I get pens in the mail just about every day. Despite the fact that it works out about twenty a week, each pen is still as exciting to unwrap as the first one I ever bought. There often is a fly in the ointment, though, and it centres around that word “unwrap”.
There are, it seems to me, three kinds of packers. There are those who use good materials to wrap a pen securely and still leave it easy to unwrap at the other end. They are very, very rare. Then there are the ones who throw the precious pen that I spent £50 on in an ordinary envelope and let it take its chances. Not even a padded bag – an ordinary envelope! They are all too common. Last, there’s the third kind. He knows you have to protect the pen but he doesn’t have any postal tubes or cardboard boxes, so he takes whatever may be to hand, in the knowledge that an abundance of bubble wrap and parcel tape will make up for any other shortcomings. I hate this one SO BAAAAD!!
This morning I got a splendid Macniven & Cameron Waverley (of which more another day). First, it had been wrapped in six layers of bubble wrap, secured by half a pound of parcel tape. This mess was placed in a small plastic tupperware-style box, and that was wrapped with many layers of that white-and-red “Fragile” tape which is made of the toughest substance in the known universe.
I broke a nail on it. I repair twenty pens a week and I never break a nail. Never.
No fate is too horrible for people who pack a pen in this way.