A Modern Pen Joins the Herd

Notwithstanding the physical evidence of my collection, I do appreciate modern pens. Really, I do. The problem has been that I just haven’t had much need for them. Vintage pens is where I started and they fit my love of cultural history, and most of what I use is a product of my workbench. Until recently, in fact, I did have three modern pens:  a Delta Fusion 82, a Varuna Vishal in unfinished ebonite, and a Kaweco Sport Classic. Then a friend gave me a four-year old Pilot Custom Legance, a model that was never marketed outside Japan, in a rich mottled chestnut brown with chrome trim. It became an instant daily carry pen, sharing the “jacket pocket/subway” role with the Kaweco and, truth be told, on its way to taking over Kaweco’s playing time. I’m happy to confirm three additional Pilot features, previously noted by others: first, that Pilot pens and Pilot ink are made to work together. t just writes much better with it. Second, although the sample size is admittedly pretty small, I can now join the popular view that Pilot nibs are wonderful — neither stiff nor soft, with a little “give”, and with just a touch of feedback. Finally, it just works every time I use it, which is important when you’re adding one number to a Samurai Sudoku puzzle on a moving NYC subway in rush hour.

A quick note of thanks to WordPress.com. For the past year, the first for this website, I have used WordPress as both my service host and provider of the content theme I’m using. Recently, in preparation for moving to a more sophisticated structure, I moved the hosting to a new service called Reclaim, but am leaving WordPress with gratitude for helping me get my feet on the ground. For the entire year, WordPress was never down, and I never experienced a glitch that was not of my doing. Thanks to WordPress, I’m now ready to move on…