I have used fountain pens all my life. And when, unconsciously, you pick up your pen every time you want to write something, you end up being less finicky about complements like ink or paper. You do grow deep-rooted likes and dislikes, in your subconscious you may even grow antipathies
India-made pens. They fascinate me, for they are my reigning passion, the one end that justifies all means. I have spent so many decades of my life in their search – seeking them out, collecting them, getting the old dilapidated ones restored, compiling their stories, learning about their legacies, and
There are many interesting fountain pens that may not have been the movers and shakers of the industry, but had made contributions worth recognising in the annals of fountain pen development. As a matter of fact, most of them come replete with histories that make fascinating reading, just as their
Croxley Pens from Dickinson – as pucca as a sahib can be, stiff upper lip, understated elegance et all. British fountainpens do not, in general, stir the kind of excitement in stylophiles that German, Italian or even Japanese pens do. A pity, actually, considering the glorious legacy that British pens
The nib, they say, maketh the pen, just like character maketh the man! Yes, we are talking of the shiny metal jutting out from the frontal end of the pen barrel which sucks the ink from the innards of the pen and through capillary action, deposits it on the paper.
Conklin Duraflex where the twain meets Mark Twain Conklin, to me, is synonymous with three things – a writing legacy that is now more than a hundred and twenty years old; the credit of creating the first self-filling fountain pen; and off-course, the legendary author Mark Twain, who endorsed the
Soennecken – once upon a time, long, long ago… Friedrich Nietzsche – German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist, and a Latin and Greek scholar of extraordinary sharp mind and a fathomless knowledge pool. The profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history that his work has exerted needs no elaboration. Naturally, when Nietzsche put on