It’s been three months since I started this handwriting/fountain pen project. Looked back now, on my posts tagged “fountain pen”, and was pleased to see how much I’ve learnt in such a short amount of time. Only goes to prove it’s easy to learn something you really want to, and that is fun!
When I got that first pen, I had no clue about nib sizes, ink types, paper quality et cetera. That a fine nib from one country could appear as a medium nib to me … that I prefer fine nibs to medium. I’ve learnt that I can fill empty cartridges by using syringes with long needles. I’ve found out that the Cross ink is just as fast-drying as any other inks being advertised as fast-drying (if not faster). This is important as I’m left-handed.
Moreover, I’ve found that the Clairefontaine is the most wonderful type of paper you could ever write on. It feels like pure silk to the touch. Normally, one would think a lot of smudging would be produced on such a smooth paper, but it doesn’t … not one bit. The little stationery shop in Toronto, that I’ve found recently, now also carries letter paper in this brand. It baffles me, though, that it has to take five days for a package to get from Toronto to Saint John.
All of the above reminds me of when I started learning HTML in 1997. I thought that was the funniest thing on wheels … I just wanted to learn MORE all the time, pestering my online buddies with questions. I thought it was just marvellous, that I could put stuff out there … on the Internet. I had one photo that I wanted to put online, so I brought a floppy disk to a company and had them scan it for me. It was of me and my cat Hadassah. Now I have 35,000 pictures in my Flickr albums, and I upload pictures with my phone if I want to. We’ve come far in twenty years.