The Blog

I’ve come to a point in this blog where I have to consider where to go with it. I’ve done a lot of repetitive posts recently – seven or eight about the Kingswood for instance. I don’t mind writing more than once about the same pen if there’s something new to say but otherwise it becomes tedious.

It’s been almost 9 years of pen blogging and a lot of pens have passed over my bench – just over 3100 since I started keeping a record, and several hundreds before that. There are other pens out there that I have yet to write about but I don’t always find those rarities. Because they’re rare (tautology).

I’m not going to continue to repeat myself because it spoils the blog so I won’t be writing so often. If that leaves you feeling a little deprived, I’m the same because I love to write. I will still make discursive posts when a subject comes to mind and if you come across something unusual and would like to send me photos I’ll be delighted to write about that. Whenever something different or unusual comes along, I will write about that, of course.

So that’s where we are.

2 thoughts on “The Blog

  1. Dear Deb,

    I was/am relieved that in spite of this post you do not seem to slow down. I wanted to let you know that all of your posts are worth reading, whether or not they are repetitive. Certain pens deserve repetitive praise (or warnings).

    My interest in vintage pens is just a few years old, and I doubt whether this is of any interest, but just in case, here is a question.

    A significant portion of the vintage pens that I have found do not have “classic round” tips but stub, oblique and (rarely) cursive nibs. (I can send pictures to illustrate the point if you wish). Contemporary pens rarely have anything else than rounded tips. I have been trying hard to improve my handwriting, including with stub(bish) tipped pens, some of which are soft/flexible; compared to pens with round tips they are much harder to use. (It’s not just me, I have let several friends try them and they come to the same conclusion.)

    Question: is it correct that “rounded” tips became dominant when the ballpoint tsunami turned the world of handwriting upside down? I myself went to grade school in the sixties. We were required to use dip pens during our first year, but after that we switched to fountain pens and I can not remember that these pens had anything else than a rounded tip. I wonder whether previous generations were used to nibs with different tipping, and indeed whether stub/oblique tipping was common for school pens before WWII. I have been trying to found schoolbooks from before the war, unfortunately with little succes.

    Deb, I do not say this often enough but I wanted to thank you again for keeping up the blog. I stumbled upon it three years ago, have read every post, and have never been disappointed in any of them.

    Kind regards,



    1. Hi Hans,

      You are very kind. Don’t worry, as long as I can find fresh material the blog will continue and people have been very kind in putting forward suggestions and examples. In fact, the blog will last as long as I am able to maintain it. Yours is a very good example and I will try to work something up on the subject.

      My husband’s school experience was very similar to yours.

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