrel fountain pen
- Mont Blanc - the fat one
- Pelican - the 'good china'
- Namiki #1 - Vanishing Point with patterned gray barrel
- Namiki #2 - Vanishing Point with green barrel for red ink
- Waterman - very nice pen, but couldn't compete with Namiki
- Waterman - a special series silver pen with a fatal flaw, the cap screws on
- Parker - 'woman's' pen inherited from my wife's family, really good looking, but fine point with screw cap
- Huber - nurse's pen worn on a chain, cool antique
- No brand - a 3" novelty 'pen knife' hidden in barrel of crappy ball point
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