I have always loved stationery stores.
It’s not the smell,exactly I think I loved the stores first, then loved the smell by association. It’s a dry, subtle smell, really rather neutral if you stripped away the memories, but it still makes me happy nonetheless. I don’t expect everyone I meet to be equally happy in stationery stores, or all that interested in pen reviews. I plan to return to my more usual fare in the next post.
Recently I’ve been putting together a collection of pens to carry with me in various small pouches and bags (notions and other. Here’s what I’ve got at the moment, plus one which is on the way.
It’s an inexpensive, disposable fountain pen. At under $5 it was the perfect pen to pick up and cart around as a way to explore whether or not I could manage to run a pen dry before I lost it. The reservoir is noticeably lower now, so the experiment seems to be working.
This is the only full sized pen I’m discussing today. It’s about 5 1/2″ long capped, 5 3/4″ when ‘posted’ (with the cap positioned on the non writing end of the pen).
I’ve used fountain pens in the past, and was worried that this one might leak. It doesn’t, possibly because it doesn’t have a removable cartridge to install badly. Nor does it have that ‘scratchy’ feeling I had half expected. I like this pen a lot, but will probably replace it with something more permanent when it does run dry.
Yup, it’s a space pen! Pressurized refill cartridge, writes upside down or underwater or in space or wherever. It is 4″ when closed, 5 1/4″ posted, it’s the smallest and least expensive space pen I’ve found. The Bullet is about the same length, and possibly prettier, but it’s also much wider and about twice as much. The Stowaway is $10 at REI.
This was the first ‘mini pen’ I got, and it convinced me that it was possible to do them right. It writes much more smoothly than most ball point pens do, and feels like a full sized pen in the hand.
FedEx Keychain Pen/Stylus
I don’t know that this little glittery pen has a name, I found it at the counter of the FexEx/Kinko’s store. It came with a keychain attached, but I removed that so that it would fit in a small notions pouch.
Small is right, here. It’s 3 1/4″ long. Since it’s made to go on a keychain it does not post. The stylus works on some touch screens but not on all of them. I don’t know what the glitter is all about, and there’s no obvious way to refill the pen.
Not too unreasonable, considering that I got it for $2.75. I got it to fit in a tiny notions case, and I’ve found pens I like more which are small enough, so I’ll probably replace it with something a bit larger when it runs dry.
This one is almost as slender as the Stowaway, but is only 3″ long when capped. It posts at 5 1/4″, so is a pretty good length for hand feel. Ohto manufactures refill cartridges for it. It’s the perfect length for the Lantern Moon knit-kit notions pouch.
For $12 this pen set me back more than any other on this list. It’s crazy small, about 2 1/4″ long capped, 2 3/4″ posted. I can write with it OK, but it wouldn’t be comfortable as a serious letter writing or journalling pen. On the other hand, it fits beautifully into my Nancy’s Knit-Nacks case.
Do you have a favorite pen? Do you like cheap disposables or something more substantial? How about some of the new, super modern pens out there, anyone use those?
I’d love to hear what you think, but I’ll probably be back to blogging about knitting soon.