Write on.
April 22, 2015 9:04 PM   Subscribe

That pen show looks ridiculously fun.
posted by betweenthebars at 10:09 PM on April 22, 2015

Welp, that's a rabbit warren I'll not soon find my way out of.
posted by malthusan at 10:53 PM on April 22, 2015 [1 favorite]

pencil blogs dont i cant even

i checked i have 9 pencils on my desk
posted by charlie don't surf at 11:16 PM on April 22, 2015

Imagine being a three day pass holder to the Atlanta pen show. And having an appointment to get some nib work done. Fascinating.
posted by evilmomlady at 3:42 AM on April 23, 2015

Write on, brothers, write on! (with a 19 cent 'Write Brothers' pen).

So wrong. So very very wrong.
posted by Herodios at 4:00 AM on April 23, 2015

Oh sweet lord. Happiness, for me, is a well-lit desk, a cup of coffee, a clean pad of paper, and a wonderfully diverse array of pens and pencils.

My mouth is starting to water.
posted by math at 5:46 AM on April 23, 2015

And for the mechanical pencil aficionados out there is this extensive blog on modern and vintage mechanical pencils and leads...
posted by acroyear at 5:59 AM on April 23, 2015

I was just about to post a question asking for suggestions on which pens and highlighters to buy as a present to myself, and this took care of it! (Although the Lamy 2000 is out of my budget range... lol...) Thanks!
posted by gemutlichkeit at 7:24 AM on April 23, 2015

Ooooh, if we're talking stationery blogs, I'd also recommend Pen Addict, OfficeSupplyGeek, and No Pen Intended.

Got turned on to them by Wirecutter's pen then pencil reviews.
posted by themadthinker at 7:25 AM on April 23, 2015 [3 favorites]

Pencil store in NYC!
posted by tipsyBumblebee at 7:42 AM on April 23, 2015

I found this last night while contemplating my extremely pedestrian pencil preferences but my absolute contempt for those pencils made out of that too-soft plasticky wood composite bullshit and wondering if those had an industry name so I could better articulate my hate. And then got lost for an hour reading reviews about pencils I will never buy or use.
posted by phunniemee at 7:56 AM on April 23, 2015

Just yesterday I was thinking about the question of vintage pencils, as I sorted through some of the old desk stuff I have including scores of old pens and pencils. Among these are a bunch of my grandmother's pencils, with her name (and the names of other relatives previously deceased). She was a crossword person and always had a jar of perfectly sharpened pencils on her desk, and when the erasers got worn down she'd put those arrowhead-shaped caps on them, so I have a bunch of fossilized, chipping, eraser-caps too. At a minimum these are 40 years old, possibly older, and yeah, they do seem nicer than today's plasticky ones.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:21 AM on April 23, 2015

This thread is dangerous for my wallet.
posted by chaosys at 1:11 PM on April 23, 2015

My mother-in-law had a great fondness for #1 pencils (the softest) which have become impossible to find except online (since the rise of dominance of the #2 pencil for machine tests) and she was not about to use a computer herself, so she was running low on them. She asked for some for Christmas from us and was thrilled when we got her 2 dozen via amazon. We found a few left after she died and brought them home to use in her memory.
posted by gudrun at 3:21 PM on April 23, 2015

I love pens. I recently lost my pens in a move. Can anyone recommend a great pen for journal writing? I have a moleskine notebook that I've been using for 3 years and I always try to write in it with a decent pen (I always used a micron 0.3mm) because some pens come off too bold and it looks wrong on the pages. I'd like a good/decent pen to use that has a fine tip. I used the Micron 0.3 because my handwriting looked great when I wrote with it. There were a few other pens where my handwriting was better with them but I can't remember what they were unfortunately.
posted by gucci mane at 3:43 PM on April 23, 2015

Pencil Revolution supremacy.
posted by Apocryphon at 4:09 PM on April 23, 2015

Strange not to find an entry on the inkless pen.
posted by xtian at 5:13 PM on April 23, 2015

Strange not to find an entry on the inkless pen.

This is making my my brain hurt.
posted by phunniemee at 5:22 PM on April 23, 2015

how timely! I was just today checking out the Dot Grid podcast - about analog/digital note taking tools (i think), made in part by the guy who runs Woodclinched Blog and also Erasable Podcast which I've never listened to before (guess what it's about, I dare you)
posted by rebent at 7:41 PM on April 23, 2015

My mother-in-law had a great fondness for #1 pencils (the softest) which have become impossible to find except online

..or anywhere else on earth that sells pencils under the modern grading system. #2 = HB. #1 = B.

As I write this, I have sitting before me a Faber Castell 9000 pencil, grade B. That is your #1 pencil. You can buy similar pencils at any art store in the world.

And no those are not nearly the softest pencil. I personally like the 4B for sketching, it's really soft, much softer than HB. I have used up to 8B but they're too soft for practical use. You might as well use charcoal sticks.

Strange not to find an entry on the inkless pen.

Not really. That's just a marketing term for an antiquated drawing method. This has been known as silverpoint ever since about the 15th century. Silverpoint is totally impractical, it is just scratching the paper with a silver or silver alloy wire that has an extremely hard point and barely makes a mark at all. Also silverpoint is almost invisible when fresh. Somewhere in storage I have some 35 year old silverpoint drawings that I am still waiting to mature. Give it another decade or two and the silver will finally tarnish enough to become the final darkened shade.
posted by charlie don't surf at 11:38 AM on April 24, 2015

Yes, I know about soft art store pencils like the Faber Castell (my mother was an artist). Should have been more specific that my mother-in-law, who was in her 80's, was fond of the old yellow Dixon Ticonderoga #1 pencils of her school days as a nostalgia thing.
posted by gudrun at 10:49 AM on April 25, 2015

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