When offered a choice of writing implements, which would you select first? A pencil, a pen, or something else?
I have been in a pencil phase for quite some time, with a preference towards mechanical drafting pencils- though I have been known to work with pretty much any graphite delivery device close at hand. When I first started journaling about ten years ago, I was working exclusively with fountain pens and drawing pens because they allowed me to write for long periods of time with little hand/wrist fatigue.
Why the switch from pen to pencil? I honestly can’t say for certain. I may have grown weary of cleaning my fountain pens – as it wasn’t uncommon for me to have 10 different pens filled with 10 different inks at any given time. (Which when neglected, means a lot of dried ink to flush out of a pen.)
I just thought of something… Did I ever mention that I quit smoking? I stopped in August of 2010. Prior to that time, one of my relaxation rituals was to sit on the porch and flush my pens while smoking. (I didn’t smoke in the house) These days, cleaning my pens feels more like a chore. How interesting…
Since that time, I’ve only had one pen stay inked and never dry out. (Run out yes, but dry out no.) It’s my full sized Sailor 1911 that I got from Ryan Roossinck. (A partial trade for my Lamy 2000.) There is black ink in that pen, but I’m not sure which kind. it might be Perle Noire, Sailor black, or Noodler’s Bulletproof Black as all are in my ink drawer. It’s an EF nib (Which Mr. Nagahara tweaked in person when he was at Art Brown a few years ago.) whose convertor never seems to run out of ink.