Fountain pens and Photoshop

fountain pensI loves me a good fountain pen! I never truly appreciated the difference in fountain pens until I splurged at Christmas and bought a ¬£40 Cross pen. It has a lovely weight in the hand, a sleek, timeless shape and finish, and is pure bliss to put to paper. I’ve got over the ‘I must only use it for special stuff’ stigma and use it like it wants to be used – for everything! Perhaps the only point in me covering my adoration for this luxury pen is that it is a bolster for ‘you get what you pay for.’ The three pens in the photo are my testament to that adage. My advice it to buy a good pen, not the most expensive, but a mid-range at least, and then beat any person to bits if they steal it. Some fine writing instruments are worth jail time.

I’m in Photoshop blitz-o-rama mode this weekend for a project that came in like a sudden wind. So my weekend is filled with work, but that’s fine with me. There isn’t a day I’m not on one of my computers anyway… Plus, I love a challenge! Yay!

Back to geekin’!

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6 thoughts on “Fountain pens and Photoshop”

  1. Now you’re talking.

    I generally only write in fountain pen, and, at that a Calligraphy pen.

    I’ve owned Watermans, Scheaffers and all manner of others – I just want a Mont Blanc!

    Funny enough Jen, I love different coloured ink – I looked for two weeks to purchase South Pacific Blue (gorgeous), Brown and Red. My letters look great now – sometimes I even mix the colours and get a great washed feel.

    Are you into different coloured ink? You’ll be hooked if not and you try it for the first time… try south pacific blue….

  2. Oh my Paul- you are a pen geek! 😀

    I typically stick to blue or black, though I’ve been tempted by the variety pack of cartridges for my cheaper pens.
    I’ve yet to truly master the techniques of drawing ink into the refillables, but I just manage it.

  3. The way to do it Jen is to take out the refill and not draw it into the nib – and keep plenty of tissue paper around so you can clean the end of the refill before inserting it back into the pen.

    …and with my nice pens I draw luke warm water through the nib every month or so, so as to avoid clogging.

    As for drawing ink into the cartridges – just simply ask for an ink converter at any shop – WHSmiths are usually the best. The converters are dead cheap at typically a fiver or so.

    At last, I feel authorative. I often feel so out of it with all the geek speak I usually don’t understand, but, give me a nice fountain pen and I’m away.

  4. Thanks for the tips Paul! See, being a geek is so much more than bytes and code ‚Äö?Ñ?Ƭ¨‚Ćit can be about anything that a person is passionately knowledgeable about. 🙂

  5. Hey Jen,

    Ahh the saga of trying to find good pens. I could rant for hours on modern pens running out in no time. Pure bliss has arrived for me with discontinued Rotring drafting pens, that are *gasp* refillable without having to buy any new hardware, just put more ink into the internal reservoir. *bliss*

    I used to have some very old fountain pens that has a soft rubber bladder inside them, you’d dip the nib, squeeze all the air out of the bladder, and let go, and as the rubber returned to its shape, it drew ink in through the nib.


  6. Hi Matt!

    Rotrings are really nice! When I was at art school learning technical drawing they were the pen of choice. I’m sure I still have them in a box in the US somewhere… (going back for a visit soon ‚Äö?Ñ?Æ I shall have to look for them!)

    The bladder idea is great! Much better than the crappy plunger thing that I try to deal with… 🙂

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