Fountain Pen

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alt text Right to left: Cross ATX, Namisu Orion, Karas Kustoms Ink, Pilot Metropolitan, Nemosine Fission, Nemosine Neutrino, Nemosine Singularity, Hero 616, Noodler’s Charlie, Lamy Al-Star Pacific, Parker Quink, Noodler’s Heart of Darkness, and a ton of “teal” ink samples.

During my grade school in Vietnam, I was forced to use Hero pens to learn to write. The idea is to force us to write a certain way, hopefully, more legible and beautiful. I remember the pens always create a mess. As a child, it’s hard to “remember” to maintenance or keep these pens a certain way. But we learned to do it. Once we get to middle school, we were moved to ballpoint pens. I blame this period of time for my handwriting. Often, it’s pre-digital age. The number of notes you can take during a class period determine your success as a student. Once moving to the US, I’ve adopted pencils as classroom are more worksheets oriented.

Recently, I’ve triggered by my friend, Adwait Dongare, to get back into pens with the Pilot Metro. Before the metro, I’ve always carried the Cross, Karas Kustoms and Namisu. However, I don’t use them in everyday writing. Even throughout college, I would instead use pencils over pens. Funny thing is most professor doesn’t like this. One of the reason is students would change their answers after grading and resubmit to blame it on “human error.” Most of them come up with the policy of no regrade altogether or just no regrade if students use a pencil. That was fine for me. I am quite particular with pencils. I will talk about this in another post. The Pilot Metro reminds me how much fun the fountain pen is to write. I blame this on the tactile feedback that it gives. Also, I get to use my favorite ink color, Teal.

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