Thursday, February 20, 2014
Obsessive Stationery Disorder: Taking the Plunge (i.e. I want a fountain pen!)
Fountain pen possibilities, as anyone into them knows, are essentially endless. The moment I found out that people mix their own ink cocktails, I knew I had to stay away. I don't buy things because they aren't perfect. Fountain pens mean perfection is continuosly possible even as I change over the years.
Yeah, that's not good for my sanity.
But with the Kyoto stationery haul, I now have a load of kick ass paper. I want a kick ass pen to match. I've found my excuse and I can't turn back.
With all the options and me being the analytical person I am, I've started gathering information. Japan being Japan, there are magazines on the topic and I picked up an earlier edition of a mainly fountain pen magazine my mother previously sent me. This one has interviews of fountain pen users as well as a simple beginner's Q&A.
Planning on asking around the net as well. And I need to make a simple Japanese pen glossary for different parts of the pen and such.
As for shops, turns out there's a small, but awesome fountain pen shop in Hama, so now I want to go try out some pens with Samancha who expressed interest in getting a fountain pen as well.
Down the rabbit hole to Fountain Pen Wonderland. I may never come back...