Today is my Mom’s birthday and she is the one I credit to making me a huge pen (and pencil…and stationery) nerd. She doesn’t read my blog, but: Happy Birthday, Mom! She and I love to share our “spiffy pen” discoveries with one another. I guess I am lucky that my hobby is not intrinsically expensive (though it has the capacity to be!) but I read blogs and reviews and keep an eye out in the office supply aisle of stores for anything new or interesting. I’m pretty good at resisting temptation but when my sister in law gave me a $25 gift certificate to my favorite online pen store www.JetPens.com (they sell Japanese and other pens and stationery – some of them hard to find here in the U.S.) I had so much fun picking and choosing from my pre-existing and extensive pen wishlist. I also had a $10 gift certificate from a contest I won on their blog that was waiting for an opportunity to be used on a “proper” order (one that qualified for free shipping) so there was a fresh influx of new pens that of course lead to more pens being added to my wishlist as I needed more colors of pens I’d tried and loved. I ended up liking all of the items I purchased except for the Sakura Glaze Pen (far left), it isn’t a bad pen but the “glaze” effect wasn’t what I had hoped for.
When the call went out from Jet Pens for a blogger to review the Nomadic Wise-Walker Backpack I was happy to participate (read my review here) and recently I received a randomly selected sample pen to review on the blog after responding to a similar announcement from the company. I had to laugh because the pen I received (the Dong-A Miffy Scented Lavender Pen – the name refers to the cute little bunny character on the pen) was one from a line I discovered I loved with my last pen order. I already have the Dong-A Miffy Scented Blue Pen from my birthday so I marked it with an asterisk in the March 5th photo I took above. The scent isn’t too overpowering but now that I have two I feel like they don’t smell all too different from one another. I really like the ink flow and smooth feel when writing and was happy to have another pen for the collection. As I mentioned, I did receive the Lavender pen for free in exchange for writing a review (within 10 days of receiving the pen, it came in the mail yesterday which was a nice treat). Another blogger has a great set of photos of the pen, including a fantastic shot of the nib here. I did have the same experience that he did with the pen skipping around in writing initially but after that bumpy start I had no issues.
I like to try a different pen each day to write in my One Line a Day Five Year Memory Book (amazon affiliate link). The book is neat because you just have to make short notes about your day and then the next year when you go through the same pages you’ll be able to see what you were doing the same time last year. My husband challenged me that I couldn’t get through all five years before abandoning the endeavor but so far this year I’ve been going strong. It has already come in handy to update my mother in law about all the things the kids are doing, I just read back to the days since we last saw her or had a chance to catch up.
I’d love to hear if anyone has a favorite pen or pencil I should try out! It doesn’t have to be hard to find, just something you find yourself preferring every time. I have a fancy pen I adore, the Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point (a retractable fountain pen, you can see some purple ink I purchased for it in the photo above), that my husband gave me. I use it for signing important documents and writing in our family photo album but I also have pens like the Zebra Surari that I carry with me out and about.
Some people love shoes, I love pens.