Monday, November 24, 2014

Fountain Pens

I have always loved writing and writing instruments. For a good long while I was enamored of Fountain Pens and searched them out in the new and used market, pen stores and swap meets. I fell in love with old Parker Vacumatics and the 51, had a new Duofold, a Montblanc and many others.

Most were drippy and finicky and pretentious. Those aren't character traits I want to associate myself with. I'm much more a functional, easy and useful kind of person and I want my life and objects to reflect those characteristics.

After decades of misadventures and ink leaks in my breast pocket I have now succumbed to the simple elegance of the pencil.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blackwing 602 Revival

If the world needs a Hipster pencil, this is it - the Blackwing 602.

It was a wonderful pencil that had a lot of acolytes extolling its virtues in its day.
It has a nice replaceable rectangular eraser, feels nice in the hand and is wonderful to write with.

The manufacurer, Eberhard Faber, was acquired by Faber-Castell and the pencil's production was ceased in the 90s. The Palomino Blackwing line was started anew in 2011 and now we have three beauties to choose from;

The Blackwing - very black and soft, a great art pencil,
The Blackwing 602 which is a great writing pencil with a sumptuous dark and soft lead,
The Blackwing Pearl which is in between the two.

The Palomino Blackwings cost about $20.00 a dozen. You will find them in fine art stores or online.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Another beauty

The Staedtler norica.
This pencil is just a very satisfying beauty.
Maybe I just like all pencils but this one is a real delight. I picked up a pack of two dozen for about $8 at Staples. What a deal.

Very pretty. Writes nicely with a firm but dark lead. Keeps a sharp point for quite a while while feeling very smooth.