Pen Snobbery!

In addition to all the technical work I do on a daily basis, I also have a penchant for pens it seems.  I was reading an article on Lifehacker on what tools the editors and writers use on a daily basis.  A number of them mentioned they had bought pens from Jetpens.  I didn’t think at the time anyone besides me could find office supplies, much less pens to be cool or interesting.

I had no idea of the wonderful world that existed on the internet for the love of pens, stationary, and office supplies in general.  Soon I found the Pen Addict, and associated podcast.  Before I knew it I had placed my first order from Jetpens!

First off I ordered a set of Pilot Hi-Tec-C gel pens.  They are .3 mm, so they have a super extra fine point.  I’ve found on normal office paper that they tend to be a little scratchy, but I love having multiple colors to make important items in my notes stand out.  I also got my first fountain pen, a Platinum Preppy fine nib.  And for some paper, the Field Notes “Blooded” notebook set.  The graph paper style is nice, but they are a little smaller than I thought, so I probably wouldn’t order Field Notes again.

For my second order I got a Pencil Case, a mechanical pencil, and some erasers.  For the case, I went with the Lihit lab Teffa in orange.  This case can store a ton of pens, pencils, erasers, and on my trip to my mother-in-laws my Nintendo DSi XL!  The Uniball Alpha Gel .5mm was the pencil I went with.  Its what they call a “shaka”, because you can shake it to make the lead deploy.  I would have gotten the Kuru Toga Roulette with its automatically rotating lead, but I was unsure how I would like the grip.  Maybe another time.  And for the erasers, I got two Boxy erasers.  They work really well, and have a hilarious slogan.  “The basic concept of Boxy always aims at a simple lifestyle.”  Yeah, Japanese English packaging always leaves me nonplussed, too.

So without even knowing it, it turns out I am a Pen Snob!

3 Comments on "Pen Snobbery!"

  1. Robyn Brown says:

    I found this post by way of the Pen Addict and I can so totally relate. I’ve always been a pen freak (and stationery freak) and my friends and family thought it was just a weirdness then I, like you, found those on the internet and realize there are many of us :) I’m not alone. LOL!! As for JetPens well I am a total addict. I’ve bought so much from them I might have to start having my paychecks direct deposited in an account to shop from.

  2. Momof2 says:

    Welcome to the club! Watch the wallet! :)

  3. Jen says:

    Don’t worry, you’re not the only pen snob. Wait until someone introduces you to fountain pens. It’s all downhill from there;)