I have been on an ink kick for quite a while now. I am in love with my fountain pens. They require minimal maintenance, have more color choices than the paint store, and require zero pressure to write. I am the first to admit this has turned me into a paper snob. I love ink resistant pages because they make the inks shimmer even when dry. I learned everything I know about care, use, and selection of Ink, paper, and pen from Goulet Pens (videos here) as well as The Fountain Pen Network, Pen, Paper, Ink, Letter, and videos by SBRE Brown and Azizah and Matt at The Pen Habit.
These resources have changed my strict typing regiment for writing and correspondence, into a love of the written word again.
I will admit, my handwriting is some of the worst that I have ever seen. Somehow the slower writing of the fountain pen and more deliberate movements have turned my horrid scrawl of squiggles, into something that passes for legible.
One side effect of this has been the more deliberate composure of my thoughts on the page. I have to slow down and think about what I am writing instead of blasting through it as fast as my fingers will let me. The other great side effect is the amazing colors I have at my disposal.
Later I will talk about my favorite pen, my favorite ink, and my favorite notebook. But for now I thought it would be fun to put up some shots of my favorite inks and pens in my collection. I have not made the jump to Gold nib pens yet but I will soon and let you know how I feel about it. They are much more expensive, but that means my choice of pen has to be much more deliberate as well.
I also have collected a few great and a few decent pens along the way.
Every pen, even by the same manufacturer has a new set of highs and lows.
I have managed to get every pen from Goulet pens and love their customer service better than any other company I have dealt with in a long time.
I hope you find something interesting in it as I delve into my hobbies and share my passions.