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!