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Universal Typeface Experiment

Averaging the world's handwriting to create a universal typeface. Bic is collecting handwriting samples of the Roman alphabet. You can contribute a sample on your mobile device.
posted by ChuckRamone on Jul 10, 2014 - 31 comments

Sometimes you just have to pick up a pen. is a wonderful throwback to the early days of the Web, when someone would just helpfully organize and present a wealth of information on a given topic for free, simply because they were that into it. [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Jul 1, 2014 - 8 comments

I think the 0.7 mm provides the best of everything this pen has to offer

The first time I tried a Jetstream, it was one of a friend’s pens, and I completely derailed all conversation around me to drool wide-eyed at the writing experience and reverently whisper ‘WHERE DID YOU GET THIS PEN? - The web's leading pen bloggers on what is the best pen.
posted by Chrysostom on Sep 27, 2013 - 204 comments

Writes upside down!

The Smithsonian Magazine breaks down the history of the Fisher Space Pen, including the old myth about how the Russians just used pencils instead.
posted by mathowie on Jan 17, 2013 - 37 comments

Some Cool Pens

Just some really awesome pens.
posted by SpacemanStix on Jan 7, 2012 - 57 comments

A sense of the Renaissance, when things were more simplified and perhaps more noble

Sylvester Stallone has designed a pen. It's called Chaos. It's by Montegrappa (auto-play music... and oh what music)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 8, 2011 - 117 comments

On Handwriting.

Ann Wroe takes some time from her day job as The Economist's obituaries editor to write about handwriting.
posted by WalterMitty on Oct 28, 2011 - 59 comments

Making pens

Making pens in china. [more inside]
posted by Ad hominem on Oct 8, 2011 - 36 comments

Cutting in on Fred Astaire.

'Poets don’t draw,' Jean Cocteau said. 'They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently.' An ode to the Pilot Precise V5 Extra Fine.
posted by shakespeherian on Feb 28, 2011 - 68 comments

One more for the stationary fetishists

One more for the stationery fetishists: Office Supply Geek
posted by tylerfulltilt on Jul 26, 2009 - 27 comments

The Missive Maven

The Missive Maven. Extolling the virtues of snail mail: old-fashioned postal letter-writing and all of its yummy accoutrements
posted by Joe Beese on Jun 20, 2009 - 7 comments


Biffy Beans is kind of a hippy dippy chick. But she makes the stationary nerds drool. Oh sure, there's reviews of Journals, Fountain Pens, Inks. But she also draws the occasional Mandala.
posted by tylerfulltilt on Apr 17, 2009 - 34 comments

The Pen Addict - a blog about pens, with links to lots of other pens and stationery blogs.
posted by nthdegx on Sep 4, 2008 - 66 comments

Pens! Pens! Pens!

Penopoly- a fountain pen website. Fans of pens, a history of pens, vintage pens, anatomy of a pen, pens, pens, PENS!
posted by headspace on Feb 9, 2005 - 11 comments

Don't be fooled by those imposters at

Why don't you buy a pen from the good people of Pen Island.
posted by Kattullus on Feb 9, 2005 - 19 comments


Collections: Bakelite telephones, beercans, modified rubix cubes, radios and tubes, insulators (1) (2), minature cars, pens, novelty lamps, nativities (warning: serious eyesore!), bobble heads and handcuffs.
posted by grumblebee on Oct 16, 2004 - 7 comments


Dave Archambault's portfolio. As you view the gallery, keep this in mind- these were all done with Bic ball-point pens.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Sep 26, 2004 - 23 comments

The pen is mightier than the lock.

Use one of those heavy U-locks to secure your bike? You might want to think again. It seems the barrel style lock mechanisms some of them employ can be opened by a Bic pen [.mov movie].
posted by normy on Sep 14, 2004 - 69 comments

Sketchbook: Part 3 of a Series

Pondering pens + mulling over Moleskines = scouring a sketchbook.
posted by pedantic on Jun 3, 2003 - 20 comments

Bored at work? Need a new hobby? Want to impress others with your skillful, delicate hands? Try some pen spinning. Here's a site dedicated to nothing but the art of the spin. There are even videos. Idle hands are the devil's playground.
posted by ColdChef on May 13, 2002 - 26 comments

Got bad handwriting?

Got bad handwriting? Go back to where the nightmare started and learn to write all over again. Or, if that didn't work the first time, try some more advanced instruction. Perhaps you just want to adopt the handwriting of one of your idols. In that case, I'm way ahead of you. Remember - write with all your muscles, not just with your fingers.
posted by Settle on Mar 19, 2002 - 9 comments

Why not to give little kids markers for Christmas

Why not to give little kids markers for Christmas
posted by NortonDC on Jan 12, 2002 - 29 comments

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