Journals, Notebooks and Pens

In my teenage years I occasional kept a diary and loved to use an cheap plastic fountain pen.  My handwriting has never been good so I had to write very slow and carefully to get anything down.   I am by nature a poor speller and and grammar is not perfect by any means, as any longterm reader of this blog will know.

Since then my note taking has gone electronic but I still occasionally bought the odd fountain pen until ten years ago I bought a very expensive (well for me) Cross Century, and I found using it for notes occasional at work slowed me down, helped me think and definitely having to concentrate improved my hand writing.

Well last March with our local family stationary shop closing down I treated myself to a nice all metal Waterman Hemisphere fountain pen.  Its a bit more rugged then my Cross and more suitable for work.  At the same time I went switched back from using an electronic diary and journal to a paper one.  Since then I have really gotten bitten by the bug of using nice pens, good quality paper and trying out new inks.  I now find myself ‘borrowing’ Caroline’s Pelikan M800 and have treated myself to a nice TWSBI VAC700R with an italic nib.

So down the rabbit hole of the fountain pen world I find myself sinking, and planning my next purchase.

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