Part II –
As you might remember from my previous post, I fell in love once again with a Pelikan Souverän® Black-Blue M 800 piston filler. It seemed that the Pelikan's EF (which is a western European nib –– now I know) was after all too thick for my taste.
And you've read already I've decided to finally part with my pen. Truth being said, I still miss that pen's balance, it's heaviness, the bold nib which gracefully embodied a huge two-tone nib. I wish I had known a nib meister back than.
I've listed the pen on a local auction website in Romania. For about a day, there was pretty much no response, and suddenly a message came into my inbox. The person wanted to confirm it's indeed an EF nib and wanted to meet up to test the pen.
–– And here was the beginning of a fabulous new friendship, although I was about to find out this a bit later.
We did meet up indeed, in a gas station near my home and he had his chance to test the pen. He loved it. He didn't try to bargain, asked me the story of the pen, essential questions, and asked me why I was selling such an amazing pen. As I told him at that point, also as I told you in my previous post, I explained to him the pen was just too thick to use it in my work while annotating wireframes, and I am looking for a much finer line in the pen I will use daily.
He didn't know at that point, but I already saw my next pen in a local stationery shop. The pen was as good as new, and I wanted to sell it close to the purchase price, so I will add a little something on top of the money and buy the pen I've tested a few days back.
And here's the funny thing –– after he hands me the money and we close the deal, he reaches his notebook, pulls up a piece of LAMY test paper (which you usually find in stationery shops).
The paper was reading "Bistrian" – as you guessed, my name is one of the words I write when testing a pen, among others, including swirls and crosshatches.
– Is this your writing? (he asks).
– Yes - I replied, amazed at the piece of paper, and we started laughing about how small the world is.
We continued talking about pens and inks and everything around for about fifteen minutes, and we established to meet sometime next days to test some pens from his collection and some of his fountain pen ink.
My pen was sold, and I am pleased my pen is even today in the hands of someone who appreciates that pen's craftsmanship and beauty. We had a plan to continue our chats, and I was one step closer to buy the pen I tested.
The next day I went again to the local stationery shop and purchased the new pen. It was a gorgeous Pilot Justus 95 with a fine nib, and that was my second contact with Japanese pens, ever. You just got to love Japanese craftsmanship, simplicity, the minimal design. And Pilot, you're doing some kick-ass nibs. Good job!
I was about to find years later (when I own quite a few Pilot pens) that never had one single issue with a Pilot nib.
Being now the fresh owner of a Pilot nib, which writes much finer lines than the western EF nibs, I started looking for nicer inks as the only inks I've had were a bottle of Faber Castel Carbon Black and Iroshizuku Tsuky Yo.
And here, the journey started to be intense. I discovered ink colors that amazed me, I started reading about ink more and more, I learned different ink properties, sheen, shading, and all that.
But soon, a problem that I never felt before started to be itchy and disturbing. I loved my new pen, I still own and love that pen even today, although my collection has grown considerably and I find myself writing with my Pilot Justus much less than I used to. I have now even finer nibs than the Justus, needles - literally. Regardless, it's always a pleasure to touch and write with that pen again.
However, loving the pen so much brought me the need to carry it around.
Yes - I am a designer, you can say it's in my blood to find better alternatives to things around me - you can call me choosey.
I started shopping for pen pouches and cases to protect my pen.
Regardless of how much I thought I liked them while purchasing them, it turned out, I started to dislike them faster than you'll think. Some had too much space around the pen, some I needed to force the pen in, and usually all of them were bulky, except a very few pen sleeves that after a short usage started being large and if you weren't careful, your pen will slip out and drop on the floor.
This pretty much made me feel there has to be a better way to carry your pens around, and after purchasing enough pen cases, about 30 ...
I've decided that I've had enough –
I will design my own leather pen case, my own leather pen sleeve, my own leather pen pouch to match the luxury of the pens I own, and also offer them the protection needed so I can care for my pens properly.
Today this burning desire materialized into a brand that I called might and wit.
And I find exquisite pleasure pulling my pen out the sleeve and either jotting or bullet journalling on a daily basis. All this while listening amazing blues.