As a beginner pen enthusiast on a budget, I am interested in anything that has information on fountain pens – websites, magazines, books, blogs. I root through Booksale’s mag bins for tattered copies of Stylus, and websurf sites like Pentrace and Nakaya.
So I was excited to discover Leigh’s blog (leigh.wordpress.com) especially since like me she is a Filipina based in Manila. I had no idea about the pen collecting scene here, and it was very interesting to learn that there is indeed an underground fanbase for vintage and contemporary fountain pens. Other collectors include Butch Dalisay (famed Filipino writer, was my English professor at UP) and other celebs.
Leigh has an extensive collection and from time to time culls it to make room for new acquisitions. I emailed her for advice and help on acquiring my first vintage pen, and was so happy when she responded right away. She has two beauties that may be right for me – a Sailor21 and a Platinum floral. Both are lovely! Leigh sent pictures, annotated in her graceful flowing calligraphy. The Sailor21 is pink inside (my favorite color), while the Platinum has an appealing floral design.
As an absolute greenhorn, all I have are two inexpensive fountain pens – a shocking pink Inoxcrom Jordi Labanda that after a year or so refused to write even when fed with a fresh cartridge; and a burgundy Parker Jotter that writes very “wet” and has a medium nib when I could really use a fine or extra-fine nib.
As a writer, I love the sensuousness of good pens and paper – the tactile sensation of fingers and pen sliding over smooth paper, the distinctive smell of ink. I’m looking for the perfect writing companion for my new Moleskines. My dream? An extra-fine or fine nib pen filled with pink Rotring, Jansen, or Waterman ink.