A long time pen enthusiast, user and collector of Pens, ever since I acquired my first real pen upon starting work, a Parker 51 Aerometric, that I still have and use. (Yes I did say a long time!)
Mainly Fountain Pens but I also love using Dip Pens, where the variety is quite incredible. Also have a small collection of vintage/antique pencils.
Surprisingly, (at least to me) is that I’ve begun to have an interest in Ball Point Pens, how strange after all these years…..
Brought up in the wilds of the Pennines, on the borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire , where a spade is a spade (or maybe a bloody shovel), it may be surprising that I developed a passion for writing instruments…. I now live in New Zealand but thanks to the internet I still buy and sell pens and related books around the world.
My interest just sort of happened over many years, and I never actually had any intention of being a collector, it somehow developed, albeit in a very ad hoc way. Never really liking ball pens much, as they just seem to lack character, I continued using my Fountain Pens as I meandered through the Corporate and Business World and I now find it an antidote to the almost suffocating expansion in the use of the keyboard. Despite our use of the computer, there is something enormously satisfying and creative about writing with an ink pen. Maybe they are an expression of your character. I’m also going to start an article about my research in to the long and interesting history of writing instruments, this is ongoing, as time permits………..
I’m also in the process of building a new website to replace this one, which I’m the first to admit is a bit rudimentary! This has become more pressing now that I’m selling Private Reserve Ink and TWSBI and Nemosine Pens. Still a hobby, but I’m a bit busier…