It wasn’t even one of my pens, it was a pen I had bought my husband at a local art shop. I didn’t realize what this was going to turn into at the time.
The pen, an Alibi from London.
The problem, it ran out of ink. I searched online & in every office supply store I could think of, looking for a ceramic-pen JUMBO refill made by MICRO #92001 0.5 ..nothing. Then, I searched for ANY pen refill that was remotely close in shaped to the tip of this one ..again nothing. It wasn’t torture though, I (well my whole family) have a thing for pens so muddling around stationary sections in stores is a pretty usual occurrence. But I did carry these empty pen guts in my handbag for over a year asking any and every shop keep “do you have this or do you have something like this?” ..sad I know.
Along came an online shop that carried Japanese pens & refills called JetPens.
I found a perfect fit refill by OHTO the OHTO C-305P (just incase you are searching too) it comes in black, blue & blueblack. My problem was solved!
Well, that was until I had one look around their website, any pen lover will instantly begin to salivate. blah..blah black, blah..blah blue Pilot, UNI, Zebra & Pentel is what we find in most US stores, but these companies are actually Japanese companies and they are seriously holding back on style in the American market. I found pens from those familiar companies in amazing colors, shapes, materials & sizes (both pen barrels & nib sizes). I found things I never knew existed!
SUN-STAR SharPits Lead Holder, basically it’s a mechanical pencil with big 2mm leads & a funny little lead sharpener. I bought the B grade leads as I really like a softish dark lead for sketching & writing.
I needed a quirky eraser for my new pencil, it’s a Sun-Star Mignon Mini Twist. The eraser is actually x shaped. I don’t know why, but it’s CUTE!
This pen was a I NEED TO HAVE THIS PEN, a Kuretake Zig Letter Pen COCOIRO. There are so many body colors to choose from, traditional neutrals, super brights & soft candy colors. Oh and the Refills, well there are 12 colors to choose from colors like gray, rose, sunset & mint. I went with a lovely brown sepia. It has a fine felt tip that does give the look of old-timey writing & is a bit spotty, but I love it!
The only down side to this is, they are sold separately, the pen body is empty when it comes to you.
I am crazy for needle-point pens. I love the incredibly thin writing line, they can sometimes they can be scratchy & a bit uncomfortable for long term use, usually due to the sleek skinny pen barrel. Not true anymore, the Pilot Down Force Ballpoint is a super chubby 7.0mm pen, it has the needle-point that I love, with a comfortable thick barrel (offered in some pretty cool colors too) and it has a big funny side spring clip. Oh yeah and I got GREEN ink refills, who has those? ..they do.
I love pens, if you love pens, you’ll sympathize with this post. If you don’t love pens, maybe this will inspire you to find the beauty in them.