Category: Good Reads

Not sure what ink will be next in your fountain pen ink collection?

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Maybe we should send him a real pen?

Justin Peters, professional blogger for Slate’s Crime blog, writes out his blog posts long hand in his Moleskin notebook before ever typing them out online.

Read Justin’s post here

Sometimes writing something out longhand is a great way to slow down and think about what you want to say.  In a world of instant communications, that type of reflection and concentration can definitely be a good thing.

I’ll make a deal with Justin.  If he reads this post, gets in touch with me and gives us a shout out, I’ll ship him a handcrafted pen free of charge to replace that cheap disposable pen pictured in his post assuming that is acceptable to Slate. Ballpoint, Rollerball, or Fountain Pen at his choice,

Is Cursive Writing Dead?

An interesting read over at Live Science about a recent event in the George Zimmerman trial where a witness on the stand was unable to read cursive writing.  It spurs the debate over the teaching, or lack of teaching cursive in many schools.

My boys who are now 9 and 11 learned cursive at a very young age.  My oldest started learning through his preschool and kindergarten years because his learning curriculum had the belief that it was easier for a child to form rounded letters as the base for his handwriting than straight lines and angles.  In fact at about age 5, he had better hand writing in both cursive and print than I did at the time (I’ve been practicing).

At the most simplistic way of looking at it, without cursive, how can you have a signature?  If you can’t read cursive, how can you read a hand written documents encompassing anything from our country’s Declaration of Independence to a simple letter from grandma?

Have a look at the Live Science article here and share your thoughts.


A day learning in the shop

Spent a good day down in fellow turner Jonathon Brooks’ workshop learning some new techniques. One of Jonathon’s designs has been the mini fountain pen. This fun little pen is very compact when capped but when posted becomes a full sized comfortable pen. It was a great project to learn with as it touches on many design challenges in a compact form.

This mini fountain pen was created using minimal commercially available products.  The clip was salvaged from another pen design and the nib and feed are one of our standard Heritance upgrade nibs.  The rest was turned, threaded, and drilled from a 3/4″ square stick of acrylic with an ebonite front section.

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