Reviving Old Pens in Your Collection
- Remember that sometimes a pen that hasn't been used in a year, or two, or more can feel like a brand new pen to you once you've inked it up again! Just go digging.
- Consider getting a new nib for an old pen, especially if a bum nib is what's stopping you from getting your pen out. Or, sometimes you may like a pen, but over time your preferences for nibs sizes may have changed and a new nib may just give a pen some new life. You can always keep your old nib and have some flexibility for the future. Even if your local pen shop doesn't carry spare nibs regularly, often times you can special order them.
- Swap pens with a friend. If you haven't used a pen in a while, but you're not sure you're ready to let go out of it completely, consider swapping a pen or two with a friend so you both get to try something 'new,' to see how you like it.
- Especially if it's a lower-value pen, "lend" a pen to someone you know who's not writing with fountain pens - it's a good way for someone to try a pen with no pressure, since they don't have to pick a pen out of maybe dozens in a shop or online. Be very, very aware that no matter how many suggestions or warnings or instructions you may give, that you may not be getting your pen back exactly the way you had it, or maybe not at all. For me, this is okay, because I have so many other pens, anyways!
- Find a purpose for it, like your gratitude journal, or making notes at a specific location, giving you an opportunity to really use it.
- Try a new ink sample that you would ordinarily never pick, and put it in your pen. Sometimes an unexpected match may surprise you with how well it works out.
In other news, Caleb and I have been going for more walks in the halls of the building with this cold weather, since he is apparently not a mitten or glove kind of a kid, and his hands are always freezing at the park. We've been meeting some of our neighbours including one very friendly Labradoodle, and a cat. I've been trying to convince Jon we need a cat, since Super is too big to really curl up in your lap, although not for lack of trying.
Caleb enjoys things like pushing buttons, and there's a very, very slow elevator that goes between two floors, and that is just the bees knees for a one year old. The dumbest thing of all is that the the only button low enough for Caleb to reach on his own is the call-for-help button, so I'm constantly swatting away curious fingers.
There's also a crazy freight elevator that we haven't tried yet - it's the kind where you have to physically open the doors vertically yourself, and hold the button to keep the elevator moving up or down. It's just a wire grate between you and the walls, so best keep your arms and fingers in for the ride.
We've got some exciting things coming up including some new pens from Waterman and Platinum, and we've got the Pearlettes from Edison's production line, all already in the shop, heading online soon. I've already got a Pearlette (guess which one) in my pen roll, so look forward to a review of that coming soon.
But most exciting of all, we've got a big shipment of stuff from Life Japanese Stationery. It's no secret that Life makes some of my favourite stuff including their Noble Note line, and their L-Brand Writing Paper. We've restocked all the good stuff, and we've got a few new things coming in that I can't wait to get my inky pens on.
We're also thinking of making some changes to the format of the blog and our newsletter! Stay tuned. We are not exactly techno-folk here, but I'm now running El Capitan on my Macbook, so there's nothing I can't do.*
*...that is a joke, because El Capitan has done nothing but slow down my wifi, which is why I now write my blog posts while eating ice cream directly out of the tub.