Monday, July 19, 2010

It's Love

We all, perhaps, have an ideal: a yearning for something which we never quite achieve.  We spend our live looking, and then, when our attention is elsewhere, we may find it.

I am no different; I have spent the past thirty years looking for perfection.  And at last, I think, I have found it:
Even though I don't write my novels longhand, I have never given up looking for the perfect pen.  You see it in the image above--the Pilot V Pen (known in the US as the Varsity Pen).  It's a disposable fountain pen which unites ideal inkflow (neither too fulsome nor too miserly) with a nib at once smooth and firm.  It is not particularly attractive to look at, but pens are about utility, not aesthetics.  It is also--a factor which should never be overlooked--cheap.  Call me parsimonious if you will, but I prefer to have a pen I'm not afraid to take out of the house in case I lose it.

The Pilot V Pen is the perfect pen.  Anyone who enjoys the tactility of quill on paper should have one, or several.

5 comments:

Frances Garrood said...

Quill on paper...sounds irresistible, Tim.

Tim Stretton said...

Disclaimer: V Pen does not come with an actual quill. But the sound and the sensation makes it easy to imagine it does...even when you're at work signing the stopped cheques approval form...

Aliya Whiteley said...

I'm getting some. Sounds like heaven.

Tim Stretton said...

You gotta gotta!

David Isaak said...

"...but pens are about utility, not aesthetics..."

Well, I dunno. I have a great orante silver pen that was given to me. Marvelous heft. But it never leaves my desk. And I don't write with a pen anyhow.

On the other hand, you make this new pen sound like such a sensuous experience that I may have to get one.