This is just a quick check-in round to cover an assortment of subjects.
When I saw this pen in my auction trawling, the seller piqued my curiosity with promises that this would be a mysterious pen. Is this pen some avatar of Eastern mysticism? While this pen did not conjure any actual dragons (yet), it’s been quite a treat so far. It’s actually a rather challenging pen to photograph because my… More Jinhao 1200: Enter the Dragon!
As soon as I saw this handsome pen available for only two bucks, I had to pull the trigger and see what it was all about. I mean, sure it looked good online in a photograph. But would it hold up to closer scrutiny? And could it write worth a damn? There was only one… More Baoer 388: Simple, svelte, and only two bucks
I’ve been a fountain pen user for about five years now. The number of pens I had was actually pretty small, and the few times I’d dabbled with “cheap” pens it ended with disappointment. Actually, the first time I dabbled with an expensive pen (the Namiki Falcon) was bitterly disappointing. But then I read a… More The Jinhao X750: The pen that started it all
I had a pretty interesting childhood. My mother was from a very frugal working class family. Her’s was a big family with lots of brothers and sisters. Her father was a blue collar worker, and her mother stayed at home to raise the kids. I remember my grandfather on that side of the family being… More Enter the Geezer
I’ve enjoyed using fountain pens for a number of years. This probably tickles the same part of my brain that appreciates typewriters and Victrolas. This is a really elegant writing instrument that never should have been allowed to fade back into obscurity and the hobbies of overpaid eccentrics. If you’re curious about fountain pens, you… More Fountain Pens for Cheap Bastards
During this calm before our family Christmas storm, I thought I’d drop a fresh State of the Nerd report. This one was going to be all over the map, as I’ve been very busy with a lot of things. But it became clear as I was writing it that it would be too long even if I… More Reading & Writing Updates