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Custom Ordered White, Blue, and Red Feathers Fountain Pen

Just a few shots of what goes in to making a custom cast feather fountain pen.  Finished in rhodium trim with a Bock extra-fine polished nib.

Why is writing treated differently?

I posted this on another forum under the title “Decline of the signature?” but as the conversation went on it took on a slightly more interesting twist. Why is writing treated so differently in today’s curriculum? I’ll circle back to this question shortly but for now on with the original musings.

JohnHancockSignatureAs I watch my oldest children grow up, now 10 and 12, I’m amazed at how simple things we take for granted are not emphasized with the new generation.

Both of my boys know (or knew at one time) how to read and write cursive. They were taught by private schools at a very young age and reinforced at home. In fact my oldest had absolutely beautiful handwriting…5 years ago. When we asked the school why they taught cursive before print, we were told that the curriculum at the time believed it was easier for a child to learn cursive early because the flowing curves and connections were closer aligned with doodling they are already doing. No hard angles or weird shapes, just loops and curves. This made perfect sense to me.

Fast forward to where we are now. On the last several occasions where I’ve had to ask the boys to sign a greeting card, or a form for school, my jaw dropped when I saw their “signature”. Unless otherwise specified, it’s (not very neatly) printed and the scale of the letters is just terrible in relation to the space available to them, or even the other letters in their name. If I call out to use cursive before they put the pen to the card, what comes out is horrid. No flow, the writing angle between lettering is all over the place, the lines are jagged, and generally looks like a 2 year old scribbling. What changed? New schools and an ever changing curriculum with different emphasis.

This brings me to the art of a signature. Are we as a society assuming that the days of something as common place as an individual’s signature are going away? After all why do we need to sign our names anymore? Most credit cards do not require signatures anymore for less than a certain dollar amount (this irks me to no end). Checks are being deposited by taking a picture with your cell phone with no need for endorsement. Documents are starting to be electronically signed through challenge questions/answers. We recently closed on a refinance that required zero signatures from us since it was all done via email and secure websites. You can even wire money to people directly via email with nothing more than an email address in the CC line (Square Cash as an example).

I have to wonder, will my 4-month old daughter learn how to write at all if I don’t personally teach her or will it all be typing and digital correspondence?

Okay, so that does it for a cleaned up version of my original post. A simple set of observations on the decline of handwriting in our school systems. This is where we take a little tangent to the thought process that prompted the title change to “Why is writing treated differently?” title.

longdivisionIf we take math as an example, the school systems still require students to learn long division, multiplication of fractions and irrational numbers while showing their work on paper. Computers and calculators are readily available to most students and are examples of technology that greatly simplifies the task of mathematics. So why didn’t technology replace learning long division? I’d guess it’s because we actually want them to learn how to do it properly before relying on a machine to do the work. Why shouldn’t the same thinking apply to writing?

Digitally signed -> Carl Fisher

New Heritage Handcrafted Gift Line by Fisher of Pens

As the holiday season is fast approaching, what better time to reveal the new gift line produced exclusively for Heritage Handcrafted by Fisher of Pens. Using wood provided directly from the once-used whisky barrels of the distilleries, each piece is hand turned and given the attention that a fine bourbon whisky deserves.

Handcrafted Whisky Wood Topped Bottle Stoppers

The stopper is made from 304 FDA kitchen graded stainless steel and has been Winery and FDA approved.  Each graduating size of o-ring assures a good seal with many different types of bottles from wine and whisky to oil and vinegar. 

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The hand turned top of the stopper is low profile to allow easy storage while still showing off the beautiful rays of the white oak. The tops are created from the thicker lid and bottom pieces to provide a seamless and easy to grab handle. Each top is threaded onto the stopper to allow easy removal for cleaning of the stainless.

 

Handcrafted Whisky Wood Shaving Set

This full 3 piece shaving set is the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

Shaving_Kit_Final_2Shaving_Kit_FinalThe razor handle is designed to accept some of the most popular blades in use today including the Gillette Mach 3, Turbo, and Venus line.  The handle was hand turned using the staves of the barrel cut on a bias to accentuate the grain and rays in the white oak.

The brush is made from pure badger hair harvested from the Badger pelt. Darker in color, a bit firmer bristle that creates a great lather. Badger Hair has been used for centuries to make the best shaving brushes. The bristles are hand selected and hand filled. Badger hair absorbs water and is the standard for applying the most comfortable, moist and penetrating lather.

The matching stand is made from the same cut of wood as the handle.  A beautiful biased cut to show off the true beauty of the grain and rays of the wood.

The high concentration of tannin in the white oak naturally lends to it’s ability to withstand wet environments.  One of the key reasons that it’s chosen as barrel wood for many types of alcohols from whisky to wine also makes it an ideal wood to withstand the rigors of shaving.  Finished with a simple mix of oils, the handles on each piece will start to look even better with age.

Handcrafted Whisky Wood Ballpoint Pen

What good would a gift set created by Fisher of Pens be without a pen in the lineup?

Cigar_Pen_FinalThese beautiful ball point pens are hand turned from the whisky barrel staves and paired with exceptionally durable titanium gold hardware.  Designed with left or right handed use in mind, the pen twists both left and right to extend and retract the refill.

Crafted to age like a fine bourbon, these pens are designed to work and look just as smooth years from now as they will the day you open one. Refills are replaceable with a Parker compatible refill available at most office supply stores.

Jump over to the Heritage Handcrafted store today to get yours ordered for the holiday season. 

Get More Done with Less Stress

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Bring a Photograph to Life

Bring a Photograph to Life

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Fountain pens for left handed writers

I tend to hear at least once if not several times at any given show that left handed writers are unable to use a fountain pen, or at minimum the question of can I use one as a left handed writer.  When asked they will usually admit that they have never actually tried.

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I’m happy to say that YES, not only can a left handed writer use a fountain pen but that some research has suggested that left handed writers prefer fountain pens even more than right handed writers.

Shop for Fisher of Pens fountain pens

One myth seems to be that the nib won’t lay down ink if it’s pushed rather than pulled which is really not true. With most modern rigid nibs, the nib will function no matter which way you draw it across the paper.  The only exception to this may be highly flexible nibs or custom grinds if they are not ground to your particular writing style.

The other common concern is dragging the ink and smearing.  Most left handed writers have already adapted a writing style naturally that resolves this issue. Under writing, over writing and side writing are just a few styles that keep your hand from dragging the fresh line.  Combine the writing style with newer fast drying ink and it’s no more of a problem than any other pen type.

Following are just a few articles and one video that deal directly with the subject.

http://www.nibs.com/Left-hand%20writers.htm
http://www.richardspens.com/?page=ref/ttp/left.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jxrEXdkl2k

This discussion can just as easily be applied to rollerball pens that use similar style inks.

So have no fear, our pens will draw out the creativity in both left and right handed customers!

Coming soon 100% made in the USA stainless

We have a fresh batch of 100% Made in the USA stainless steel hardware on the way.  We are proud to present these pens in rollerball and fountain pen for the capped style and matching ballpoint pen and pencil sets in the twist variety.
Stainless Components

Pre-order yours today with a pen body material and color of your choice.  Pre-orders will receive a %15 discount from the final price and free shipping.  Contact us today fisherofpens@gmail.com to get yours started.

Estimated retail pricing;

  • Rollerball and fountain pen $100-150
  • Ballpoint and pencil $60-$100

Pricing estimates will vary depending on the materials chosen for the main body.