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Letter of Recommendation: Uni-ball Signo UM-151

I had the pleasure of talking with Tom Vanderbilt for his latest piece in The New York Times Magazine, titled "Letter of Recommendation: Uni-ball Signo UM-151". The UM-151, or DX as it is often called, is one of the great gel ink pens, and unfortunately, is not available in the US outside of importers. Thanks Tom for allowing me to be part of this piece!

(P.S. If anyone has a physical copy of this let me know. I hear there is a sidebar of my Top 5 Pens and I'd love to see a scan of it.)

Posted on May 25, 2015 and filed under Signo DX, Uni-Ball.

Cult Pens

My thanks to Cult Pens for sponsoring The Pen Addict this week. Be sure to check out their latest in-house design, the cult pencil, and all of the wonderful stationery items they stock and ship around the world.

Posted on May 22, 2015 .

The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode 155 - Sealed and Labeled for Archiving

I called in sick on Monday but fought through my cold to get today's episode in. Good thing too, because we had lots to talk about. We got a resolution to the Marriott pen saga, a picture of Tom Cruise's pen, and fawned over Disney Princess Uni-ball Kuru Toga's. That's right. Don't judge!

We also scratched the surface on custom nibs and announced the Kickstarter backer pen giveaway winners.

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Posted on May 22, 2015 and filed under Podcast.

Ode to a Parker Duofold

Image via Wikipedia

Image via Wikipedia

(This is a guest poem by Jon Bemis. You can find Jon on Twitter @jtower42.)

(I am no poet and I do not claim to be. I am sure that to real poets or students of poetry, there are innumerable issues with the form and content of this post. But the first time I ever wrote with my first Parker Duofold (I now have three) I was overwhelmed with how cool it felt to be using this nearly hundred-year-old pen and with how well it wrote. I wanted to write about it, but somehow my normal prose didn’t fit the feeling. In the truest sense, I was inspired to write this little poem because I couldn’t figure out any other way to talk about it. I hope you enjoy.)

O to glory in something both ancient and beautiful;
To take in hand a tool wrought by craftsmen long dead, 
Polished by hands long returned to dust!
What joy is this to shake the pall of neglect
From a thing, and put it to simple use?
Seems right with the broad world to put
To its proper purpose, to fulfill its humble aim.

Orange and black as a tiger lily, with a nib of gold,
Worn by the use and disuse of four score years,
Restored by loving hands.
A common pen, for nothing more than 
Laying ink upon paper.
As if time had but skipped from then 'til now,
A line flows forth with perfect dark wetness.

Long since passed by her modern sisters
Made en masse, better but worse.
A genocide at the tip of a ball-point.
Which sad day did the drawer close,
Casting darkness and neglect in equal measure?
When did the march of progress double-quick
Past this grizzled veteran?

Once sold as chattel to the highest bidder,
Now cherished as tool and symbol
Stringing letters into words.
What great hero or mean man 
Marked his days with this pen?
Shall something good and noble now
Flow from it into a transformed world?

Posted on May 21, 2015 and filed under Guest Post, Parker.