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#24Days: The Pen Is Mightier…

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009 | No Comments

Today my quest I set myself was to track down the ‘perfect’ writing implement, a new pen.


A simple task you might think, but not so.  See, I am really looking for thee perfect pen; it should look good, feel good to hold and write superbly.  As I’m a techie, you’d think that finding a pen would be the last thing on my mind, but I do occasionally like to indulge myself in the art of handwriting something.


Ideally, I would love to buy a really awesome fountain pen; the very finest of hand writing implements, yet I find that a fountain pen would not be suitable for my work and my needs – no one likes to get covered in ink every time the capsule of blue or black ink runs out and needs to be replaced.  Therefore a ball point or similar is what is required.


The main use of the pen would be to to scribble down quick notes and the like though.  My first port of call was Staples, the office superstore – if anyone would have thee pen for me, it should be the “office superstore” right?  Wrong; I haven’t been in a Staples store for years and going in one today was a bit of a let down, the typical classic Parker pen and a small selection of ‘Cross’ pens, but nothing that stood out as the writing instrument for me.


So, it was off to WH Smiths, but alas their selection was even worse than that found in Staples.  Now, perhaps I’m setting my goals of a decent pen too highly and or my expectations are way beyond what is available within the stationary market right now and that is why I can’t find the implement for me.


Yet I feel let down and disappointed by the selection available – especially as the market to buy pens and stationary is now, as the kids get ready to go back to school.  Alas not.


Having exhausted the two stationers I know, the search continues and moves online.  I just hope I can find something there…. 

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