New Year – Stealth Mode

Monteverde Invincia Color Fusion Stealth – Goulet Pen Company

It’s a new year and along with that has come the desire for a new pen. I’ve taken to using my fountain pens, three of them, as much as possible when I write. I try to rotate during the week, so that each day has a new color ink and I can keep track of what I have written. I tend to stick with black and burgundy inks for major writing, and edit with green. It’s just my thing.

And I’m forever oohing and ahhing over new fountain pens. I can see why people that love them, have several. Clearly I’m not satisfied with my three.

Well, my newish desire is the Monteverde Invincia Color Fusion Stealth, or just plain Stealth. I haven’t quite figured out the correct title. Either way, Stealth is well, sexy cool. I love what one of the reviewers at The Goulet Pen Company said about the pen.

“The Stealth is solid and subtle. Although, a black nib laying down a deep red line does make a clear statement.”

Stub nib for Monteverde pens

Ooh. Yeah.

I think that just sounds like what I would like to do when I pen letters to someone I know.  Writing sexy letters to sexy men with a sexy pen is, well, sexy.  I think I’ve just used that word three times too many. I’m digressing.

So, that is my pen of choice, with a stub nib, which you see right here —–>

The stub nib affords a more calligraphy style of writing. Slanted and just a bit more depth to one’s own style of writing. I would love to have this pen.  Or its sister pen which is also a Monteverde. The Monteverde Invincia Deluxe – Nighthawk.  Basically the Nighthawk is an even sexier pen, designed exclusively for The Goulet Pen Company.  I want this pen as well. It is ooh la la sexy.

The Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk via The Pen Cup

 

See  ——>

Don’t tell me you won’t ooh with that pen.  Just check it out. I promise you will drool over it as well. (the image was graciously allowed by The Pen Cup for me to post. Check out her blog by clicking the link.)

Downside to both of these pens, especially the Nighthawk, is price.  They are out of my price range as of the moment. So all I can do is drool. If some sexy man….. wanted to get me one….. I don’t even know if he is reading this…… One can HOPE he is…….but since he is a busy man…….I’m wishful thinking here…….

And along with pens comes ink. One must have ink for the pens to, well, uh, work.  I have my stash of Private Reserve inks. Burgundy Mist, Sherwood Green, Sepia, Velvet Black, and a bottle of Pelikan Red.  They are all lovely colors, though I am seriously annoyed that Sherwood Green and Velvet Black smear horribly. They are NOT color fast, especially if water is dripped on them.  I’m digressing again. Sorry.

Well, I found another new ink I love, though it’s color is similar to Burgundy Mist, and the price is steep.  Hey, if your pen is going to be expensive, might as well fill it with an expensive ink.

Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo ink. Hello gorgeous. Can’t quite remember how I ran across this ink… Oh wait, I saw it on this most amazing youtube video that is the most mesmerizing thing to watch. Calligraphy and all gorgeousness. If you love pens, nibs, and anything fountain pen related you need to watch this video.

Anyways, I won’t even try to describe the beauty of this ink. Just look at the pictures below

Okay, so clearly I’m obsessed a little bit. I’ve included way too many media items, but I can’t express my love of all things pen related right now.  I adore my three fountain pens and I was listening to myself write today. Oh the lovely scratch of a fountain pen.  A roller ball or gel pen will never be able to compete in the sounds of writing like a fountain pen does. Kind of like an old manual typewriter is way better sounding than a laptop keyboard.

Well, enjoy. I recommend checking out The Goulet Pen Company. A little pricy, but another one that has marvelous pens, all of mine coming from there, is His Nibs.  Wonderful to work with the seller too.

So check them out, and if you have a favorite pen, tell me about it. Or a gorgeous ink you have to have. I’d love to know.

Signing off

~Kate

The Elegant Script

Image of a modern fountain pen writing in curs...

Yesterday, Isabella Louise Anderson AKA Chick Lit Goddess, blogged about handwriting, HERE.  I thought it a great post, and I decided I wanted to reply to her thoughts at the bottom of the post, plus add my own twist to the mix.

Her questions:

What do you think about your handwriting, or do you even know what it looks like?

Is it the same each time?  Do you prefer to write cursive or non-cursive?

When writing by hand in this modern world, do you find yourself struggling to remember to spell?

My answers:

What do you think about your handwriting, or do you even know what it looks like?

 
My cursive handwriting has gone through years of legible, illegible, doctor’s scribble, to, well, I can at least decipher my notes these days.  There was a time I had super sloppy cursive, and I  was pretty embarrassed to send off a note to anyone, especially my girl friend, Mrs. Austen, who has disgustingly beautiful cursive. No, I’m not kidding you. Her cursive could be a font, it’s so perfect.  I am green with envy every letter I receive from her.

About three years ago, I decided I needed to improve my handwriting. I started trying to work on my printing first. My printing has always been neat, but not very nice to look at. I throw in bits of cursive, especially when I’m in a hurry, and I was taught D’Nealian growing up. It’s like a precursor to cursive. Well, it did not make for super neat  printing. I decided to try and write like my father, all caps, in block letters.

An example of D'Nealian manuscript (also calle...

An example of D'Nealian manuscript (also called print or block) writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I now have one of the neatest prints around, not to brag, but I’m bragging. Mrs. Austen even commented on how neat and pretty it is. Coming from her, that is, well, a major compliment.  I got interested in the block printing after reading about technical lettering, which is the style architects and engineers use.  It’s very neat, and very cool. Time consuming most definitely, but honestly, my print has never been so legible.

My cursive has improved in the past two years, especially since I started using a fountain pen. My letters have to be defined, or the ink runs together. Plus, how you hold the pen, and I don’t know, the fanciful thought that cursive should be better with a fountain pen, has made my writing much neater.  (The printing taught me to write in a straight line across the page, but I still do up and down with cursive)

Is it the same each time?  Do you prefer to write cursive or non-cursive?

For the most part my writing stays the same unless I am in a hurry. Then it gets pretty messy and I can’t always understand if it’s a ‘cl’ or a ‘d’ I forgot to close the gap. I still prefer cursive because that was what I was taught the most, but when I need to write notes, send off a recipe, or detail instructions, I use the block printing.  I also use the block printing for when I need to fill in a post card. I can write incredibly tiny, so fit that much more print on the page! But when I am brainstorming and writing, I am almost always using cursive.

When writing by hand in this modern world, do you find yourself struggling to remember to spell?

I have never been a strong speller, but for the most part, I’m not bad.  The spell checkers have actually made me a better speller because I look at what I did wrong, instead of just saying correct it all, and try to remember the right way to spell something.  For ages I was writing ‘ridiculous’ as ‘r-e-diculous’. (whoops, there I scared a boggart!  Say it with me. RIDICULOUS!)

I mostly make mistakes with my spelling because I am in a hurry, not because I don’t know how to spell. I occasionally still put an ‘e’ on the end of ‘with’, but that’s sort of a habit from typing. Go figure.  The more I type, I’m finding the less I see the ‘red’ squiggle line saying something is wrong.

And I’m finding most of my handwriting stays pretty correct when it comes to spelling.

In this digital world, I still use a pad and pen most of the time for writing or more, the start of a story. I like to carry my notebook with me, and a pen, which is usually a fountain pen.  I like the ‘writer’ feel of having a pen in my hand.  I don’t think I could give it up.  And I don’t think I would feel comfortable taking, say an iPad out in public and typing. I like writing by hand too much.

So, there is my take.

Now it’s your turn.  I urge you to read Isabella’s post and comment on her questions. It’s a little bit of a thought for all of us in this modern world.

Signing off

~Kate

I Finally Own A Fountain Pen

I wrote a Vintage Craze post on fountain pens last week.  I failed to mention that I was waiting on two fountain pens I had ordered and two bottles of ink.

Well, I now own two real fountain pens.  And here they are!

Hero Victorian and Pen & Ink Sketch fountain pens

Aren’t they gorgeous?  The silver one is a Hero Victorian and the black one is the Pen & Ink Sketch fountain pen.  The Hero is from this wonderful pen site, http://www.hisnibs.com

I highly recommend this site. The guy that runs it, Norman Haase, is a dream to work with. Anyone interested in a fountain pen should consider using his site.  I cannot rave enough about it.
 
The Pen & Ink (and yes, that is the title) came from Amazon.  It was only $9 with $7 shipping.  I can handle that.  And the pen I have is in extra fine.  Like I said in the fountain pen post, I need fine.
 
Both pens are completely different, but both are amazing.  I need to break the Pen & Ink one in, but the Hero.  Sigh.  I am in love with that pen.
 
And here’s the kicker.  I have two inks for the pens.  The Hero has this gorgeous burgundy wine color ink, Private Reserve Burgundy Mist.  The Pen & Ink has Private Reserve Sepia.  And the Sepia is beautiful as well.
 
I’ve already sent off a letter to my girlfriend with the Hero in use.  I cannot rave enough about it all.
 
So, now I can’t say I don’t have fountain pens. Yee!
 
Oh, and for those of you interested  :Vintage Craze – Part 5 : Fountain Pens
 
Signing off
~Kate

Vintage Craze – Part 5 : Fountain Pens

Nothing screams ‘vintage’ as much as a fountain pen.  Okay, there are probably other things, but you can’t deny that fountain pens are pretty vintage, even if they are still used today.

 

 I can’t say when I first decided I wanted a fountain pen.  Probably somewhere

8 Horses fountain pen

 in my teens.  I’m betting it was around the time of the Emilie Loring book phase I went through.  Any ways, they became
 

something I wanted to own.  They seem so delicate, yet they have been used for all forms of writing, long before there was such a thing as a ball point.  Or, horrors, a gel pen.  Personally, I hate gel pens. I use my Zebra ball points all the time, but if I had a good fountain pen,  I’d like to think that I would use that all the time instead.

SG2400 Blatt Fountain Pen

I do actually own ‘fountain pens’.  Thow of them, but I don’t really count them as true ones.  Which is silly since one of them is.  I just don’t feel that the $7 one from Walmart is really one that is that good.  For one, because the yahoos that designed it left the cap without an airtight seal, so the ink in the cartridges dries up too frequently.  Also the ink flows way to fast from the nib.  I guess that means it could be a medium or broad tip, but still.

The other pen I own is a disposable fountain pen a friend gave me last year.  I do happen to like it because it is pretty, bit it tends to flow too  quickly for my tastes as well.  Because I write erratically, fast ink means more mistakes.  I have never written smoothly in my life and I probably never will.  I do print more evenly, but seriously, when you think fountain pen, you think elegant cursive. OH, and my cursive is far from elegant.  Really messy might be a better description for what comes out of the end of my pen.  But I digress.

Montblanc new and old ink bottles

Montblanc

Fountain pens come in many different styles, and really cool ones come with converters so that you can fill them with the ink of your choice, allowing for great variations in style.  Say you are a bold woman.  Then you need an expressive pen, wide nib, and crimson ink for those love letters you pen to all your suitors.

Shy author, well then a modest pen, maybe one with a hooded nib.  Fine tip of course as you are dignified, and maybe just a nice chocolate ink.  Definitely modest.

Me, though I am not bold, I want a pen that one will notice. It must be elegant and feminine.  Not bulky, with a fine or extra fine nib due to how I write.  As for ink, well I’m a green or purple kind of girl.  If feeling really adventurous I might step into the world of crimson, but I like to think that would only be sued to write a lover.  Not for every day use.  I do happen to love brown and bold blue inks, but my first choice would be purple, my second choice being green.  And apparently I have given more thought to ink color than pen looks.  Hmmmmm.

There are some really great places online that you can purchase fountain pens.  My father has gotten on a kick, and started looking for me.  For the non romantics and bargain hunters, Amazon is a great place.  There were some incredibly wonderful pens there that I wanted, but they only came in a medium nib.

Some other great places are:

I would recommend if you are interested in fountain pens, to check out these sites.  Both X Fountain Pens and His Nibs sell ink as well.  I’m sure the other places might, but I haven’t looked.

Signing off  (with a flourish and blot)

~Kate