I’ve recently become a fan of fountain pens.
I like the way they look. I like the way they feel. I like the way they write.
I find the writing looks more interesting with the fountain pen than with a regular bic or whatever. Plus, it’s just fun to use. It’s interesting and different and smooth and it make writing fun.
I used to think fountain pens were expensive, but they don’t have to be. The one I’m using now cost $25.00. Yeah, a lot for a pen when you consider you can get a 60 pack of bics (that’s right, SIXTY) for $7.00. But here’s the thing: I’m not going to lose my fountain pen. I like it. It isn’t immediately replaceable and I did spend $25.00 on it so I don’t want to have to buy it again. I’m better at keeping track of it. Since I’m not going to lose it that pen is going to last me for a very long time.
I’ve noticed lately that I really put a premium on things that are designed well and that work very well. My chefs knife is another example of this.
I love my chefs knife. I love it. I have so much fun using it. It’s kind of heavy (which I like) and extremely well balanced and it’s criminally sharp. It cuts through just about everything so easily. The first time I used it I began to understand why some people might enjoy chopping stuff up for dinner. It’s fun. A crappy, dull knife is not fun to use. A really sharp, well made chef’s knife is a pleasure to use. I look for excuses to use my chef’s knife.
Now I’m looking for excuses to use my fountain pen as well.