Alexandra the Great's Private Papers

July 1, 2008

The Pens

Filed under: Contentment,Enjoyment,For Fun — Alexandra The Great @ 12:49 pm

Well, Vanrensalier has posted and boasted about his beautiful pen. To see the thing for yourself, visit Saint Austin’s Pub. Though I am sure his intentions were not unkind, his post had the effect of dismantling Alexandra’s sense of well being and contentment. When I clicked on the fateful link for Goldspot a new page opened up, and with it a new world. I never knew this before, but fountain pens can cost a fortune! I had an inexpensive one years ago and enjoyed it, but now this new world of on-line buying and one-click shopping told me that I must again have that particular kind of writing instrument. I could not rest until I did. Vanrensalier must not be the only one with a pen.

As you know, on the Internet, link leads to link and before you know it, all innocence is lost as previously unknown things present themselves and disturb one’s state of mind; things such as $400 pens and nib repair. Did you know that nibs can be repaired? Neither did I. Well, since being pulled down this link trail I have learned not only that it’s all about the nib, but that steel nibs can sell for $50 and 14k gold nibs for $100. That’s more than I want to pay for the entire pen…at least at the moment. You see, I have compulsive tendencies, something I inherited from my father, I think, and if I yield to the call of the pen I shall yield with abandon and immerse myself in the subject. Soon I will not be able to content myself with pens, but will buy leather journals to go with them. Leather is what goes with fountain pens, right? This means that I will have to begin actually writing. As I mentioned in another post, I don’t write, I type, but I’ve been trying to change that which means I have not only the temptation to purchase a pen, but the justification as well.

I fully intend to buy a good fountain pen (Vanrensalier must not be the only one to enjoy such a pleasure), but until I do, to content myself I have purchased a package of Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pens. The set of three comes with blue, black, and purple ink. They are pictured below with my moleskin journal, the only journal to open flat at any page. It was a gift.


My Varsity Pens

These pens write well and for $8 I had little explaining to do to Alexander. Simple enjoyments have proven to be the best. Not only can they be enjoyed repeatedly but they have the benefit of offering the biggest value for the cost. As it turns out, I am enjoying my small collection of fountain pens probably a much as I would a luxury pen. Alexandra’s sense of contentment and well being is no longer dismantled. Nor do I begrudge Vanrensalier his beautiful but discontinued pen. Really, it does not take much to bring pleasure, nor should it, for if one cannot enjoy simple things, one cannot truly enjoy anything. Though I still intend to procure a good quality pen, I am reminded that godliness with contentment is still great gain. With contentment, all things can satisfy, but without it, nothing will no matter what the price tag.




  1. Alexandra,

    Lamy has an amazingly wonderful, smooth and reliable fountain pen for under $100 (not much under, but under).

    See it here: I have the black one.

    The next time I have lunch with Alexander, I will describe to him the wonders of fountain pens. Maybe that will soften him up a bit.

    Comment by Vanrensalier — July 1, 2008 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  2. Vanrensalier,

    Could you please have lunch with Alexander before Saturday? I will be purchasing a pen then.


    Comment by Alexandra The Great — July 1, 2008 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  3. When do we get to read about your new pens?

    Comment by Vanrensalier — September 13, 2008 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  4. I think that Alexandra has become so immersed in writing with real pens on real paper that she has completely lost ineterest in virtual writing.

    Comment by Vanrensalier — November 8, 2008 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  5. I fear you are right about this, Vanrensalier. I used to be able to say that I do not write, I type; but I can say this no more. I have been introduced to an obsession and ought to seek professional help…or maybe a confessional. Not only have I developed an over-interest in fountain pens and possess a small but growing collection, but I have also become absorbed with ink and paper. I now see ordinary foods such as a pomegranate and think, “Say, this color would make a nice ink. I wonder if Noodler’s can accommodate me.” I’ve also found this wonderful little notebook called the Commonplace Journal made be Levenger which faithfully travels with me so that I can use my pen away from home at any convenient time that suits me. As I said, I may need professional help.

    Comment by Alexandra The Great — November 9, 2008 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

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