So I got an award! I was No 48 in the list of 75, I believe. It gives a person cause for reflection so here’s why I write this blog.
When I started trying to research British pens online there was very little there. The late Jonathan Donahaye’s wonderful Conway Stewart site was a tremendous resource but that’s about all there was. The Americans were miles ahead with very good sites on Parker, Sheaffer and Wahl Eversharp. There were a good many specialist sites and blogs that have lots of other information on American pens.
With absolutely no expertise at all, I began writing about the various pens that came across my bench. I might not know all their history or how they related to other pens but I could describe them and give my opinion of them. My intention was that anyone who had an old pen that they had never seen before would have a place where they might find a little information about it. In time, I learned a little more and my blog entries contained more information. I have written about some brands and even some models several times as my own knowledge grew.
As the years went by, other British specialist sites began to appear, Burnham, Langs and Mabie Todd among them. That meant I could do other things – discuss pen books, illustrate repairs, list basic repair tools and write general articles about the current state of pendom.
I started to look at more modern pens too, though most had to be at the cheaper end. I found some good and some very good pens that way.
Occasionally, and I try to keep it very occasionally, I let my more controversial side have its way and rant about this or that. It gets it off my chest.
One of the main reasons for the blog is that I simply love pens and I love to write, in both senses of that word. Everything you see here is prepared longhand using whichever is the pen of the day. I love the act of laying ink on paper and getting used to a pen I haven’t tried before. In the other sense, I love the linguistic process of putting an article together. In that sense, I have always written. I have to write.