It has come to this: my passion for fountain pens and other analog tools requires its own page.

I don’t know when it began. From a very early age, I was fascinated with stationery, particularly office supplies. As a child, I learned calligraphy, so I must have owned my first fountain pen then. It didn’t turn into a full-blown passion until 2003, and I’m still not sure why.

Despite all this, I am not snooty about writing instruments; I appreciate any pen that provides a compelling tactile experience. I love to talk pens with anyone, so ask me anything.

Sometimes I write about pens and ink.

My Pen & Ink Collection

Recently I discovered the wonderful site Fountain Pen Companion and have entered all of my pens and ink into it.

Grail Pens

Like the Holy Grail, a “grail” pen is something I’ll search for my whole life and likely never possess. It’s good to dream!

Starter Fountain Pen Favorites

  • TWSBI Eco: my current top recommendation for beginners
  • Pilot Metropolitan: a close second to the TWSBI Eco
  • Lamy Safari: recommended for beginners, both right- and left-handed

Stationery & Notebooks

Non-Fountain Pens

  • Fisher Space Pen: the ballpoint that writes upside-down and through butter
  • Pilot G-2 0.7mm: my favorite gel pen now that the Papermate Gel-Writer is extinct
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I acknowledge that I live and work on stolen Cowlitz, Clackamas, Atfalati, and Kalapuya land.
I give respect and reverence to those who came before me.