Friday, March 20, 2009

Fountain Pens

Given the choice, I generally choose typing over handwriting. That's more an issue of efficiency (91 WPM, bitches!) than anything else.

But I recognize that there's something nice about writing something out by hand. Especially if I'm writing in cursive instead of my regular half-print half-cursive chicken scratch. And crossing things out in pen is so much more satisfying than hitting the delete key.

The key to maximizing the awesomeness of handwriting things is a fancy pen. Specifically a fountain pen. Nothing is more satisfying than writing things out by hand and then crossing them out with a fountain pen. I like to write things of dubious quality with a fountain pen and feel pretentious.

I'd like to note that cheap fountain pens suck. If you've ruled out using a fountain pen because you spent $4 on one at Staples and wasn't happy, you need to give them a second chance. You'll need to spend a bit of money, but quality fountain pens last a lifetime. Plus, fountain pens in the sale section are generally much much cheaper (and who cares if it's a little ugly).

I recommend Cross pens. They're great, you can generally find them for reasonable prices if you look for sales, and you can get 20% off already-reduced items on their site if you shop in the next four days.

Note: I like fancy pens, but I hate fancy notebooks and journals. I'm a regular paper kind of gal. I find fancy paper too intimidating, and I need to be able to rip pages out without feeling guilty. Also, it's paper. Get over yourself.

Cross Fountain Pens at Amazon

Cross Sale Section (extra 20% off until 3/24/09)


  1. Come with me to Flex next weekend. It is the land of pen and stationary glee.

  2. That should be FLAX, not FLEX. Bad meaplet.

  3. Fountain pens are first and best pens one can have in starting days of education period.I like this review as it has taken me back in my past memories of childhood.
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