Rants about my Boring, Disorganized Life... and my addiction to Stationery and Fiber!
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
How Many Pens Does One Person Need?
I think the answer to that question is “infinite.” My family has asked me that question a million times in my life. I’m not sure what the real answer is, but I’m sure I haven’t hit it yet. I have so many pens. Ball point, roller ball, fountain, felt tip, needle point, bullet tip, gel, permanent, erasable… there are so many varieties. I have an addiction. My daughter tried to restrain me from picking up a pack of Sharpies in OfficeMax this weekend. I’ll get on a kick where I go crazy buying a particular type or color. I went thru a phase of permanent fine tips. Or gel rollerballs. Or ultra fine points. Or rainbow colored packs. I’ve learned that I’m better off buying pens a la carte so that I’m not stuck with colors I won’t use. Like the pale colors of my Pilot Juice 0.38 pens, which are fairly useless. I have the Staedtler Fineliners, the rollerballs and the ball points. Now that I’m into fountain pens, I’m collecting every color of Metropolitan Retro Pop pens and a vast assortment of fountain pen inks. I have a half dozen Platinum Preppy pens in different nibs and ink colors.
But how many pens can you use? I think I have to put in a concerted effort during my days and evenings to write so that I can get some use out of as many as possible. Sometimes I like super fine point ballpoint or rollerball so I can write small and tidy. Other times I like the fluidity of my Noodler’s Ahab Flex nib which gives my writing more character. Sometimes I like to write in a lot of different colors on a page and other times I like to fill the paper with the same color ink.
I wish I was a person who had one favorite pen and used that exclusively. But I have too many favorites. For a few years I only used Zebra Z-Flight Grip ball point pens in Medium Blue. Now I’m trying to cull down my writing utensils to one small case … It has 3 multi-point (14 inks total), my Noodler’s Ahab, PITT artists pen S, Hi-Tec-C Maica, a Blackwing 602, 2 Hi-Tec-C slim knocks, a Hi-Tec-C 0.25, 2 mechanical pencils, and a mechanical eraser stick. A Highlighter, triangle, ruler, stencil, fancy paperclips, and some washi tape round out the kit. I’m gonna try to stick to this assortment for a while to see if I can actually use up and wear them out. I do use my other pens when I’m at home updating my planner though.